T-Mobile’s 4G Network Wins PC World Smartphone Speed Test

Booyah, T-Mobile wins the PC World speed test for fastest Smartphones! Can I get a “what what?” The PC World speed test conducted in 260 locations spread amongst 13 cities found some clear winners, losers, good news and bad news about wireless service in the US as it stands.

It’ll shock no one to learn that wireless carriers have gotten faster this year over last year. Surprising? Didn’t think so. The difference between 3G and 4G speeds is legit with carriers averaging a rough download speed of 3.5 Mbps versus nearly 1 Mbps download speeds at the beginning of 2010.

In laptop modem tests, T-Mobile took a second place finish with an average download speed of 2.83 Mbps against Verizon’s 6.44 Mbps showing that their LTE is the real deal. Coming up in third and fourth were AT&T at 2.48 Mbps and Sprint at 2.15 Mbps.

When it came down to the smartphone test, the T-Mobile HTC G2 was brought out and rocked the 13 city test with an average download speed of 2.3 Mbps. That speed was almost 52% faster than the second fastest phone, the Sprint Evo 4G with an average download speed of 1.5 Mbps.

T-Mobile performed a huge turnaround between 2010 and 2011 tests with their January 2010 test showing only 0.9 Mbps download speeds. With solid performance on both the laptop and smartphone tests PC World had this to say about our favorite network.

With these laptop- and smartphone-based results, T-Mobile is proving to be a worthy challenger to its much-larger competitors.

It’s a great 7 page read and I always look forward to these PC World tests to see where T-Mobile stands against the competition. While these tests are only good for the 13 cities they are performed in and with the caveat that any of these tests could have been influenced by time of day, network load and weather conditions it’s great to see that T-Mobile performed such a turn around year over year and came home with such praise from PC World. Way to go Magenta!

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  • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

    As far as Smartphone’s we basically just took a dump all over the competition (well…. considering the results, not much of competition), lol.

  • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

    As far as Smartphone’s we basically just took a dump all over the competition (well…. considering the results, not much of competition), lol.

  • http://twitter.com/corys00 Steve Cory

    Pretty spot on in respect to Orlando. T-Mobile just absolutely flies here, but I usually get better speeds then what they are showing. But I’ll say this, VZW’s LTE network here smokes the competition, so I wonder how these tests would be if the Thunderbolt was available.

  • http://twitter.com/corys00 Steve Cory

    Pretty spot on in respect to Orlando. T-Mobile just absolutely flies here, but I usually get better speeds then what they are showing. But I’ll say this, VZW’s LTE network here smokes the competition, so I wonder how these tests would be if the Thunderbolt was available.

    • RKG

      True. I’m in Orlando also. On my friend’s MyTouch 4G I consistently saw speeds in the 3+mpbs range.

  • Anonymous

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!

    tmobile FTW!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      oops…sorry about the exclamation marks david, I havent been here in a while..

      • http://tmonews.com David

        I knew I recognized that name from somewhere!

        • Anonymous

          haha…..u have been replying to me on facebook -_- Luis perez, with a picture of a bird

        • Anonymous

          deleted

      • http://tmonews.com David

        I knew I recognized that name from somewhere!

    • Anonymous

      oops…sorry about the exclamation marks david, I havent been here in a while..

  • Anonymous

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!

    tmobile FTW!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lucas-LeCompte/47912789 Lucas LeCompte

    overall we did well when it comes to the speed, but coverage is our weakness. If we can patch this up, which Tmo is working on it were i live, i think we could be beast.

  • Jdubz2560

    hey sprint, where’s your “real” 4g now? T-Mo all the way!

    • http://twitter.com/corys00 Steve Cory

      Watch it.. The two companies might just merge and then.. well just look at the SPCS / Nextel fiasco..

    • Caveex

      pump your breaks. spring and clearwire are eventually converting over to LTE. They only went on WiMax because it was the first true 4G out there back then.

  • Anonymous

    How pathetic. Even T-Mo’s psuedo 4G (HSPA+) beats out Sprint so-called “real 4G” aka WiMAX. T-Mo FTW. Verizon isn’t playing around with their 4G though. Their numbers are high because they haven’t released any 4G capable phones yet. Hardly anyone is using the LTE network now but that will soon change

    • Anonymous

      It appears that Verizon’s LTE network isn’t messing around. But it also looks like hardly anyone is using it. Thanks to Verizon and their hefty price tag for LTE, I think it will stay that way.

