T-Mobile Places Right In The Middle In Newest JD Power Network Study

The newest JD Power report, the 2012 US Wireless Network Quality Performance Study shows that T-Mobile places somewhere in the middle when it comes overall wireless network quality. The study “is based on 10 problem areas that affect the customer experience (in order of importance): dropped calls; calls not connected; audio issues; failed/late voicemails; lost calls; text transmission failures; late text message notifications; Web connection errors; email connection errors; and slow downloads. Network performance issues are measured as problems per 100 (PP100) network connections, with a lower score reflecting fewer problems and better network performance. Carrier performance is examined in six geographic regions: Northeast; Mid-Atlantic; Southeast; North Central; Southwest; and West.”

The most notable finding of the study was the number of data-related issues, especially those relating to slow-connection speeds was much lower among customers using 4G LTE/WiMAX/HSPA+ services.

“It’s very interesting to see the stark performance differences between the newest generation of network technology,4G LTE, and other network services that were the first offerings of 4G-marketed devices in early 2011,” said Kirk Parsons, senior director of wireless services at J.D. Power and Associates. “With the network advantages of using 4G LTE technology, in terms of spectrum efficiencies and increase in data connection speeds and reliability, it’s not unexpected that wireless carriers are rushing to expand and upgrade their networks to align with this latest generation of service.”

For the 16th consecutive time, Verizon took the top spot in the Northeast region, as well as the overall winner in the study, though US Cellular did rank highest in the North Central region for the 14th consecutive time.

The study is based on 26,695 wireless customer responses studied between January and June of 2012.

So how did T-Mobile place?

  • Second (out of four) in Northeast Region
  • Third (out of four) in Mid-Atlantic
  • Tied for second with Sprint in Southeast
  • Fourth (out of 5) in North Central
  • Fourth (out of four) in Southwest

What’s going to be really interesting is how all of this plays out next year when T-Mobile begins its own LTE rollout, Sprint has more than 10 cities live with LTE as well as AT&T lighting up far more markets. When every company has LTE alive and ready, that’s when we’re really interested to see how this plays out.

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  • David,
    I think you left out the West region.  I counted 6 total regions.

  • Deadeye37

    Better than dead last.  Hopefully we’ll get a better rating next year at this time.

  • Xavier

    …they were always better in the east anyway…i though that was obvious.

  • Gus

    Tmobile, 1900 band 3g now plzzzz..lol

  • Mirad77

    Am glad to see our beloved T-Mobile going up on the charts slowly buy surely. I know for a fact that this results will be much different this same time next year.

    • WW

      TMo’s been doing pretty well in the technology/network performance department (especially considering they’re the only national w/o LTE now) in the last few surveys/studies reported here.  Where they’ve been losing ground (sucking) has been in the customer to TMo rep interactions (in-store and phone).  
      I haven’t had any recent problems but the latest JD Power studies have been reflecting sinking (sucky) customer service ratings.  
      Here’s hoping thing improve in that department.

  • Christopher_McG

    Sprint’s trashy network finally got the showing it deserved. With the network modernization plans, T-Mobile’s network quality in the eyes of the subs will go higher thanks to 3G now being deployed for the iPhone (already seeing some of it in Las Vegas) and increased coverage due to the new network equipment..

  • galaxydude

    Does the all new ZTE Concords run on tmobile
    4G hspa+ 42mhp network.?

  • tor

    Not sure how T-Mobile came in second in the southeast, they suck in Florida, I have them..

    • Wakeboard13

      I have them in FL too and don’t have many issues.That is the thing with wireless service, every person may or may not experience the same network speeds or quality.

  • JBLmobileG1

    Just give Tmobile until next year when their LTE network and refarming is 100% complete. They should give Verizon a run for their money.

  • YoureProbADumbass

    go tmo go tmo go

  • Omard312

    4 of 4 in the southwest is not a lie! Tmo BLOWS in the southwest!! So disappointing!

  • Nearmsp

    Fourth out of Five in North Central. Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin etc. Signal is weak, but more importantly in many Minneapolis suburbs I have never seen above 1MB/sec. Like hoping for the iPhone, I keep dreaming of faster speeds on T-mobile.