Hesse: Sprint HD Voice to be available nationwide this coming July
Some Sprint branded handsets are already compatible with Sprint HD Voice, and those that are not will receive a software update in order to support it. Last July, the Sprint variant of the HTC One received the update. The carrier will announce which phones will require an update in July, when the feature is expanded coast to coast.
Hesse also reiterated the comments made by the mobile operator's Chief Network Officer, John Saw. As we told you on Tuesday, Saw explained how the combination of the carrier's tri-band Sprint Spark and carrier aggregation, could lead to theoretical download speeds of up to 150Mbps. The CEO said that in the second half of 2015, carrier aggregation will give Sprint 120MHz of spectrum to play with, allowing for the 150Mbps speed that Saw mentioned. "That's two big channels of 60MHz," Hesse noted. "We're talking 18 months away."
It would seem that Sprint subscribers certainly have a lot to look forward to, with a zippier network and improved audio on the way.
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse explains the future of Sprint's network. Note the quote from Yogi Berra on the slide
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1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Not bad. Keep it up, and you could potential gain customers if Network Vision and Spark rollout is available to more customers.
7. corporateJP (Posts: 1827; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)
Ten years of lip-service, still have nothing going for them...
13. tuminatr (Posts: 693; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)
The HD voice sounds very good, I called a friend that has sprint a HD voice phone and was very suprised at how good it sounded
2. gorkapr (Posts: 58; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)
In Puerto Rico Market, we have HD Voice running loud n clear...
3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)
I have to test them out when I go this summer. I know AT&T and Verizon work well over there but T-Mobile isn't the best.
5. Omarc07 (Posts: 269; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
u got it the other way around verizon is the worse in PR it roams on claro and 3G evdo dont work u dont get lte AT all . u on 1X all over the island yes 1x ONLY works for calls and texts data dont work at all i know because i had verizon . Sprint gets 3G and lte att and tmobile have hspa and lte yes even tmobile works better over there cuz it at least gets 3G and in some parts lte .
10. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)
I have family over there right now with T-Mobile and Verizon and T-Mobile doesn't get great signal where Verizon is clear. Idk I'll have to test it for myself. What I do know is Claro is the best over there though. Everyone has it.
11. Omarc07 (Posts: 269; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
tru that claro is better than TMOBILE if u have a CLARO Phone because u get 3G N LTE IF U roaming on them w a verizon phone its frustrating u dont get 3g or lte only 1x . And same here my family members from over there all have claro haha.
14. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)
I knew you were Puerto Rican lol.
Can't wait to go in the summer though. Hopefully I'll be able to get 3G or LTE over there without a problem.
15. Omarc07 (Posts: 269; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
Si haha we'll enjoy it I'm going there too in the summer to San Juan and bayamon.
20. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Same here but heading all the way to the mountains and Caguas. Can't wait to go on vacation.
17. lsutigers (Posts: 772; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
Verizon does NOT operate in Puerto Rico, you are roaming on Sprint/Claro. Only AT&T, Sprint and TMO have native networks.
19. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Yup. Just found out today Verizon totally blows over there. Your comment is 100% true.
4. threeline (Posts: 259; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)
Yeah right Sprint! I bet it's spotty coverage at best. Just like all the other gimmicks. Just build a reliable network and stop with all games and gimmicks.
8. corporateJP (Posts: 1827; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)
It's not trolling when it's the bitter truth, ogre....
9. Joshua9007 (Posts: 80; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
With the spectrum that they are using for TDD-LTE in the 2600Mhz band, it does not have as good propagation characteristics as most other carriers are using... so blanket coverage will only be feasible in densely populated areas. But where there is coverage with this layer of the network, it will blow away anything else. This is because of the coverage characteristics I spoke of, they will have to have more sites than most other carriers, meaning they will be able to have more simultaneous connections per sq mi. Also, as long as they have sufficient backhaul, the speeds should not decrease by as much even with many people on the network (allowing them to keep unlimited available).
Where someone is out of range of the 2600Mhz signal, they will still be able to connect to the 1900Mhz PCS LTE and when that is not available at the further distances from the tower (or in a bunker-like building) there is also going to be 800Mhz LTE.
What people are seeing right now is just a network with 1 5x5Mhz 1900Mhz PCS LTE carrier, and in most places it is not yet on every tower. The 2600Mhz LTE will be one 20Mhz wide band, and the technology talked about here will allow new LTE-A phones to aggregate multiple of these channels together to allow even faster downloads.
Sprint has historically had big plans and either by their fault, their partners fault, or just a lack of money and planning... have over promised and under-delivered. This plan will be seen through because of the new owner of sprint (Softbank/Son) who invested heavily here and will want to have their investment pay off.
12. Landmarkcm (Posts: 465; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)
Great if you can even place a call on there network period lol. They are the only carrier here in Vegas now that does not work inside my house. An airrave is needed with them still. Pretty sad and according to there site im in the "best" coverage area.
18. lsutigers (Posts: 772; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
Every carrier has dead zones and every carrier overstates or incorrectly states coverage sometimes as the coverage maps are computer based estimations.
16. dorian827 (Posts: 130; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)
Sprint always promises something but poorly or never delivers to hell with Sprint. Id never get a Sprint or sub carrier by Sprint again.