This report came out early yesterday, but we wanted to make sure all of you 4G LTE awaitees saw it. The crew over at PCMag had a couple of the 4G modems from Verizon and put them through a series of tests to see how fast the service is and to see if those 5GB and 10GB limits are enough to last you through an entire month. Well the results are in, and according to their speed tests, you could possibly burn through a 5GB limit in about 32 minutes.
Obviously you’d have to be crushing torrents, streaming video, or some other bandwidth hog in order to hit 5GB that fast, but even if you use services like those sparingly throughout a month, you should be a little worried. Even at 10GB, business traveling machines might run into issues, forcing them to fork out another $10 per 1GB after eclipsing their limit.
Now, we have reason to believe that there will be additional tiers or variations of plans when 4G LTE phones arrive, so maybe this will be a non-issue for most of us. (Shrug?)
For me, a few questions immediately come to mind after seeing a story like this. Are these 5GB and 10GB limits enough for speeds this fast? Is Verizon trying to limit the use of their new service? People are mobile these days and do everything on their phones, is Big Red trying to push you away from that lifestyle? What’s the point of 4G if you have to limit your use of it?