The Big Red has once again aced another recent study from RootMetrics. For those not in the know, RootMetrics happens to conduct a study once every six months in order to determine which mobile operators based in the United States have performed better than their rivals. Just like it always does, industry leader Verizon Wireless has emerged on top, with AT&T unexpectedly taking the number two spot.
For its latest study, RootMetrics collected close to 4.7 million test samples, and traversed over 276,000 miles across the US. Verizon Wireless managed to come out on top in all performance categories, namely network reliability, connection speed, data, voice calls, and text messaging. Interestingly, T-Mobile was ranked a rather distant fourth among the country’s Big Four wireless carriers.
As mentioned earlier in this article, AT&T surprisingly is showing that it can try to keep up with the biggest wireless carrier in the United States. Indeed, AT&T ranked second in five out of six performance categories, and even took a share of the Text RootScore Award with Verizon Wireless and Sprint.
Speaking of Sprint, the number four mobile operator in America has shown some improvement at the countrywide level, and even garnered very impressive results especially in the aspect of text messaging. As for T-Mobile, the Uncarrier’s rankings at the national level basically remained consistent as compared to its results in the previous RootMetrics study.
Some may remember that in RootMetrics’ study for the second half of last year, T-Mobile had ranked fourth among all the major US wireless carriers. In that study, Verizon Wireless had managed to dominate all half dozen categories. As a matter of fact, the Big Red has taken the top ranking for overall carrier performance in RootMetrics’ study eight straight times.
The results of RootMetrics’ latest study is released less than a couple of weeks since a similar study from Ookla was published. And in that Ookla study, T-Mobile pointed out how its LTE network was found to have logged the fastest average download speeds among the Big Four. T-Mobile even claimed that ever since industry leaders Verizon Wireless and AT&T have joined in on the unlimited data party, the networks of these two operators have slowed. It bears noting that in completing its study, Ookla gathers information from its Speedtest mobile app in evaluating the network performance of wireless carriers.
But according to Nicola Palmer, the chief network officer of Verizon Wireless, the Big Red has since gained millions of new sign ups after the debut of its Verizon Unlimited offering back in February early this year.
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