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Verizon and AT&T Prepare For War Over Standards of Network Reliability

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Last week, AT&T published a press release that states recently commissioned third-party studies found its 4G LTE network to be the nation’s most reliable. The only issue with that, is Verizon has long-touted its network as America’s most reliable. So, the question is, who truly has the most reliable network? Is the claim simply a slogan used by Verizon to attract customers or part of a very large and ongoing marketing ploy? According to a full page ad put out by Verizon in the Wall Street Journal, while others claim to meet certain levels of reliability, Verizon continues to set the standard for reliability

For Big Red, claiming to have the most reliable network is not, “a hollow claim.” With the company currently investing $7 billion annually to maintain and buildout its network from coast to coast, Verizon continues to stand behind its “Can you hear me now?” standard. As mentioned in the ad, Verizon goes directly after AT&T – “So before others can claim reliability they need to answer to our standard.”

In the comments section of the post we wrote regarding AT&T’s reliability claims, readers weren’t afraid (are you ever?) to give their thoughts on both of the network’s reliability. There was a lot of talk about network congestion in certain areas and things of that nature, but with customers from both carriers in so many different parts of the country, it’s hard to make everyone happy and give them perfect signal strength and excellent data speeds in all circumstances.

What’s your take on the reliability beef between AT&T and Verizon? If you have tried both networks, lets us know your thoughts on each one and see how it all stacks up. It will be interesting to watch this drama unfold between the top two wireless carriers, both of which have massive marketing budgets for this type of thing.

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Via: The Verge

  • Bryce

    I know this is a little late but I just came across this post and thought that I would post a comment. Now before I post this comment I just want to say I know this does not apply to everybody im sure there are places where AT&T is better than Verizon but I also know there are a lot of places where Verizon is better than AT&T. I’ve had both AT&T and Verizon in the past, i’m currently on Verizon right now but I’ve had AT&T before. I’ve got to tell you both companies have been quite an experience up here in Eureka,California. Sometimes good experiences and sometimes bad experiences. Back when I was with AT&T a couple years ago I found myself dropping calls about once every 3 to 4 weeks which isn’t that bad but I still dropped calls which didn’t make me too happy. The voice coverage was alright, but it wasn’t the greatest. AT&T covered my city and the cities surrounding me which doesn’t go to far of a distance, but if you left anywhere outside those cities you would either be on 2G or no coverage at all and you wouldn’t get coverage for miles. For the data part of it I found AT&T’s data would be quite inconsistent such as data would be a hit or miss and it still is that way today. Before I left AT&T they added their HSPA+ up here also known as 3.5G or fake “4G”, and my friend had an HSPA+ phone so asked him if i could use his phone to see how far hspa+ went and how fast it was and I found it to be quite unreliable as I would only get on average 3-5 mbps down and less than 1 mbps up and you could only go a certain distance before you fell back on 3G if not 2G. So after that I said to myself I’ve got to switch to Verizon because Verizon always says how they have the most reliable network and it was only about $5 dollars more than AT&T a month and I would rather pay that extra $5 to have a more reliable network. Ever since I switched to Verizon i have had a way better experience with them than I did with AT&T. I got the iPhone from Verizon which was a 3G only phone which was fine since Verizon didn’t have 4G LTE in my area when I first went with them. But ever since I had Verizon I’ve only had 1 dropped call which was a while back ago but that was fine because that was a place AT&T didn’t have any service at all. I have also found Verizon to be way more reliable not just in my area but all over California and Southern Oregon. Don’t get me wrong I have lost service before on Verizon but its usually where no other cell phone carriers get service there also, but I would literally have to be in the middle of nowhere up in the mountains to lose service on Verizon thats how great Verizon’s coverage is. For the data part 3G seemed to be alright as I would average 2 mbps which could still load youtube and web pages fairly fast. I upgraded to the Motorola Droid 4 which is a 4G LTE capable device and when I did upgrade Verizon still had 3G up here but back in December 2012 Verizon added 4G LTE up here which was awesome because im still averaging 40 mbps on 4G LTE which is more than enough for a phone to do just about everything a phone can do. In the end Verizon maybe the most expensive but it is definitely worth the coverage and reliability Verizon has to offer

  • Lake

    I don’t know why people say Verizon is expensive, I have 7 people on a family plan sharing 8 GB of data with an employee discount from a major airline. I pay 56 a person and we never run out of data plus it includes unlimited text, calling and wireless tethering. As far as reliability I have the best service I have ever had and I have had att and Sprint. I will say on the rare occasion I get 3g that is incredibly slow. Only thing I miss about att is faster 3g.

