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Friday Poll: Which Carrier’s 4G LTE Do You Use?

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About half a year ago we asked our readers if they currently lived in an area that supported Verizon’s 4G LTE network. Out of 10,000+ votes, we found that a whopping 84% of voters did live in a 4G LTE area. For a company whose goal is to cover their entire 3G footprint with LTE by mid-2013, they are on the right track.

Today, let us know if you are residing in an LTE market and for which carrier. AT&T has been steadily growing their network to become a strong number 2 here in the U.S., even though they still are no where near the amount of markets Verizon currently supports. And even with Sprint getting their toes wet with LTE now, it would be nice to see what everyone is running currently.

Which carrier's 4G LTE do you use?

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  • Mallahet

    Damn, Verizon’s LTE network in Minneapolis is turrrible compared to the speeds you guys are pulling. Just got 2.5 down, 1.8 up with a 472ms ping… Hoo-freaking-ray..

    Can’t wait to switch to snag a Nexus 4, get a prepaid plan and kiss VZW goodbye.

  • Zero0

    Alright, let’s set this straight.

    T-Mobile isn’t terrible. HSPA+ speeds (barring the ping speed, which is horrendous) are (usually) good. Other than the 1Mbps down I pulled in Myrtle Beach (with 42Mbit theoretical speeds, I might add!), they’re something like 10-12 down and 2-4 up.
    Coverage on T-Mobile isn’t great. HSPA+ markets are few and far between, and coverage in those markets is a bit sketchy. Best of all, it falls back to EDGE*, which is pretty much the best 1999 has to offer in cellular data. That falls back to AT&T’s emergency call network.

    Verizon’s LTE down speeds are marginally better. Up and ping speeds crush T-Mobile, and coverage is absolutely outstanding. LTE in nearly 500 markets, it’s practically everywhere. When LTE is not available, EVDO is better than EDGE.

    I switched to T-Mobile from Verizon (3G, but the rest of my family is on LTE) a month ago. They’re good where I live, but I wouldn’t have switched if Verizon were GSM. Being able to use the Nexus 4 is T-Mobile’s biggest strength for me.

    * = I haven’t been everywhere, but I have never seen UMTS 3G on T-Mobile. Only HSPA, EDGE, no signal, or (for only a split second) GPRS.

  • master94

    No offense but that’s awful speed. VZW ping and AT&t ping never go above 100ms. Not to mention on VZW, the slowest speed I got in NYC was 28mbps down and 14 up. On At&T the slowest I ever got was 42mbps, though the upload was awful at 7mbps.

  • andy

    T-Mobile sucks its not real 4g 90% of people will agree that Verizon is better 100 times better faster everything more popular and I have unlimited look it up seriously look it up lol u make me laugh

  • TommieBoy

    I live in Vegas and just switched from verizon to at&t….i dont really see a difference in coverage but what i do know is that verizon is a rip off and the fact that they took away thier unlimited data is crap….i went from a TB to a Note2 and they said bye to my unlimited so i said bye to them……#winning!

  • Harsh Karn

    yes .. all your readers are verizon customers :). I’m on T-Mobile btw.

  • True but competition is always a good thing. plus this is more portable.!


  • matthew masters

    Nashville has AT&T, Sprint and Verizon all with 4G LTE. I’m on Verizon.

  • dylan84

    On AT&T but their LTE hasnt come to Asheville yet.

  • Gamilcrr

    Tmobile 4G Hspa+gives me a whopping 11mbps.. take a look.. and i live in Los Angeles
    Its good speeds

    • Diablo81588

      Less than 1mbps upload and a 1.5 second latency.. Lol, great speeds!

      • LionStone

        Still pretty decent near SFO 🙂 About the same or better than what I was getting at first with the TB… except much better ping.

        • bleeew

          What app do you use to write on the image? I have a DNA also.

          • LionStone

            Pic Say Pro

  • ViksFan79

    I used to be with AT&T for 8 years, but never owned their 4G LTE phones, but signal was awful out in the country and small towns. That’s why I choose Verizon because I get better signal. I love their 4G LTE speeds. When I go to Pittsburgh and Columbus, it’s very fast!

    • DMZMAN

      According to Consumer Reports, AT&T is awful EVERYWHERE, in every major municipality across the whole country.

  • dsass600

    Live in an LTE market for Verizon and AT&T but I just went to Straight Talk so HSPA+ for me!

