Faster is always better when it comes to internet access. It's hard enough, however, getting super-fast internet access at home, let alone top speeds on our smartphones and tablets over 4G or 3G. Just how fast should you expect your mobile devices to be?
A study earlier this year found the average download and upload speeds for the four major wireless carriers in the US:
- AT&T's 4G LTE network was found fastest, with average download speeds at 18.5 Mbps and upload speeds of 9.0 Mbps. Its older 3G network, by contrast, averaged 4.3 Mbps download and 1.1 Mbps upload. AT&T's LTE network had a 81.7% network connection rate.
- Verizon came in second, with 14.3 Mbps for downloads, on average, and average upload speeds of 8.5 Mbps. (Although it comes in slightly behind AT&T, Verizon, BGR notes, has a larger footprint and 90$ connectivity.)
- Sprint averaged 10.3 Mbps for downloads and 4.4 Mbs for uploads, and the network was accessible 50.2% of the time.
- T-Mobile's HSPA+ network averaged 7.3 Mbps for downloads and 1.5 Mbps for uploads--so, better than 3G, but 4G LTE will be faster.
If you're using an Android smartphone or tablet, you can also try to boost your internet speed over 3G, 4G, or Wi-Fi with the free Internet Speed Master app.