  • evilincarnate

    I had AT&T over a decade ago. It royally sucked back then. From what I can tell, it still royally sucks. I switched to Verizon because of the nationwide coverage and lack of roaming within the US. I was not disappointed. It made a huge difference in call quality (and made my phone bill lower). Verizon had a very brief period here, in Mid Michigan where quality went down, but that was solely because of the merger with Alltel and the fact they sold a bunch of towers to AT&T, when the transition was complete, there was already great LTE coverage here, in rural Michigan, before a lot of areas had it. So no, I can’t complain, service great. Maybe not the cheapest, but other than the merger bs, I have no complaints.

  • KyleWilson

    I had AT&T for years in Dallas and experienced dropped calls and hung web pages. In smaller cities there was sometimes little to no coverage at all. Switched to Verizon and I never experience dropped calls or problems with my data throughput. I have no idea if AT&T’s LTE is faster (assuming you’re in a place that can actually get it) because on a smartphone once you get above 2 mbps it really is a wash. But from a reliability standpoint VZW lays waste to AT&T. I travel extensively for work and have never had a serious issue with Verizon whereas I always did with AT&T.

  • Aj Walter

    I’ve seen Verizon outperform AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile in multiple states down the East Coast. I have family and friends that have had AT&T and ultimately switched to Verizon. While I feel their current price for plans is BS I am locked into unlimited data and 400 minutes and unlimited texts for $80 dropped from $100 with a work discount. I also rarely find a place I don’t have service on Verizon and more specifically have had the same place drop calls on AT&T. For me Verizon is the only option.

  • Adrian Norman

    I’m in Las Vegas and I have Verizon and my Daughter has AT&T. We are always having these competitions for wireless sepremacy. IN Vegas, Verizon beats her AT&T everytime in speed and reliability.

  • Zach Armstrong

    Been since Verizon since 2009 They do have the best network but there lineup device is severely lacking since they won’t carry any of the Nexus or Google Experience devices

  • jboogie1289

    Well here’s my 2 cents. I work at a Petrochemical plant in an expoision proof control room and I’ll tell you this, we have all 4 networks in here. The people that have T-Mobile and Sprint have to go either near the door or out the door to get any type of service. AT&T guys have little to no bars (1-2 bars of 3g) in the control room and us Verizon guys have at least 3 bars of 3g and 1-2 bars of 4g. I rest my case………..

  • master94

    VZW 3G is reliable but its 4G is awful compared to At&T. I expect VZW to fix that since they pride themselves at having the best network.

    • evilincarnate

      4G here in rural Michigan from Verizon is phenomenal.

  • Yakuzahi

    In NY and NYC Verizon only!

  • I have had both. I just switched back to Verizon after a year on AT&T. Verizon is still better.

  • Gumpo

    In my experience with all the four big guys in the Philadelphia / southern new jersey area, I have to say they are equal. They both claim to have 4g signal when they really don’t, but that may be more of a phone issue for not showing it accurately. Unfortunately for them both, in this area tmo is just as reliable for voice and data, and while usually a bit slower than vzw, always beats att. If tmo and sprint offered the level of service nation wide they did here, both vzw and att would be in trouble.

  • infg3570

    Vz hands down with clear calls and LTE reliability. Switched to Att because they always get better android phones. The network service is okay, but could be better. Vz is the standard.

  • So everyone has to use Verizon’s standards for reliability?

    • Doug W

      We could go by T-Mo’s perhaps? bwahahahaha

    • evilincarnate

      Considering how reliable Verizon’s service is, there needs to be a standard to go by and if AT&T is just making up its own standard to suit its claims, it is hardly helpful information to the consumer.

  • Avery Dejuan Herron

    At&t and Verzion are both telling the truth here because they are the same company!