  • ksavai

    Another proof of DroidLife is blog for Verizon customers.(90%) Before voting I knew the result.

    • Diablo81588


      • ksavai

        So whats point of this poll and post? They just wanted to make sure its still droid life?

  • Jaywrayson

    I get 18 down on T-Mobile HSPA+42 in Palm Beach Florida

    • Diablo81588

      I double that on Verizon LTE in Houston.

  • Verizon all the way! I recently got back from a family vacation to Lake Park, Georgia and while up there I was able to pull 2 bars of LTE AND I was able to tether that to my Nexus 7 to watch ESPN around the campfire all while in the middle of the woods (over 35 minutes away from the nearest medium sized town, Quitman, Georgia).

  • Dave

    We just got VZ….pulling 25mbps out in the sticks.

  • JMonkeYJ

    T-Mobile HSPA+

  • Michael R.

    I live about 70 miles southwest of Savannah, Ga. in Wayne County. As of 01/04/2013, 4g signal is one County to the north, south, and eat. Do not know how far west one will need to go to get to a 4g signal. But I do know that it is not uncommon to be unable to receive a 3g signal in several areas of Wayne County. We are suppose to have 4g by March. Guess we will find out.

  • Droidzilla

    Where’s the “got a Nexus 4 and haven’t looked back” option?

  • lol at sprint

  • Lakerzz

    Verizon LTE in Antalope Valley, Ca. (Finally, haha!)

    • Go Lakers!!!!! We gonna get that W tonight. screw clippers

      • Lakerzz

        Haha!! Yes. Gotta get it done tonight, and KEEP IT GOINIG!!

        • LionStone

          Sorry guys, my Warriors will take care of those Clippers tonight! 🙂

  • cole hartman

    Oh LTE I was looking for T-Mobile and didn’t see it…

  • Sparky715

    Verizon is giving me 4G in areas not even known yet. Was in upper Wisconsin, a good hour from the only known 4G area with full speeds. Maybe a test site?

  • Good coverage in Savannah, Georgia!

  • I am on Verizon LTE here… And as far as I know, it is the only carrier with LTE in Tallahassee. HSPA here on AT&T. Sprint has 3G only. T-mobile just upgraded its network a few months ago.

  • tomn1ce

    Vzw LTE in nyc and loving it….I’ve seen at&t, sprint and tmobile at work and their speed are not that enticing….I’m not surprised about vzw been up by a long shot since most people who visit this site are on vzw…..

  • TheVoiceOfReason

    AT&T’s 4G LTE network is pure awesome here in San Francisco.

  • nightscout13

    VzW by a longshot WOW

    • Pedro

      Maybe Kellex should turn the chart 90 degrees, or put in some colors 🙂

      • nightscout13

        I honestly expected to see an equal amount of people on all 5 major networks. I guess the majority of the people on Droid-Life are here because the site was named after the DROID Verizon trademark?

        • JoeTi

          That, among other things probably has something to do with it. Also, you might factor in VZW has more subscribers than the other carriers individually. Not sure about the breakdown but they passed att sometime in 2009.

          • Diablo81588

            VZW has more subscribers than T-Mobile and Sprint COMBINED.

  • Zach Armstrong

    No LTE here yet just 3G and Edge.

  • EvanTheGamer

    Verizon 4G LTE forevermore!

  • Pedro

    Moving from VZW LTE to T-Mobile HSPA+.

    Same speeds (for me), 1/3 the price.

    So, in LTE market, looking for non-LTE option.

    • Tim242

      I thought about doing that. I got a t-mobile prepaid card to test it out. T-Mobile is utter garbage. Their coverage maps lie. They show my city as being fully covered in HSPA+ 42. I drove all around the city and only got GPRS and EDGE. I’ll keep my Verizon LTE.

      • Pedro

        Different for me. I get between 5 and 12 Mbps down and 1-2Mbps up for the last month at work, play and travel to family. Admittedly, I got nuttin’ at my brother-in-law’s house (40 miles outside San Antonio). VZW phones were connected.

        Got the StraightTalk AT&T SIM yesterday, popped it in, and see 2-4Mbps down, 0.5-1Mbps up around my house. Go back to work Monday, and a trip to SA early next month.

        • Tim242

          I’d try the StraightTalk plan, but their terms of service are terrible. They will throttle you at some arbitrary point, said to be 2-3 GB. The worst part though is that they prohibit streaming. I can’t deal with their restrictions

          • LionStone

            And I believe I saw some fine print that said “no tethering”, which is a deal breaker for me.

