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HTC ThunderBolt 4G LTE data speed tests

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HTC ThunderBolt 4G LTE data speed tests
Since the ThunderBolt is the first 4G LTE smartphone for Verizon, we were excited to run some speed tests on the device, alongside with our Motorola DROID X and iPhone 4.

In our video below, the ThunderBolt got download speeds between 5-7 Mbps, though occasionally throughout the day we would see download speeds up to 10-12 Mbps. So it does appear the time of day may matter, as well as how many people are connected in your area using the network. What's puzzling is that the upload speeds would be between 30-40 Mbps, so we can only guess this must be someone weird going on with the SpeedTest.net program, or with the network.

For comparison, we did the same speed tests using the same servers and got 1.32 Mbps download and 0.67 Mbps upload on the Motorola DROID X, and on the iPhone 4 it was even less at 0.68 Mbps download and 0.43 Mbps upload.

Naturally, all these results would vary due to different locations, so your results may be different, but it is clear that Verizon's 4G LTE network is providing a much faster data connection than its 3G EVDO Rev A network.

UPDATE:
The ThunderBolt has a feature called Internet Connection Mode, where you can connect the phone to your PC via the USB cable and use Verizon's 4G LTE network as the PC's internet source. When we did this with our PC, we were able to run the standard SpeedTest.net web site in our browser (FireFox) and got a download speed of 11.53 Mbps and an upload speed of 6.50 Mbps with a Ping time of 79 ms using the closest server (Miami). We then did the same test using the LG VL600 4G USB Modem connected to our PC, and got a download speed of 10.61 Mbps and an upload speed of 6.48 Mbps with a Ping time of 84 ms. So based on these results, it appears that in our area (Ft Lauderdale) that both the ThunderBolt and LG VL600 Modem are capable of the same speeds on average.

HTC ThunderBolt using the Internet Connection Mode via USB cable to PC

HTC ThunderBolt using the Internet Connection Mode via USB cable to PC



LG VL600 USB Modem connect to PC

LG VL600 USB Modem connect to PC





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posted on 17 Mar 2011, 02:42 3

1. sinfulta (Posts: 268; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Maybe cause the speedtest.net app sucks. Try the extreme labs speed test and I bet you it will be accurate.

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 04:07 2

2. BaiGanyo (Posts: 308; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


For a network with almost no one on it, it shouldn't vary so much by the time of day.

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 18:40 1

9. vollick11 (Posts: 8; Member since: 15 Jan 2011)


umm its actually the second biggest in america.........

posted on 19 Mar 2011, 02:27 1

28. nesska (unregistered)


Try America's largest network with the most customers with as many people on its network as the population of Germany.

posted on 19 Mar 2011, 17:50

32. therygy (Posts: 94; Member since: 24 May 2010)


your really cool for memorizing that.

nerd.

posted on 05 Apr 2011, 13:54

34. Mjolnir (unregistered)


You're commenting in an article about internet phone speeds.

Nerd.

posted on 18 Mar 2011, 08:42

19. vzw fanman (Posts: 1971; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


i think it has more to do with the speedtest.net servers, not the verizon network because it shouldn't vary that much.

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 05:02 5

3. PhoneArenaSuspicious (unregistered)


Why is it that, though these speed test results are nothing short of amazing, the author/reviewer seems to actually be *angry/disappointed* by them? Am I the only one noticing this?

Verizon Wireless advertises that you would get LTE download speeds varying between 5 to 12 mbps when in an LTE coverage area.

Also, what is the point in "testing" the speeds and comparing it to EVDO RevA? Of course they're faster, they're supposed yi be! LOL

A test that would actually matter? Why don't you compare it to T-Mobile and their new "4G" Standard? How about Sprint and their WiMax? Or AT&T and their "whatever-it-is-they're-desperately-claiming-this-week" technology?

Why the hate? Where's the science? Why is it that the only objective articles you print just copy-and-pasted articles from Engadget Mobile? *sigh*

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 10:40 2

7. dahaka (unregistered)


Compared to sprint on my EVO i get betweet 7 and 10 mps with the lowest at about 6 ...verizons been saying say that LTE is better then wimax and produce less

posted on 19 Mar 2011, 02:07 2

27. deezy (Posts: 46; Member since: 10 Feb 2011)


if wimax is so great, why is sprint ditching it and going to lte?