  • Tasso

    I know I am going to be hated for this… but i am wth Verizon with it’s reliable network, but with ATT for their speed. But I have Sprint and in all love it. I know its slow, but would rather prefer their unlimited data from the shared data. Besides, SoftBank just bought Sprint and will increase their network. Imma get packed for this but IDC

  • thedonxr

    Props to the throwback OG Droid pic 🙂

  • bassman418

    Verizon in Tampa, FL. 😉

    • chris420o

      i wish my wifi got these speeds…sigh…stupid wireless router

  • Trevor

    Back in the mid 2000s (2004-2006ish), I had AT&T and remember my friends on Verizon having coverage in places I didn’t – usually out in the middle of djibouti – but nowadays, I’ve just been on Verizon and haven’t compared much to AT&T. All I know is that Verizon’s 3G blows compared to the speeds I was getting on AT&T’s 3G (which they refer to as 4G – I believe it’s just HSPA+ or whatever) when I tried out Straight Talk for a couple months.

  • Ryan

    In my area, Central Illinois, AT&T has 3 towers to Verizon’s 20. AT&T isn’t even in the game.

  • Torrey Shelton

    For me Verizon had more reliable voice Coverage but AT&T is way more reliable when it comes to data Coverage.

  • Dave

    Didn’t we do this whole stupid thing when 3G was big and Luke Wilson told us so?

  • jpinsl

    Verizon’s 3G/4G network was down entirely in northern Utah most of yesterday. No Internet connectivity for most of the day…not so reliable

  • cheezer88

    As a Verizon Gnex user of 6 years (personal phone) and a AT&T Iphone user of 4 years (work phone), i can personally attest that my Verizon phone gets service and is far more reliable than my AT&T phone. when ever i have to go out in the middle of nowhere for work, i can always count on my Verizon phone to get a call out. i also travel to Nebraska numerous times during the year and i never loose service with my Verizon phone and i always loose service in northern Kansas on AT&T.

  • David Marzluf

    I have had all three main carriers at one point in my life. I live in southern California and by far the best one here is Verizon. Sprint and at&t dropped at least 2-3 calls per day.
    If you know this area then you know we have beach to mountains and every type of terrain in between. I have had Verizon for a bout 3 years now and I don’t drop calls. Verizon also has coverage everywhere here unlike sprint or at&t. I can be 1 mile out in the ocean to hiking in the mountains and I always have service.

  • Ryan Hansele

    I have an ATT and Verizon device. I must say that ATT is faster for the most part. However Verizon always has connection where my ATT device does not. The times where I have had dropped data is very limited to maybe a handful of times but times i needed it none the less. These are both work devices and nothing worse than when 1 wont get service. take this as a win for VZW coverage for ATT data speeds. Both are better than Sprint.

  • iamme

    Verizon was the carrier that was closest to full functionality during Sandy. I had service the entire time while family that had ATT had to borrow my phone because theirs wasnt working. Ill say Verizon is much more reliable than ATT.

  • ozo012

    The only thing truly reliable about Verizon and AT&T is that they will always be scheming the next plan to grab money out of their subscribers’ wallets.

    • Mchalli

      Agree!!!

  • Used both had friends with both…. Verizon pretty much always “won” in constant connection and worked in places no one else did.

    With that said, I switched to T-Mobile. Saving 1/2 my bill ($120/mo saved) as compared to Verizon and includes unlimited everything. The difference in network is doable considering a VERY small % of my time is ever outside of a major city and Tmo is getting bigger anyways.

    • timrcm

      The peace of mind of knowing I can actually call for help if I have a tire blow out while traveling, having signal in rural areas at family events, etc… it’s hard to give up.

      • While that is obviously true, I have yet to be someplace I cannot make a call with tmo. Sure a few areas with no data… but always voice so far.

        • timrcm

          I wish I could say that – I’d still be on them. Unfortunately the second I leave the city where I am T-Mobile drops off. There’s a few miles of EDGE and then a giant abyss of nothingness. Being in a smaller city, that means half of my family lives in this deadzone. I don’t enjoy visiting the in-laws, damnit, I need my phone to have signal to distract me!

  • Verizon is reliable if you’re looking to make a phone call. In terms of data, not so much as the speeds are inconsistent and slow most of the time. In my town we don’t have LTE just 3G. My 3G speeds went from 3mbs to 0.40 in the past 10 months. Sometimes I have to travel and I’ll do a LTE speed test and the most I’d get is like 6mbs which isn’t that fast. I can’t speak for ATT as their network doesn’t even work in my town. Just Verizon and US cellular.

