Things have been relatively quiet on the US 5G front for the last few months, with no big breakthroughs, major speed improvements, or network expansions touted by any of the nation’s top three wireless service providers in quite some time.
And the overall speed and availability champion is…
T-Mobile. Admit it, you kind of expected more suspense there. But if you’re the least bit familiar with Opensignal’s 5G user experience tests, you probably saw the “Un-carrier’s” victories coming from a mile away.
Incredibly enough, T-Mo managed to widen its already impressive lead over AT&T and Verizon in both 5G availability and download speeds, which are arguably the two most important aspects of the overall wireless network experience for most regular users.
It’s not all bad for Verizon… but it’s pretty bad for AT&T
Big Red in particular showed great progress as far as 5G uploads are concerned, a fairly important area where Magenta essentially (and statistically) stood still while AT&T fell off a cliff.
That’s because Ma Bell used to be the industry’s sole 5G video experience champion, as well as its 5G voice app experience leader while also sharing the 5G games experience crown with Verizon as of April 2021.
That’s all gone in Big Red’s favor, although it’s definitely worth pointing out that the 5G games experience and 5G voice app experience leads may not be significant enough for many of you to notice them out in the real world.
What you’re likely to notice with ease is T-Mobile’s disadvantage in those two categories, as well as the 5G video experience field. In other words, there’s (still) no such thing as a perfect 5G network stateside, and depending on your specific mobile phone needs and usage habits, you might be better off subscribing to Big Red or Magenta (definitely not AT&T, though, at least according to Opensignal).