According to the latest press release, customers should see peak download speeds of 10 Mbps (3-6 Mbps average) and peak upload speeds of 1 Mbps. The download speeds are mainly limited by location and signal strength, but we learned tonight that uploads are actually capped at 1 Mbps.
Sprint backed up these network speeds at their EVO 4G press party tonight. It was reported they had a 4G node on-site, but Engadget was able to hit consistent speeds of 4 Mbps down and 1 Mbps up. This matches up with our Overdrive 4G testing where we hit 5.3 Mbps down and .86 Mbps up.
The data plan from Sprint allows for unlimited usage over the 4G WiMAX network, while 3G data is capped at 5 GB. When a customer goes over the 3G cap of 5 GB, “Sprint reserves the right to limit throughput speeds or amount of data transferred and to deny, terminate, modify, or suspend service if usage exceeds 5GB per month in total or 300MB/month while off-network roaming.”
Just to put things in perspective, the advertised 4G speeds from Sprint are still faster than many home internet connections. My Roadrunner cable from Time Warner is capped around 5 Mbps down and .5 Mbps up.
Having said that, there is still some room for T-Mobile to impress with their upcoming HSPA+ network that is expected to cover 185 million people this year. In early trials, some testers reported speeds of 7 Mbps down and over 1 Mbps up, which is about the same range as Sprint’s 4G. Time will tell if actual T-Mobile handsets can achieve those speeds in the real world.
Sprint customers with the HTC EVO 4G can expect:
- 4G data speeds (WiMAX) — peak download speeds of more than 10 Mbps; peak upload speeds of 1 Mbps; average download speeds of 3-6 Mbps.
- 3G data speeds (EVDO Rev A.) — peak download speeds of up to 3.1 Mbps; peak upload speeds of 1.8 Mbps; average download speeds of 600 kbps-1.4 Mbps.