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[BGR] Verizon 4G LTE ‘blows away’ Sprint’s WiMAX in 1,000 speed tests

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Sprint is no longer the “4G king,†BTIG Research analyst Walter Piecyk proclaimed on Friday following a massive speed test that pitted Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G against Verizon Wireless’ HTC ThunderBolt. Piecyk and his team conducted more than 1,000 speed tests in New York City to determine which was faster: the ThunderBolt, running on Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network, or the EVO 4G, running on Sprint’s 4G WiMAX network. The analyst found that Verizon’s offering was consistently and significantly faster than Sprint’s 4G phone. The speed tests were conducted using the integrated mobile hotspot functions on both devices, and the testers were equipped with both an Apple iPad 2 and a Toshiba laptop for the tests. In the tests, Verizon’s LTE network averaged speeds of 9Mbps down and 5Mbps up while Sprint’s WiMAX network averaged about 1Mbps both down and up. Verizon’s LTE speeds peaked at 19Mbps down and 10Mbps up during the tests. Piecyk also found that Verizon Wireless’ LTE network was more reliable than Sprint’s WiMAX offering, and it offers better coverage. Adding insult to injury, he says the ThunderBolt has better battery life than the EVO 4G as well. Hit the break for a chart mapping out BTIG’s findings
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Hit the jump for a table of numbers, its astonishing.
    
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4G is faster than my home internet.....me want.
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About time Verizon...now to find some dope to buy my x so I can buy a thunderbolt
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4G is faster than my home internet.....me want.
And your computer is faster than all my computers, me want.
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This really come's as no surprise since Sprint is simply using Clear (formerly Clearwire) for there "4g" internet, Clear's technology is no where near as robust and not in any way 4g, and has never been known to deliver very good speeds.

Verizon's the first company to actually deploy LTE, this is a good sign and sets a bar for others "4g" service to try to catch up to which I doubt anyone will be able to untill they start rolling out LTE as well.
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You sure are paying for it though. Expensive stuff right there.
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Sprints 4g is like 6mbps down and 3mbps up in Minneapolis so this is clearly going to be heavily changed when going place to place. Also have to keep in mind sprint has lots more people using 4g devices plus clear subscribers count on it as well. Once more people get verizon 4g phones the speeds will start to be more comparable in more places. That being said it does seem like verizons is faster overall but this particular test clearly isn't the norm if you just look around at speeds of sprints 4g in other cities.
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4G is faster than my home internet.....me want.
Verizon 4G in NYC is faster than any ISP available in my entire state....and guess how far away the nearest 4G area is form Casa Skripka.
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Sprints 4g is like 6mbps down and 3mbps up in Minneapolis so this is clearly going to be heavily changed when going place to place. Also have to keep in mind sprint has lots more people using 4g devices plus clear subscribers count on it as well. Once more people get verizon 4g phones the speeds will start to be more comparable in more places. That being said it does seem like verizons is faster overall but this particular test clearly isn't the norm if you just look around at speeds of sprints 4g in other cities.
Great......Proof?

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Verizon 4G in NYC is faster than any ISP available in my entire state....and guess how far away the nearest 4G area is form Casa Skripka.
    
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Great......Proof?



http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r254...eeds~start=120 I don't personally have sprints 4g but I have several friends who get similar results as that thread. I mean I get up 1mbps average during peak hours on virgin mobiles 3g which is sprints 3g and I get up to 2.6mbps really late at night.
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