If you’ve got the need for speed when browsing the web or downloading apps on your smartphone, turn to Verizon. For the second consecutive year, Verizon finished as the fastest wireless network in testing conducted by Tom’s Guide.

T-Mobile and its MetroPCS subsidiary were the runners-up in Tom’s Guide’s special report, finishing with the top average upload speed and coming in behind Verizon for the top download speed. MetroPCS was the top-performing prepaid carrier in the test, making the carrier an excellent choice for customers looking outside the Big Four carriers for coverage.

“Now that all the major carriers offer unlimited plans, there’s a lot of attention being paid to price,” said Mark Spoonauer, editor-in-chief of Tom’s Guide. “Our in-depth testing shows you just how much performance you’re getting for your money.”

To determine the fastest wireless network speeds, Tom’s Guide dispatched testers to six cities: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle and Houston. The tests measured the download and upload speeds of nine mobile carriers and timed how long it took to download a typical app.

Tom’s Guide Fastest Wireless Network Winners

Fastest Overall: Verizon

Fastest Prepaid: MetroPCS

Fastest in New York: Verizon

Fastest in Los Angeles: AT&T

Fastest in Chicago: Verizon

Fastest in San Francisco: AT&T

Fastest in Seattle: T-Mobile

Fastest in Houston: Sprint/T-Mobile (Tie)

To see how all of the carriers fared and to get a city-by-city breakdown, go to our full report on the Fastest Wireless Networks in the U.S.

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