So, I was driving around town in my car, trying to get from point A to point B. Lo and behold, I look down at my phone and it has an LTE logo proudly displayed on my device. Now, I did try to connect my phone to T-Mobile’s LTE network a month ago when I got my HTC One, but it simply refused to associate to the network and I thought it was an LTE APN configuration with my device or SIM. However, I realized that it was an issue with the network once I went up to San Jose and was able to get blazing speeds of 40 Mbps download and 25 Mbps upload. I also was able to use T-Mobile LTE yesterday when I was in Los Angeles while at a gaming industry event. The interesting thing was that someone had asked me if we had LTE in San Diego yet and I had to tell him that unfortunately, we didn’t have LTE, but boy was I wrong.
By the looks of it from my current testing, the two adjacent neighborhoods of Sorrento Valley and Mira Mesa both have T-Mobile LTE. The funny and somewhat ironic part is that the part of Sorrento Valley where Qualcomm’s HQ is located does not actually have T-Mobile LTE, but rather just PCS HSPA+. I’m sure it will have LTE relatively soon, but the irony was a bit difficult to avoid considering Qualcomm’s size and presence in San Diego.
Now, getting to the speeds. I ran 10 different tests along 10 different parts of Mira Mesa Boulevard which goes through Mira Mesa and Sorrento Valley. Looking at my average results, I was able to get an average download speed of 25.221 Mbps and an upload of 21.663 Mbps with an average ping of 58.77ms. All of these tests were conducted between the hours of 6 pm and 8:15 pm, so they’re certainly during peak network traffic. When compared to modern networks’ average speeds this is actually pretty competitive, but as it always goes with LTE networks, they’re always fastest when nobody is on them. I’d expect T-Mobile’s 4G LTE speeds to reduce as more people with Galaxy Note 2’s, Galaxy S4’s and HTC One devices start to make use of T-Mobile’s LTE.
Below is a screen shot of one of my tests that I took on my HTC One Developer Edition that I’m currently reviewing. Interestingly enough, this one is the closest test to the average speed of most of my tests.