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Sprint 4G LTE coverage map surfaces
Sprint is hard at work to bring its Network Vision strategy sooner rather than later, and now an image has surfaced showing what the carrier’s LTE coverage should look like at the completion of the program around 2014. The slide was shown at Sprint's keynote at the Rural Carriers Association meeting.

The carrier’s own 4G network should span across a big part of the country (green area) but still not cover a huge part of the mid-west where Sprint will rely on roaming agreements (blue area).

There are still a couple of unknowns as Sprint has terminated its contract with LightSquared and will rely on ClearWire for its LTE network. 

With 4G LTE getting massively unveiled by Verizon and AT&T, Sprint is still behind. The carrier will only have an LTE network in its home Kansas City and in Baltimore, MD by mid 2012. Tere are certain risks if LTE smartphones become the mainstream as soon as this year, especially if the next iPhone supports LTE.

source: @SaschaSegan

Sprint 4G LTE coverage map surfaces

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posted on 29 Mar 2012, 09:22 2

1. mad5870 (Posts: 59; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Even though Sprint is late on the the LTE that is still a good amount of coverage. Hopefully they have the capital ready to roll this out quickly. If they don't get LTE out they may end up screwing themselves. Also hopefully the areas that are covered by LTE will bring in enough revenue to keep expanding.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 13:15 2

23. crysiswarmonger (Posts: 78; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


sprint 3g coverage still sucks. sitting at my desk now it does not work. I can not make calls or get data and sprint store is 1/2 mile away. So forget 4g for sprint actually following through.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 20:27 1

39. insuusvenerati (Posts: 7; Member since: 25 Sep 2010)


Sprint 3g coverage is fine. When IDEN is phased out the 800 mhz spectrum will be merged with the original 1900 mhz spectrum sprint started with. The coverage between the four spectrums will be massive.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 21:25 2

42. KFear (Posts: 135; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


Oh my gosh! You're right...Sprint stores power the network! To get a better signal i just have to move closer to a SPRINT store. Sweet! I always thought it had to do with tower placement. You sir...know nothing about networks or your current carrier. Why do you post here? Stick to facebook!

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 11:25

53. glazedfaith (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Apr 2012)


You win. It's dangerous to go alone. Take this Internet, and use it well.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 09:25 2

2. hcbarclay (Posts: 62; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)


looks great but when...i am tired of all the foreplay...

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 09:26 1

3. ajac09 (Posts: 1212; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


wow @ the horrible coverage getting worse and worse.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 10:10 7

11. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


That coverage is actually pretty good. The green is just LTE coverage. Why would they blanket large swaths of land where people barely live? That would cover 90%+ of the US population in LTE with that map.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 10:26 2

14. MesEyes (Posts: 18; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)


CORRECT! and their coverage now is still good regarless

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 21:18

41. Birds (Posts: 927; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Judging from the map, it appears that Albany, Ga is not covered yet. lol

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 09:29 5

4. phoneguy2012 (Posts: 3; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


For f**ks sake . They are not relying on clear wire for lte get your facts straight phonearena

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 09:32 1

5. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


then who?

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 09:53 8

8. RealRapRaw (Posts: 10; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Sprint is building out its own LTE network using it's 1.9 GHz spectrum. Clear isn't even up and running for LTE yet and when it is, Sprint and its OEMs will need to be on the same page regarding the usage of Clear's 2.5 GHz spectrum for LTE and LTE-Advanced, if Sprint plans to use LTE-Advanced sooner than later in newer devices.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 10:25 2

13. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


ok thanks for the info..

posted on 30 Mar 2012, 02:01

46. Birds (Posts: 927; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


1900 MHz is quite high for LTE. Verizon and At&T use spectrum at around 700 MHz if I'm not mistaken. But I don't know much other than Verizon stating that the lower the frequency the better chance it can penetrate buildings, unlike WIMAX which runs at 2.1 GHz to 2.6 GHz. Ugh!!! lol Well can someone exlpain to me what the hell I'm typing about because I don't know. ROFL. But I'mn confused because I am on Sprint and in my region, they have limited 3G coverage, no WIAX coverage and some high frequency LTE reported to be coming. lol I mean AT&T has a 1900Mhz frequency here but if you are not up on the 4th floor of my town's library it is unusable. lol Just help me out here.