      • areffes

        You know that prepaid is on a different network of towers, right? Prepaid phone coverage is no indication of normal coverage.

        • Tim242

          I hope you are not serious. Because, you are not correct. The only difference, is roaming.

          • Their coverage map does NOT lie in my experience. I’ve found it to be accurate within feet. Are you sure you’re not using a phone that isn’t compatible with their frequency? If you’re not in a refarmed 1900mhz area, most international phones will NOT work…

            Personally, I get about 15 down / 3 up (HSPA+21 market) with around 60-70ms pings to google.com (compared to 50ms on landline for my area). No, it isn’t LTE – but to get away from Verizon’s draconian treatment of customers and phones, I’d say it’s damn good enough.

      • JMonkeYJ

        just as a counter-point, I live in the SF bay area and their HSPA+ has the same download speeds as VZW LTE, but upload is usually only ~4Mbps. coverage is very good.

        • Tim242

          T-Mobile’s upload speed is capped at 1 Mbps. We won’t even talk about thee atrocious latency.

          • JMonkeYJ

            i just speedtested at 3.5 Mbps upload here, so it’s not capped at 1 Mbps. the latency is a strange issue. on the speedtest app i get a ping of 1s (1000ms), but i use VOIP on my phone all the time and there is definitely NOT a 2s round trip delay. i have a feeling the ping dramatically decreases if you maintain your connection. 1000ms ping would make VOIP unusable, and it’s definitely not.

          • Tim242

            Well, I’m glad it works for you. For many, it does not. I’m still at a loss as to how there is only EDGE and GPRS here, but their coverage shows great HSPA+42. I really wanted it to work.

        • LionStone

          That’s good to know…I want to get a N4 and I live in SF Bay too half the time.


      Pedro, you forgot to mention same speeds (so you claim) and 1/3 the service as well!!

    • Jimmy Mac

      Big Red- ” we have great coverage….”update?” Is that even a word?”

      I have vzw 🙁

  • QQpayne

    I have Verizon service, but am still not covered with 4G here in the north Georgia mountains.

  • Wes

    T-Mo here, but Verizon and AT&T both have good LTE here.

  • I live in metro Atlanta which has all three LTE options, but I have T-Mobile. Which do I pick?

  • George Fayad

    Verizon is pretty much it here. The day Sprint brings LTE will be the day I start shopping for a new phone.

  • 89% Verizon… That is Dramatic! Verizon should be advertising here.

    • jb

      Since “Droid” is Verizon specific, the poll is likely skewed.

      • Tony

        Or verizon’s 4g is in more markets than the others? I think so

  • DC_Guy

    I have a Verizon Note 2 and Big Red has me by the short and curlies because I absolutely LOVE the network coverage. That said I’ve been test driving the Sprint Note 2 to see if I could even consider switching. Sadly I can’t. Just cannot deal with Sprint’s data speeds. My friend lives in a market where Sprint’s LTE is supposedly active (according to their website) yet she cannot get an LTE signal inside any buildings with her Sprint GS3. That doesn’t give me the warm and fuzzies about Sprint’s network.

    • Diablo81588

      That’s because sprint uses a much higher frequency for their LTE. High frequency bands don’t penetrate as well as low frequency.

  • thecharrr

    LTE here with Verizon and US cellular, even in the “country ghetto” I live in

  • Your neck of the woods Kellex…. Polson, MT population 5,000 and 4G LTE

  • Eric Richardson

    Pretty dumb to have single choice when there can be multiple carriers with LTE in an area….

  • Chris Pinola

    i mean, barely. verizon is abysmal here on long island…

    • Where exactly on Long Island are you? My experience has been that all of Nassau is covered, and that the majority of the North and South shores of Suffolk are as well. I’ve noticed some gaps in the center of the island, as well as when you get to the absolute edge of the south shore where there just isn’t good cell reception period due to the towers being mostly north of Route 27A, but I would hardly call Verizon 4G “abysmal” on Long Island.

      • Chris Pinola

        you’re right, nassau is pretty much fine. i’m an Islip town resident on the south shore of long island literally about half a mile from the great south bay. i only see 4G coverage if i’m ON sunrise highway. most of the time i’m between bay shore and patchogue (just to give you a sort of boundary), and usually no further north than smithtown. my phone spends most of the time disconnected as i move about the island because i’m constantly at the edge of 4G coverage. it doesn’t help that establishing an LTE connection on my gnex takes about 3 minutes, and usually by that time its back to EVDO for me. its not just me either, i know plenty of other VZW customers in the area that have the same problem.

