Last week I picked up an HTC Thunderbolt the first LTE device on Verizon Wireless. I have spent a better part of the past week extensively testing speeds. I’m going to share some of the results. I ended up doing most of the speedtests on my MacBook Air and Acer Timeline due to Ookla’s application stating that my uploads are in the 31 — 42 Mbps range. Obviously those results were incorrect.
I’ve also had an opportunity to test Verizon’s implementation of 4G (LTE) against the other 4G technology being offered by Sprint (WiMAX). At CTIA Enterprise and Applications 2010 in San Francisco, Verizon stated that real world speeds of 10-12 Mbps down and 2-4 Mbps up. As I sat in the news conference listening to Lowell McAdam’s prepared remarks I couldn’t help but think — Marketing.
I have been absolutely blown away with the speeds that I have been experiencing. I understand that the network is hardly populated at the moment, that being said I have seen downloads as high as 26 Mbps with the highest upload of 7.9 Mbps. The highest download speed I’ve seen on Sprint is 9.89 Mbps down (which is just shy of the 10 Mbps maximum) Sprint will allow. My biggest disappointment with Sprint’s WiMAX is the capped uploads. During speed testing I’ve seen bursts of up to 3.5 Mbps but Sprint severely limits the actual upload speeds. Clear (the actual WiMAX provider for Sprint) devices can easily reach uploads of 3 Mbps.
Check out the video below — 4G FIGHT:
If you are wondering why the Thunderbolt speeds are so low the second half of the video….I decided to test the speeds of data during voice calling. This is a first on Verizon (a first in the US on a CDMA network).