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Which wireless carrier is the best in Tampa Bay?

In a new report by OpenSignal, a wireless coverage mapping company, T-Mobile and Verizon ranked evenly for the best mobile carrier performance, though T-Mobile ranked best nationally. Pictured is a T-Mobile store in 2011 in California. [Paul Sakuma | Associated Press (2011)]
In a new report by OpenSignal, a wireless coverage mapping company, T-Mobile and Verizon ranked evenly for the best mobile carrier performance, though T-Mobile ranked best nationally. Pictured is a T-Mobile store in 2011 in California. [Paul Sakuma | Associated Press (2011)]
Published Jul. 17, 2019

When it comes to major wireless carriers' performance in Tampa Bay, Verizon and T-Mobile are neck and neck. In a new report by OpenSignal, a wireless coverage mapping company, the two ranked evenly across the report's five categories in Tampa Bay, but T-Mobile came out on top nationally.

"Verizon and T-Mobile's relentless battle in our speed and availability metrics is far from over, and for this report we've crowned a new king of speed: T-Mobile," the report said.

In Tampa Bay, Verizon ranked best for 4G availability and video experience, while T-Mobile ranked best for download speeds. The two tied for upload speed and tied again for service lag time along with AT&T.

Contact Malena Carollo at mcarollo@tampabay.com or (727) 892-2249. Follow @malenacarollo.