The carrier crushed our Best Mobile Networks results this year thanks to its pervasive mid-band 5G network, which brings speeds regularly over 300Mbps to many of the 30 cities we tested.
T-Mobile was almost always the fastest city in our tests, and often the most reliable. But some places were better, and some worse, than others. We picked out our top five T-Mobile cities from our tests and five places where the carrier is still good, but could use a bit more work. (We also have similar lists for AT & T and Verizon.)
It’s important to note that in each of these lists, the cities are in alphabetical order, not a “best to worst” order.
The Best Cities for T-Mobile in 2022
These are the cities where we saw T-Mobile’s best performance in testing.
Baltimore is a great example of how T-Mobile’s mid-band beats even the faster high-band 5G networks. While AT & T and Verizon have ultra-fast high-band setups around touristy locations like the Inner Harbor and Fell’s Point, T-Mobile’s pervasive mid-band brings fast speeds to residential areas like Franklin Square, Hampden, and Pimlico.
We were also very surprised at T-Mobile’s excellent performance in the big cities in the mountain states—Boise, Denver, and Salt Lake City. T-Mobile’s speedy mid-band network absolutely crushed the two other carriers in urban Boise, with consistently higher speeds everywhere across the metro area.
Shockingly to us, Charlotte and Raleigh turned in the highest average speeds on a single carrier of any cities in our test this year, with T-Mobile speeds averaging more than 500Mbps. This just shows the power of T-Mobile’s new mid-band 5G network. If you haven’t considered T-Mobile in Charlotte and Raleigh, now’s the time.
Oklahoma City was bad for AT & T and Verizon, and great for T-Mobile: a pervasive 5G mid-band network meant consistently good performance and no dropped calls.
The Worse Cities for T-Mobile in 2022
These are the cities where we saw T-Mobile’s worst performance in testing.
Austin has been way behind the other major Texas cities in allowing 5G installations, and it shows in slow speeds and patchy coverage. While T-Mobile is the best and fastest carrier in Austin, it didn’t perform up to the standards that we saw in many other cities.
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The 5G networks are taking it maybe a little too easy in the Big Easy. New Orleans was, overall, the slowest city in terms of downloads on average across all carriers, with an average download speed of 42.8Mbps. We also saw numerous data dropouts in New Orleans, which can’t have helped.
None of the carriers acquitted themselves well in San Diego, and while T-Mobile won the city, it was the best of a bad bunch. We were very surprised, as we’d seen fast speeds and performance in San Diego in the past.
All the carriers suffer in San Francisco because of a confluence of factors: horrible topography, a very demanding user base, and local governments with often-tough permitting requirements. Two of our toughest urban dead zones were in this area: on Twin Peaks, where We saw the occasional very high speed test in San Francisco, but speeds overall were disappointing.
Tampa was the rare city where T-Mobile ended up in third place. AT & T and Verizon both performed very well here, but T-Mobile was plagued by slow spots and failed data connections. We had trouble in Dunedin, Mullis City, and Pinellas Park , while Verizon sped along without a concern.
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