posted on 30 Mar 2012, 08:55

48. theNewDanger (Posts: 5; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


1900 MHz is better in urban areas because it can carry more data. Lower frequencies stretch out over greater distances and have better propagation qualities, but can't traffic as much data as 1900 MHz. 1900 MHz is fine for now for what Sprint is looking to accomplish. It's not like there is a lot of spectrum available outside of what they own licences for. If Sprint ever does VoLTE and gets it solid so as to avoid Verizon's technical failures over the past few months with its basic LTE for data, you could see Sprint refarm its 800 MHz for LTE. But to clarify some things, Clear does not own spectrum licenses encompassing the whole of the "2.1 GHz to 2.6 GHz" range. WiMax is deployed on its 2.5 GHz spectrum. I believe Clear is planning to deploy LTE over that, with which Sprint could build multi-band LTE deliveries, potentially boosting capacity two-fold where deployed. I never encountered the problems you are having with AT&T having used them before, but I can tell after looking at their maps that they are extremely inconsistent in how they've deployed 3G in many places, if at all.

posted on 30 Mar 2012, 22:00

51. Birds (Posts: 927; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Thank you for the Info. :)

posted on 30 Mar 2012, 06:07

47. BuckeyeCadet86 (Posts: 68; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Yes they are, Clearwire has switched to deploying LTE. They aren't solely relying on Clearwire but they will heavily rely on Clearwire to build out large portions of their LTE network.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 09:33 9

6. dla0052 (Posts: 9; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


This is what it was supposed to look like 2 years ago! I bought the EVO anticipating 4G coverage because they were the first major carrier with a "4G" phone...now fast forward to 2012 and I still have the EVO, no 4G service and Verizon and AT&T have 4G up and running in my city. Great job Sprint, just 3 months left on my contract and it's goodbye Sprint! :)

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 12:07 1

20. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 800; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


Good bye leave then..... Here in NYC I get 1MB on 3G in some places. Network vision is coming live in June in primary markets like NYC and live already in some place. Those rolling tower loss of signal service that appeared to be LOS, and slow or poor signal service were in my opinion tower upgrades that were happening on the down low. In December here in NYC I almost left because of poor service from July through December, and was told they were doing tower upgrades. I found out about Network Vision, and did research at 4GSRU and found all the sites that were being worked on for LTE. Already many areas have been rolling out. Baltimore, Texas, Boston, and Atlanta wrapping up. NYC DC Cali and other areas on the way.

posted on 30 Mar 2012, 09:17

49. dla0052 (Posts: 9; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


That is easy for you to say...You live in New York. I live in El Paso, TX. We are in the top 20 of largest cities in the U.S. and they can't support us with 4G? NYC has WiMax service so 4G is not a problem for you if you have an EVO and I think they have updated NYC towers about once a year while El Paso never gets any love. Verizon and AT&T have great service and they actually update their towers and reception here! And when you say "Texas", you really only mean 3 cities; Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. I believe they were also the first 3 to get WiMax service then Sprint started get 4G up and running in small markets to boost numbers. We are the sixth largets city in Texas and they decide that Odessa, with a pop less than 100K, need 4G? Pathetic, just 3 more months then GOODBYE!

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 09:34 4

7. mrvid (Posts: 73; Member since: 02 Oct 2008)


Why wait? I cancelled my Sprint account after 11 years and 5 lines and went with Verizon! I'm so glad I did! Sprint may cost less overall, but I like paying a little more and getting what I'm paying for. Going from .3mb download speeds to 28mb download speeds is worth the extra money! They blame it on the iPhone, the speeds were horrible long before the iPhone came out!

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 10:11 3

12. ZayZay (Posts: 548; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


at least before the iphone my 3G was between .50 and 1.0 mbps. It changed to .10 mbps.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 21:29

43. crysiswarmonger (Posts: 78; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


12 years with sprint going to leave with 4 Lines . Service just gets worse. I pay the same price as large metro with 4g +EVO phone is extra and no 4g in 140 miles of me.... now they are switching to LTE. f sprint

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 21:31

44. KFear (Posts: 135; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


They don't blame it on the iphone. They blame it on a heavy increase in data usage over the last two years. They have rolled out NV to solve the problem. NV has been very successful and if everything goes correctly, sprint will have the best LTE network. We'll see what happens.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 09:54

9. jamrockjones (Posts: 345; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I'm glad they are planning to move forward with Clearwire, they already have so much invested in the company.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 10:10 1

10. ZayZay (Posts: 548; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


Sprint just changed their discounting for family plans with discounts. My bill was going up $5 a month and since I don't care for it, I got to cancel due to the T's and C's without etf. So that being said, if you have a family plan with a discount you can get out of your contract within 45 days of your last billing cycle without penalty. Good bye Sprint, your .10 mbps in my house in the middle of a big city doesn't even make unlimited worth it.