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 07:32 4

4. CHEFJEFF (Posts: 143; Member since: 22 Sep 2009)


The stupid data test means nothing. What matters are actual use tests like browser speeds or app downloads. So far I'm not impressed with this phone.

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 18:40 3

10. vollick11 (Posts: 8; Member since: 15 Jan 2011)


i bought it and i can tell you right now its so fast.

posted on 18 Mar 2011, 08:43 2

20. vzw fanman (Posts: 1971; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


you can't seriously be basing your opinions on these stupid android reviewers? go to a store and test it out.

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 09:08

5. kcombs (Posts: 245; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


wow didn't even get 1mbps on the iPhone, glad I have ATT. just for the hell of it I tested my iPhone 4 (in Orlando) 4.10mbps down 1.3mbps up. but whatever this is a pointless test considering there is only like 4 devices probably using Verizon's LTE network right now.

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 10:38

6. DingoBerry (unregistered)


Just did a few tests at a Verizon Wireless store and the interesting thing about the browser is that it scored lower than the Incredible in both the Acid3 and HTML5 tests. I'd imagine that has a lot to do with the weak browser performance. But, I also just wonder if Android just isn't designed to fully take advantage of 4G speeds from a software perspective. So, speed is great for streaming or the mifi, but for on-device browsing no noticeable gains

posted on 18 Mar 2011, 00:27

13. tuminatr (Posts: 656; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


I have heard you are correct, I will root mine and put gingerbread on its much faster

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 10:56 2

8. tuminatr (Posts: 656; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


got mine today and in saint paul,MN i get 18-22mbps down and 22-36mbps up consistency this thing is FAST

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 19:23 2

11. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Look out Verizon! T-Mobile is upgrading to HSPA+ 42 mbps this summer :).

posted on 18 Mar 2011, 00:28 12

14. Fanboys Suck (Posts: 609; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


On like what, 2 Towers?

posted on 18 Mar 2011, 08:05 3

18. joedirt (unregistered)


who wants 42mbps on a Sidekick? lol

posted on 18 Mar 2011, 13:36 2

22. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Why are you hating? Are you stuck in At&t's or verizons Outrageous, rip-off, "I'm such a puppet" contract?

BTW that's sad verizon hasnt been the only one reaching high speeds and it wasn't the first, plus when they get more user's using their "4G" they will slow down.

(Sprint HTC Evo 4G)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckd3CNqVTIQ&feature=related

(T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy s 4G)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1MEnEMR9Ss

(Metro pcs samsung indulge)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cH2bbf3MCBw

the Only bad thing about all these test is they are in different places. (i Didn't mention At&t because they don't have "4G" or real 4G)

posted on 18 Mar 2011, 00:25 4

12. tuminatr (Posts: 656; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


come on the best think tmobile has going for them is there hot spokesperson, and cheap prices you sir a proud to own the Kia of cell phone providers

and Standard LTE it 100mbps, LTE advanced 1000mbps (about two years out)

posted on 18 Mar 2011, 01:07 1

15. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Verizon does not have LTE, it Has PreLTE meaning its in the making. Its LTE when it reaches the 100 mbps Mark :)

posted on 18 Mar 2011, 01:26 2

16. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


"Long Term Evolution" - I know you know what "long term" means, and Im pretty sure you know what evolution means...So if its 5-12 now and "Long term" (there it is again) is 100, then its exactly what it said it is, its an evolution, its evolving....

posted on 18 Mar 2011, 07:41 3

17. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Exactly. While T-Mobile is bragging about having the highest "4G" speeds with their HSPA+ network, where will that leave them in a couple of years when Verizon and AT&T (and probably Sprint) are working on upgrading their existing LTE networks to LTE Advanced?

posted on 18 Mar 2011, 08:46

21. vzw fanman (Posts: 1971; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


at&t doesn't even have a at&t LTE network. it won't be rolled out till later this summer. last i heard they were still testing in 2 cities. i think they're more worried about upgrading their glorified 3G network (HSPA+) before LTE.

