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Blistering 80Mbps Verizon LTE service spotted in New York

Verizon LTE-Advanced Network

You know that soft cap on your Verizon Wireless data plan that you hate so much? Well, you’ll soon hate it even more. Verizon’s nationwide 4G LTE network already covers more of the U.S. population than any rival LTE network, and data speeds are quite impressive in many regions as well. Those speeds will soon be kicked into overdrive, however, as the nation’s largest wireless carrier begins to deploy big network upgrades. In fact, Verizon’s new higher-speed wireless data service is already going live for testing in some areas, and a lucky GigaOm reader recently stumbled upon the new faster service in midtown Manhattan. Using a standard iPhone 5s on Verizon’s network, the reader saw data speeds in excess of 80Mbps. Verizon’s upgraded 4G LTE network isn’t yet live so there’s no telling how fast it will be once it launches, but tests performed ahead of Verizon’s initial LTE rollout in New York City were pretty close to what we saw post-launch. Screenshots of a speed test performed on Verizon’s upgraded LTE network follow below.

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Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.