What they did was changed the discounting for example: I had a 25% discount off my first 2 lines of 129.99 which brings it to 97.49 (plus all the other add ons) they changed it so the discount only effects the first line $110.00 a month (19.99 for the second line) bringing the discount with the added $19.99 to $102.49 ($5 difference)
called em up and no etf.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 12:55 1

22. dvancleave (Posts: 32; Member since: 19 Jul 2010)


Sounds like you were in the same exact scenario as I was. I seized the moment and opted out with no ETF. I went with AT&T and love the coverage! The LTE is blazing fast! And the HSPA+ is no slouch either. Sprint just needs to expand their coverage and beef up their network. I for one would advise taking this coverage map with a grain of salt. Sprint's 3G coverage map shows areas here with "Good" coverage. But I was lucky to make/take a phone call in those areas. And the data around all of Central Indiana was horrible, especially when they brought the iPhone onboard. My data speeds ranged from 300-500 Mbps in 90% of tests. And my voice in some of the "Good" coverage areas yielded -96 to -111 dBm with 16 asu. Translation, good luck using your phone here.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 18:09 3

36. poopsicle (Posts: 3; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Yeah, that is completely false. And you most likely got lucky with whoever was helping you get out of your contract. Sprint didn't violate their terms and conditions by changing their discount program. You are signing a contract for services, not a discount you get with the company. In no way, shape or form, should you have been able to opt out of your contract without a penalty.

These discounts are continuosly changing as employers constantly change their agreement with Sprint on what discounts they want to offer their employees.

With you're reasoning you are then claiming that even if INTEL changes their discount agreeement with Sprint, to offer their employees 18% discounts instead of 20% discounts, they can opt out of contract free? That makes no sense. Sprint didn't change anything, Intel changed their contract.

You never signed a contract for an employee discount, just like no one signed a contract for their "Premier Customer" benefits.

Not saying you didnt get out of your contract(good for you no having to pay anything). But this is in no way a breach of contract on Sprints part.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 18:57

37. dvancleave (Posts: 32; Member since: 19 Jul 2010)


Wrong answer! I had the same exact thing happen to me. And they did offer me an early opt out with no Early Termination Fees. But I had to take the opt out option during the first billing cycle after the change was implemented. A contract is a 2-way street. Sprint changed the terms of said contract. So they had to offer this for legal reasons. It was not merely a change in the amount of the discount. Instead it was a change in the manner in which it was applied. I was technically under contract until Feb 2013. I took advantage of the opt out option and am now a happy AT&T customer. Sprint's Customer Service was very nice and professional throughout the entire ordeal. I wish their cellular service was as good as their Customer Service. But it is what it is for now.

posted on 30 Mar 2012, 10:21

50. ZayZay (Posts: 548; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


What I said was Sprint changed the way they discount. Employers didn't change the amount, Sprint decided to discount 1 line of $110 instead of 2 of $129.99 so yes they did change a policy that I was not for. If you read all the T's and C's you would notice that if they change anything you don't like, you can opt out. Didn't get lucky with the rep I talked to because the whole time I was talking to him, he knew this was true and tried to offer multiple 24 month deals for me to stay.

posted on 30 Mar 2012, 01:47

45. Doakie (Posts: 855; Member since: 06 May 2009)


Well I only get 5-6Mbps here in Seattle, but I used 22GB of data last month. So you can have your super fast, expensive, limited data plan. I'll keep my unlimited data for cheap.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 10:27 1

15. DonkeySauce (Posts: 138; Member since: 03 Dec 2011)


2014? Just in time for the iPhone 6! Or the 5s.... lol

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 10:35 3

16. theoak (Posts: 318; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


The "Extra New iPhone 4S" ;)

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 11:10

17. downphoenix (Posts: 2232; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Gotta love how Sprint completely avoids West Virginia and a huge chunk of Virginia.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 11:41 4

19. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


thats because that chunk is mostly the Appalachian mountains and very rural areas. WV is extremely rural with only a few minor population cities. Its very pretty, but its also very country.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 14:33

29. ScelesticSteve (Posts: 26; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Actually, in West Virginia it avoids major cities in the state with large metro areas such as Morgantown, Charleston, Beckley and Huntington. In Virginia, Blacksburg, Roanoke, and Charlottesville.

