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The Best 3G & 4G Cities in America

Dan Jones
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Dan Jones, Mobile Editor
10/30/2012
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Table 9: AT&T's Slowest Cities

City Lowest Download Speed (Mbit/s) 2012 Test Dates
McAllen, Texas 2.4 March 19 - 23
Colorado Springs, Colo. 3.2 Aug. 27 31
Omaha, Neb. 3.2 March 18 - 22
Miami 3.2 Jan. 13 - 19
Springfield, Mass. 3.3 May 20 -24
Source: Root Metrics




AT&T is still getting some decent "slow" results from 3G. Table 10: Cricket's Slowest Cities
City Lowest Download Speed (Mbit/s) 2012 Test Dates
Denver 0.2 July 18 - 24
Pittsburgh 0.3 Jan. 13 - 18
Las Vegas 0.3 March 13 - 17
El Paso, Texas 0.3 March 18 - 22
Houston 0.3 Jan. 21 - 27
Source: RootMetrics




Cricket's slowest numbers aren't far from its fastest numbers.

Table 11: MetroPCS's Slowest Cities
City Lowest Download Speed (Mbit/s) 2012 Test Dates
Hartford, Conn. 0.1 May 2 - 6
Toledo, Ohio 0.1 March 24 - 28
Bridgeport, Conn. 0.1 May 2 - 6
New Haven, Conn. 0.2 May 31 - June 4
Springfield, Mass. 0.2 May 20 -24
Source: RootMetrics




Ouch! MetroPCS comes off worst in this section.

Table 12: Sprint's Slowest Cities
City Lowest Download Speed (Mbit/s) 2012 Test Dates
McAllen, Texas 0.3 March 19 - 23
Dayton, Ohio 0.3 April 24 - 30
Toledo, Ohio 0.4 March 24 - 28
Akron, Ohio 0.4 May 31 - June 4
Allentown, Pa. 0.4 May 20 - 24
Source: RootMetrics




Sprint gets its worst numbers off its older CDMA network.

Table 13: T-Mobile's Slowest Cities
City, State Lowest Download Speed (Mbit/s) 2012 Test Dates
Tucson, Ariz. 1.2 Feb. 21 -25
Albany, N.Y. 1.8 May 20 - 24
Memphis, Tenn. 1.8 March 24 - 28
New Orleans 1.9 April 8 - 12
San Francisco 1.9 Feb. 13 - 19
Source: RootMetrics




T-Mobile's network shows a wide spread between the best and worst results out of its markets.

Table 14: Verizon's Slowest Cities
City Lowest Download Speed (Mbit/s) 2012 Test Dates
Providence, R.I. 6.1 June 6 -12
Allentown, Pa. 7.3 May 20 - 24
Toledo, Ohio 8.1 March 24 - 28
Tampa, Fla. 8.1 Jan. 13 - 19
Buffalo, N.Y. 8.1 May 2 - 6
Source: RootMetrics




Verizon is the best of the worst thanks to its extensive LTE network.

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