7-9mbps? Really? on 4g? Before the whole "what's 4g and what's not" debate, 4g was classified to be 100mbps. 7-9mbps is more closer to HSPA+ (which is more like 3.5g but is also being called 4g now) and not true 4g speeds. Most people wouldn't care about what speeds they're getting, as long as it works and their web pages are loading rather quick enough.
Verizon and Sprint's 3g speeds are a joke. They had to roll out 4g asap and use it as a marketing gimmick. Att on the other hand, has pretty good 3g speeds and are lagging with their 4g deployment. I'll jump on the 4g bandwagon when it's available in my area. Until then, Att's 3g works just fine.
This was the fastest I've seen:
Sure, sure, the 4G everyone advertises is really 3.5G... I know that. Forget about the labels. The speeds I get on the Verizon network on my MiFi is by far greater and faster than the one I get on my AT&T. I get ups of 7-9 mbps and down speed of around 5 mbps. The best I ever get with my AT&T is around 2 mbps download and 1.5 mbps upload and that's not in big cities. In SF, New York, Chicago: forget about it. The network dies. I haven't tried the Verizon in bigger cities yet, so I don't know.