The proof is in the pudding as they say, and RootMetrics has a heaping spoonful of it in regards to Verizon’s LTE 4G Network. Now that Verizon has a 4G equipped phone (HTC Thunderbolt) out in the wild, RM ran some bandwidth testing in the city of Seattle to see which major U.S. cellular company truly has the fastest 4G network. Not that this is probably a surprise to existing Verizon customers, but their LTE network literally left AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint’s 4G networks in the digital dust.
RM’s findings showed that Verizon’s LTE network achieved speeds that were 4-14.5 times faster than its competitors, while the upload speeds were 4.7-49.3 times faster. Before you fanboys start egging your screen in disgust, please know that the following phones were tested: HTC Thunderbolt (Verizon), HTC Inspire (AT&T), HTC EVO (Sprint), and Samsung’s Galaxy S (T-Mobile). So there, your precious iPhone is not being knocked, just its main Network.
The other thing to take in account with this test is that Verizon’s LTE network is throttled in a way that allows for more bandwidth to be used in both the up and down stream, while the other networks have caps in place to limit their full 4G potential. That may play a part in the results of this test, but as you can see from the charts, Verizon and its Thunderbolt Droid in particular are the clear winners when it comes to speed.
- Verizon – 5-12Mbps Down/1-5Mbps Up
- AT&T – 1-6Mbps Down/Upload not listed
- Sprint – 3-6Mbps Down/.6-1.4Mbps Up
- T-Mobile – 5-10Mbps Down/Upload not listed
The important thing to note is not the speeds that the Thunderbolt achieves on Verizon’s 4G network, rather its the fact that it achieves 1oMbps download speeds nearly 90% of the time. So it’s not like Verizon’s LTE network is spotty at times when it comes to blazing on the 4G. I can attest to this fact first hand, because I’m an early adopter of Verizon’s LTE network via my new HTC Thunderbolt, which does have lightning quick speeds while browsing using my 4G connection. I even get a decent signal in my man-cave, which never afforded me a great connection to Verizon’s 3G network.
For now, Verizon’s LTE network is most definitely king when it comes to 4G speeds. Who knows what the AT&T/T-Mobile merger will bring to their 4G network, but considering that AT&T has known issues with its 3G network I’m not expecting it to be hyperspeed fast. Looks like I made the right decision for now when it comes to 4G phones, but I’m sure I’ll be wanting the next best thing once Verizon rolls out more LTE equipped smartphones. The struggles of a techno-geek are endless! If you’re interested in the full study you can check it out here. You’ve been very impressed with Verizon’s LTE performance so far…
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