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Latest OpenSignal report details just how rare mmWave 5G coverage still is

Verizon 5G Business Internet

Opensignal is out with its latest studies on 5G coverage and performance in the US. Through the first part of 2021, T-Mobile is still leading the 5G race when it comes to availability and average speeds. But AT&T and Verizon were able to outperform the Uncarrier with their 5G games and video experiences. And a fascinating finding is how rarely users are actually connected to mmWave 5G.

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How to test carrier coverage on iPhone before switching

Tips and tricks to test carrier coverage with iPhone before switching networks

Making the jump to a new carrier can often sound appealing whether it’s the incentives, the hopes of better coverage, pricing, or all of the above. However, the reality is that switching can be a commitment (even without contracts) and it’s no fun to make the move only to realize you’ve made a mistake. Let’s look at some tips and tricks to test carrier coverage with iPhone before committing to switching.

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Report: T-Mobile winning 5G race in the US, Verizon continues to lead 4G experience

5G not working iPhone 12 troubleshooting

A pair of reports are out today from Opensignal detailing the state of 5G as well as the broader mobile experience in the US. The findings include T-Mobile leading the 5G race when it comes to availability and speed. Meanwhile, Verizon was able to pick up two wins for 5G video experiences and continues to lead the 4G experience.

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[Update: T-Mobile rolls out fix, not DDoS attack] All four major carriers reportedly experiencing network disruptions

T-Mobile outage

What looks like a major outage has hit T-Mobile while Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint this afternoon are also seeing issues. Hundreds of thousands of T-Mobile customers are saying they can’t make calls and texts with some having no Internet connection too. The problems for all four carriers appear to be nationwide.



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iOS 13 sees 68% drop in background location tracking

[Update: $200M fine proposed] FCC investigation finds wireless carriers broke federal law by selling user location data

Just about a year ago, it came to light just how easy it was to buy the real-time location data of US wireless customers via lax carrier standards, shady third-parties, and bounty hunters. Now after an “extensive investigation” the FCC has declared that “one or more wireless carriers apparently violated federal law.”



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T-Mobile catches up with 4G leader Verizon as 5G rolls out, AT&T offers fastest downloads

US wireless carrier test results 4G availability

Opensignal is out today with its Mobile Network Experience Report for the US covering the second half of 2019. While Verizon did take home the most awards overall, T-Mobile almost had as good of a rating for 4G availability ahead of 5G rolling out more widely. And AT&T took the prize for the fastest download speeds.



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AT&T 5G swaps pretence for the real thing, launching in 10 cities today

AT&T 5G

iPhone and iPad users were rather surprised to see an AT&T 5G E symbol appear back in February. Surprised partly because AT&T didn’t have a 5G network at the time, and partly because no current iPhone or iPad could connect to one anyway.

What AT&T launched then was a fake 5G which was really just a form of LTE that had existed since 2014. It’s continued to use the misleading symbol despite a lawsuit and full page ad designed to draw attention to the fakery, but has now finally launched the real thing …



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Verizon defeats AT&T for best LTE in network study, T-Mobile tops network speeds

Best LTE network study

A new cellular network study from OpenSignal published today takes a look at how the four major US carriers stack up across five key attributes. Verizon took the top spot for best LTE network availability, T-Mobile had both the fastest download and upload speeds, while AT&T tied for lowest network latency. Read on for all the details about how the carriers performed.



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