According to a story on Quartz.com that used data from OpenSignal, Philadelphia has the slowest 4G mobile broadband speeds in America.
At 5.5 Mbps versus 7 Mbps on average in the rest of the country, you likely wouldn’t notice much of a lag — though T-Mobile’s 4G in Phoenix, Dallas, and San Diego is getting three times the speeds. It’s even faster in San Jose — think two seconds to download a song, instead of eight.
Samuel Johnston of OpenSignal says that T-Mobile likely is clocked as quickly as it is out west because the network is newer and not as many phones are using it to hop online. He added, the speed test doesn’t account for a network’s reliability — also a selling point.
“According to the latest figures in the UK, we average around 18 Mbps download. But again, it’s a much newer network in the UK with less adoption. My hunch is the US has a very well-served 4G LTE network — and, in a way, what’s more important — having an 18 Mbps connection, or having that 7 Mbps connection a lot more of the time?”
Photo Credit: Zachary Nestler