Looking for the fastest wireless network in Seattle? Look no further than Verizon, which easily trounced its rivals in terms of upload and download speeds in recent tests. Verizon, which has been expanding its LTE network throughout the Pacific Northwest in the past year, also beat out its competitors in terms of text message delivery.

According to a new report by RootMetrics, Verizon clocked an average upload speed of 7.8 Mbps, distancing itself from the second place finisher, T-Mobile, which tabulated 1.6 Mbps. Verizon also clocked an average download speed of 12.5 Mbps, above T-Mobile’s 9.7 Mbps.

“While T-Mobile trailed Verizon when comparing average download speed, these carriers recorded very similar percentages of their download tests at speeds greater than 5 Mbps, a threshold we feel easily qualifies as “4G” speed,” the report said. Both T-Mobile and Verizon saw speeds above 5 Mbps 71 percent of the time.

AT&T ranked third, with average upload speeds of 1.3 Mbps and average download speeds of 3.8 Mbps. Sprint was at the bottom of the four major carriers, with average upload speeds of 0.8 Mbps and average download speeds of 1.9 Mbps. Sprint also recorded the greatest percentage of download speeds below 1.5 Mbps, doing so in 63.3 percent of tests.

It also ranked poorly in terms of text message delivery, with 32 percent of text messages taking more than a minute to reach their destination, and call performance, showing a 3.8 percent call failure rate.

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  • Jefferson

    I just bought a Verizon 4G phone recently and am really impressed with the data speeds on it. It runs as fast (sometimes faster) as to when the phone is connected via Wifi at home. Also, 4G coverage is consistent around here as I’ve never seen it drop down to 3G yet.

  • Guest

    Having installed Root Metrics’s app on my pathetic T-Mobile phone, I take exception with its methodology. It only submits data when there is a data connection available, which means that it can never record “no data coverage” for any location. I would believe Root Metrics when it caches data and sends it when I get to a wi-fi network, the only occasion when my T-Mobile phone functions as expected.

  • http://twitter.com/KCLeo KCLeo

    Not in Lawrence, KS. Verizon is slower than molasses.

  • LTEat me

    And yet my Verizon Motorola Droid tells me this site (and all sites) are unavailable at the moment. and most apps. No connection.

    It’s fast when connected. It’s just rarely connected.

    Maybe it’s specific to the phone model, but Verizon offers no explanation for this 4G LTE connectivity issue in Motorola Droid phones.

  • Mobile_MultiTasker

    Given the VERIZON speed capacity … When will VERIZON allow simultaneous data and voice?

    This is the last great advantage that AT&T has over VERIZON in the mobile world. I still prefer to multitask at AT&T speeds.

    VERIZON, please eliminate that reason to keep saying no to you.

    • Qusr

      Doesn’t that work over 4G LTE?

    • Robert Andrews

      Simultaneous Voice/Data is a limitation of CDMA. With LTE this is already possible, as the phone can do LTE for data and CDMA for voice.

      • Chotis

        This is true. It works great on my Verizon 4G phone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Donovan-Kliegg/100001187341261 Donovan Kliegg

    I believe the Root Metric data cannot be trusted because the app itself doesn’t not understand all the phones and networks it is testing.

    For example, on my Sprint joined Galaxy IIs Wimax phone I notice that the Root Metric’s app incorrectly handles the condition where there is an unjoined WiFi network. Since the phone cannot do Wifi and Wimax at the same time, the Root Metric app does its test on 3g. Even when I disable WiFi and do the signal test, it reports on the 3G signal while testing the 4g bandwidth.

    It’s not hard to imagine that lots of phones on all the carriers behave differently. Only a sub-set of phones will test correctly, the rest will report bad data. The verizon test may just reflect the use of a phone that executes the test flawlessly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Donovan-Kliegg/100001187341261 Donovan Kliegg

    Speaking of sprint, they don’t limit set transfer limits, but they do shape the bandwidth based on protocol and current demand. Because of that, speed tests will be slower because the network gear would automatically choke the activity. I watch Netflix in HD all over Seattle, Kirkland, Redmond and Bellevue. Maybe its not the fastest network, but it works great. I have no idea why people complain about transfer limits when they can just switch to the limit free carriers.

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