I typically test over 30 megabits here in NYC/NJ. But seeing some of your speeds holy shiz!! Does anyone else find it completely off kilter that most of our 4G LTE smart phones have faster connection speeds than our home Cable connections?? I am paying for *boost* service... an extra $10 or so a month for up to 30 megabits and I usually get around 25 megabits.
*OK, well I just tested now and I'm finally seeing 31.54 megabits down and 5.13 up on my home connection. Doing it again though on 4G LTE through the same Speedtest server gave me 26.67mbps down and 12.33mbps up - well the up beat the heck out of my home Optimum Cable service connection. Gotta wonder why I'm paying so much a month!
Your point is just about to be invalid as Verizon has over 2/3 of their nationwide footprint blanketed with 4G LTE. So in a few months hardly any market is going to be without LTE on Verizon.
That said, HSPA+ technology itself is much faster than EVDO which is why Verizon is getting out of their way to have the entire nation covered with 4G LTE by the end of next year. It looks like they will meet and exceed that goal.
He was not refering to the size or footprint of VZW's LTE network but the "fallback" when the LTE signal is lost. Just because your area has LTE that doesn't mean you'll get it all the time. Sometimes the signal will fallback to a lower speed. AT&Ts fallback is more layered than Verizon's with HSPA+ -> HSPA -> EDGE. With Verizon its either LTE or EVDO. AT&T's fallback is faster than VZW.
I'm lucky to live/work in the Boston, MA area, so shortly after I got my new GS3, I was in Methuen, and got nearly 58Mbps down and 14Mbps up...consistantly in the 50's...then as I was driving North, away from the LTE coverage area, into Salem NH, it got slower, until I lost LTE and dropped down to HSPA+ which wasn't so bad at all at 7.2Mbps down and 1Mbps up.
The next day, I got to test it around Boston and Cambridge where I get high 20's, low 30's down and around 10Mbps up. I'm a happy camper!
See attached screenshot (BTW, I love the palm-swipe screenshot feature of the GS3)