San Francisco 4G LTE Speed Test! [AT&T/T-Mobile/Sprint/Verizon]


Here’s a quick speed test I did at center of San Francisco city inside the Japan Town mall with all 4 U.S. major carriers like AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon.

First, I was able to pick up good 4G LTE signals  on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon while Sprint does not get 4G LTE signals in most areas except downtown and close to highways.

The result?

AT&T has the fastest download/upload speeds followed by T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint.

Verizon 4G LTE has been recently lagging often, sometimes giving great speeds and sometimes less than 1Mbps download speeds.  I believe this is due to their congested network and Verizon 4G LTE network has been degrading as time goes on.

T-Mobile has improved vastly from my last speed tests and since they’ve rolled out 4G LTE.  I no longer get edge signals inside buildings (although sometimes I do) as much and 4G LTE signals have gotten much better.

Overall, if you live in San Francisco, you will probably do best with AT&T followed by T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint.

Now that’s only speeds we are talking about but if you want the “best deal”, I would have to say T-Mobile has best deal, followed by Sprint (if you don’t mind dropping to 3G, which is still decent and better than EDVO/Edge), AT&T, and Verizon.

If you don’t need 4G LTE all of the time, going with T-Mobile or Sprint might not be a bad deal since they do offer cheaper monthly plans along with unlocked bootloaders for those of you interested in installing custom ROMs like CyanogenMod.

*Note – This is a speed test in SF Bay Area, does not speak for the rest of the U.S.  Your 4G LTE coverage/speeds may differ depending on where you live!

I will do some more speed test in the future but here’s my current ranking for the 4 networks in SF Bay Area:

Best 4G LTE coverage & speeds

1. AT&T

2. T-Mobile

3. Verizon

4. Sprint

Best 4G LTE “deals”

1. T-Mobile

2. Sprint

3. AT&T

4. Verizon

Also check out my previous speed tests:

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