posted on 18 Mar 2011, 23:19

26. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


T-Mobile is getting LTE thoe? It might be late or Probably not. you don't know when Verizon or ATT upgrades their LTE tech, and What if t-mobile is waiting for LTE Advance instead of plain PreLTE.

http://www.phonearena.com/news/T-Mobile-to-offer-budget-friendly-data-plans-and-smartphones-LTE-afte r-2014_id16132

http://www.phonearena.com/news/T-Mobile-to-roll-out-its-LTE-network-in-2013_id16096

posted on 18 Mar 2011, 13:40

23. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Yeah but if u pay attention all tech sites refer it to PreLTE (I'm pretty Sure these tech sites have bloggers with more intelligence on tech. than you)
Again when i see some one report 100mbps then we shall proudly call it real 4G and Official LTE Technology.

posted on 18 Mar 2011, 17:02

24. zackh121556 (unregistered)


Wow, ok its easy to tell that most of the people in this chat are here to hate on Verizon and or Android, yes (vollick11) they are the largest wireless provider, so with all that money from the over priced plans ((NO SLAP AT VERIZON, I USE THEIR NETWORK)) they should be able to buy a powerful network, lets not hate on the network or the HTC device that happens to run Android, this was made to be a mobile phone and not to replace the Evo, Galaxy or Iphone nor anything else you may have just got and are bitter for not waiting, if you dont have it or plan on getting it dont comment, my friend just got this device and i will say its faster then anything else i have seen, this phone will really make people who don't/didn't want it...start thinking about getting it....including myself........My next device? 65%-Yes 35%-No................If I were to get this device by the time the Bionic comes ill still be happy with the 4.3inch monster with the 1GHZ new Gen, and yes HTC Sense is much more user friendly then Moto Blur (AGAIN NO SLAP ON MOTOROLA I HAVE THE D2).

posted on 18 Mar 2011, 21:45

25. codymws (Posts: 237; Member since: 17 Jun 2010)


Well maybe the upload speeds are correct. You guys should try uploading a large file to Dropbox or something and see how long it takes. The Dropbox servers probably wouldn't even support taking uploads that fast.

posted on 19 Mar 2011, 07:34 1

29. at&t sucks (unregistered)


Lte is fast, but so is hspa+ and I think tmobile has a solid network, and kia has improved 100 times from the 90s. Honestly the worst network is at&t, and them claiming to be the fastest network is complete bs, and the thunderbolt is a beast of a phone 6 to 8mbps is impressive considering its a phone, my g2 gets 5 to 7 and once in a while 9 and above. So while lte is new technology its not the fastest yet, that title goes to tmobile for now, I think hspa+ has a lot of potential as well and like lte just get faster and faster.

posted on 19 Mar 2011, 10:21

30. zhenka (unregistered)


Got mine in Boston, pulling 10 to 20 mbps down and 7 up (wifi hotspot) 20 to 30 (speedtest.net app) Up. This phone is freakishly fast, hope iphone 5 isn't LTE don't want to share this network speed just yet ; ) Awesome phone all around, just a bit heavy and big but the performance more than makes up for it.

posted on 19 Mar 2011, 12:17 1

31. Droid General (unregistered)


I really can't believe what I'm hearing on this thread. Let me start with LTE it is the strongest frequency for 4G with further building penetration, if you guys did your research you would know this, and by tbd way AT&T and t-mobile share the same so called 4G OR WHATEVER they're calling they're network. T-mobile will have have 64 mbs this in selected area's aswell as ATT, so get ready to go and stand next to a cell site near you or just carry your own cell site with you ;) . Verizon a complete wireless provider with a rock solid voice network and a strong data network to match. I'd rather pay a little more get what I'm supposed get, RELIABLE SERVICE and not excuses. China mobile, Verizon's LTE partner has recently tested they're network and where able to achieve 600 mbs down, so I'm pretty confident Verizon has no competition in the us, especially will all the big manufacturer's and top of the line phones.

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 08:59

33. krauser1 (unregistered)


Has anyone noticed that while using the Thunderbolt on 4g - tethered to a laptop that you can still receive calls and surf at the same time? I've done this a few times now and it works great. Not sure if it is 4g signal only as I have not tried doing this on 3g. Anyone else tried this?

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 23:35

35. christinawhite099 (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Jun 2011)


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