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Sprint 4G LTE running in parts of San Francisco?

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Sprint 4G LTE running in parts of San Francisco?
Looks like Rice-A-Roni isn't the only San Francisco treat. Turning on a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1in San Francisco, the owner of the tablet noticed the 4G LTE connectivity icon lit up for the first time in the history of the tablet, which runs over Sprint's pipeline. To see how much of the area was actually covered with the carrier's sweet stuff, the owner of the tablet grabbed a couple of review units, the LG Optimus G and the HTC EVO 4G LTE (did we mention that this person writes for another blog?) and set off  to check out the streets of San Francisco.

What this guy discovered was that the coverage so far is somewhat spotty with Sprint 4G LTE in Potrero Hill and SoMa, and 3G CDMA in the Mission District. Peak speeds were 16.7Mbps down and 9.4Mbps up. Performance was said to vary, even within city blocks. Obviously there will soon be a full rollout of LTE coverage for the nation's third largest carrier in San Francisco. It's enough to make those aging hippies in the area stop talking about the days of free love and peace and start chatting about Sprint's unlimited 4G LTE data plans. The heroes  worshipped on Haight Ashbury have gone from Jerry Garcia, George Harrison and Grace Slick to Tim Cook, Andy Rubin and Marissa Mayer.

If you happen to live in the Bay Area, you can check out your Sprint branded 4G LTE enabled device to see if you are receiving a 4G LTE signal. Whether you are or aren't, you'd be doing everyone a favor by dropping a comment in the box below to let us know your experience, including the parts of the Bay Area where you conducted your test..

source: Engadget


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posted on 18 Feb 2013, 01:18 1

1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5842; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


16 Mb/s down with limited user load is PATHETIC. I routinely get 18 - 20 Mb/s down with VZW on the S.F. peninsula, with a bunch of VZW users pounding away on their LTE-enabled toys.

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 01:26 4

2. Mark.J.Linskiy (unregistered)


I think it's too early to judge, since they just started. Once it's completed, then we'll see how well it goes. I'd choose a bit slower data with unlimited usage over faster but limited data (along with other restrictions Verizon has on their devices).

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 08:56 3

5. nexusalltheway (Posts: 69; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)


Yes, and plus on avg, we only need like a 5mbps on a cell phone anyway. Who cares what VZW has? I am happy with my UNLIMITED data with a speed of even 10mpbs with a significantly lower bill.

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 09:25 1

7. kabukijoe (Posts: 67; Member since: 06 Mar 2010)


So web pages on your phone load in .5 seconds instead of .6 seconds.... That most certainly sounds worth the higher price tag/limited data to me.

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 18:48

10. user312 (Posts: 68; Member since: 21 Aug 2012)


I just love every time a new article about Sprint lighting up LTE in new areas, some Verizon fan boy has to brag about his speed being 1 mgbs faster, honestly who gives a crap.

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 01:40

3. xXMAKESHIFTXx (Posts: 38; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)


Old news! Get the Sensorly app and you can see where LTE is being installed or currently running! Plus you will help map the areas!

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 07:59 4

4. Mr.phone.guy. (Posts: 13; Member since: 25 Sep 2011)


What's PATHETIC, Doug, is how much you pay for limited data. I had vzw for 5 months and my bill was ASTRONOMICAL!!!. Now back with Sprint and patently waiting for my UNLIMITED 4G LTE. How much speed do you really need on a cell phone anyway? I guess you need to justify how much money you spend on your service. Right Doug?

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 08:57 3

6. nexusalltheway (Posts: 69; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)


Couldnt agree more with you Phone.Guy. I will take 10MBPS anyday with UNLIMITED data and way lower bill than VZW.

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 11:49 1

8. ibap (Posts: 700; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


When Sprint was installing wimax in Columbus, Ohio, it was detectable and usable in many areas before it was announced. I assume they're turning this on as they go for testing purposes, and won't announce until the deployment for the city is complete.

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 18:31

9. Jyakotu (Posts: 821; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Someone I know has a Samsung Galaxy NOTE 2 (huge ass phablet for no reason, honestly) and he told me that when he goes to Uptown Charlotte (Charlotte, NC), his Note 2 reads that he has 4G LTE. If I ever get the chance to go uptown, then I'll try and see if my Galaxy Nexus reads 4G LTE. Been waiting for it for awhile now, Sprint.

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