Exclusive: Mapping Sprint vs. Verizon 5G Coverage in NYC

By: SASCHA SEGAN

5G has hit Broadway, but think of it as in previews. With Verizon and Sprint now both offering 5G service in New York City, I set out to chart how they’re doing. I walked around several neighborhoods on Friday, Oct. 11, to see if Sprint’s 5G offers an experience worthy of the name. I also made maps of Verizon’s mysterious, unmapped 5G network.

I used a OnePlus 7 Pro 5G phone for Sprint and a Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G for Verizon. I ran Ookla field test software, which ran a speed test every two minutes, along with a routine that captured the network indicator in the status bar every minute. I spot-checked the software and visual network indicators against the phone’s service mode screen.

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