Sprint’s crown as the king of 4G has just been snatched. According to research by BTIG, the WiMAX network of Sprint is no longer the nation’s fastest, as Verizon’s freshly launched LTE network has come out on top during a recent battery of 1,000 speed tests taking place in New York City. Speeds were compared using the HTC EVO 4G for Sprint and the HTC Thunderbolt for Verizon and mobile hotspot functionality to pipe bandwidth to both an iPad 2 and Toshiba laptop.
Verizon’s LTE recorded average speeds of 9Mbps down and 5Mbps up. The WiMAX of Sprint saw an average of 1Mbps for both downlink and uplink speeds Verizon peaked at a speedy 19Mbps down and 10Mbps up. Analyst Walter Piecyk also noted Verizon’s 4G as more reliable and had nicer things overall to say about the HTC Thunderbolt when compared to the EVO 4G. See the chart below for the full results.