You can see in the pictures taken by a local citizen, Verizon Wireless Cell Phone service is about to take a big leap forward for customers who want to surf the internet, send or receive photos, text or videos.
Currently, Verizon service is at what’s called the “3G” level which is very slow internet service, but it works. It’s about 1 megabit per second (mbs) download and .5 mbs upload. Again, very slow. But a News Lincoln County reader got wind of a Verizon Wireless upgrade that is currently being installed and decided to do a speed-test on their new system. Here’s what he found: Download and upload speeds at 30 to 40 times what they have been; at the Gleneden Beach Fire Hall 28 mbs download, 17 mbs upload. At the Thriftway grocery store at Lincoln Beach the system was tested at 39 mbs download 8 mbs upload. AT&T data speeds (using a hybrid system) are a third as fast as tested by the reader.
The reader tells News Lincoln County that from inside sources, Verizon customers will soon enjoy much faster download and upload speeds but it will turn out to be a little less as more and more Verizon cell phone customers switch to “4G” smart phones. But he says that Verizon is saying speeds should be at least ten times faster than what they’ve been, taking into account that once thousands of customers link into the system, it’ll slow down a bit. However, he says, in most cases it will likely be 20 to 30 times faster. Good news for those sending and receiving photos and videos and for surfing the internet.
The source said Verizon is likely to debut the new faster “4G” network some time in early summer. The system is already up and running in Coos Bay, Portland and most of the Willamette Valley. However, before Central Coast Verizon customers can enjoy the higher data and internet speeds, they must have a phone that is “4G” equipped. An Apple iPhone 4 won’t do “4G” so an upgrade to an iPhone 5 will be required. Many models of Droid phones are already equipped to send and receive voice, data, photo and video on the “4G” network.