In Oklahoma? AT&T still works best.
Let me start off by saying this: Oklahoma is an AT&T Mobility powerhouse.
The nation’s second-most popular wireless carrier is the most popular in Oklahoma, for a reason. AT&T Mobility has won many awards for various performance categories from across the spectrum since merging with Cingular Wireless Services in October 2004.
You might be considering another carrier, but here’s why you should stick with AT&T Mobility.
Let’s get straight to the facts: (I won’t pull a Rachel Maddow here)
- A YUGE spectrum advantage:
Now, you might be asking, “what is spectrum?” All wireless communications signals travel over the air via radio frequency, aka spectrum. The TV broadcast you watch, the radio program you listen to, the GPS device that helps get you where you’re going, and the wireless phone service you use to make phone calls and check Twitter from your smartphone — all use invisible airwaves to transmit bits of data through the air.
- Most advanced network:
In Oklahoma, AT&T (New Cingular Wireless Services) owns the majority of spectrum in the state. The more spectrum a carrier has, the farther signals can travel, and your mobile device can achieve faster peak speeds. This is what helped rank AT&T the fastest carrier in the State of Oklahoma, according to reports from the Federal Communications Commission, Ookla, RootMetrics, PC Magazine and OpenSignal.
- Added spectrum for additional capacity:
When you’re on LTE, your phone is connecting to different spectrum bands. AT&T’s newest LTE band is 30, which is also called 2.3GHz technology, used in cities for faster speeds, and a better overall user experience.
- AT&T’s network can achieve speeds like no other:
AT&T has a significant presence in northeast Oklahoma, near Claremore, used for testing grounds. This is where LTE Advanced and 5G trials are currently being held.
Maximum speeds (by cellular carrier) in Oklahoma (higher numbers are better.):
AT&T — 1,275 megabits-per-second or 1.275 gigabits-per-second
T-Mobile — 525 megabits-per-second
Verizon — 225 megabits-per-second
Sprint — 450 megabits-per-second
(Source: Federal Communications Commission)
- 5G in South Tulsa:
Over the next several months, AT&T is installing small cells, or “minature cell sites” in Broken Arrow. These small cells will be able to deliver 5G speeds. Further expansion into Tulsa or Oklahoma City is unknown, but also likely.
- Best data network:
AT&T’s network is different than some — when you can’t get an LTE connection, you don’t drop to 3G or 2G, you drop to 4G (enhanced 3G services) that allow you to browse the web faster than regular 3G or 2G services.
In review, AT&T has the most advanced, most used, and most reliable network of any carrier in the state of Oklahoma. Look out for my review for the best mobile network in Kansas, coming soon!