4G LTE is the future for smartphones as it provides users with download speeds of up to 10 times that of 3G. This puts it on par with home broadband speeds. And now with the iPhone 5 offering such connectivity, the next big question is which carrier is best for iPhone 5 buyers looking to jump on LTE.
iPhone 5: Best 4G LTE coverage (Verizon, Sprint or AT&T)
CNN explains that with carriers in the US sending out 4G and expanding, they are in different stages within the US. At the moment Verizon cover 371 markets and around 75% of the population living in the US. AT&T has 65 markets which supply around 24% of the population of the US with 4G and Sprint has 19 markets. These numbers continue to change as they expand and of course all of the carrier will increase their 4G very quickly. Coincidentally, all three carriers are offering the iPhone 5 now at the same base price tag of $199 on contract.
AT&T said that they will be able to provide their 4G LTE to over 100 cities before the end of the year. Sprint on the other hand will have 4G in another 100 cities within the next couple of months and Verizon will cover 400 markets by the end of 2012. Some of the metro areas have LTE partially deployed, but as yet they do not show up on the official coverage maps of the carriers.
All three of the main carriers of the iPhone 5, which supports 4G LTE, say that their 4G will be as good as their 3G. However for now those with an iPhone 5 will find that their device moves in and out of 4G. When you move into a 4G area you will have super-fast speeds, which will then revert to 3G when you move back out.
So based on your location, should you get a Sprint, AT&T or Verizon iPhone 5? CNN answered this question with an LTE coverage map: