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iPhone 5 Speed Test Verizon 4G LTE



The iPhone 5 includes 4G LTE connectivity for the first time. 4G LTE is almost 10 times faster than 3G and is a welcome addition for the iPhone 5.

In the iPhone 5 Speed test video below I test Verizon 4G LTE in Ohio. 4G LTE speeds vary based on network demand, signal strength and other factors.

In the video below I run a app to measure the speed of Verizon 4G LTE on the iPhone 5 as well as download an album from iTunes to measure the real world speed and benefits of 4G LTE.

Read: iPhone 5: AT&T vs. Verizon vs. Sprint – Which Carrier is Best?

iPhone 5 Speed Test Verizon 4G LTE

In the video I download a M83 album from iTunes to the iPhone 5 over 4G LTE. This connection is much faster than 3G, and this clip shows some of that speed.

In the video I am able to download a 3MB song in about 10 seconds over 4G LTE and a 9MB song in about 15 seconds. These speeds allow me to download a full iTunes album much faster, in just a few minutes.

These speeds are also great for downloading apps, which users can download over 4G LTE as long as the app size is less than 50MB. Based on these speeds, users may be able to download a 50MB app in about a minute to a minute and a half.

The upload speeds in the tests results are not particularly impressive, but a real world speed test allowed me to upload a 44.5Mb video to YouTube in 3 to 5 minutes. That’s faster than uploading to YouTube over my home WiFi connection.

iPhone 5 speed test 4G LTE Verizon

iPhone 5 4G LTE speed test.

Verizon’s 4G LTE network is crowded this morning and upload speeds are slower than we normally see in some locations but the following speeds represent a sampling of Verizon Wireless 4G LTE speed tests on the iPhone 5.

  • 9.67 Mbps Down / 0.98 Mbps Up
  • 7.14 Mbps Down / 0.58 Mbps Up
  • 6.46 Mbps Down / 0.51 Mbps Up
  • 2.27 Mbps Down / 2.22 Mbps Up
  • 2.01 Mbps Down / 2.91 Mbps Up

These speeds vary, and users without an unlimited plan should pay close attention to the data limits. The iPhone allows users on Verizon to monitor data usage right form the phone and will send alerts when usage hits 50%, 75%, 90% and 100%.

Read: How to Check Data Usage on the Verizon iPhone

The iPhone 5 features a 4-inch display, thinner design and 4G LTE connectivity. 4G LTE connections are common on Android smartphones, but this is the first iPhone with 4G LTE.

AT&T vs. Verizon 4G LTE

The new iPad features 4G LTE on Verizon and AT&T, and the video below compares the speed of both networks in San Francisco.

Read: 4G LTE Coverage Maps for iPhone 5

The speed of AT&T 4G LTE and Verizon 4G LTE is similar, but Verizon offers coverage in more locations. Watch the video for a AT&T vs. Verizon 4G LTE speed test. The speeds should be comparable on the iPhone 5.

Stay tuned for a Sprint vs. AT&T vs. Verizon 4G LTE iPhone 5 speed test.



  1. Vinny

    09/21/2012 at 11:17 am

    Pffft… I’m getting 11Mb down on AT&T’s HSPA network on my iPhone 5… no LTE. Those LTE numbers look weak to me. I’ve had as high as 7Mb on 3G on my old iPhone 4.

  2. Heathe

    09/22/2012 at 7:26 am

    If you notice, he’s testing the speed with only 2 bars of service….this is not a fair review. I average over 20dn/10-15up MBPS with Verizon LTE at home, in a 4-5 bar coverage area.

  3. Ricky

    10/15/2012 at 6:37 pm

    I ran speed tests with the same software and I am averaging 30-40 Mbps down and 10-15 upload. So I was a bit confused to see this horrible display of the LTE network through Verizon of course (the only network worth bragging about)

  4. Nidz

    10/29/2012 at 1:01 pm

    Who cares if Verizon’s LTE can hit 10-20Mb down? I surely do not. I’m content with paying $30, off contract, a month on T-Mobile, and averaging 7-10Mb down EVERYWHERE. If I were on Verizon, I would have LTE while driving through one area on my drive to and from work. I’m also saving over $70 a month over Verizon. My internet connection at home and at work wipes the floor with LTE. 40Mb down with no data caps. Verizon is nothing to brag about, frankly I would feel embarrassed to be paying such a high amount for Verizon.

  5. Jack

    12/27/2012 at 10:02 pm

    on AT&T, I’ve received at an all time highest speed of 63mbps and averaging about 30-40mbps everywhere else. My girlfriend on the other hand has Verizon and averages about 8-11mbps at the same locations as I and these tests were with 4-5 bars of service.

    • William Hugh Murray

      01/21/2013 at 2:38 pm

      I have seen 47Kbps down on AT&T and 20 on my Verizon. Side by side, I have seen 19-20 on both. However, my sense is that AT&T LTE coverage is somewhat better in the NYC. Unlike the numbers for SF above, LTE in NYC sucks.. While I have seen 5 on AT&T in NYC, I have come to expect 1-2.


        02/08/2013 at 5:36 pm

        I e got picture proof of 55 mb down and 27 mb up on AT&T with multiple areas Phoenix and Scottsdale az woo wee that’s the fastest I could ever want or need

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