What good is having the most 4G LTE markets if you’re delivering 3G speeds? That exact thought crossed my mind as we tested smartphone after smartphone in 2013 that delivered poor data rates in pockets of New York City. For example, in our review of the Galaxy S4, the handset averaged 390 Kbps downloads and 380 Kbps uploads near our Fifth Avenue office at 20th street. I also had a devil of a time getting 4G LTE speeds at the Port Authority Bus Terminal. To be fair, Verizon’s network offered speedy throughput on the east side of Manhattan (37.1 Mbps down, 6.9 Mbps up), but the inconsistency became so infuriating I wound up choosing AT&T when purchasing the iPhone 5s. In November, Verizon’s CFO admitted the carrier was having trouble in some big cities. You think? The good news: an AWS network upgrade should add much-needed capacity.