Houston: There's No Problem for Sprint in This City
Sprint has seriously invested to upgrade its network performance, and we saw those results first-hand in Houston. The carrier averaged a download speed of 34.4 Mbps deep in the heart of Texas. And while that wasn't the fastest speed we saw in Houston, Sprint finished second to Virgin (36.2 Mbps), a Sprint-owned subsidiary that relies on its parent company's network.
More good news for Sprint: the third-fastest average download speed we recorded belonged to Sprint's Boost subsidiary.
That's a far cry from the last time we tested in Houston, when Sprint's download and upload speeds trailed all of its Big Four carrier rivals.
That's not to say other carriers didn't shine in Houston. T-Mobile had the fastest average upload speed at 20.2 Mbps. And the Uncarrier also came close to dethroning Verizon in our app download test. While Verizon posted the best average time of 1 minute and 8 seconds in Houston, we were able to download Pokémon Go in 1:18 on T-Mobile.
One other noteworthy thing about Houston: It's the rare city where nearly every carrier performed better at indoor test sites than at the outdoor ones. And the few exceptions — like Virgin — were only a few Mbps off the pace when we tested inside.