Verizon vs. Sprint 5G throwdown: Lightning-fast network speeds are just the beginning

CNET | 6/2/2019 | Jessica Dolcourt
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Think of 5G and you think of speed -- anywhere from 2x to 10x what you get with 4G, as a start. But after two tests of Verizon's 5G network in Chicago and one in Dallas with Sprint, it's clear that download speeds are just the beginning of what a satisfying 5G experience is. Consistency and coverage are just as important as incredible peak speeds and lightning-fast real-world downloads.

For example, Verizon's field tests were faster than Sprint's on the whole, but our test with Sprint revealed the importance of a wider coverage area overall. The results of these two tests aren't anywhere near a conclusion that either network is "better." Right now they're both saddled with challenges and growing pains that could even intensify as more people begin using the networks. Our time with these budding networks is an important litmus for our faster future.

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We're still a long way off from 5G's broader applications, like helping self-driving cars instantly talk to each other on the road, remote surgery, flawless video calls and graphics-heavy games you play in real time. Even in the short run, you may not be able to fully feel the effects of next-generation 5G speeds until these networks are more built up, more phones become available, and the price of ownership drops. However, the reality of 5G's ability to make your download speeds exponentially faster is undeniably clear and happening now.

And now, here's how Verizon and Sprint's 5G tests compare.

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