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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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Chris Mills

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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Chris Mills

February 23rd

Mobile

Verizon just swept every RootMetrics award category that matters

best wireless carrier 2017

Every wireless carrier is constantly ranting about how they are the best of the best — except for Sprint, which has recently adopted an "everyone's great!" philosophy — but when it comes to network testing there can be only one winner. RootMetrics just released its report rounding up all the facts and figures regarding the second half of 2016, along with the subsequent rankings of the top four major wireless companies in the United States. The results might not shock you. In fact, they probably won't. 

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Mike Wehner

February 23rd

Mobile

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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Chris Mills

February 16th

Mobile

New Yahoo hack: Hackers didn’t even need your password to breach your account

Yahoo Mail Hack Cookie Attack

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but Yahoo was hacked. Yes, again. Or better said, your Yahoo account may have been breached by hackers. This is the third time in a matter of months that Yahoo disclosed a massive security breach. It’s unclear how many users were affected, but what’s remarkable about this new attack is that hackers were able to access accounts without needing the user’s password. That means simply changing your Yahoo password might not be enough to protect you from malicious individuals.

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Chris Smith

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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Chris Mills

February 14th

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Verizon will give you a free iPhone 7 if you switch to its new unlimited plan

Verizon Unlimited data plan

Although Verizon's recently unveiled unlimited data plan might not be quite as appealing as Sprint's, the provider is offering mobile users on other networks another great reason to switch. On Monday morning, Verizon announced that mobile subscribers who ditch their current providers and sign up for Verizon Unlimited will be eligible to pick up an iPhone 7, Google Pixel or Galaxy S7 for free as well.

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Jacob Siegal

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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Chris Mills

February 13th

Mobile

Verizon’s new $80 unlimited plan is slightly more expensive than Sprint’s $18 unlimited plan

Verizon Plans Unlimited Data

Verizon over the weekend had some surprisingly good news for subscribers; the return of unlimited data. Starting today, Verizon subscribers will have the ability to switch over to a new $80/month plan dubbed Verizon Unlimited that will provide users with unlimited data (which includes video streaming in HD), texting and talk time. Not to worry, families can also get in on the action for $180, a price point that includes support for up to four separate lines.

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Yoni Heisler

February 13th

Mobile

T-Mobile’s new promo lets customers send gifts to AT&T, Verizon subscribers

UC Next, Las Vegas, USA - 05 Jan 2017

Last summer, T-Mobile introduced a new rewards program called T-Mobile Tuesdays. Every Tuesday, T-Mobile subscribers are able to take advantage of a new offer, from free pizzas to free Lyft rides. But next week is different. Next Tuesday, T-Mobile users will not only receive two free FandangoNOW movie rentals, two gas discounts from Shell and a free $15 Lyft ride — they'll also be able to give those rewards away.

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Jacob Siegal

January 21st

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