This Is the Least Reliable Cell Phone Company in America

If you’re constantly dropping calls and waiting forever for webpages to load, you might have this cell phone provider.

Could you imagine your life without your cell phone? We’re guessing no—our phones have basically become another limb for many of us. Everyone is constantly streaming, talking, texting, or surfing the web at all hours of the day so, having a reliable cell phone company is important. And if you want to avoid a situation where you throw your phone onto the ground in frustration, you’re going to want to steer clear of one cell phone company in particular. Before you put your phone away though, learn about the places you should never keep your phone.

RootMetrics gathered data on the four major cell phone providers—Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile—to see which one had the best overall performance. They tested call, data, and text reliability in all 50 states and across 125 of the most populated metropolitan markets. Sprint consistently fell behind the other carriers in the majority of the metrics. Verizon came out on top, AT&T took second place, and T-Mobile came in third. If you’re tired of paying for data overages, try these tricks to use less data and lower your cell phone bill.

Sprint did improve in ranking for network reliability. It beat out T-Mobile in that category. Another category Sprint beat T-Mobile in was text performance and Sprint was only a few points behind Verizon, which came in second in that category.

However, Sprint does have one of the cheapest phone plans, but the low cost can backfire when you’re lost in the middle of nowhere and your map app won’t work. So sadly, Sprint customers, that dead zone in your house or at your office is likely because of your cell phone provider. If your provider isn’t the problem and it’s just your old phone, try these easy tricks to speed up your cell phone.

Morgan Cutolo
Morgan is the Assistant Digital Managing Editor at Reader’s Digest. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016 where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. When she’s not writing for or keeping the 650+ pieces of content our team produces every month organized, she likes watching HGTV, going on Target runs, and searching through Instagram to find new corgi accounts to follow.