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Understanding which wireless network is actually the best

Best wireless network 2017

Every year, a bunch of different studies come out that crown a winner, the "best network" in the USA. Each study claims to use the best, most scientific methodology to give "unrivaled accuracy" or "undisputed results," or something else equally quotable.

But if the studies are so good, why do they give such different results? Take a study published today by RootMetrics, which has Verizon in first place and T-Mobile in last. That's in stark contrast to a study last month from OpenSignal, which had T-Mobile and Verizon tied for first and Sprint languishing in last place.

The reason for the difference is that measuring cellphone networks is hard. We're talking about trying to quantify a network that stretches across the entire country, works on tens of thousands of different devices and in all kinds of terrain. Trying to measure that, assign each of the big four wireless networks an easy-to-understand score and publish results in a 300-word blog post is basically impossible.

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February 23rd

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Understanding which wireless network is actually the best

Best wireless network 2017

Every year, a bunch of different studies come out that crown a winner, the "best network" in the USA. Each study claims to use the best, most scientific methodology to give "unrivaled accuracy" or "undisputed results," or something else equally quotable.

But if the studies are so good, why do they give such different results? Take a study published today by RootMetrics, which has Verizon in first place and T-Mobile in last. That's in stark contrast to a study last month from OpenSignal, which had T-Mobile and Verizon tied for first and Sprint languishing in last place.

The reason for the difference is that measuring cellphone networks is hard. We're talking about trying to quantify a network that stretches across the entire country, works on tens of thousands of different devices and in all kinds of terrain. Trying to measure that, assign each of the big four wireless networks an easy-to-understand score and publish results in a 300-word blog post is basically impossible.

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February 23rd

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T-Mobile is having a huge sale on the best Android phones

Galaxy S7 sale

With the Galaxy S8 reveal just around the corner, it's about the right time for carriers to start burning off inventory of this generation's handset. It looks like T-Mobile is getting the party started, with blowout sales on the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge and LG V20.

All three of those handsets are available for $15 per month, assuming you already have a T-Mobile Simple Choice or T-Mobile One plan. Your payments run for 24 months, which brings the total cost of any of those phones to $360, which is a huge discount, given that they normally retail for $700 a pop.

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February 22nd

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AT&T’s new ‘unlimited’ plan sucks

AT&T Unlimited Plan hotspot details

As of this morning, all four major wireless carriers offer data plans described as "unlimited" to all their customers. But while I'm reluctantly willing to describe the Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint plans as unlimited (despite some restrictions), AT&T's plan could better be described as a "22GB data plan but you can't actually use that data to watch pretty videos or do work on your laptop" plan.

Admittedly, it's not such a catchy description, but it does have the alternative benefit of being true.

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February 17th

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Sprint improves its unlimited data plan to play with the big boys

Sprint unlimited data vs T-Mobile

Earlier this week, Verizon announced an all-new unlimited data plan that included HD video streaming and mobile tethering. Not to be outdone, T-Mobile followed suite and added those features to its flagship unlimited plan. Today, Sprint announced that it's adding HD video streaming and mobile hotspot to its unlimited data plan, which I am sure is a total coincidence and in no way an attempt to keep up with the competition.

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February 16th

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T-Mobile just fixed the worst problem with its unlimited plans

T-Mobile unlimited plan review

T-Mobile has always had a love-hate relationship with HD video streaming. Even if you pay for a plan that includes unlimited HD video streaming, you're forced to enable an HD video "pass" every 24 hours to actually access the higher-quality streams.

The idea was designed so that people wouldn't leave HD streaming on by accident and then choke T-Mobile's network when they didn't need to. But it turned into a giant pain point for T-Mobile's customers, some of whom resorted to creating a bot that would spam T-Mobile's customer service every 24 hours to turn HD streaming back on.

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February 14th

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Which wireless unlimited plan should you choose?

Verizon vs T-Mobile

Verizon, a company that said last year that unlimited plans are "unnecessary" and "do not work," just released details of a brand-new unlimited data plan. It's now the third wireless carrier in the past year to go big on unlimited data plans, cementing the notion that unlimited is the new normal.

So with Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint all now offering very similar plans at remarkably similar price points, how should you choose which carrier to go with?

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February 13th

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Not even T-Mobile can touch the new deal Sprint just announced

Sprint vs T-Mobile

A report this week put Sprint's network firmly in last place among national carriers. Coverage and speed -- the only two things that really matter for a network's performance -- are awful compared to T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T.

So to make up for the lack of network performance, Sprint is taking a page out of T-Mobile's old playbook, and slashing prices with a ridiculously good deal.

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February 10th

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Verizon has lost its only advantage over T-Mobile

T-Mobile vs Verizon coverage

T-Mobile is cheap and Verizon is good. That's the logic that's guided people's choice of cellphone carriers for years, but according to the biggest test of networks in the US, it's no longer true.

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February 8th

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T-Mobile will give you a free year of Netflix if you buy a Galaxy S7

T-Mobile Free Netflix Deal

The Galaxy S7 may be Samsung’s only flagship smartphone available in stores right now, and if you’re looking for the next best thing, now’s probably not the time to buy it. The Galaxy S8 is just one of the hot Android handsets that are going to be released in the coming months. If, on the other hand, you’re interested in deals more than how old your new phone is, then you should definitely check out this new T-Mobile deal on Samsung’s 2016 flagship.

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February 2nd

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