T-Mobile’s 5G dunks on AT&T and Verizon in this in-depth 2022 network test

What you need to know

  • T-Mobile has the best network overall in PCMag’s nationwide Best Mobile Networks 2022 results.
  • T-Mobile also wins when it comes to pure data speeds thanks in no small part to its vast mid-band coverage.
  • AT&T showed stronger rural results than the other carriers despite its lower average speeds.

PCMag is back with its Best Mobile Networks 2022 report (opens in new tab) and for the second year, T-Mobile takes the top price. In its detailed report, PCMag has gone to great lengths to improve its testing methodology and unlike in previous years, it now includes calling reliability in the final tally. Utilizing Ookla Wind software on multiple Galaxy S22 Android phones, collected results while on the move and while stationary during its 10,000-mile road trip.

Verizon comfortably took the top spot with top download speeds thanks to its mmWave network but both AT&T and Verizon fell well behind T-Mobile in average data speeds. T-Mobile had average speeds of 264.4Mbps compared to Verizon at 156.8Mbps and AT&T at 79. Perhaps more importantly, 81% of T-Mobile’s results were above 25Mbps.

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