      I wonder how fast the 42 Mbps HSPA+ will be when its released. I bet it will kick the pants off of Verizon’s LTE.

  • http://twitter.com/ingram1225 William Ingram

    those are slow speeds. On my cliq XT… yes… THAT PHONE…. i managed to get 5mbps download speed in Portland Oregon last year.

  • http://twitter.com/ingram1225 William Ingram

    those are slow speeds. On my cliq XT… yes… THAT PHONE…. i managed to get 5mbps download speed in Portland Oregon last year.

  • Anonymous

    deted….wow sorry…keep posting up weird stuff

  • Anonymous

    deted….wow sorry…keep posting up weird stuff

  • Anonymous

    deted….wow sorry…keep posting up weird stuff

  • http://twitter.com/jdevenberg jdevenberg

    I hate to point this out, but neither AT&T nor Verizon were tested using 4g phones, so these tests are really comparing apple and oranges. I’d like to see speed test with the Atrix 4G and the Thunderbolt.

    • Bobblehead

      Shh… don’t rain on their parade. I want the job of publishing outdated material like this. I know it’s not easy to gather data for a number of carriers in a number of cities, and it’s nice to see acutal numbers… but did anyone doubt that 4g was faster than 3g?

      • http://www.facebook.com/PistolPat713 Michael Patrick

        If you go back to 2010, Sprint and HTC released the first 4G handset. Now look at the competitors and you will see who is behind.

    • dom1n1cc

      i have an atrix 4g and i have a galaxy s 4g and the atrix is horrible on speed att 4g doesnt exist it is just a name

      • Jarrod

        AT&T has deployed the software in most places with 3g but since there isn’t the high speed beck haul to carry it its pointless and makes the phones even slower then a standard 3g phone

      • http://twitter.com/jdevenberg jdevenberg

        It still would have been a more fair comparison. It would have been 4g vs. 4g, not 4g vs. 3g.

  • http://twitter.com/jdevenberg jdevenberg

    I hate to point this out, but neither AT&T nor Verizon were tested using 4g phones, so these tests are really comparing apple and oranges. I’d like to see speed test with the Atrix 4G and the Thunderbolt.

  • http://twitter.com/jdevenberg jdevenberg

    I hate to point this out, but neither AT&T nor Verizon were tested using 4g phones, so these tests are really comparing apple and oranges. I’d like to see speed test with the Atrix 4G and the Thunderbolt.

  • MobileBroadband

    Looks like I’ll be getting a Verizon mobile broadband modem. They’re by far the fastest on that test.

    • Be smarter

      you better hope that you live in one of the few cities who actually have LTE!

  • Anonymous

    They should have used a Galaxy S 4G for the smartphone test.

    The results will be much better for T-Mobile once they launch 42Mbps 4G.. the gap will widen and they will catch up to Verizon even with their empty network and T-Mobile’s 3G/4G network sharing traffic with existing 3G customers.

  • Be Smart

    I love the way that looks because we don’t even have the 42MBs MBB stick out yet and they only used the G2 which isn’t even 21MBs. Lets be honest Verizon on has something like less then 800K on their LTE network and T-Mo has 3G/4G phones using the whole HAPS+ network, close to 18 Million.

  • TmoRep

    My Samsung Galaxy S 4G smokes everything here in Houston. Should have done a test here. Rocket gets 6-7 here..

    As for Verizon’s LTE, yes… its bad ass right now.. however I want to see what happens to their speed tests when they have phones that clog their network. It will be the true test of their network.

  • g2 user

    WHHHAT I LIVE IN Brooklyn and work in Manhattan and ive never get more than 1.5 mbps on my G2 HSPA+ my ass. and on average its at .7 mbps

    • Farhan

      Still better than what I get. I barely get Edge and my area is supposed to have excellent 3g coverage.

    • my 2 cents

      I have a samsung vibrant in seattle and average 2.5 mbps to 3.5 mbps on a regular basis, tested against Iphone 4, Droid Incredible, EVO 4G they’re getting half the speed or less then what I get.

    • 10Ways2Sunday

      Live north of Baltimore. I consistently get 3.5-4Mbps. I use Barnacle Wi-fi and just tested:

      – 3.59Mbps Down
      – 1.28Mbps Up
      – 81ms Ping

      On at MyTouch 3G —- yes 3G…not bad.

    • Sk8man53

      delete you cookies and history and clear you casche. after that try again if you’re still getting slow speeds call into tech support have them drop you off the tower and reconnect you and watch you speeds skyrocket

      • g2user

        i did that about 2 months ago… no bones!

