The largest 10 US cities and their 4G LTE coverage rank in 2013

The largest 10 US cities and their 4G LTE coverage rank in 2013

Summary: From New York City to San Jose, what are the average 4G download and upload speeds, and what carriers offer the best speed, reliability and coverage?


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  • 7. San Antonio

    City: San Antonio

    Population: 1,382,951 

    Average 4G LTE upload speed: 7.5 mbps

    Average 4G LTE download speed: 6.6 mbps

    Best speed: Verizon

    Best coverage: AT&T

    Best reliability: T-Mobile 

    San Antonio is the third-largest city in Texas, and located southwest of the state capital Austin. San Antonio is a leading livestock center and one of the largest U.S. produce exchange markets.

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  • 6. Phoenix

    City: Phoenix

    Population: 1,488,750 

    Average 4G LTE upload speed: 6.9 mbps

    Average 4G LTE download speed: 9.7 mbps

    Best speed: T-Mobile

    Best coverage: Sprint 

    Best reliability: AT&T

    Phoenix is the capital of Arizona and seat of Maricopa County, is the largest city in the state. It is located in the center of Arizona, on the Salt River. Major industries include government, agricultural products, aerospace technology and electronics.

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  • 5. Philadelphia

    City: Philadelphia

    Population: 1,547,607 

    Average 4G LTE upload speed: 6.9 mbps

    Average 4G LTE download speed: 5.5 mbps

    Best speed: Verizon

    Best coverage: Verizon

    Best reliability: AT&T/T-Mobile (tie) 

    The city of Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania. Philadelphia is home to branches of the U.S. Mint, the Federal Reserve System, and the Internal Revenue Service.

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  • Oh, by the way

    Africa is a continent, not a country. And people from that continent do not tend to take kindly to Europeans and Americans getting that one wrong...
    • Cradle of Humanity

      The Ameropeans fear the fear of fearing the fear of fear its self. They likely legislate this type of comment to be Treason soon.
    • Unless there's been an edit, or I can't read

      it states, "foundations have been laid for these services in CONTINENTS including Africa." (caps mine)
  • Texas cities

    Ok, we all know Houston is the largest city in Texas, and we all know journalists tend to be math challenged, but surely it is obvious that with 1.3 million people, San Antonio is larger than Dallas with 1.2 million people. I guess it is Dallas' press coverage that makes it seem larger. Grin.
    Note that I get MUCH better speeds here in Fort Worth than ANY mentioned in the lists, except at my home that is behind a hill from the tower. Would need to know how those speeds were determined to make reasonable comparisons.
    • Average Speeds

      I'm hoping they went to the busiest parts of the cities, because I certainly get, on average, faster speeds than what's listed across every carrier that has LTE, except for Sprint.
  • Canada?

    It's a shame Canada doesn't exist anywhere...
  • Sprint in Arizona

    Number 6 reported Phoenix but it listed Sprint as "Best Coverage". Sorry to report but even Sprint's coverage map doesn't show any 4G available in Arizona. They have great coverage for 3G.
    Silent Observer
  • [YAWN] - So how about the folks who REALLY need it, in remote locations?

    I mean this is just Soooo routine, it's laughable (but not really) - everyone in "big cities" can get great coverage - but why do you ignore the folks who have either chosen to, or are stuck with living in more remote areas??? Methinks THAT would a much more important topic to research & cover - big city data is so readily available it can't be much work to just repeat what it shows... Most of them not only lack choices, but also lack anything resembling reasonable service.
    Sorry Charlie - U S of A seems to have many more needs than "merry olde" seems to have....