OpenSignal recently released their August 2017 State of Mobile Networks: USA report and for the first time ever, T-Mobile swept every single category which includes 4G Download Speed, 3G Download Speed, Overall Download Speed, 4G Latency, 3G Latency, and 4G Availability.
According to the report, T-Mobile testers were able to utilize a 4G LTE signal about 90.9% of the time and were able to achieve average LTE speeds of 17.5 Mbps. This is up from the average of 16.65 Mbps in February’s report. Verzion and AT&T on the other hand have shown significant speed decreases after re-introducing their unlimited plans. Verizon experienced the most significant drop in [...]
AT&T has recently announced plans to acquire the Vyatta Network Operating System, its VNFs (Virtual Network Functions), distributed services platform, software under development, existing software license, patents/patent applications, and vRouter from Brocade. As a part of the deal, AT&T also intends to bring over a number of Brocade employees mostly in California and the UK associated with the business.
Vyatta’s network operating system is expected to be a key part of AT&T’s push to virtualize their networking infrastructure. AT&T plans to be 55% virtualized by the end of this year and 75% virtualized by 2020. Additionally, AT&T is also [...]
High data users, rejoice! T-Mobile’s “unlimited plans” just got slightly more unlimited as a T-Mobile employee recently notified the T-Mobile sub-reddit community that T-Mobile raised the threshold for data de-prioritization for unlimited data users from 28GB to 30GB.
T-Mobile adopted a data de-prioritization strategy several years ago, during a time when the industry accepted practice was to throttle data speeds for high data users. In response to the displeasure many wireless customers voiced across all carriers in regards to throttling, T-Mobile instead began de-prioritizing data for users who surpassed a certain data threshold. Previously this [...]
As we live in a more and more connected world, being able to conduct an internet speed test and subsequently interpret the results is one of the most important computer skills to have.
This is important for many reasons as it’s not only the first thing to do when troubleshooting a connection issue, it’s also necessary to determine if you’re getting the correct internet speeds you’ve paid for from your ISP.
What is Internet Speed, Ping, and Jitter
Before we begin, let’s first discuss bandwidth and latency, which are the two components that make up “internet speed”.
Bandwidth, which is most commonly [...]
When everybody else has a better unlimited plan than you, you need to figure out why yours sucks and how you can be a bit more competitive. In a recent announcement, AT&T did just that.
AT&T will not have two unlimited plan tiers which will include Unlimited Choice and Unlimited Plus.
Unlimited Choice will be cheap, slow, and all around pretty bad, but it will be unlimited and it will be cheap. Priced at $60/mo for one line, $115/mo for two lines, $155/mo for four lines, etc. the Unlimited Choice plan will include unlimited talk, text, and data, but data will be limited to 3Mbps and streaming video is capped at 480p with a maximum bitrate of 1.5Mbps. The [...]
Rootmetrics recently released their mobile networks report for the 2H2016 and in line with their 1H2016 results, Verizon once again swept every single category, scoring #1 in overall with a score of 93.9 points while T-Mobile on the other hand arrived in last place scoring a total of 81.2 points.
In order to arrive at these results, Rootmetrics conducted 3,690,123 tests over 249,935 miles across the United States and 4,283 indoor tests covering 100% of the US population. According to Rootmetrics “These are comprehensive, unbiased results that you can trust to give you a complete and accurate [...]
T-Mobile recently reported 4Q2016 and 2016 annual earnings, and proves once again that the magenta carrier is a machine that simply can’t be stopped.
According to the results, T-Mobile added 2.1 million customers in 4Q2016, making it the 15th quarter in a row where the company has added over a million subscribers. For the year 2016, T-Mobile added a total of 8.2 million customers bringing the total subscriber count to 71.5 million and marking the 3rd year in a row of adding more than 8 million customers.
Looking at total branded postpaid additions, T-Mobile added 933,000 in 4Q which is significantly more than its competitors [...]
Network performance testing service OpenSignal recently published data on the US telecom carriers from the period of October 1st – December 31st, 2016.
Based on 4,599,231,167 data points from 169,683 users, it looks like T-Mobile and Verizon are tied for the best networks. In the report, T-Mobile took top spots in 4G download speeds, 3G download speeds, overall download speeds, and 3G latency. Verizon took top spots in 4G download speeds, overall download speeds, 4G latency and 4G availability.
Taking a closer look at the download speeds here, T-Mobile and Verizon were neck and neck for the top spots with overall download speeds showing somewhere [...]
T-Mobile is looking pretty smug these days as Nielsen recently released their Mobile Insights for 2016 ranking T-Mobile #1 in Overall Satisfaction. This comes at no surprise as T-Mobile CEO, John Legere, made customer service and customer satisfaction a top priority for the company when he joined T-Mobile as CEO in 2012. In addition to an aggressive social media customer service campaign, T-Mobile has also initiated numerous Un-carrier moves which eliminated wireless service pain points such as contracts, overages, fees, and more.
According to the stats which are based on surveys of more than 30,000 participants a month, T-Mobile was able to beat out its [...]
If there’s anything we all hate more than real estate agents knocking at 8AM on a Saturday morning giving you the spiel about selling your house, it’s a phone call from a robocaller at 7PM asking if you’re interested in getting a business loan. While AT&T can’t do anything about that real estate agent, they have recently launched a new service they’re calling AT&T Call Protect, which is a carrier level service designed to automatically block spam and fraud calls before they reach your phone.
“Nuisance calls are an industry-wide problem that unfortunately affect many people,” AT&T senior VP Jeff Bradley said in a press release. [...]