What is the difference between mobile data and Wi-Fi?
Every year since then, with the carriers' cooperation, we strap phones into a set of cars and send them across the country with our staff members behind the wheels, scooping up data for several weeks to see who has the fastest and most reliable smartphone data network.
What the carrier calls 5G Evolution may not be 5G , but it's definitely a stride toward it.
Our Fastest Mobile Networks tests are more comprehensive than you'll find in other publications, and more transparent than the consulting firms the carriers use for a lot of their ads. We're beholden to you, not to them. This year, we drove through 30 cities and 25 states, running 60, speed tests to determine the fastest mobile network nationwide.
Using Samsung Galaxy S10 phones, we ran tests every two minutes and summarized the results across six different categories. You can see more about this in our Testing Methodology section.
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- Wi-Fi has a limited range. Cellular data doesn’t..
T-Mobile spent a few years getting really fast, but never quite matched up to Verizon on coverage and reliability. Its phone subscriptions have been flat or slightly declining since , while its number of connected non-phone subscribers, with gadgets like smart cars, has skyrocketed, as you can see in the charts below from Statista. And it turns out that a key step toward 5G requires improving your 4G network.
And so it did. As stated in the above table, Cellular can cover a wide range, even entire countries at this point.
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It can potentially be just as fast as Wi-Fi, but can be way more expensive. Smartphones support both Wi-Fi and cellular connections, but without Speedify they do a terrible job of switching between the two.
Speedify fixes all of these problems, letting you move from Wi-Fi to Cellular and back to Wi-Fi without over dropping a Skype call, going offline, or having your music stop. The issue with this is that the phone will stay connected to internet over cellular, which may cause users to use up a lot of data. A data plan and a Wi-Fi network basically let you do the same thing: use the Internet wirelessly. Depending on how much you use the Internet and where, a data-enabled device gives you the best of both worlds—fast, secure access to the information you need on the go and some flexibility on overall data consumption.
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Wi-Fi is basically just another frequency of radio we can use to wirelessly connect devices to each other. To use it for Internet access, your tablet or smartphone connects over Wi-Fi to a wireless router—like the one you have installed at home or the one at your favorite coffee shop that allows customers free Internet access.
The router itself typically plugs into the wall to connect to an Internet service provider. Wi-Fi only works within the range of the router. What a lifesaver.