  • TheRobotCow

    Price aside Verizon and At&t are the two best carriers. I like Verizon alot more than At&t not only because they seem to have better phones but i get coverage and service from Verizon everywhere i go.
    Go Verizon!

    • sski66

      Better phones, on what planet?!

  • Leeroy Waddermelon

    Reliability has been about the same for me having recently switched. AT&T’s 4g is much faster than VZW’s though.

  • NIGHTSCOUT

    Nice pic of the OG DROID.

  • yummy

    Verizon made a deal at the
    crossroads, while lightning
    struck the bell tower at midnight.
    So, I guess they win.

  • trwb

    I pay $78 a month (texting disabled – use Google Voice) for 3gb of data and rollover minutes on At&t and it’s just as reliable as Verizon was when I was with them. Lte speeds are faster for me on At&t also. I like how At&t lets me disable text messaging and save around $30 per month. Verizon didn’t let me do that.

  • Jason Bittner

    For me, AT&T is much more reliable. I switched from Verizon a few months ago due to lack of coverage where I live and work, 2 bars maximum of 3G service and dropped or horrible calls constantly. On AT&T I now have much better service….. at 1/2 the cost

    • JoeTi

      YMMV but in general, give it some more time, you will see the inconsistencies with at&t that most people experience and complain about. In fact, dropped calls are a gsm handoff flaw consistent with GSM networks. Much less an issue with CDMA due to the tech. If at&t shift the voice to voLTE that may not be an issue with future service but the track record does not favor that scenario.

  • cancerous_it

    AT&T is on crack. VZW has so many pissed off customers, there is no way that they would still be in business if they didn’t have the best network. No one actually wants to be on VZW.

    • trwb

      It’s a marketing ploy. At&t coverage per capita is just as good as Verizons, I have had both services. There are a ton of people on At&t also.

  • Jason Kahn

    How about a war making your services cheaper to the customer, Just a thought. I can’t wait till my contract is in three months

  • E

    For what it’s worth, I live less than 2 miles from downtown washington DC and I consistently get 0-1 bars of service on my couch. Not just my phone but my wife’s as well. We live in a populated metropolitan area (Bethesda, MD) in the downtown area. Speed test on LTE range between 186k-900k inside and out. At my office in northern virginia (arlington) I can get 4-5 bars of service but again LTE speeds average under 1mbps, especially in peak hours. I literally have consistent trouble with watching youtube videos and in come cases have trouble streaming music on Rdio.

    It’s excruciatingly clear that Verizon’s network claims (at least when applied to this area) are not much more than marketing speak. They have definitely oversold their bandwidth and won’t admit it (when LTE first rolled out I was getting the usual 10-20mbps average). I have contacted their customer service repeatedly to no avail.

    TL; DR It’s clear to me that in metropolitan Washington DC and close in suburbs Verizon has oversold their network capacity.

    This guy is switching to T-Mobile

  • caveat71

    My comments cover the following markets since these are the areas I primarily use my phone – Houston, TX, Buffalo, NY. As well I don’t really consider “voice” as a metric to measure any more – the number of phone calls I make or receive are tiny compared to my other activities. Instead I look to text message send/delivery and data reliability/speed. I just recently switched from VZW to ATT only after testing an ATT phone and service. Both locations AT&T outperforms Verizon on the data network. Data is generally faster, with less need to “retry” downloading a page. I get between 20% and 30% faster speeds on ATT in Houston and 40% faster in Buffalo. Verizon dipped as low as 5Mb/s in Buffalo. Text messaging usually saw my messages delivered equally well between both carriers, but in testing in both locations AT&T delivered the message slightly faster – and definitely faster when MMS was involved.
    For what its worth, I always suggest that YMMV depending on your needs and location. All carriers have strengths and weaknesses. In my case, after being a customer of VZW for 10 years, I found myself no longer satisfied with their offering and declining speeds. Couple that with their approach to handset management (as though they own the phone, not you) and software upgrades (they hold back software updates to encourage you to upgrade and renew contracts) I found no need to continue loyalty. The grass may only be a shade or two greener…but that’s green in my pocket 🙂

  • shdowman

    Sprint owns them both in reliability!!

