It's a big country, and we could use your help covering it. For the fifth year, we're starting our engines on Fastest Mobile Networks, the nation's biggest journalistic test of 3G and 4G networks. This year, we've signed up some powerful partners, and we're hoping you'll join in, too.
Download Sensorly's speed test appfor Androidand for iOS to report speeds in your neck of the woods, and we'll include the results in our story!
Crowdsourcing offers the ability to check real-life speeds all over the country on a wide range of devices. But we're still going on the road. That's because drive testing has its unique strengths, too.
In the back of each of our three Ford C-Max cars, we'll have seven LG G2 phones tuned to each of the four LTE networks plus the Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T 3G networks. We'll also have an eighth LG phone for the Verizon 3G network. All the phones will run custom speed test software all day. That lets us focus on network performance, eliminating the variables of phone type, time, and location as we compare the networks.
Why the LG G2? We needed a phone that can hit all of the carriers' new, high-speed networks - whether it's the 20+20 LTE networks that T-Mobile and Verizon have set up, or Sprint's new tri-band "Spark" network. The LG G2 will show off everything the carriers have to offer.
In mid-June, we and our partners will report on the results of both our drive testing and your own testing.
Our drivers will be Tweeting where they go and what they see at @pcmphones. If you're in one of our 30 cities, tweet them and tell them where to go, what to eat, or what to see in your home town. They'll try to stop by and include it in their routes.
Where We're Driving Our 30 cities divide the country into six regions:
Northeast: Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington D.C.
Southeast: Raleigh, Charlotte, Atlanta, Jacksonville, and Miami
North Central: Detroit, Chicago, Indianapolis, St. Louis, and Kansas City
South Central: Memphis, New Orleans, Dallas, Houston, and Austin
Northwest: Denver, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle
Southwest: Las Vegas, Phoenix, Tucson, Los Angeles, and San Diego
We'll also take some measurements on the road between the cities, to try to get a gauge of rural network performance. Here's where we'll be over the next week: