Speed tests show Verizon's LTE faster than Sprint's WiMAX

Speed tests show Verizon's LTE faster than Sprint's WiMAX
Who has the fastest 4G service between Verizon and Sprint? On Friday, BTIG analyst Walter Piecyk announced the results of 1,000 speed tests conducted between a Verizon HTC ThunderBolt and a Sprint EVO 4G. According to the results, Big Red's LTE service is faster and more consistent than the WiMAX offering from the nation's third largest carrier.

The tests were done using the mobile Hotspot functions on both phones and those conducting the test were given an Apple iPad 2 and a Toshiba laptop to use on each of the two networks. The tests also were divided by location, such as "inside a building" or "near a window".  The bottom line figures showed that on average, Verizon's LTE network had speeds of 9Mbps down and 5Mbps up. Sprint's WiMAX network averaged about 1Mbps both down and up.

According to Piecyk, Verizon peaked at 19Mbps down and 10Mbps up. In addition, the analyst claims that Big Red's network is the more reliable between the two, and offers more coverage than Sprint's 4G service. With talk that Sprint might switch to an LTE network of its own, a report like this could carry plenty of weight in the carrier's boardroom.

source: BGR


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61 Comments

1. gsmallthewa unregistered

Haha Sprint sucks

30. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

correct: Wimax sucks. LTE is faster, but pointless if Verizon is gonna charge you overage for using it.

55. elandrumiii

Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 20, 2010

Remember the test between the Thunderbolt and the Evo showed that the phone itself is already faster. LTE being on a lower freq as we all know means better in building service.

2. ecml

Posts: 129; Member since: Mar 23, 2010

It's ridiculous how Verizon already has more 4G coverage than Sprint. SMH haha. Sprint needs to focus more on expanding their 4G network instead of getting in between the AT&T and T-Mobile deal

8. birdman unregistered

actually sprint has more coverage than Verizon's LTE. Since Sprint 4G runs on clearwires network you can see places where 4G has not been officially annouced on Clear website and there are a lot of new 4G makets up!

3. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I wish we had numbers of how many thunderbolts have been sold I really wonder how many are on their network compared to evo's and epics and shifts

4. JeffdaBeat unregistered

And that's the thing. Those speeds are awesome now, but I really want to see if you're going to get the same results when you actually have a good amount of customers on the LTE and WiMAX network...

10. tragichero

Posts: 163; Member since: Jan 07, 2011

verizon has sold a ton of thunderbolts thus far. keep in mind that the 4g aircards are also already on the network as well. i dissagree with the thought that verizon lte will ever be too congested. at least not until theres only 2 carriers left.... which i hope never happens.

23. heli777 unregistered

Also, keep in mind that LTE handles data traffic more efficiently than any other 3G or 4G network out there. Each device requires less bandwidth then devices on other networks.

56. elandrumiii

Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 20, 2010

With Sprint having had their 4G network up for a year (maybe more or less) They have aircards and hotspots and home modems being sold by both Clear, Cmcast, and Sprint to name a few. VZW cant even see that traffic yet and Sprint does have the spectrum to increase the bandwidth if needed. I phone that has been out close to 1 month and a couple of aircards cant even see the amount of aircards hotspots and phones that are on sprints 4g network.

5. mark1 unregistered

Am just glad that sprint will dump wimax and get lte,why because wimax really sucks no building penetration, no 4g in buildings WHY did sprint not go with lte in the 1st place and not wast their money on wimax.

6. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

There was no LTE available when they went 4G.

9. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

Because they were forced to at the time due to competitive reasons with Verizon on CDMA coverage. LTE wasn't even in beta phase at the time so WiMax was the only option available on expanding their market.

26. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

Because like they always do...Sprint rushes to be first rather than efficient...

29. shiftmobile unregistered

Building penetration has nothing to do with the type of technology being used. Its the frequency its being run on. Most of Sprint's network is on 1900Mhz. Doesn't penetrate as well regardless if its LTE, CDMA, GSM or WiMax. So switching to LTE won't change anything in that sense. They are contemplating the change because LTE is better and 85% of the world has adopted it as standard.

38. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

So Sprint can improve their network, add more towers and coverage, switch to LTE, and STILL not get into all buildings because of their signal range? Wow. Had not heard that, Will do some reading- but it is kinda common sense if you don't over think it. Sounds like Sprint has a very strong reason to want the AT&T and T-Mobile union to fall through. If the frequency is the problem, they cannot improve enough to truly compete.

43. salexander38 unregistered

Look-up Sprint's Network Vision Plan. They are transitioning services from broadcasting solely on 1900 Mhz, to broadcasting on 800 Mhz, 1900 Mhz, and 2500 Mhz. Pretty unique concept compared to other carriers.

58. elandrumiii

Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 20, 2010

Sprint may have enough 800mhz spectrum to divide it between LTE and CDMA the have just shy of 20mhz they would need 10 at a minimum for LTE. The FCC has just gave the ok for a new PTT phone that uses 800 CDMA for one of its freq.

57. elandrumiii

Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 20, 2010

They had to due to the spectrum the recieved in the deal where the purchased nextel.

7. vzwemployee444 unregistered

Verizon's LTE is faster than sprint's Wimax network but we dont have as much coverage for 1. And 2 if u know anything bout the EVO and wimax when u tether it to a device the speeds get cut by well over 50% I have an EVO and I consistently get 8mbps download speeds but when i tether I never get more than 2 mbps and I have a thunderbolt and i get 9 to 11 mbps and when I tether I get 5 to 8 mbps so test it on the phones not on the gathering capability cause its not fair but like I said VZW will still come out top but not as much as what this test shows. And dont use speedtest.net it tests server speed not ur internet connection use speakeasy.net it tests ur actual connection.

21. Cobjones

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 09, 2011

Speakeasy is better, but LTE is by far better than WiMAX... It has better user load support, and that leads to better speeds. And to Mark1.. WiMAX doesn't have anything to do with Sprint's building penetration, it is their spectrum, so them switching to LTE won't help that.

49. kingjuicer unregistered

i have no problem with the speeds what so ever!i have an EVO and i average 5-10 mps on and off tether!

11. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

The Article doesn't really "Reveal" anything. We all knew LTE was faster.

12. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

I'm going to try and divert the attention at something else instead of a WiMax vs LTE war. Everybody is too focused on the bolded text in the picture while the real debate is the iPad 2 vs the Toshiba laptop with the same connection but totally different speeds.

34. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

Yes! I knew it was going to happen once I criticized an Apple product. Thumbs down with no replies. Please continue because that's the best response Apple defenders can come up with.

59. elandrumiii

Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 20, 2010

Are you serious. Thats like comparing a laptops speed against a Desktop. A tablet against a laptop. Thats the same as the 9 month old Evo against the just dropped thunderbolt. The phone itself is faster it can process data faster. So it already has a leg up. But i will be found wrong on that one by some one so I say right now whatever

13. mark1 unregistered

but what about 4g in buddings, or did sprint just assume it would work, and did not do any in buddings test.

14. Tmachaveli

Posts: 425; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

I agree with phone333 this really didnt show nothing..there are far more sprint 4g phones on the market then Verizon so it should be faster. But lets do this test in one year and see the results.Verzion may be faster but it wont get the speeds that its getting now

15. Allday28

Posts: 345; Member since: Nov 19, 2010

I bet they will. LTE does stand for long term evolution wich means they will always be upgrading the speeds to make them faster. You actually think its just gonna stay at what it is?? If you do you sir are a idiot!! Hahahahahahahaah!!

60. elandrumiii

Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 20, 2010

Hey reading is fundamental. I can tell you dont you probably only read the brochure that was put out. They tested wimax in phillie when it was launched and it was blazing fast. Like VZW's LTE is now and then the came back and is was slow as hell for a 4g. Headlines reading that Tmo's HSPA+ is faster but it was noted that as the users grew it slowed down. They crossed to Jersey where they had just launched service and it was blazing fast in the new market. With VZW capping the service it may never happen with them and with them looking to buy up the market the AT&T will have to give up to buy TMO is the feds allow that rate killer to happen shows they dont really have enough 700 mhz to last.

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