How good are the cellular data networks in Salt Lake City?

By Scott Sherman, The Salt Lake Tribune, March 2012
Filed under: Maps, User-generated

To measure the 3G and 4G network speeds around Salt Lake County, The Salt Lake Tribune used six phones to test the speeds of Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T.; Tests were conducted over a two-week period using the application from, which measures the download and upload speeds in kilobits per second. A story summarizing the results and showing a map of tested locations was published in the paper. The full results were published on an interactive map embedded in the story online, as was another variation of the map breaking the results down by each carrier network. Readers were then asked to take their own results and put them in a crowd-sourced map The Tribune put online.

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