    ……

    • zurginator

      Said no one ever?

    • Bruce

      Not in Los Angeles area. Both the speed and coverage suffer.

      • shdowman

        My comment was a joke…..I figured in this instance the obligatory “/s” could be overlooked. I figured wrong it would seem.

  • Adam Truelove

    A reliable network is useless if it’s not available when you need it. And in that regard, AT&T can’t compete. I hate Verizon as a company, but their network has no equal.

  • Dominick White

    here in central ny, Verizon is far better

  • Butters619

    Suck it AT&T. Until your network works reliably in Disneyland I don’t believe it. When everybody in my party has 5 bars of LTE and can’t get a drop of data, you know something is wrong. And when your official corporate response to me is “in crowded areas that is normal behavior” you know you have something wrong.

    • Paul Hansen

      The only time I’ve had an issue with data on VZW (voice worked fine) in a congested area was downtown Chicago for the Blackhawks celebration when 3 million people were in an insanely congested area which I’m totally understanding of. There’s no way to prepare for that even with mobile trucks. Had ZERO issues with voice which was impressive.

      Proof of the insanity: https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQrwPAoIDv8pq9h_d-E3zUM0Qjz89xz1s0FP6Z7DMgXHk4TKOwR

      • Butters619

        AT&T is useless at any sporting event, concert, mass gathering, etc, but you would think at a place like Disneyland, with consistent crowds, you would have some bandwidth. And before anybody says, “well why are you on your phone anyways at Disneyland”, I used to be an annual pass holder and you need something to kill time in lines.

        • Paul Hansen

          Oh I totally understand. I even had intermittent data at that event. I was just saying until it gets like that VZW has never been an issue for me. Disneyland or otherwise 🙂 I was more giving props to VZW than knocking them. Everything broke that day. The whole city was shut down. It was nuts.

          • Butters619

            Oh yeah I didn’t think you were knocking them. The system was just never built to handle a load anywhere near that size. Props your phone could still call though. That’s impressive.

  • Drummer62

    This seems pretty good to me on Verizon!

  • LiterofCola

    From San Diego to LA to DC, Verizon has top notch coverage.

  • denlem

    For me here in Massachusetts, I just switched to AT&T since Verizon gives me no service at home and limited service at work. AT&T works better on both.

    I maintain a constant 4G signal with AT&T, but with Verizon it was always going in and out from 3G and 4G.

  • Albert Reyna

    Havn’t had verizon in two years so im not sure if lte covers my area. I do know that my parents have ATT now so they can take advantage of 4g but not lte. The speeds is good enough though. Both carriers are good in my town overall.

  • jnt

    #1 – reliability ≠ speed

    #2 – these are still phones, first and foremost, to a majority of people, and there are still a LOT of places in the country where Verizon can make/receive a *quality* call and send/receive a basic SMS and AT&T can’t.

    AT&T has always had faster data speeds than Verizon. Their “3G” / HSPA+ was always faster than Verizon’s 3G. But it was (until the past year or so) incredibly inconsistent. I always equated Verizon to the Tortoise (though that’s a bit extreme) – slower, but steady and consistent; and AT&T to the Hare – speedy, but inconsistent and unreliable. AT&T has improved greatly over the past 1+ year, but from a true reliability standpoint over the largest footprint, they still can’t touch Verizon.

    • Mike Hilal

      Before HSPA+, they claimed their “3G” was faster than EV-DO. It wasnt. Only 3-4 years later did they finally pass verizon’s 3.1mbps. As was mentioned above, verizon has a bad habit of overselling their bandwidth. I was hitting the 70mpbs mark when LTE first rolled out, now 28 is about the norm. ATT will have the same issue once they reach the same subscriber density.

  • beng8686

    Verizon’s LTE network crushes (in size and coverage) ATT’s. Couldn’t tell you who is more reliable until ATT can hang with the big dogs in LTE coverage.

    • Albert Reyna

      ATT is the closest of having lte coverage like Verizon, so if you don’t think its big enough then there is only one top dawg lol not 2.

      • beng8686

        Where I live you cant even have ATT, but Verizon 4G prevails.

