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Verizon proves its 4G LTE is faster than other carriers' 4G

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Verizon proves its 4G LTE is faster than other carriers' 4G
Verizon Wireless is definitely way ahead in the 4G LTE race to speed, but it’s not really a win until you rub other carriers’ nose in it. If you thought, what we though, you though right. Ladies and gents, Verizon is bringing you a 4G LTE speed throwdown in the good old smartphone battle tradition.

With game on across various US cities including Miami, Philadelphia, Denver and Seattle, Verizon proved passers by that their carrier’s connection is terribly slow and gave them some food for thought about switching to Big Red.

Verizon used its newest LTE phones like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Motorola Droid RAZR, mostly against AT&T-connected devices, but there were also Sprint and T-Mobile phones that failed to match Verizon’s 4G speeds. With nearly double the difference, one user wondered whether other carriers’ service could really go for “4G.” What are your thoughts about that?

Thanks, anonymous! 

Verizon proves its 4G LTE is faster than other carriers' 4G

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posted on 07 Mar 2012, 04:48

1. bigdawg23 (Posts: 462; Member since: 25 May 2011)

I have used AT&T LTE in Kansas City and it far exceed VZW Mps. In fact I averaged 20 on my Skyrocket down and 10 up. Many locations put me at 35-40 down in Independence specifically. The only time I saw 5-8 is when I first hit the north side of KC when LTE clicked on.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 06:27

2. indigo87 (Posts: 40; Member since: 09 Dec 2011)

Carrier's always do this s**t they only vs phones they know they will beat, thats not a challenge first of all everyone knows wimax is not everywhere plus wimax sucks and thats why sprint is switching to LTE, T-mobile is also switching to LTE, and I didn't see one At&t LTE phone in this challenge whats up with that?
This challenge should be call 3G vs LTE cause this s**t was bull no other carrier has a full operating LTE network other than VZW and AT&T then this challenge would be a LTE coverage challenge instead just so VZW would feel like they are on top.
If you're going to make a challenge at least make it interesting don't face a 8V against a 15hp two stroke scooter.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 09:55

9. max9777 (Posts: 78; Member since: 11 Dec 2011)

Also to add on to what you said, sprint recently signed a new contract with a Japanese company that will make them LTE-TDD version of LTE compared to Verizons and ATT&T's LTE-FDD which I still don't know what the main difference is but as far as I can tell it processes the spectrum faster and more reliably.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 11:55

10. W.P._Android_in_that_Order (Posts: 208; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)

Actually i often test my speeds against my friends with other carriers and they dont even come close even when i was using the Pantech Breakout which is the most underpowered lte phone that they carry. These numbers are pretty spot-on. It doesnt matter where i am in the US. I have speed tested many different places and average about 14-15. Like i said a couple days ago, in Minnesota here i usually get between 20-50 Mb/s. Even out on the east coast, i still get pretty good speeds.

If all of you haters out there don't beleieve me, go into a Verizon store and do a spped test for youself.

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 02:32

18. Xeriffs (Posts: 11; Member since: 17 Sep 2012)

TD-LTE technology uses two impaired bands with shared resources which are used on an as-needed basis by the device
This means if you need to download something, all possible resources will be used for that download. FDD-LTE uses two paired bands with set resources, so simultaneous up and downloads. I.e. better for voice calls, video calls. TD-LTE is all around more efficient except when it comes to calling. That is the only place FDD has an advantage. I'm on Sprint so you could say I'm biased, but you really can't argue with the LTE roll out that has been tested with theoretical speeds of up to 180 Mbps.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 07:02 3

3. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

el er el er el. yeah, c'mon gentlemen it's not like this changes anything. it just proves Verizon's LTE is impressive. AT&T LTE users can talk when they get more coverage and they get more folks using those LTE pipelines. it's really the same thing.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 07:13 3

4. cj100570 (Posts: 204; Member since: 12 May 2009)

It's funny to watch comments from people belly aching because their carrier got spanked. And the retort is always that in their tests, in their city, their carrier won. Facts are facts and this same testing has been done by PCMag, cnet, etc. and Verizon has been faster "on average" than the other carries where 4G is concerned. Of course there will be places where one carrier or the other is faster. But for blazing fast 4G speeds "as a whole", Verizon Ike Turner, pimp slaps AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 07:21 1

5. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

Im calling complete bull on that. Not that VZW won because they should have, but on the phones used. I saw at least 2 Tmobile G2's in the mix, which only go up to 14.4 and are not capable of the higher network speeds. "hey, your car goes up to 60, and mine goes to 120, but lets race and see who is faster"..


