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Verizon 4G LTE Network Speed Test

by Winston Sih | December 6, 2010December 6, 2010 7:17 pm PDT

Earlier last week, we reported that Verizon 4G LTE Networks would launch on December 5th.

Some highlights included the following:

1) “Number one is that, for the time being, this will only be for Windows-based laptops.  There is currently no support for Apple laptops, nor are there any phones or Wi-Fi modems taking advantage of the technology.  The second disclaimer is, it is rolling out to a lot of people on Sunday, but only if you live in one of the 39 major metropolitan areas in the United States it covers, or you happen to pass through one of the 60 airports with coverage.”

2) “You’ll be paying $50 a month for five GBs, or $80 for ten, with a $10 per GB overage fee.  To prevent overages you will receive alerts at 50, 75, 90 and 100 percent of plan usage.  You will also be able to log into the Access Manager at any time to see how much of your data plan you’ve used thus far for the month.”

3) “Speeds will run around five to 12 Mbps on the down, depending on the amount of network traffic, and two to five Mbps on the upload side of the equation.  According to Tony Malone, VP of Network Operations Support for Verizon Wireless, these speeds have been calculated for just about any device coming on to the network.”

One question many are posing is whether the 4G LTE Network speeds are really as fast (or faster) than one’s typical home Internet connection.  With this faster Internet connection and various limitations, is it worth making the leap on this future technology?

In this video, Jon Rettinger will be testing the speeds of the new Verizon 4G LTE Network and he’ll be giving you his initial impressions.  What do you think of the speeds?  Are they faster than your home connection?  Leave a comment below!

(Points of previous reference courtesy of Sean P. Aune.)