Less than 24 hours after Opensignal released its latest US 5G user experience report, awarding T-Mobile four out of a grand total of seven 5G mobile experience top prizes for the March – June 2021 timeframe, RootMetrics is ready to update us on the “state of the mobile union” as well after completing its own extensive H1 testing.
Verizon manages to stay ahead of a rapidly improving pack
Said progress is impressively evident right off the bat this time around, as AT&T shows “major improvements across the board”, T-Mobile continues to perform remarkably well in metropolitan areas, while Verizon remains “the carrier to beat.”
Big Red also took home far fewer state awards than back in H2 2020, nonetheless eclipsing the competition’s tallies with 264 victories in total (including both outright wins and ties). When it comes to 5G, Verizon continues to shine in terms of “everyday data reliability” while recording its highest “everyday 5G availability” and “fastest everyday 5G median download speed” in Salt Lake City, Utah and Shreveport, Louisiana respectively.
AT&T is the speed winner but T-Mobile is closing in fast
At first glance, it may seem like T-Mo is light years behind AT&T pretty much across the board, but that 90.3 overall RootScore is actually almost three full points up.
The “Un-carrier” has managed to register significant improvements in the reliability, data, call, text, and especially speed categories, which means that Verizon and AT&T’s lead over it could well go away soon enough if T-Mo can maintain this crazy growth rate.
That’s still more than 10 Mbps lower than AT&T’s same result, which went up from 33.8 to 40.9 Mbps to leave Verizon in the dust. Ma Bell also trumped Big Red 41 to 24 in individual state speed contests after losing that particular battle 30 to 37 during the final six months of last year.