Verizon 5G versus Sprint: Battle of the next-gen data networks

CNET | 5/31/2019 | Jessica Dolcourt
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Verizon doesn't own 5G anymore. Sprint has thrown down the gauntlet, inviting journalists to field-test its network in Dallas this week. After two tests of Verizon's 5G network in Chicago and one in Dallas with Sprint, we're starting to see a picture of what kind of 5G speeds and services you can expect in the US. And yes, they're fast. But speed isn't everything.

Verizon's field tests were faster than Sprint on the whole, but our test with Sprint showed more consistent coverage overall. The results aren't anywhere near a conclusion that either network is "better". Right now they're both saddled with challenges and just beginning to bud. But the tests do indicate the trade-offs you might see the first time you use 5G, whenever that may be.

Effects - Speeds - Networks - Phones - Price

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. But the reality of 5G's ability to make your download speeds exponentially faster is undeniably clear.

Here's how Verizon and Sprint compare, and how they're different.

Samsung - LG - Motorola - Phones

Samsung, LG, Motorola: How soon can we expect 5G phones?

Sprint claims victory in turning on a larger 5G network by square footage compared to Verizon. However, Verizon is the largest US network by population coverage, and Sprint is currently fourth. However, Sprint's strong start with 5G makes it an attractive bargaining chip in the proposed merger between Sprint and T-Mobile.

Phones - LG - V50

5G phones: LG V50

More 5G cities announced: Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. in "the coming weeks".

Verizon - Sprint - Speeds - Ways - First

We field-tested Verizon and Sprint speeds in two different ways. First, using the Speedtest.net benchmarking app to measure speeds in different locations around each city. Second, we downloaded apps, movies and TV shows to see how fast...
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