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Which carrier runs the fastest 4G LTE network in America?

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Which carrier runs the fastest 4G LTE network in America?
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If you’ve got the need for speed, you’ll probably want to be a customer of one of two particular mobile carriers who top the latest survey of fastest LTE networks in America.

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Verizon, T-Mobile top OpenSignal report

Wireless coverage mapping service OpenSignal collected data from 170,000 users across the country during the waning months of 2016 to determine which carrier runs the fastest 4G network.

The results show Verizon and T-Mobile in a dead heat for pole position. Verizon’s average LTE download speed was 16.89 Mbps, while T-Mobile’s was 16.65 Mbps.

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But here’s where the two carriers differ: Verizon has an edge when it comes to network availability.

Verizon’s LTE network was available 88.17% of the time, while T-Mobile’s was available 86.6% of the time. Trailing further behind in network availability were AT&T (82.23%) and Sprint (76.81%).

But the laurels for Verizon don’t stop there. OpenSignal’s research shows Verizon has the lowest latency among the Big 4 carriers, with data delay speeds of only 59.84 milliseconds.

Paying less money for more network

AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon have long had secret sub-brands for price-sensitive customers. AT&T has Cricket Wireless, Sprint has Boost Mobile, T-Mobile has GoSmartMobile and Verizon has Total Wireless.

The price point is generally around $25 to $35 a month for the same towers and the same service you could pay a lot more for…and they’re all no contract!

Total Wireless has proven particularly popular with readers of Clark.com — especially since it started running on Verizon’s 4G LTE network.

‘It’s the best service available for people that want to be on Verizon’s network,’ Clark says.

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Theo is director of content for clark.com. He has co-written 2 books with Clark Howard, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Clark Howard's Living Large in Lean Times.
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