That's significantly lower than the 19.6 Mbps average download speed that PMag.com found for Verizon LTE in nationwide testing earlier this year. There were a few reports of slightly higher speeds, up to 6 Mpbs, but most were clustered in the 3-3.5 Mbps range. Some examples from Howard Forums users:
- BuonaDomenica got 3.34 down / 0.81 up, 41 ms ping on a Galaxy S3 in Palm Springs CA 8:56 PM
- GPz1100 initially got 6 down / 2 up but is now getting only 3 down / 1 up on a Galaxy S4 in Chicago
- markdiesel: Page Plus 3.55 down / 1.42 up on a Droid RAZR. Verizon 9.42 down / 8.68 up on a Note 3. Western NC, 11AM
- Viper32: ran 15 tests, Page Plus best 3.43 down / 1.62 up, worst: 3.10 down / 0.72 up. Verizon: 24 down 16-18 up. Test were run at vary times and locations across 2 states with five different devices including a Galaxy S5, Note 3 and RAZR MAXX HD.
Assuming the worst, Page Plus throttling LTE speeds to 3.5 Mbs down, 1.6 Mbps up is not the end of the world. Most of the tests show low ping times of around 60 ms, which is good and typical of LTE. 3.5 Mbps combined with low ping should deliver a snappy browsing experience and stutter free audio and video streaming. Plus, the arrival of LTE on Page Plus means you can finally use the latest LTE phones on Page Plus without the need for hacks.
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