LTE in the wild: seeking the fastest mobile speeds in the USA

June 5, 2013
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The 4G LTE data speeds we get on our smartphones have come a long way in the short two years since LTE first hit the streets. I remember loving how fast that HTC Thunderbolt was, even though I was still in T-Mobile land. Now that most have 4G LTE including Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and more, we want to see how fast yours is.

Being stuck on T-Mobile 3G a few years back then finally switching to a Verizon 4G LTE capable GALAXY Nexus, I saw the light. Getting 12-15 Mbps down and similar up continuously was just awesome. Updating apps took seconds, instead of minutes, and downloading that latest game was no longer a WiFi-only process. It's wonderful. And don't even get me started on trying to do anything with the Sprint network.

Last week when Verizon Wireless pushed out a quick software update for the Galaxy S III a few issues arose where users were losing their 4G LTE. In the comments we saw some stunning (good and bad) speeds during the commotion so we've decided to seek out the fastest speeds around. Here's a few of mine lately with Verizon 4G LTE and the GALAXY S 4. Topping 53 Mbps download throughout Las Vegas.

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One comment in particular (Thanks ImmaDroid - see screenshot below) is consistently seeing speeds that rivals many users home internet. In fact, it puts most to shame. Of course the Speedtest.net app isn't anything scientific, or remotely official, but that's what most use these days. With all the reviews we've done here at Android Community we always give Speedtest a run. The good, bad, and worst always come out through speedtest. We know bars don't matter, but still want to see your results.

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Averaging above 60 Mbps down and roughly 19 Mbps upload with speeds on a daily basis, it's safe to say I'd take a grandfathered unlimited data plan and be canceling my home internet. Those speeds are just ridiculous. Those aren't something you see everyday though, nor can you expect them. At least not yet. I recently reviewed the AT&T LG Optimus G Pro and saw pretty good speeds too. Ranging from 20-50 Mbps on the daily. We don't need these speeds to truly enjoy our smartphones, but it's always nice to fire up the Speedtest app and see speeds besting our home internet.

Surely these can probably be faked, but we'd love to see the fastest speeds across the USA. Don't give us WiFi or Google Fiber results, we want your AT&T, Verizon and others 4G LTE data tests. The 53.34 Mbps you see above of mine is the fastest I've ever achieved, personally, and we'd love to see yours.

Post your screenshots below and don't forget to mention the location, carrier, and device if you'd like.


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  • Simondocole

    EE note 2, uk

    • guest

      is that a wifi speed?

  • ImmaDroid

    Haha nice, thanks for posting my pic guys! heres a better one for ya!

    • http://www.androidcommunity.com Cory Gunther

      I don’t like you.. haha kidding. You’re welcome. Thanks for sharing!

      • ImmaDroid

        lol I love you too! I never even thought 73.65 was possible, so it was pretty exciting when I got that one!

    • Christopher Robert

      What phone and what state? I remember when i first got my GN2 on AT&T I used to pull about 55mbs average. But as more and more people got LTE phones my average went way down. Now its normally about 13 mbps.

      • ImmaDroid

        I have a Galaxy S3 on VZW. Im on the South Carolina coast, near Myrtle beach. My area doesn’t have as many permanent residents compared to a big city. But we get alot of tourists, about 15 million throughout the year, mostly spring, summer,. Right now its busy here and my speeds are holding up. My tower is the last one for a couple miles through some parks, so I think they gave mine extra Juice. But 30′s is an average in other areas around here, highs in 50′s

  • Guest

    T-Mobile GS4 in West Sacramento, California. They just turned LTE on yesterday

  • hurrpancakes

    T-Mobile Galaxy S4 in Sacramento, California. They just turned LTE on yesterday.

    • http://www.androidcommunity.com Cory Gunther

      Nice!

    • Carlos Rivera

      Do you know if that reaches to Roseville?

      • hurrpancakes

        I was in Roseville last weekend and had LTE

  • Ben

    att lte in atlanta gets well under 30mbps download speeds

  • Jesslyn Hendrix

    I got the 1st on Amtrak going past San Jose right after T-Mobile turned on LTE. The 2nd on the trip back. The last one is clear evidence of TMo testing LTE around Los Angeles. They haven’t flipped our switch yet.

  • Bryan P.

    T-Mo testing in Fresno. My home ISP Comcast only does ~8mbps download.

  • tonty

    Speedtest was done in Jackson Michigan. On Verizon Wireless rocking my note 2

  • tonty

    In Bloomington Indiana onVerizon Wireless rocking the note 2

  • tonty

    In Fort Wayne indiana On Verizon Wireless rocking my Note 2