Los Angeles: Another Starring Performance for AT&T
When we tested in Los Angeles, AT&T showed the kind of range that would win most actors an Academy Award. The carrier excelled both indoors and outdoors to produce an average download speed of 37.7 Mbps. That's well ahead of the next closest averages from MetroPCS (22.6 Mbps) and T-Mobile (22.1 Mbps).
The T-Mobile network made a better showing in average upload speeds, with MetroPCS topping the field at 20.1 Mbps. AT&T finished second here with a 15.9 Mbps average, just ahead of T-Mobile's 14.8 Mbps showing.
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None of those carriers could win our app download test, which again fell to Verizon. While Verizon won this test in every city, it recorded its slowest average time in L.A. at 1 minute and 31 seconds. That was still good enough to beat MetroPCS's 1:48 average.
If you're heading out to catch a movie in Hollywood, maybe leave your Sprint phone at home. When we tested in the lobby area of the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, none of the Sprint network phones — be it Sprint itself or the devices from Boost or Virgin — put up much a fight, with average download speeds of less than 1 Mbps.