T-Mobile has fastest 4G LTE speeds in the U.S. for 19th straight quarter, says new report


Ookla’s Speedtest Intellence data has been saying for some time now that T-Mobile has the fastest 4G LTE speeds in the U.S., and today T-Mo claimed the crown once again.

According to the latest Speedtest Intelligence data from Ookla, T-Mobile had the fastest 4G LTE speeds in the U.S. in Q3 2018. That marks the 19th straight quarter that Ookla’s data has shown T-Mo to have the fastest LTE in the country.

The data from Ookla shows T-Mobile posted an average 4G LTE download speed of 31.7Mbps in Q3 2018, down just a smidge from last quarter. T-Mo’s average 4G LTE upload speed dropped a bit from last quarter, too, finishing with an average of 11.5Mbps.


Despite those slightly slower average speeds, T-Mobile still beat out Verizon, which posted an average of 29.6Mbps download and 9.6Mbps upload speeds in Q3 2018. AT&T finished third with 27.9Mbps and 7.7Mbps download and upload speeds, and Sprint rounded out the four major U.S. carriers with 25.5Mbps and 3.2Mbps download and upload speeds.

Ookla gathers its data from customers who use the Speedtest app, one of the more popular ways for you to test data speeds on your smartphone. If you’d like to test the network speeds where you are, you can grab the Ookla Speedtest app for Android and iOS.

What kind of T-Mobile 4G LTE speeds are you seeing?

Source: T-Mobile

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  • Mike McDonald

    61 Down/22 up, Grand Rapids MI iPhone 6S Plus.

  • slybacon

    After 14 speed tests on RootMetrics app, average 7.0 Mbps down/20 Mbps up. Rural West Jordan, UT iPhone X

    • AA-Ron

      What phone are you using?

      • slybacon

        It’s in my post already

  • MadMartigan

    59 down/11up, Pixel 2 XL, at work.

    Generally get 70+ at home.

    Over 120 at my moms, and less than 20 at my dads…all within 45 miles or so of each-other.

  • Phil7474

    150 Mbps down at home and 53 Mbps up north Houston/Spring

    • Trevnerdio

      I’ll do ya one better – 203 down, 45 up Tampa/St. Pete area.

      • Phil7474

        But is that during the day????? ! get around 200 Mbps late at night to.

        • Trevnerdio

          Nice! Nah, surprisingly this wasn’t that late. Don’t remember the exact time, but the sun was still up, pretty sure.

  • Philip

    Yes I saw the fast speed on my Tmo phone. How does it compare to others?

  • pda96

    2.9 Mbps up, 1.5 Mbps down in north county San Diego. Blazing!! This is why I never believe TMO’s BS claims or anyone else’s for that matter.

    • Phil7474

      Ha Ha!

    • marque2

      Parts of north county SD are bad for Tmo – especially in Oceanside and Carlsbad – bit overall Escondido and south it works fairly well. I have few issues in San Diego. Tucson AZ now that is bad – hopefully phase 1 will fix it up.

  • James Smith

    Who cares. Work on your terrible coverage.

  • Jason Caprio

    Considering T-Mobile has less than half of Verizon’s subscribers, and much less native LTE coverage, of course their average download speed on this unscientific test will be 7% faster.

    Speaking of speed and coverage, me and my fiancee JUST returned from a vacation around Arizona. I have Verizon and she has T-Mobile. I have a Pixel 2 XL, and she has my previous Pixel XL. Around Sedona, for the most part, we both had decent LTE coverage and speeds. At our hotel in Village of Oak Creek just south of Sedona, that night I compared our speed tests. Verizon scored 60mbit/sec, T-Mobile scored 4mbit/sec. As we drove north towards Page, AZ, I held a steady LTE signal and she constantly lost signal and was randomly roaming on AT&T. Had Android Auto hooked up in the rental so things were good. Had offline maps downloaded for those REALLY remote areas that neither of us had a signal in.

    Things got interesting when we went to Monument Valley. That region is so remote, that BOTH of us were roaming! I was on a 3G “Extended Network” and she was on HSPA+ “USA CellularOne”. That night at the B&B near that area, my roaming speeds were a very usable 1.5mbit/sec and her roaming speeds were heavily throttled to about 32 – 64kbit/sec. Basically when T-Mobile roams, data is completely useless, not to mention you are limited to about 50MB last time I checked. Not sure if that has changed in the last few years since I had T-Mobile.

    Verizon CRUSHED T-Mobile on my Arizona REAL WORLD TEST in coverage and speed. Of course in a Metro area, it’s easy to brag about performance, since all the carriers have pretty much equal coverage in big cities. In nearly 2019 T-Mobile still has a very long way to go. All this Band 71 talk is still, just all talk. We’ll have to see how they do when it is fully rolled out and Rootmetrics gives T-Mobile more wins. I guess we’ll have to wait another 3 years for that to become a reality.

    • Rey Paramore

      Maybe if she had a Pixel 2 XL as well she would have had better signal. The Pixel has Cat 11 and doesn’t have band 66…

      • Jason Caprio

        The Pixel XL is a flagship phone just shy of being 2 years old. Do not even try making excuses for T-Mobile that it’s the phone. No signal or roaming is not the phone’s fault.

        • Rey Paramore

          So if it couldn’t possibly be the phone… Why does the iPhone X have slower data and weaker signal than the Note 8? Both released the same year? Lol All I was saying is, it’s not fair to compare service from two different devices one old one new. If they both were Pixel XL 2s then your argument would be more than valid.

        • Jason Caprio

          You definitely have a point especially if both of us are in an area where 4×4 MIMO is active. I believe the first gen Pixel does not support 4×4 MIMO and 256 QAM, where the Pixel 2 does. There have been a few times where I’d speedtest well over 200, my highest being 230mbit/sec in northern NJ on Verizon. Never seen those kinds of speed on the first gen Pixel.

          However, when it comes to when we were both in a roaming area, T-Mobile really punishes people with tiny roaming data limits and unusable speeds, where Verizon’s 3G roaming is actually usable.

        • Andrew Singleton

          Lol “dont even try making this objective”

    • marque2

      Tmo can’t afford to maintain all the towers Verizon can because of fewer suscribers. Seems like it is a fair competition.

  • Rey Paramore

    I got 126Mbps down and 49 up I just ran it 7:02pm EST in Royal Oak, MI on Note 8

  • none

    70 up / 20 down. Lodi, CA
    85 up / 27 down. Portland, OR

  • SirStephenH

    My home in Port Orchard, WA:
    ~11 down / ~5 up

    Kitsap County, WA *rough average*:
    ~17 down / ~6 up

    Seattle, WA:
    ~50-150 down / ~25-40 up