The reason is because in southwestern and western Virginia, all of WV, and eastern and southeastern parts of Ohio Sprint leases NTelos to be the provider of their "home" network. Sprint does not have spectrum or the ability to own the network in these areas. You'll have to rely on NTelos to throw up 4G LTE in these areas in order for it to work on Sprint.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 20:40

40. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Ahh. thanks for the clarification. I was not aware of that.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 11:38 1

18. good2great (Posts: 1035; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


i'm not gonna get my hopes up too high by looking at that florida map...

i'm located in Sanford, FL and sprint coverage for 3G is just about non-existing in most areas...

i'll admit though i have an excited grin :-D...lol

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 14:07 4

27. rcrider4 (Posts: 118; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)


I live in Florida and my coverage is perfect. I get 5 bars most places I go.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 16:05 2

33. christony1120 (Posts: 65; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


I just can't believe that

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 12:45 1

21. skymitch89 (Posts: 983; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


After seeing this map, it looks promising that my city (Spokane, WA) might be covered; but it also makes me wonder if Sprint knows what the US and the states within look like on a map. There are chunks of states where what would be 2 or 3 states, it shows them as 1 state. I'm becoming more and more confident that I will be leaving Sprint come Feb. of next year.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 16:04

32. christony1120 (Posts: 65; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


that the coverage in 2014 sol who knows when during those 2 years your city will get covered my suggestion is changing to VZW of ATT, i'm pretty sure by now your city is covered

posted on 31 Mar 2012, 14:32

52. skymitch89 (Posts: 983; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


I'm hoping to switch to Verizon sometime in the next year. My contract with Sprint isn't up until Feb of next year though.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 13:28 1

24. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 800; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


This article is not telling the truth about LTE markets by mid 2012. Sprint will have Atlanta, Texas, Boston, NYC, DC, and up to 15 major markets by mid 2012. This information is flawed according to 4GSRU. Go to 4GSRU and see that 5 markets on the LTE list that are completed.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 13:37 1

25. master0fursinz (Posts: 104; Member since: 26 Apr 2010)


Nice roaming agreements mean our phones will be slower to market due to all the extra radios we need to support these new agreements.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 14:02 1

26. ChafedBanana (Posts: 352; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


this has to be a fake or a really bad job on sprints part. take a look at the states outlines. they are nowhere close to the right shapes or sizes. illinois is cut in half, north and south dakota i guess are now one state. this looks horrible

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 14:10 1

28. rcrider4 (Posts: 118; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)


Thats because that map isnt broken up by state, it is broken up by regions (it may be by population, coverage, etc)

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 17:47

35. JC557 (Posts: 702; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


You are looking at the Fringe alternate universe map. You should cross over. Sprint is the largest US carrier and WP7 is like iPhone in the Prime universe...

=P

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 14:34 1

30. ScelesticSteve (Posts: 26; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I'd say if you want the best coverage and LTE coverage you should go with Verizon or AT&T. I'm sure Verizon & AT&T will be pretty much equal in the next 1 1/2 - 2yrs for the LTE coverage. There's only so much you can expand before one catches up with the other.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 16:01

31. christony1120 (Posts: 65; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Hey everybody that's what they "THINK" the coverage is going to look IN 2014 that's not their coverage now so don't keep your hopes up.................some people are posting comments as if that's their coverage now

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 19:11

38. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 800; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


Wrong... that's 2012 coverage.....go read the markets they are working on. Atlanta, Boston, Texas, Kansas, Baltimore are already up and running. NY Cali, Florida , DC, New Jersey, Puerto Rico are starting next. Theses green areas are 2012 objectives to be complete by October. Man you are clueless stop passing false information. Go to 4GSRU to find the facts as they are truly presented..... not myth

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 16:43

34. SGSII (Posts: 53; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


My whole entire area (Omaha, Nebraska) is completely covered by dozens of miles around. I just wish i had WiMax in our present day. Now i will have to wait until my 2 year is up... By then they should definitely have our area blanketed with 4G LTE. AT&T will sadly beat them to that though, since we are already blanketed with their HSPA+.

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