      • Paul Hansen

        I’m actually curious to see what Softbank does with Sprint since they’ve promised to surpass ATT in LTE coverage soon. They have the deep pockets to make it happen. I have VZW so it doesn’t really affect me but it’ll be interesting to see.

        • Justin W

          I don’t know what to expect from Softbank, but if Sprint doesn’t get it’s methods changed, we’ll all be cruising along on LTE at the high speeds of 0.5mbps.

  • braves

    I am here in the SF bay area, I am on verizon and my wife is on AT&T. AT&T is definitely more reliable and has much faster speeds.

    • LionStone

      Not my experience at all…the whole family on VZW in SF bay and we always have stellar call quality and reliability reaching each other. One time, a wreck on Devil’s Slide, everyone out of their cars, you know, and the only ones that could call out were those on VZW 🙂 AT&T do have very good speeds here though, but as someone mentioned, speed is not equal to reliability.

    • Warwick

      I live in the SF bay as well. I’m going to have to pick Verizon in reliability. Att won’t get a stable signal in my own neighborhood. As far as all over the bay Verizon has won it in my opinion.

  • SpeakWithYouAndMe

    I really hate it when my parents are calling from overseas and AT&T decides to say “screw you we’re dropping the call.”

  • Prince Campbell III

    I live in Louisiville. AT&T has the whole city covered, but I just recently joined Verizon (coming from Sprint). I love the service I have with Verizon, I do work with people who have AT&T and they aren’t complaining about, so it’s a win-win for everyone down this way.

  • Jeremy Martin

    Here in Iowa Verizon is much better than AT&T. I know in my town AT&T cell coverage is horrible plus they dont have LTE here. Verizon does and coverage is great. I drove from Iowa to Ohio and never lost my data connection..hardly ever was in a 3G area either.

    • modernbummer

      Yeah, Verizon isn’t the only option in Iowa, but they probably are the best. U.S. Cellular has good coverage around here, but they’re bringing back contracts. Sprint is terrible. I’ve heard bad things about AT&T. And iwireless is a joke.

      • Jeremy Martin

        I was originally a US Cellular customer in Ohio but then they were bought out by Alltel then Verizon bought Alltel so now im a Verizon customer. I then moved to Iowa later on and still here. iWireless i think is a T-Mobile 3rd party client if im not mistaken. T-Mobile sucks so I would imagine iWireless would too.

  • Havoc70

    As much as VZ pisses me off with a lot of their dumb things, i have used both networks and VZ smokes ATT for reliability.

  • prestone1

    you can always rely on At&t to drop calls, there network is super reliable in that category.

    • WickedToby741

      Reliably disappointing!

      Of course I say this intending to switch to GoPhone when my Verizon contract is up in September. Should be interesting. Verizon is all I’ve known for the past five years.

      • spunker88

        I really wish Verizon would allow 4G devices on their prepaid plans. They have the same $60 unlimited prepaid plan with 2GB of data that At&t has but they only let you bring 3G devices. They could always just let people bring LTE devices but disable the LTE access on them so they are 3G only.

        Meanwhile At&t lets you bring any GSM device and even lets you use 4G LTE on it. T-mobile coverage is non-existant where I am so I also plan to switch to At&t prepaid (aka GoPhone)

    • michael arazan

      ATT is as reliable as swiss cheese on a sandwich, gonna have holes in it’s coverage

      In St.Louis ATT drops calls on major highways here, pretty odd since most carriers have the strongest strength on major highways. One example at 141 and HWY 40

  • tyguy829

    As much as we whine and complain (myself incuded) about Verizon’s high prices, ridiculous “security” policies, delayed phone releases, horrible (getting much better) update schedule, and offensively excessive branding on phones, they really do have the best network. I literally get 4g everywhere 6 months before their own deadline and I can’t remember the last time I was without at least 3g, let alone with no service at all. It really is outstanding.

  • Matt Porter

    At&T is much better here in south dakota.

    • OreoMan

      I had better VZ 4G coverage there last year on vacation than I had in Colorado. I had 4G in the middle of the Badlands for crying out loud!

    • Justin W

      I disagree with that, at least for eastern SD. I had Vz coverage in far more areas than I do currently with AT&T. On top of that, LTE isn’t even available in Sioux Falls, where as Vzw has LTE coverage for a large portion of this side of the state.

