iPhone 12 and 5G: New report reveals best networks
The number of 5G phones will swell this fall when Apple and Samsung roll out the and , respectively. With those two product launches reportedly introducing half-a-dozen 5G-ready phones into the market, smartphone buyers are going to want to know which wireless provider has the strongest 5G network.
The answer depends on what you mean by “strongest” — whether that’s the fastest speeds or the widest reach. But a by testing firm OpenSignal gives us a better view of which carriers are leading the pack in the 5G user experience.
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OpenSignal’s June 2020 report indicates that Verizon 5G users saw the fastest 5G speeds on the network across the country, nearly ten times that of users on AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. When it comes to selecting the speediest network, there’s certainly a clear winner here, and Verizon takes the cake by far, with an average download speed of 494.7 Mbps.
That’s not a shock if you know that Verizon’s 5G network uses fast mmWave-based technology in the 35 cities where it’s deployed. AT&T and T-Mobile are using sub-6Ghz spectrum for the bulk of their 5G coverage and their respective download speeds of 60.8 Mbps and 49.2 Mbps.
Because mmWave-based signals don’t have as far a reach — forget about receiving a signal indoors unless there’s a cellular tower in there — Verizon lags the field in 5G availability, with its subscribers only able to connect to 5G 0.4% of the time. That ...
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