Wall Street Journal’s Joanna Stern is out in the streets of the US to find out the best 5G coverage areas. All the major network carriers—Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile—are offering network coverage in certain areas of America. Only the new phones, like Samsung S10 5G, come with these network capabilities.
Her testing zones included Denver, Chicago, Atlanta, and New York. You will definitely get amazing speed provided you fulfill some factors. You must be outdoors near the network nodes when it is not too hot. The anomaly is because the Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile are currently using millimeter waves. This type is faster but could not cover long distances nor go through walls or cement. Sprint, however, is using mid-bands which are not that fast but have better coverage.
In Chicago, she was getting 900 Mbps, 25 times more than a 4G network and 9 times faster than a home Wi-Fi. In Denver, the speed went up to an average of 1,000 Mbps. You can download 10 GB files in 2 minutes and 40 seconds! A whole season of Stranger Things with a file size of 2.1 GB took 34 seconds to download. It would have taken an hour in a 4G network.
However, the fun ends here. You get this type of insane speed only when you download files. For uploading, you still get 4G speed. AT&T and Verizon networks were the fastest in all the four testing zones.