T-Mobile LTE tested in Dallas, shows unreal speed gains from the Un-carrier

December 11, 2013

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T-Mobile, having recently added LTE to their arsenal, is rolling out the service to major metropolitan areas nationwide. One of those areas is Dallas, TX, and the speed gains are noticeable. Though they still lag quietly behind Verizon and AT&T, T-Mobile has caught up in a big way. For the people of Dallas, the Un-carrier has some unreal data speed.

RootMetrics, a company aimed at testing the networks of carriers all over, has finished their run-through of T-Mobile in big D. While still behind AT&T in overall statistics, T-Mobile is now the number two carrier in Dallas, technically. With an upload speed of 15.7 Mbps on average, they’re a full two clicks behind AT&T, and 1.5 Mbps ahead of Verizon. Big Red has a faster upload time in big D that T-Mobile, at 8.0 and 7.6 Mbps respectively, but AT&T once again took the cake with an upload speed of 10.8 Mbps.

T-Mobile LTE

The average upload wasn't the only place T-Mobile won out, either. The Network speed index — which highlights overall speed of the network for data, text, and call — puts them at 93.3 out of a possible 100, with Verizon hovering around 90. AT&T is nearly perfect with a score of 98.3. An area for improvement is network reliability, where T-Mobile came in a solid third behind AT&T and Verizon. That test encompasses doing “what you want to do, when you want to do it” according to RootMetrics.

T-Mobile LTE reliability

A few things can ble gleaned from this type of testing. While it’s only Dallas, we feel it’s a good barometer for the capabilities of T-Mobile’s new network, and shows just how much parity there really is when it comes to the top three carriers. The coverage area needs improvement, which would bolster the reliability scores, but the LTE gains T-Mobile has are impressive nonetheless. Sprint was miserably fourth in all testing, warranting no discussion.

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  • Piterson Massenat Desir

    Great test. Glad to see T-Mobile up there!

  • jonathan

    Dallas is known to have good T-Mobile service, come do the test in Austin, I think the results will be much different.

  • Richard Yarrell

    Plain and simple nothing beats Tmobile period.

    • Security_Debbie

      Nothing beats Tmobile? Huh? Have obviously haven’t looks at their VERY limited LTE coverage maps.

      What good is “slightly lower prices” if you can’t use your phone’s LTE data in the majority of the country????

  • V.A.N.

    I don’t have T-Mobile, but I am rooting for them to change the industry so we can all enjoy lower prices and better service.

  • asdr


  • Security_Debbie

    Since 99% of the country does NOT live inside Dallas Texas, what good are any of those graphs?

    Why not take a nationwide average instead? (Including all the countless cities that AT&T has *NO* LTE towers at all.)


    • phor11

      Maybe because 99% of the country doesn’t use their phones “nationwide”, so averages are just as useless?
      Local comparisons are FAR more useful, (albeit only for those who live in that local area).

  • Brad

    I live in Dallas and I will tell you T-Mobile speeds are very sporadic . good in places , unusable in many many places