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AT&T vs. Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Smackdown

Verizon LTE vs AT&T LTE

AT&T and Verizon Wireless both have active 4G LTE networks around our Irvine, California offices, so we thought it would be fun to bring you a quick comparison of the types of data throughput speeds we’re seeing here.

No, this isn’t a nationwide test where we send dozens of scientists climbing up mountains and riding down into coal mines to test network efficiency. Instead, we just conducted real-world tests here in our offices to see which network performed better. Obviously, Verizon’s network or AT&T’s network could perform better or worse in different areas. It’s also worth noting that AT&T’s 4G LTE network in Irvine is brand new, and so it’s likely not as congested at Verizon’s yet. In any case, let the smackdown begin!

Phones used:
Verizon Wireless: HTC Rezound and the Motorola DROID 4
AT&T: Galaxy Note LTE and the Galaxy S II Skyrocket

Testing procedures:
We timed how long it took each phone on each network to download  Pirates of the Caribbean: Master of the Seas, an 18.35MB game in the Android Market. Next, we conducted 5 tests using the free Speedtest application and then averaged the download and upload speeds. And finally, we timed how long it took each phone to load TechnoBuffalo as well as the desktop versions of ESPN and CNN. The results are as follows:

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Speed Test Results

AT&T, left. Verizon Wireless, right.

When it comes to download speeds for the Pirates of Caribbean game and the Speedtest.net tests, AT&T came out as the clear winner. While both networks saw peak speeds much higher than the averages, AT&T was generally much faster than Verizon Wireless in our Irvine offices. Still, as we noted before, AT&T’s network is brand new here and likely still has far less users clogging up the pipeline than Verizon Wireless does. However, Verizon Wireless did display much faster upload speeds. Either way, it’s pretty clear who the winner this time was.

Winner: AT&T


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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