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


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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