        • Diablo81588

          It also doesn’t help that you’re using a gnex.

          • Chris Pinola

            yeah, still waiting for something worth replacing it with

  • chris125

    How about an option for more than one? I live in a sprint, verizon, and att lte market.

    • tyguy829

      read the title: “Which Carrier’s 4G LTE Do You Use?” (if any)

      • Eric Richardson

        Title was changed after it was posted. Original title was “friday poll do you live in a 4g lte market”

      • Eric Richardson

        Just to point this out… Droid Life has a very VZW leaning group of users. So the question as it is now is just asking for a skewed poll.

        • Mr. pickle

          Also should have a 6th option. Or does your HSPA+ outperform all other LTE speeds in your area because the network can’t handle the traffic. Good coverage, slow download speeds, good upload though. When I show people my download speed they say they have never seen a speed that high period. LTE here = 8mb/s max only verizon, sprint comming soon, att 4mb/s, metro PCS about 6mb/s. So its all about where you live.

          • Guest

            Show me that speed with hspa+..

          • Diablo81588

            God I hate disqus….

          • LionStone


        • yarrellray

          That’s all droid life cares about is Verizon garbage. They cater to all things Verizon and crappy Motorola.

          • PAPINYC

            Go pay your bill before T-Mobile shuts off your PrePaid Non-LTE 4G service. And, put a ‘wig on it’ to cover that Whoopi Goldberg butt fÜgly face of yours’!!

          • chris125

            Well the site is called ‘droid’ life and droid is verizon,you moron. Smh

          • squiddy20

            Uhhh… The entire website is called “DROIDlife”. In name alone you can tell it’s going to have a focus on Droid branded phones. How the hell do you not get this? Even 4th graders would be able to associate what the website is focused on. And you insulted me about being a “useless college boy”? Looks like you need some remedial 4th and 5th grade classes, idiot.

          • C-Law

            Definitely not true

      • chris125

        My point still stands… What if I have multiple services and therefore multiple lte coverage??? Plus they changed the title after I posted….

        • tyguy829

          oh didn’t see that. I hate it when sites change something, even the title, without saying “edit” or “update” or something

    • yarrellray

      Verizon sucks rotten eggs

      • chris125

        Ok yarrell go back to trolling androidandme

      • squiddy20

        That totally explains why Verizon is generally the #1 carrier in terms of coverage, customer service, and data speed, while T-Mobile is the 4th. -.-

        • DMZMAN

          In the 4G arena according to Consumer Reports, it’s Verizon 1st and foremost, Sprint 2nd (I have no idea how), T-Mobile 3rd, and AT&T a very distant 4th.

          But doesn’t AT&T say they have the nation’s largest 4G network in their (LYING) ads? LOL!!!

          • squiddy20

            Well hell, all the carriers are lying since 4G is *supposed* to be 1 Gbps and we’re not even at a quarter of that under optimum conditions. Just another marketing word to throw around and make everyone “ooh and ahh” about.

          • Dustin

            You’re obviously an idiot. 1 GBPS is the uttermost maximum speed you’re capable of receiving. They aren’t lying.

          • squiddy20

            It’s true that 1 Gbps is the utmost max speed when immobile, but considering the max speed when moving is set at 100 Mbps, and we don’t even get 1/3 of that under optimum conditions while *stationary*, they’re definitely fudging the truth. It was only after the carriers started throwing around the “4G” moniker that the ITU were basically forced to lower the standard just enough for it to be technically correct. At best, the wireless tech we have right now is considered 3.9G. Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4G , http://readwrite.com/2012/01/20/meet-the-real-4g , http://news.cnet.com/8301-30686_3-20022011-266.html
            You’re obviously an idiot. Even a quick Google search of “real 4G” or “true 4G” would have proved you wrong.

      • PAPINYC

        Stop confusing Verizon with your mammí who really sucks rotten eggs!


      Of the three you mentioned Verizon is the only one you need.

  • Shouldn’t this be a “Yes or No” poll, how am I supposed to know if I’m in an AT&T market when I use Verizon?

    • thecharrr

      Or checkmarks if you get Verizon/AT&T/US Cellular/whatever