Study: Verizon 4G is fastest wireless network in US

If you live in an area of the US that's served by Verizon's LTE-based 4G wireless network, congratulations. According to a new survey published this week at PC Magazine's web site, the 4G network is now the fastest you can access if you have a compatible smartphone or laptop device. PC Magazine went to 21 cities all across the US and tested the speeds of eight 3G and 4G wireless networks and with one small exception the LTE based wireless network from Verizon was the fastest tested by a large margin compared to the rest.

In all of the various parts of the US where the Verizon LTE network was available, the average download speeds were between 7 and 11 Mpbs. Sometimes the speeds were as high as 37 Mbps. The only section of the US where the Verizon 4G network was not available for testing was in the "rural" areas as well as smaller cities like Macon, Georgia. If you happen to live in those areas AT&T's 3G coverage has the fastest speed.

Verizon has been extremely aggressive in adding more and more cities and metro areas that support its LTE wireless network. A new set of cities is scheduled to go live in mid-July. Meanwhile AT&T is supposed to launch its own LTE based 4G wireless network in a select few cities in the US later this summer. They claim that their download speeds will be faster than Verizon's LTE network. However it will take a while before AT&T's new network will reach the amount of coverage than Verizon's network currently has.

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"If you live in an area of the US that's served by Verizon's LTE-based 4G wireless network, congratulations."

I do happen to live in a Verizon LTE 4G network zone. Yay me. Too bad I don't have a 4G device. So, if you live in a Verizon LTE 4G zone, you need a 4G device to take full advantage of it...

tsupersonic said,
"If you live in an area of the US that's served by Verizon's LTE-based 4G wireless network, congratulations."

I do happen to live in a Verizon LTE 4G network zone. Yay me. Too bad I don't have a 4G device. So, if you live in a Verizon LTE 4G zone, you need a 4G device to take full advantage of it...

If only you would have read just a few more words... "...if you have a compatible smartphone or laptop device"

jerzdawg said,
If only you would have read just a few more words... "...if you have a compatible smartphone or laptop device"

He didn't say anything wrong. He's congratulating people who live and use the 4G service. Why would he congratulate someone that lives in a 4G area but doesn't have a 4G device?

Perhaps you should read the entire context of his post before judging on first glance.

tsupersonic said,
"If you live in an area of the US that's served by Verizon's LTE-based 4G wireless network, congratulations."

I do happen to live in a Verizon LTE 4G network zone. Yay me. Too bad I don't have a 4G device. So, if you live in a Verizon LTE 4G zone, you need a 4G device to take full advantage of it...

I enjoy posting my speed test results whenever possible.

http://www.speedtest.net/android/55819476.png

God, I love my HTC Thunderbolt. Unlimited data, simultaneous voice and data, and I've been enjoying free tethering since March. Unfortunately free tethering expires July 7. Thank god for root access

Edited by UndergroundWire, Jun 28 2011, 1:09pm :

I look at this study and I'm like, well duhh?

Seriously my average speed is about 20 Mbps down / 5 Mbps Up

At work that number is slightly higher since I work at an airport and there is a tower close by.

Nashy said,
On LTE? Man, we get speeds of 9Mbps on 3G.

do you care to be specific on the network you are talkingg about? Verizon or at&t?

LOL! AT&T should worry about covering the majority of the U.S. with their 3G before worrying about 4G. I hate that their commercials talk about how they "cover 98% of the population". It's a play on words. Factually correct, perhaps, but it's misleading. If you get away from any major city then you're screwed. I've heard it personally from tons of AT&T users and it's easy to find millions of people complaining about it online.