T-Mo scores well in RootMetrics airport network tests

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RootMetrics is well known for testing and reporting on network speed and reliability across the globe, and its latest published report answers the age-old question: How good is my network at an airport?

Okay, so it’s not a question on many peoples’ lips, but it’s still useful to know that next time you’re heading to meet a friend at O’Hare arrivals that your connection isn’t going to drop off. Or, if you’re planning a trip abroad, you can still WhatsApp until the Airbus takes off. Before we get on to which airports are best for T-Mo customers, we’ll briefly touch on those which have the best network performance in general. Taking all carriers and their performance in those locations in to account, the top 5 airports for cellular coverage are as follows:

  1. Southwest Florida International Airport
  2. O’Hare International Airport (Chicago, IL)
  3. John Wayne Airport – Orange County (CA)
  4. Memphis International Airport
  5. General Mitchell International Airport (Milwaukee, WI)

As many of you will know, the RootScore is made up of two metrics: Speed and Reliability. T-Mobile consistently performs really well on speed, and is starting to catch up with the big guns on reliability. Out of the 50 airports reviewed, T-Mobile was the best network in 20 of them. That’s 11 more than the second half of 2013.

The top 5 airports for T-Mobile customers are:

  1. Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport
  2. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
  3. Metropolitan Oakland International Airport
  4. Sacramento International Airport
  5. George Bush Intercontinental Airport (Houston)

T-Mo also performed really well at John Wayne Airport, Memphis International, Seattle-Tacoma, Kansas City, Portland International, Tampa International, Dallas/Fort Worth International, Denver International, Phoenix Sky Harbor International, John F. Kennedy International, Lambert-St. Louis International, Nashville International, Newark Liberty International, Minneapolis-St. Paul International and San Diego International.

Although it was generally good news, T-Mobile’s top speed wasn’t quite up with the fastest network at airports. Verizon scored an impressive 77.8Mbps at Hartsfield-Jackson, while T-Mo’s fastest at the same airport was “just” 27.3Mbps.

Yet further evidence for us that T-Mobile’s network is on the up.

Source: RootMetrics

 

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  • Cam Fas

    I got 45mbs at Las Vegas not during peak time but still a busy area

  • besweeet

    Sprint’s scores at some of the airports are pretty bad…

    • Mike Palomba

      Sprints scores on anything are REALLY bad

  • Hurlamania

    Yeah, Cleveland #1

    • Giovanni Gentile

      I’m going to airport Cleveland, Ohio. “RootMetrics”

  • http://rosarynovice.stblogs.com/ Augustine

    Checking the airports where i was frustrated with T-mobile, in my town and where I have family, I can confirm TMUS’ mediocre speeds gathered by Root Metrics.

    • superg05

      lol 20 mb slow lol im so sorry it took two blinks to load

      • http://rosarynovice.stblogs.com/ Augustine

        You may laugh, but I wasn’t laughing walking around the terminal trying to get a decent signal, ergo bandwidth, to get the navigation map to load.

        • DirkDigg1er

          That’s almost as bad as losing a signal while driving.

  • Abe_The_Babe

    The network in LAX is crap, although Los Angeles is generally pretty good. All I know is I won’t be upgrading until the new phones can use the new low frequency spectrum.

    • Justin747

      The network at LAX just got like that over the last few weeks. It’s only bad in certain terminals, and by bad I mean H+ instead of LTE. And as soon as you drive past the LAX signs the network returns to normal.

      I frequent LAX quite a bit. (4+ times a week.) I’m starting to wonder if the construction has anything to do with the network problems. Just a random guess.

  • Trevnerdio

    Meanwhile, in Panama City Beach “International” Airport…no signal at all in the terminal. Hardly any on the tarmac if you’re lucky, and once your step out to the parking lot, it picks up a bar or 2. The cell phone waiting area is a hit or miss scenario as well.

  • Ryan M.

    Odd. I never had any success with T-Mo data at terminal B of Sacramento International (United gates). Always had to use the free wifi; flew out of there only a month ago.

    • Adrayven

      WiFi calling FTW… works good on the iPhone in iOS 8 beta too.. nice to join other android devices with that service.. I notice it a lot.. network name changes from T-Mobile to T-Mobile WiFi when it’s active…

      • UMA_Fan

        Is it any less glitchy than it is on Android? Also does it hand off to cellular (personally doubtful of that feature but you never know)?

        • monkeybutts

          Probably is cause it is made by Apple and not T-mobile.

  • maximus1901

    DTW sucks: was roaming on my iPhone 4s on att’s “4g” for a second. Then went back to searching….. Then to oscillating between no seevice and one bar of “4g”. I’m actually shocked I was ern allowed I acquire att 4g given that dtw is “in market” area.
    One measly microcell is all it would take.
    Dtw is Detroit metro airport.

    • TMOTECH

      The 4s doesn’t have the AWS bands built in. The site that covers may not have 1900 yet.

      • maximus1901

        Do you know when TMO will modernize ALL their sites? TMO actually sold the 4s in their store at one point so this is unacceptable. If it hadn’t, I’d be resigned to using an “unsupported” phone.

  • redman12

    I know for a fact they have great coverage at O’hare. They have T-Mobile apps all over inside the airport, giant ones.

  • monkeybutts

    Not a single Sprint on the list thats just sad especially considering Spark is supposed to be in a few of these cities. So glad they didn’t pull the trigger on the T-mobile deal.

    • S. Ali

      Spark may be the biggest marketing scam since WiMax.

  • Giovanni Gentile

    It good signal for in Cleveland, Ohio! “1 RANK”

  • DirkDigg1er

    LGA & LAX need coverage and wifi upgrades.

  • maximus1901

    Now that sale to sprint – legere’s goal – has failed, we’ll see if those uncarrier moves are sustainable.
    For example, is paying hundreds $$ etfS profitable long term?

    I definitely personally appreciate the free international data. I used 398MB even on the throttled speeds on movistar

    • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

      Paying ETFs is profitable given what T-Mobile does with what is traded in. The devices are refurbished and resold to other carriers and third-party distributors who resell them in other countries where the devices are useful. T-Mobile makes enough money from this to cover the ETF cost, in general.

    • Jesslyn Hendrix

      They are offering up to $275 ($350?) per trade-in and most phones won’t come near that price. Also, the avg cost for a new phone is around $300 and up. My Note 3 comes in at around $700–and all Tmo phones have a markup. I think they’ll be fine. And they are locking customers into their service for the duration of the phone pay-off.

  • a

    they got this all wrong. im at O’Hare all day and the tmobile signal is extremely, painfully awful! why can’t their signal be so much better at a venue that has an extremely large number of ppl gathering all day long? granted its an area with a high number of signal and airwaves but come on. why advertise then how great your signal is?

  • thetruth

    Funny… I was at Logan Airport (BOS) earlier today and my T-Mobile service was complete trash. Central Parking Garage had spots with no service and parts of Terminal B had no service also.

    my AT&T device had working service the entire time, especially LTE.