PC Mag did some testing with Verizon’s 4G LTE network speeds and found some incredible (and alarming) info about just how fast you’ll carve through your monthly allotment of data usage. In about 32 minutes on Verizon’s network, you’ll be cruising at about 15Mbps downstream, which could go up to 21Mbps depending on the connection and use. While it’s know that hardly anyone is using Verizon’s 4G LTE currently, within a few months, there will be a bit more congestion on the network, but you’ll still see 8-9Mbps speeds according to Verizon.
Clearwire is the longest standing 4G network in operation, and they say the average data in a month from its 4G users is about 7GB, which is technically slower than a true LTE network. So, as awesome as it will be to use LTE, you’ll either pay alot for its use, or you’ll have to really monitor what you’re doing on the network to not blow your 5GB plan out in less than a days surfing. At Verizon’s pricing, thats $50 for a 5GB plan, and no doubt, huge extra fees for going over that usage.
We can only hope that the carriers launching 4G LTE recognize that the speeds and data plans need to meet in the middle somewhere, because the scales are definately tipped in the dollars direction.
[via PC Mag]