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Who Has the Best Enhanced 5G: AT&T, T-Mobile, or Verizon?

The 5G world is confusing. Although there are lower frequency 5G bands with unexceptional performance, each of the big three American carriers has its own high-performance variant: AT&T’s 5G+, T-Mobile’s Ultra Capacity 5G, and Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband. (Each gets its own icon on the iPhone too.) Which one is best? Opensignal performed the industry’s first direct comparison of the three services and found that while Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband had an edge in performance for some uses, T-Mobile’s Ultra Capacity 5G was available in more places by far. All three were considerably faster than standard 5G, but in our view, T-Mobile wins overall with its superior coverage and throughput on par with Verizon’s. AT&T fared the worst, both in coverage and speed.

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Comments About Who Has the Best Enhanced 5G: AT&T, T-Mobile, or Verizon?

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  1. How does Xfinity do?

  2. Xfinity Mobile is a Verizon MVNO. They use Verizon’s mobile network, supplemented with Comcast’s network of Wi-Fi hotspots. I don’t know if the Wi-Fi is used for voice calls or if it’s only for data.

    I would expect their performance to be very similar to Verizon when you’re not using a Wi-Fi connection.

    See also: Xfinity Mobile In 2022: What You Need To Know - BestMVNO

  3. David,
    Thank you. Didn’t know.
    Xfinity on iPhone allows wifi for calls -as best I can tell. It’s a choice to make.
    Thank you.

  4. I love how carriers have found a way to make sure this becomes as confusing as possible to customers.

    The study mentioned here refers to “5G” and “5G Enhanced”. Sounds simple enough.

    But then my carrier T-Mobile uses “Extended Range 5G” and “Ultra Capacity 5G”. OK… I can guess how these map. Now I just need to interpret what my phone is showing me…

    Meanwhile Apple is parading various fancy icons such as “5G”, “5G+”, “5GUC”, and “5GUW”. Good luck guessing which ones there get used by your carrier. And then what they actually mean.

    When actually all I as the customer really want to know is:

    • as lame as before (“4G” or “LTE” or out in the boonies “3G”, “GSM”, “UMTS”, “E”, or my personal favorite “••••”—if you’re thinking morse code that’s about right considering this abomination has essentially zero bandwidth)
    • 5G in name only (still pretty lame, but now with fancier marketing “5G”)
    • or truly new and fast (go ahead call it “5G Pro Max Ultra Extreme+” for all I care).

    And to be perfectly honest, all I probably truly care about is the latter vs. anything else.

    It’s impressive that something as trivial as this, apparently needs a chart, and in fact a chart specific to every single carrier. :laughing:

  5. Well, in order to meet the minimum character requirement, my comment is:


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