HTC ThunderBolt 4G LTE data speed tests

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 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.

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 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.

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  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1400 mAh(6.30h talk time)



1. sinfulta

Posts: 279; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

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

2. BaiGanyo

Posts: 308; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

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

9. vollick11

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 15, 2011

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

28. nesska unregistered

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

32. therygy

Posts: 94; Member since: May 24, 2010

your really cool for memorizing that. nerd.

34. Mjolnir unregistered

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

19. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

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

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*

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

27. deezy

Posts: 46; Member since: Feb 10, 2011

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


Posts: 147; Member since: Sep 22, 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.

10. vollick11

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 15, 2011

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

20. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

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

5. kcombs

Posts: 275; Member since: Dec 15, 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.

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

13. tuminatr

Posts: 1158; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

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

8. tuminatr

Posts: 1158; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

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

11. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

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

14. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

On like what, 2 Towers?

18. joedirt unregistered

who wants 42mbps on a Sidekick? lol

22. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 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) (T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy s 4G) (Metro pcs samsung indulge) 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)

12. tuminatr

Posts: 1158; Member since: Feb 23, 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)

15. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

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

16. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 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....

17. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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?

21. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 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.

26. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 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. r-2014_id16132

23. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 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.

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).

25. codymws

Posts: 237; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

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