If you’re a Verizon Wireless customer, or you watch TV, chances are that you heard about Verizon’s “super fast” 4G LTE network. It now covers a great deal of America, and if you are covered, LTE (Long Term Evolution) offers “up to 10x faster data speeds than 3G”. But like usual, seeing is believing. And that is just what I decided to do on my trip to San Francisco and Silicon Valley. With a series of speed tests, I have mapped out the 4G LTE speeds for a great deal of the Bay Area.
As you can see from the list of speeds and their locations, LTE is very un predictable and the speeds change very often even within the same area. However, once you get within a 4G LTE zone, you are almost guaranteed decent speeds. Therefore, there will not be any more painful buffering or loading. LTE speeds tend to stay above 4 to 5 MB/s at all times and can get up to 32 MB/s as you can see in the speeds I recorded. The only downside to LTE is battery drain. However, you can easily go pick up a car charger or extended battery to keep your smarty phone going longer. In addition, some of the “extend-o” packs are relatively slim while packing sometimes double the regular capacity of your phone’s battery.
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Verizon’s LTE is pretty awesome out here in Oklahoma. I live in a rural area outside of Oklahoma City and here is my fastest result thus far:
46Mbps downstream, 16Mbps upstream, 55ms ping.