When it comes to the best overall wireless performance in the United States, Verizon reigns supreme.
According to RootMetric’s recent biannual report on cellphone service in the United States, the carrier outstrips its three main competitors—AT&T T -3.13%, Sprint and T-Mobile across a variety of coverage categories including network speed, network reliability, data and calling. The only category in which Verizon was runner up was in texting to AT&T.
It it important to note, however, that while Verizon came out on top nationally, on a state-by-state basis other carriers managed to claim the top spot in some of these subcategories of coverage and in many cases tied Verizon in terms of performance. Much like in political polling, Rootmetrics called a tie anytime the difference between carriers’ scores fell within the margin of error.
After Verizon, AT&T T -3.13% had the best performance followed by Sprint and T-Mobile respectively. In terms of overall performance on a state level, AT&T received the highest score in Oklahoma, Alaska and Massachusetts and tied Verizon in an additional nine states. Though Sprint only scored the highest in one state, Virginia, for call coverage, it did tie either Verizon or AT&T in a handful of states in terms of network reliability and the text and all coverage categories. Sadly, however, T-Mobile did not achieve the highest score of the four carriers in any state, for any category.
See below for a state-by-state breakdown of which carriers are the best at what and where.
This feature originally appeared in Forbes.