4G speed test results are in, Verizon's LTE is fastest, but T-Mobile holds the fort in smartphone speeds

4G speed test results are in, Verizon's LTE is fastest, but T-Mobile holds the fort in smartphone speeds
A number of measurements in 13 major US cities resulted in Verizon's LTE reaching 6.44 Mbps on average with the laptop modems, and T-Mobile's 4G HSPA+ technology scoring the best in smartphone tests - 2.28 Mbps.

The test results also demonstrated the low latency of Verizon's LTE network, and, overall, latency has greatly improved for all carriers, compared to the same measurements last year.

Granted, Verizon is yet to out a smartphone with LTE connectivity, which will probably place it ahead in the smartphone speeds as well, not to mention its coverage. If only LTE was cheaper.


Below are the results from the major US cities where the tests were taken in table form. The timed measuring methodology includes 20 test locations in each of the 13 cities, roughly two miles apart. A total of 177 000 download, upload and latency tests were made with the software. Indoor performance, and speeds while moving haven't been tested, only stationary results outdoors.



The latency has been significantly improved over last year's results, too, and the year-on-year comparison shows that everyone but Verizon's 3G service has improved their speeds, both 3G and 4G.

T-Mobile takes the cake by more than doubling the download speeds of its 3G and 4G services.

Again, Verizon doesn't have any 4G phones out yet, but the move from 3G to 4G has brought it sixfold increase in download speeds with the laptop modems.

We'll see how the LTE network holds up when it starts getting inundated with 4G smartphones as well.

source: PCWorld

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25 Comments

1. BaiGanyo

Posts: 308; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

Well, I guess this is just a test of the times and places tested, but I've never had anything like some of the slow speeds they are showing for Sprint. My speeds are always on the high end of the Sprint speeds.

2. gajetski unregistered

This data is complete bs. Everyone knows Phone arena is not a cridible source of information.

4. Galen20K

Posts: 577; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

Phonearena didn't conduct these tests genius, it was done by an independent company and just as PCWOrld is reporting the results so is PhoneArena. Ignorant.

3. hello??? unregistered

To #2 above. If you took the time, you see these tests were done and posted by PC World on their site as the source. PhoneArena is simply using the info as a news story.

5. longhairbilly

Posts: 66; Member since: Aug 23, 2010

As good as the Verizon numbers are, I really doubt I'll buy a LTE phone. I'm scared at what they are going to charge a month.

13. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

Only an arm and a leg. Nothing that will hurt you too much.

17. beatlesfan

Posts: 150; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

I would be willing to bet and arm and a leg that Verizon keeps pricing the same for 4g smartphones as they currently have for 3g ones.

6. gajetski unregistered

Thats exactly my point, theyll pawn off anything as "news". At least this is based off a seemingly credible source for once, pcworld, reading the full article had me wondering.

7. jovy121

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

How much does verizon PAY phonearena and all cell sites. I live in Chicago and my Epic 4G gets way over 2.4 mps download ANYWHERE in the city. All my friends with USB modems or EVO's .

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lol, my vibrant around jacksonville averages 3-6mb/s. only during severe peak does it ever dip below 2.5.. and thats 3g. my wife's G2 gets faster than that all the time. first question i always ask is "did you go in to system/about phone and look to see the actual signal you were recieving"? HSDPA is not "4g", HSPA+ is. lol. oh well.

9. AndroidTroll

Posts: 359; Member since: Mar 05, 2011

All of these speeds seem really slow...like 3G slow. With my evo, I get an average of 7mbps down in Salt Lake City with the highest being 12. In Atlanta I usually get between 3 to 5 with a max of 7. But 0.5 is just rediculous. How are they testing this?

10. gatordotcom

Posts: 26; Member since: Jun 18, 2010

I also live in salt lake and my download speeds, with the evo, is never less than 6mps.... so from these test I now present sprint with the fastest data speed award!

11. kcombs

Posts: 275; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

it's not true at all, I get 3.5mbps in Orlando on att with my iPhone 4. T-mobile gets less then what it shows in Orlando, and Sprint's Wimax gets 4mbps in Orlando.

12. Mr.ESPRINT !!!! unregistered

I WONDER WHY DONT THEY HAVE LOS ANGELES? HERE IN LONG BEACH MY SPEEDS ARE FASTER, THE REPORTS ARE BOGUS, I AM USING SPEEDTEST.NET AND MY DOWNLOADS SPEEDS ARE 5Mbps & UPLOADS ARE 2Mbps ....

14. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

im always getting 4+ mbps on t-mobiles G2 D:

15. King unregistered

I agree with jovy121. These test results are laughable.

16. joey18

Posts: 668; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

my droid x speed is very fast in malls and street but my data is to slow at home i think get like 2g i have to use wifi.....who has droidx and have the same problems i have cant u explain me ....

18. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

This is funny. I was just in Portland yesterday and was doing some testing for the 4G in one of our Sprint stores and was getting 5mps constantly. This is more believable if you were on the 3G but not 4G. I demand a retest.

19. NME unregistered

Uhhhh....do you guys not understand what the word AVERAGE means ???? They tested the data in different parts of the city and got a cumulative AVERAGE from 20 locations in each city....learn to read people.....

20. JJ unregistered

I am in Ogden Ut and i just got over 14.5 mbps on 5 seperate tests on my Galaxy S 4g.. T-Mobile Rocks!!!

21. jake unregistered

My G2 can peak upto 9mbps :P

22. Jay unregistered

Why is the phone that tested Verizon's 4G LTE network a Motorola Droid 2? The Motorola Droid 2 IS A 3G PHONE! IT DOES NOT HAVE ACCESS TO 4G.

23. djembeman unregistered

Me (Colorado Springs) and an XDA forum member in Washington state posted screen shots of our speedtest results reaching 47-50 Megabits per second. It's on XDA in an LG Revolution post called: [Q] "Who noticed big 4G speed increase after VS910ZV6 update?"

24. Ben unregistered

My MyTouch4g registered a 9.00mbps dl and a 1.49 upl in Colorado Springs

25. masons

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 15, 2012

20.98 download 16.65 upload is that fast

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