RootMetrics: T-Mobile and Verizon joint top performers in Denver

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With RootMetrics network reports these days it seems each tells the same tale, regardless of location: T-Mobile is the fastest, Verizon is the most reliable. And that’s certainly true of the most recent report published by the independent network testing company.

After performing over 25,000 call, data and texting tests in Denver, RootMetrics found that T-Mobile was – on average – the fastest of all four major carriers with average download speeds of 10.53Mbps and upload speeds of 7.69Mbps. This gave T-Mobile a Speed Index score of 88.7. Verizon was the closest to T-Mo with a median download speed of 10.32Mbps. While AT&T and Sprint were some way behind with 7.36Mbps and 6.78Mbps respectivily.

With those speeds taken in to account, the carriers ranked as follows on the Speed Index:

1 – T-Mobile (88.7)
2 – Verizon (86.8)
3 – AT &T (79.2)
4 – Sprint (79.0)

Impressively, T-Mobile scored really well in the Reliability Index too. But wasn’t quite reliable enough to topple Verizon from its #1 spot:

1 – Verizon (99.2)
1 – T-Mobile (98.3)
2 – AT &T (98.0)
4 – Sprint (96.4)

RootMetrics CEO, Bill Moore made special mention of the most recent reliability scores in Denver, saying that: “With Verizon and T-Mobile neck-and-neck for distinction as most reliable network in the area, and AT &T and Sprint close behind, the competition is tight and that’s great news for mobile consumers.”

Once the report has been finalized and all carriers have a Speed Index ranking and a Reliability Index ranking, RootMetrics gives an overall RootScore. T-Mobile and Verizon, yet again, shared 1st place:

1 – Verizon (96.6)
1 – T-Mobile (96.1)
3 – AT &T (93.9)
4 – Sprint (92.3)

With all that said, T-Mobile’s speed performance has slowed down quite significantly according to RootMetrics’ testing. Between the previous test and this one, T-Mo’s download and upload average speeds have dropped from 17.1Mbps and 10.5Mbps respectively, to 10.5Mbps and 7.7Mbps. Perhaps an indication that the network is experiencing far more traffic in that area than it was last time out.

You can read the full report over at RootMetrics’ site.

Source: RootMetrics 

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  • Jared Wolfe

    I live in Denver and I agree with these numbers. I love when my friends and family say. “Oh. You have T-Mobile.” I’m smile and laugh cause I have just as good of service but don’t brake the bank for the service. Thank you T-Mobile for value service.

    • Wes

      Value service is right. You may not “break” the bank and have super fast service, that is, until you leave the city. I had TMO and loved the speed. The coverage outside Indianapolis is garbage. I switched to AT&T and get 60-70 down and coverage everywhere. I love TMO marketing and WILL come back when they get the suburban and rural coverage.

      • JiGSaW525

        This may be the case, but 95% of the time I am in areas of service for T-Mobile. If you are a business traveler I understand, but when I am on vacation my data speeds are my least concern.

        • fentonr

          I agree. I do travel a lot for work and yeah, it stinks not getting great service everywhere I go. That said, I’ve had to travel to the UK a few times over the last month or so and the free data and texting was really nice.

      • Spanky

        Same here. I’m not yet ready to leave AT&T for T-Mobile, but I’m watching them very closely. When coverage/building penetration start improving, I’ll definitely consider it.

        • Michael

          700Mhz will solve most of this issue, whenever most of it is in place and is switched on. With a compatible phone of course.

      • Jay J. Blanco

        Tmobile is upgrading there entire coverage to 4Glte by 2015.

      • Chris

        But what if he’s the type to don’t leave the City every day. I don’t live in Denver, but I live like 3 miles off my work. I get great service where I’m at and surrounding cities aren’t getting 70 mbps but 10-20 mbps is good enough. If you’re someone who rarely travels, would you really pay the extra $20-40 a month for something that you “might” use in the future “in case” you travel? He’s happy with his service. Just let him be.

      • KingCobra

        We’ll see you back this time next year then. EDGE will be all upgraded to LTE by then.

    • kalel33

      I live in the Springs and T-mobile service is not very good in many parts of the city and drops calls often.

  • Stone Cold

    Great news for Denverites like myself.

    • Colten

      How is coverage along 70 towards Vail?

      • Stone Cold

        Not sure don’t get up that way.

      • Frank

        Not that great. There are spots without signal. Vail had great signal. I love T-mobile, but we drove from CT to Eagle CO last month. There are many spots without signal.

  • trife

    Joint. Denver.

    I see what you did there, Cam.

  • BadBatz

    Huh? 10.5Mbps and 7.7Mbps..? Last Friday, on Quebec, in the area of the old Stapleton airport, my readings were 0.35 and 6.97 Mbps… (Yes, that’s zero-point-thirty-five.) I did run the Ookla Speedtest several times just to make sure and the reading above was the highest one… HTC One M8 Android 4.4.4 latest and greatest T-Mob and HTC updates. Yep, 4G LTE was on. The network in Denver is consistently slow IMO and not very reliable, esp. in the afternoon.