  • Anonymous

    The Galaxy S 4G in the Atlanta area is blazing too! 6 to 7 down consistently, 11 to 12 down in bursts. Upload speeds smoke too, no less than 2 up, 4.1 is the highest I seen. Even though I took it back and got a Nexus S, I still have 30 days, I might have to go buy it back. It just lags up to much, but the 21 Mbps makes up for it in a big way. If you’re in right the area, the Galaxy S 4G is truly a 4G smartphone. T-Mobile is the best network next to Verizon, I don’t care what Apple says. I think Sprint can give AT&T a run for their money.

    • tap88

      Your an idiot

      • Anonymous

        What phone do you sport bum?! AT&T blows balls and I’m sure that’s who you’re with. Lol.

      • Anonymous

        What phone do you sport bum?! AT&T blows balls and I’m sure that’s who you’re with. Lol.

        • Disobayish_1

          Yeah, or he’s a at&t rep ! Smh!

    • mc_11

      that made no sense

      • Anonymous

        I edited it for you punk!

    • Anonymous

      AT&T’s 4G doesn’t exist and neither does their supposed hspa+

    • Anonymous

      AT&T’s 4G doesn’t exist and neither does their supposed hspa+

  • Anonymous

    The Galaxy S 4G in the Atlanta area is blazing too! 6 to 7 down consistently, 11 to 12 down in bursts. Upload speeds smoke too, no less than 2 up, 4.1 is the highest I seen. Even though I took it back and got a Nexus S, I still have 30 days, I might have to go buy it back. It just lags up to much, but the 21 Mbps makes up for it in a big way. If you’re in right the area, the Galaxy S 4G is truly a 4G smartphone. T-Mobile is the best network next to Verizon, I don’t care what Apple says. I think Sprint can give AT&T a run for their money.

  • Sk8man53

    in kent wa ( bout 20 mins out side seattle) im averaging 8-10 mbps average downloads on my galaxy 4g i want a recount haha

  • Caveex

    Seems pretty silly that they used the Droid 2 which is only 3g compatible. Also AT&T is stuck on HSPA +. Only surprising thing is that WiMax from Sprint didn’t perform better. Over all a stupid a premature evaluation of data speeds across the different carriers.

    • Steve

      Huh, which 4G VZ or AT&T phone would you have them test with in Jan 2011? Oh, that’s right neither Verizon nor AT&T had a LTE phone available. I too am a bit confused by the Sprint results. The EVO is a true 4G phone and some of the cities do have WiMax.

  • dj

    They definatly should have gone with the following
    At&T: Inspire 4G or Atrix 4G
    Verizon: Thunderbolt(waited until it released) or went with the Droid X instea
    T-Mobile: Samsung Galaxy S 4G or Mytouch 4G
    Sprint: HTC EVO 4g or HTC EVO Shift 4g

    • Juanra52

      They did have the EVO 4G

  • Tmoisslow

    And my complants are validated yet again. As I reported, speeds never to 3 on phone or webconnect. These are the exact speeds that I reported.

    Amazing.

    • Anonymous

      I get 4mbps on average in san antonio. Nexus S.

  • Anonymous

    The Galaxy S 4G in the Atlanta area is blazing if you wanna talk about speed tests. 6 to 7 down consistently and 11 to 12 down in bursts. Upload speeds smoke too with no less than 2 up, and 4.1 is the highest I’ve seen. If you’re in a good connection area then the Galaxy S 4G is truly a 4G smartphone. T-Mobile I think has the best network next to Verizon, even though Apple bashes T-Mo and Sprint. AT&T’s 4G Doesn’t even exsist or does it.

  • http://www.toughcell.com/iphone-insurance/ ToughCell

    Looks like I have the right network for Boston (3GS/ATT), though Sprint/EVO might be a step up. Have noticed that twitter downloads are pretty slow.

    ——————–
    iPhone 3GS/ATT
    http://www.toughcell.com

  • Anonymous

    Hmmm…. Here in Honolulu I get an ave of 6-9 MB DL and 1-1.3MB UL of 4G

    Is this test 3G/4G combined?

    • http://twitter.com/STR_Wireless Scott Rapoport

      I got a few tests here in Chicago that ran 12 to 13 mbps down and over 6 up. I have the data stored on the phone to prove it too. I was using the Galaxy S 4G to run them though, not the G2.