Sprint’s LTE Put To The Test, Surprisingly Good

Let’s face it, Sprint’s network has left a lot to desire for the past couple of years. One of the few reasons that they’re still hanging on is because of their unlimited data. Unfortunately, you can’t really use that data when you’re on their horrendously slow 3G network or their old 4G WiMax network which is hardly any better off. But the Now Network is looking to change that with the release of their new 4G LTE network that is set to go live anytime now.

Until now, we’ve been in the dark as to whether Sprint’s new 4G LTE would be up to par with the current LTE offerings from AT&T and Verizon. Now PC Mag has given us some insight into this as they managed to get a specially provisioned LG Viper 4G LTE to test out Sprint’s new LTE network in Atlanta, Georgia. They used both the Sensorly speed test app and Ookla’s Speed Test app. On the Sensorly side of things, Sprint’s LTE managed to get an average download of between 9 and 13Mbps and a peak download speed of 26.5Mbps. It didn’t fare quite as well on the upload with Sensorly as it came in with an average upload of 2.19Mbps and a peak of 2.97Mbps. Using Speed Test though caused quite a difference in upload speeds as it scored 7.4Mbps on Ookla’s app. The download side of things was also different because Speed Test kept it at almost 20Mbps for the average. Of course, this is most likely caused by the different methods of testing between the apps and the ways in which the network is optimized for each method.

So it looks like Sprint is stepping up to the challenge of getting their users fast data speeds and they seem to be doing a good job of it so far. We’ll have to see how the network holds up against the stress of the users anxiously awaiting it but for now it’s good on Sprint for working to boost their network to the level of the other carriers. Any of you with a Sprint LTE device who are excited to try out the new LTE network? Give us a shout in the comments!

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