Verizon Wireless 4G LTE is 'wicked fast' in Boston [video]

We got our hands on a 4G LTE modem, and got 6-8Mbps of download speeds

The days when mobile travelers moaned about their super-slow Internet connection speeds will soon be an ancient memory. With today’s announcement by Verizon Wireless on its Dec. 5, 2010, launch of its LTE (Long-Term Evolution) wireless 4G network in 38 metropolitan areas, we will soon forget about how happy we were to see 3G come along.

Verizon sent me an LG VL600 USB data modem to try out, and fortunately, our Framingham, Mass., offices were within the 4G range (we’re about 30 minutes west of Boston, one of the 38 cities covered). Unfortunately, I only had two bars of signal strength, but even with those speeds I was able to obtain an average download rate of about 6-8Mbps, and upload speeds between 5-7Mbps. With a stronger signal, I’d imagine I could reach the upward limit of 12Mbps download suggested by Verizon Wireless.

Check out the video to see more of my speed tests with the system, and how the VL600 connects.

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