Verizon's test cars upgraded to benchmark real-life 4G performance against the competition

Verizon's test cars upgraded to benchmark real-life 4G performance against the competition
Verizon's fleet of 100 test cars, which log a million miles annually will be equipped to measure the true 4G speeds of its competitors and of Verizon itself from now on, in order to benchmark performance and improve its LTE network.

So far the test cars have been logging voice quality and 3G data statistics, and we are familiar with the testing fleet from the "Can you hear me now" commercials. Verizon has equipped the vehicles with Ascom gear, which will allow it to measure things like download/upload speeds, signal strength and latency of all 4G networks in the US along the road, regardless of the technology used. The results will be used to improve against the competition and to gauge any weaknesses it finds in the LTE coverage and strength.

A third party measurement company - RootMetrics - has awarded Verizon its combined Combined Performance and Data Performance awards for Cleveland and Dallas this month, and over the past six months, Verizon Wireless has received their RootScore in 20 more cities: Atlanta; Boston; Chicago; Cincinnati; Denver; Houston; Los Angeles; Miami; Minneapolis; New York; Philadelphia; Phoenix; Pittsburgh; Portland, Ore.; Riverside-San Bernardino, Calif.; Sacramento, Calif.; San Francisco; San Jose, Calif.; St. Louis; and Washington, D.C.

RootMetrics use regular smartphones you can find in retail shops to gauge the networks' performance, and engages them in real-life scenarios in several places and at different times around a city. Verizon itself makes more than 19 million data tests throughout the year, and it's likely that the pace will pick up with the new equipment to measure 4G performance installed on the test fleet. Press releases after the break.

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16 Comments

1. nb2six

Posts: 298; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

This is why I never complain about paying a premium for premium service.

2. bigtittyho unregistered

Well verizon may be the best network out there but if I don't get reception in my home then its a no go. It sukz that it worked everywhere I went but in my house were I am the most I had no reception on my droid charge and my boyfriend had the same problem on his thunderbolt and no it wasn't our phones cuz we switched them 2 times and still same problems. I live in los angeles and yea verizon has gret coverage tru out LA like I said it worked everywhere I went in LA except my house. I have metro piece of shyyt right now and I hate it with a passion because I got one of them cheap phones that costs 30 bucks and doesn't even have a camera but hey atleast I now have 3 bars of service in my house and I'm able to call I really wanna dump metro but idk if I should get at&t, sprint or t-mobile? Cuz I heard they work fine in my house.

3. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

sprint plans are much cheaper. use either wireless.amazon.com or wirefly.com to get a phone that you want for cheaper than norm prices.

6. bigtittyho unregistered

Thank u very mucho I will def look into that. :)

11. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

your welcome. :p

14. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Sprint might be cheaper, but it still uses CDMA, and it sounds like there's no penetration into the poster's house (possibly because of the material or build i.e.: thick brick or cinder, metal siding or roof, etc.) I'd try GSM first to see if that works. Try T-Mobile, AT&T if you must (bunch of busters over at Orange). But, if Verizon doesn't work, Sprint probably won't either. You can try, though.

12. cnwwyo

Posts: 126; Member since: May 26, 2011

its the lte, try turning it off in your house and then see if u have a better signal

15. nickjjay

Posts: 79; Member since: Oct 10, 2011

That's true.

4. Fallin

Posts: 70; Member since: Oct 10, 2011

Verizon improving their network, to give their customers better quality service, that's nice. I wish T-Mobile would do the same.

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

its a give and take. VZW can afford all this extra stuff because you pay out the nose for service. With VZW you get premium service with that plan premium. Tmobile's service is less than half of VZW at this point if your on a Value plan, while being nearly as fast. You cant have it both ways. Those cheaper plans means that they have less money to spend on other things. But hey, if your in an area like mine where the 4g is blazing fast, Tmo is the way to go. I very rarely have an issue, and that wifi calling ability makes up for any inner building coverage spots i have at school.

10. Fallin

Posts: 70; Member since: Oct 10, 2011

I'm in Phoenix, so it's pretty fast. I enjoy Tmo because of the low prices they offer my wife and I. When I lived in Idaho it was a little worse where we lived, but now it's awesome. I have 4g and I connect to my wireless when i'm at home. I hope with Tmo, we get more customers so they can give the people that don't have that great coverage in some of those areas with better coverage.

7. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

VZW FTW. I live in Phoenix. All my friends that have T-Mobile get little to no reseption in buildings and in the outskirts of town; same goes for Att. Forget trying to go up north into the mountains like Flagstaff or Payson all carrires get crap expet for...VZW! Verizon rules the air indeed.

8. jabrecer

Posts: 26; Member since: Jul 26, 2011

In the other hand... I lived in California, I went to Big Bear Lake (like every year), up in the mountains, I have verizon, my wife has At&t... do you know who had no reception at all in our cabin??? guess why my wife was laughing at me... no verizon signal, but At&t was very strong!! Every other place we go, verizon and at&t are the same...

9. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 275; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

i was litterally in the same place this weekend and had no reception issues with my thunderbolt. for fair comparison my friends that i was with have the iphone4 on ATT and they also had reception. must just have been that weird little spot where you where.

13. FUNNYWORLD unregistered

IT'S A FUNNY THING ABOUT SIGNAL STRENGTH, SAME CARRIER AND SAME PHONE YET TOTALLY DIFFERENT SIGNALS. FOR INSTANCE, I DIDN'T KNOW TMO HAD 4G IN PHOENIX BECAUSE EVERYONE WHO HAS IT HERE DOESN'T TRUELY GET IT. *UNLESS YOU'RE ON 19TH ST AND BELL*. I'VE HAD CUSTOMERS WHO HAVE HAD TERRIBLE SERVICE RIGHT NEXT TO OUR KIOSK YET MY PHONE HAS FULL BARS. OVERALL STATS THOUGH, VERIZON DOES OFFER THE BEST BUT AT A PRICE AND IT'S A PRICE I DON'T MIND PAYING BECAUSE I DO ENJOY MY FAST SPEEDS AND I GUESS I HAVE GREAT LUCK BECAUSE THE ONLY TIME I DON'T GET RECEPTION IS WHEN I START TRAVELING TO FLAGSTAFF HOWEVER I STILL LAST LONGER THAN ANY OTHER CARRIERS MY FRIENDS MIGHT HAVE.

16. Vzw4GLTE unregistered

I must say, I live in Phoenix and I have a 4G LTE mobile hotspot and the internet speeds here are insane! I have speed tested at about 17-18 Mbps. I live around 44th St and Camelback and I have consistently fast speeds here. I have never had a drop in service either! Also I can get 4G coverage just outside Buckeye! And for people who don't live in Arizona, Buckeye is out in the middle of nowhere!! I am very happy with what Verizon offers. I would pay a premium any day to get the service they offer!

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