Also, one thing I liked with MS's WP7 tests over this, is that WP7 was honest enough to show when they were beat. This VZW commercial made it look like VZW is never beat, which isnt true. It always depends on any of a dozen things for what speed you will get.

Good thing their LTE network didnt go down during the speed test, that would have been embarassing.
Also, unless something has drastically changed in the last few months, those "3rd party results" look nothing like the actual independant tests that were done.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 07:54 1

6. darkkjedii (Posts: 25058; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

What a crock!!! They didn't use one LTE phone from AT&T,and Tmobile,and sprint don't even have it yet. My skyrocket on AT&T get 12-20mbs down and 4-10 up consistently. Then they use the OG evo which is 2yrs old,and still got 5mbps,while Verizon got 10. Their new LTE phone was only 2x faster than sprints 2 yr old wimaxx phone. Not impressed.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 08:00 1

7. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

They also didnt use one Tmobile phone that was capable of the 42mb/s network. The used mostly old 14.4mb/s G2's. There was what looked like a White SGS2 in the mix, but i couldnt tell what carrier it was on.

If they use LTE or not wasnt the point, its that everyone says they are "4g" so people think they are all the same. Which they are not.. that part is true. However the test was mildly dishonest to skew it further in VZWs favor.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 15:12

12. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

you mean like the WP Challenge? isn't the point to show the people that the network is incredibly fast and people can get a lot done remixfa? xD

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 08:15 2

8. racr79 (Posts: 5; Member since: 28 Apr 2010)

I think the reason of this test is only to let people know that other carrier are calling 4g what is actually a3g network in overdrive. So the point was only to see what are the speeds of 4g. Now AT&T has 4g LTE and yes it's faster than the LTE on Verizon but only because it doesnt have a lot of users yet, it's brand new and Verizon been out for almost a year if not more and has more city's an more subscribers than AT&T. Just wait a little and you will see AT&T having The same problem with 4g LTE a they have it with 3G.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 12:49

11. pouxonu (unregistered)

They are all big companies and of course they are going to skew tests and numbers, they want your money. They all look for that one spot or thing that makes them better and then puts it out like it's everywhere. ATT, Sprint ,and Tmobile are faster than VZW in some areas, and vice versa. It's all gimmicks just pick the carrier that gives you the best service where youare and be done with it

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 17:29

13. alfadolla (Posts: 28; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)

Well it might be faster than the rest but how much more a month are you paying in charges for just surfing the web.....Bundles I bet. and your put on a limit too so if you go over they stick it too your wallet even more it like a gaint red star at the end of it life cycle just waiting to suck every out of you. Can you say blackhole I guess they have too get the money back for all the money they are losing on the iphone landslide!!

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 22:12

14. D_Tech-tive (Posts: 104; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)

I get get 21+Mbps on my RAZR MAXX for a high and 12+ Mbps as a low. Blows away my jobs slow wifi.

posted on 08 Mar 2012, 17:50 1

15. ThePhoneGURU (Posts: 11; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)

Verizon FTW!!! but whats most important in this video....Who is the girl? She is really cute!

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 15:45

16. davidbrewer (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)

How is VZW gonna challenge Sprint and T-Mobile. Sprint is WiMax and T-mobile is HSPA+ the results are completly unfair. Of course VZW is gonna win. Now, AT&T on the other hand they probally didnt even run the test in a AT&T LTE area cause they knew they could beat them, 95% chance they did it in a HSPA+ market. Get a life VZW

The only fair test would be VZW LTE vs. AT&T LTE not HSPA+, but LTE area.

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 15:58

17. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

you'd have that poor girl traveling all over the country to test AT&T's LTE in the mere handful of spots that's possible? ;P

AT&T's LTE is NOT better people. Verizon's LTE was the exact same way when it launched and there were very few people using it. it's the same damn thing.

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