Fastest Wireless Speeds

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Tyler Abbott
Brenna Elieson
Mar 07, 2024
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T-Mobile wins the speed race for both 4G and 5G wireless connections, while Verizon and AT&T teeter between second and third place.

Let's take a closer look at the fastest data speeds from the three biggest major wireless carriers. 

Data speed averages across the country

According to Opensignal, a consumer-focused analytics company that specializes in reporting unbiased wireless and broadband data, these were the average overall and 5G download speeds of major carriers.

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5G download speeds

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T-Mobile crushes the competition in both overall 4G LTE speed and 5G download speed—by a lot. While Verizon had the lowest overall download speed, it ranks second in 5G speeds, with AT&T dropping from the second-best overall download speed to the third-best 5G speeds.

In summary, here are the average overall speeds and 5G speeds among the three major wireless networks.

  • T-Mobile
    • Overall download speed: 113.1Mbps
    • 5G download speed: 204.9Mbps
  • Verizon
    • Overall download speed: 38.1Mbps
    • 5G download speed: 135.3Mbps
  • AT&T
    • Overall download speed: 45.5Mbps
    • 5G download speed: 123.5Mbps

T-Mobile currently owns the award for the fastest 4G LTE and 5G download speeds.

For overall download speeds, it’s a close race for runner-up between AT&T and Verizon, but AT&T pulls ahead by about 7Mbps, making AT&T Wireless the second-fastest provider for overall download speed.

For 5G download speeds, T-Mobile is at least 69Mbps ahead of Verizon, and AT&T is a close third, just 12Mbps behind.

Prepaid carriers charge less for the same network
Get the fastest 5G network for half the price

Did you know that with a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), you can get a prepaid phone plan on the T-Mobile, AT&T, or Verizon network? Even better, these prepaid carriers get you the same exact service for half the price of a plan from a major provider. 

Want a cell phone plan with T-Mobile? Try Mint Mobile or Tello instead. Mint offers a $30/month unlimited plan which includes 40GB of priority data and 10GB of hotspot data. Mint even has plans as low as $15/month for 5GB of data. Tello offers the cheapest limited-data plans around (as low as $8/month for zero data), but you can also get unlimited data for $25/month with 35GB of fast speeds.

Interested in Verizon? Try Visible instead. For just $25/month, you can get unlimited talk, text, and data on Verizon's network, as well as unlimited hotspot use. Or, get its $45/month Unlimited plan, and enjoy unlimited, high-speed data without risk of throttling or deprioritization.

Looking for a phone plan with AT&T ? Try Boost Mobile instead. With Boost, the more months you buy, the more you save. Check out its 12-month Unlimited plan–for a $300 lump-sum payment (equal to $25/month), you get unlimited data with 40GB of high-speed data and 12GB of hotspot data. 

Recap: T-Mobile reigns supreme

T-Mobile sustains the championship title for both 4G LTE and 5G speeds. If mobile data speeds matter to you, T-Mobile will give you the best experience. Here's how T-Mobile looks on the pedestal.

  • T-Mobile
    • Average 4G LTE speeds: 113.1Mbps
    • Average 5G speeds: 204.9Mbps

Now all eyes are on AT&T and T-Mobile to swing back and take control of the fastest speeds title. We'll report back if they ever make any gains.

Tyler Abbott
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Tyler has been obsessed with watching sports as efficiently as possible since the creation of the DVR. He is always on the lookout for the best tech in TV and wireless so he can watch all the sports and still have enough time to hang out with his baby. He has written about streaming, wireless, and TV for over three years. He hopes the Lakers will eventually get better.

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