  • schoat333

    AT&T probably does have the most reliable 4glte network, but they don’t have as many subscribers to it either. My VZW LTE speeds used to be over 50mb down and 20 up in Cleveland, now they are a fractions of that. This is due to more subscribers on the network.

    The fact still remains that VZW’s entire network is more reliable, and reaches more subscribers.

    • inchslayer

      I believe Verizon claims to have the most reliable 4G LTE network. However, AT&T does claim to have the fastest LTE network. Which leads to my two facts:

      Fact #1: AT&T has the fastest 4G LTE Network.
      Fact #2: You are never in the right place to get it.

      • MagicMike Kelley

        lol!

      • Dave

        Or on ATT you have 84 people in a large city tapping into an LTE source, and VZ has 225,000 on their network.

        • michael arazan

          225,000 all using One LTE tower too

      • Aj Walter

        AT&T likes to advertise speeds, which they are faster, yet they forget to mention that they have less customers which means faster speeds.

    • michael arazan

      Same here in St.Louis, in December 2010 to june 2011 had 18 down/ 15 up (when lte started here), after that it was 12 down/ 6 up till march 2012, and now it is 8 down and 3 up as of today

  • Verizon

    I am very reliable. That AT&T guy is a liar.

    • NIGHTSCOUT

      You are a reliable rapist 😉

      • Verizon

        I never said what I was reliable at.

        • NIGHTSCOUT

          Verizon is VERY reliable at raping people. Sometimes it’s not even rape, when consensual

          • Verizon

            Technically, it is prostitution because people pay me.

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            Yeeees….. we pay you, to get that good stuff…..

          • Verizon

            Ok, things just got weird.

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            What’s the matter Verizon? Come back here and rain upon us with your majestic bounty

          • Verizon

            I didn’t think it was possible, but things just got weirder.

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            stop teasing…..

          • Verizon

            It’s not you, it’s me. I have a meeting in the morning and…….ummmm………my grandmother is sick…….and…….ummmm……I’ll call you.

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            LOL this sounds all too familiar…. I heard this before…..T-Mobile said this to me last week

          • Verizon

            You can’t believe anything that pink little slut tells you. Did you know she was engaged to At&t for a while? After they broke up she started flirting with Sprint too before jumping into bed with Metro on the first date. I hear she lies about her 4G too.

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            LMAO! This is gold…..She turned to the lowest bidder

          • Verizon

            LOL

          • SkylaC90

            lmao you and @NightScout are freaking awesome, been ROFLMFAO

          • Bleeew+Shaikh=PrettyBabies

            Now shes working on a thing with US Cellular.

          • Verizon

            What a slut.

  • Col_Angus

    Maybe they can go to war and inadvertently kill each other off.

    • Ian

      Thermonuclear war?

      • Nope, Beast Wars.

        • Mchl496

          VZW is Optimus Primal

  • I heard at&t is adding a 10mb plan. hurry new post!

  • motcher41

    Sprint in my area I have found to have the best service . I have used ATT, VZW and now Sprint.

    • Prince Campbell III

      Where do you live in Kansas City ???

  • Eldorath

    As much as I’m not a fan of VZW’s pricing…. the reliability of VZW for me, has always been damn near perfect. I can’t remember the last time I dropped a call… yet, my work phone drops calls every day or 2.. and it’s on AT&T.

    • Diablo81588

      That’s to be expected, it is AT&T after all.

  • Bill Hill

    Standard for extortion

  • Greg Morgan

    I think they need to invest a little more money into Seattle’s networks because it’s not very good.

  • DroidzFX

    Wont matter how reliable it is when no one can afford to buy the service.

    • LiterofCola

      You’d be surprised how many people can

    • Trueblue711

      With them having the most amount of subscribers, I think many people can afford them.

      • That’s why people like me are leaving, right?

        • Shawn Pourhosseini

          you will be back..

        • verizonreliabe

          Poor people are leaving

          • Not poor, would just rather have an extra $100 to put to something worth while.

        • tomn1ce

          Didn’t they reported signing up 900,000+ new customers in the last quarter! It looks more people are signing up then who are actually leaving.

    • NIGHTSCOUT

      People vote with their wallets. And right now, VzW has the most wireless customers…..

  • OG!