The top cities for mobile performance:

ranking the best and worst metros


If you’re like me, your mobile phone is with you nearly all the time. No matter where I go throughout the city, my phone is with me. I use it for driving directions around town, to stay in touch with social media, and to stay in contact with the office. Good mobile service is important to me.

Not all cities are created equal when it comes to mobile service, though. RootMetrics tested data, call, and text performance in the nation’s 125 most populous cities and then ranked them from best to worst. Bragging rights belong to Atlanta, which had both great speeds and strong reliability for all four major mobile networks. Chicago was close behind and finished second overall.

Things weren’t so great for many of America’s other biggest cities. New York and the Tri-State area is the nation’s most populous metro, but it could only muster a ranking of 74 out of 125. Los Angeles finished even worse, coming in at #89.

If you think about it, there are more than just bragging rights on the line. With mobile performance becoming so central to our daily life, good service is more of a necessity than a luxury. In a sense, mobile networks are becoming a key part of a city’s infrastructure. The networks are constantly upgrading service, but as the RootMetrics’ results show, some of America’s biggest cities could be in need of additional investment.

Check out the complete list of rankings to see how your city fared and learn more about the methodology behind the scoring.

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