Amid the fierce competition of the 2017 mobile market, subscribers still need to consider network quality when they choose a carrier, according a new survey out on Monday. The results also shows that Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 phone, one of the first capable of gigabit-per-second downloading, far outshone Apple’s iPhone 7.

Among the carriers, Verizon came out best overall in the nation, but the results varied widely by region and city. People living in the northeast and northwest would do better with T-Mobile. And AT&T topped the competition in the south central region of Oklahoma, Texas, and Louisiana, according to the annual study by PC Magazine.

The survey results come as the big four wireless carriers are competing like never before. Verizon and AT&T introduced broad, low-cost unlimited data plans this year, following moves by T-Mobile and Sprint last summer to dump plans with annoying, monthly data limits. Price cutting came next and, lately, Sprint is offering a year of free service for people who switch from a competitor by June 30.

But the price and terms of a mobile plan don’t matter much if there is poor coverage or slow downloading. Verizon also came out first …read more

Source:: – Tech

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