When you’re shopping for a wireless plan, obviously a key part of your decision will be the actual quality of coverage itself. Will the phone work where you need it to work? What about speed? Boost Mobile is a preferred prepaid carrier among shopcelldeals.com customers, thanks to their quality devices with rock bottom price tags. Here I take a look at the coverage offered (more specifically data) and weigh in on whether or not Boost Mobile is a quality choice for wireless customers.
Boost Mobile® offers service on the Nationwide Sprint® 4G LTE Network. While Sprint hasn’t historically been known to provide the greatest coverage, there have been tremendous steps taken to position Sprint among its leading competition. An expansive, interactive coverage map on the Boost Mobile website shows exactly how the device will perform based on geographical location.
Here is a breakdown of the levels of service shown on the coverage map:
Enhanced LTE is the fastest Sprint data service available. Users can expect variability in service as Sprint continues to deploy tri-band LTE capability on its new network. In Enhanced LTE coverage areas you can expect average download speeds of 6-15 Mbps. Enhanced LTE is suitable for data-intensive processes, streaming and robust web browsing. Other general Internet usage consistent with Boost Mobile's terms and conditions also is supported.
With the Sprint 4G LTE network, users can expect to experience download speeds of 6-8Mbps and upload speeds of 2-3Mbps with an average device to network edge round-trip latency of less than 60ms. The average speed and latency of the 4G LTE network is suitable for streaming, web browsing and other general Internet usage consistent with Boost Mobile's terms and conditions.
With the Sprint 3G Network, users can expect to experience 600Kbps - 1.4Mbps download speeds and 350Kbps - 500Kbps upload with an average device to network edge round-trip latency of 160ms. The average speed and latency of our 3G networks is suitable for streaming, web browsing and other general Internet usage consistent with Boost Mobile's terms and conditions.
The basic Nationwide Sprint Network offers 50Kbps - 70Kbps download and upload speeds with an average latency of 800ms. The average speed and latency on our Nationwide Sprint Network is suitable for web browsing and other light data applications.
Is the Coverage any Good?
Back in January Sprint announced that it had doubled its number of LTE Plus markets, and an analysis of new mobile performance data from Nielsen (the independent measurement giant) showed that Sprint’s LTE Plus Network beat Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile by delivering the fastest LTE download speeds.
The Nielsen Mobile Performance (NMP) data measured how real consumers were experiencing their wireless networks. NMP tracked LTE download speeds as consumers used their devices in day-to-day life, including use of common applications such as Facebook, Netflix, YouTube, Snapchat and more. The monitoring represented 270 million+ consumers.
Now, if you take upload speeds into account – it may not actually be the fastest, but it’s certainly comparable and seriously competitive in the industry. Over the past year, the Sprint Network has become truly competitive for the first time since 2009 and is continuing to take strides to position itself as a leader among coverage choices.
While it’s difficult to accurately measure exactly what an individual user can expect for their wireless experience, the data available does show the Sprint network works; and it works well. Boost Mobile customers will experience the exact same Sprint Network while choosing from a selection of basic to leading-edge devices. While the race to be at the top of the coverage game may change periodically as technology is being developed, users are not likely to experience significantly lower quality by making the decision to go with Boost Mobile.
Share this post