Sprint had a good long run being the only carrier in the US with a real next generation 4G network. But with the launch of Verizon's LTE network, Sprint's WiMAX waves are looking a lot less wondrous. BTIG Research analyst Walter Piecyk performed 1000 speed tests using the HTC Evo 4G (Sprint) and HTC Thunderbolt (Verizon) in New York to see which network delivered the best 4G speeds. The result: Verizon destroyed Sprint .
The tests were done in a building, seeing as most mobile use happens indoors. Tests were run near a window, as well as situated more centrally in the structure. Verizon's LTE network delivered Average speeds of 9.1Mbps down, and 5.25Mbps up. Sprint could only manage 1.14Mbps down, and 0.66Mbps up. Ouch.
The likely reason for this is that Sprint's WiMAX network uses a 2500MHz band for data, and that high frequency does not penetrate buildings particularly well. Verizon's LTE is running on 700MHz, allowing better indoor service. The numbers might have been closer if the tests were performed outside, but the results are still not looking good for Sprint.