Sprint 4G LTE to light up 5 cities on July 15
5. Slammer (Posts: 965; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
Sprint had been preparing for LTE since WiMAX. At the time, they had little choice but to use the spectrum for WiMAX within a time frame or forfeit their license to use the spectrum. WiMAX was ready while LTE was only a concept. Sprint, however, wisely equipped most of their infrastructure with LTE base units to make the transition quicker and easier when the standard was chosen. Yes, Sprint and Clearwire chose to quarrel with each other rather than move forward. Now that the vision has been viewed, the process should be rather nimble. While native coverage may not equal VZW or AT&T's footprint, Sprint's coverage and speed will still improve considerably from its present form to make them a very worthy close alternative of choice from the two largest.
You see, late doesn't mean it's over. It can often lead to observing competiton and and making the necessary adjustments to better compete.
6. BREvenson (Posts: 204; Member since: 17 May 2012)
True. Compared to AT&T and Verizon, they indeed are behind the curve, but for those who want to stick with Sprint, they will get something good out of this whole thing, especially if it is "exceeding" the expectations of Sprint...unless those expectations are low, of course. :p
Seriously though, Sprint has a chance to get back some of that market they lost over the years. As long as the unlimited data sticks around for a while longer, they should be okay.
10. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
Since they'll actually have 4G comparable to AT&T and VZW, I'm thinking about staying with Sprint now. Never occured to me.
23. droid4all (Posts: 17; Member since: 13 Feb 2011)
Comparable to AT&T and Verizon?? Seriously?? I don't even like AT&T and I consider that an Insult to them. Let along Verizon who's covering most of the USA already with their 4G Service and not "5 Cities".
12. phoenixpr (Posts: 167; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)
So true, I am packing up and moving to VZW, pre order my SGSIII.
14. tuminatr (Posts: 661; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)
dont do it its like buying sweet car that you can only drive 20 miles per week. I had them an with LTE its so easy to use 5-8gb per month and verizon is not cheap
15. phoenixpr (Posts: 167; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)
I don't want to continue paying for something I am not getting. AT&T, Tmbl, or any other provider isn't an option. I hear to many nightmare with those carriers. I still can canceal if I change my mind. However I did look into my personal data usage for the 2 years I've been with Sprint, I never hit the 2GB mark at all. I really think I will be safe now know what kind of user I am.
18. ncstu (Posts: 11; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
be careful with that logic. 2 years ago, I was using a fraction of the data that I am using now, and that is only going to increase, especially with the newer phones.
22. phoenixpr (Posts: 167; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)
So true, I really have to think things through I guess, thanks
27. moofoodooloo (Posts: 137; Member since: 04 Jan 2011)
Nah, you've got everything figured out. Jump ship and see what happens.
2. smdeezy (Posts: 66; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)
I'll take it. I have unlimited data and now I have for real 4g. Can't complain.
3. crysiswarmonger (Posts: 78; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)
Let me get this right.... Complete roll out by end of 2013.... Sprints crazy. Unless, complete roll out means incomplete coverage.
Oh yeah better 3g and less dropped calls.... Sprint u could have done that before... Sprint only got worse over time with me service.
9. downphoenix (Posts: 2285; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
Sprint is utilizing multi-modal equipment that supports 800/1900/2500 mhz, and will be compatible with 3G and 4G LTE, some plans already have the new equipment and will see LTE in the near future, and the equipment itself is cheaper and easier to maintain than current infrastructure.
20. kindahipdude (Posts: 45; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
totally agree dude. Sprint has only raised their prices and charged us for crap we can't use. Plus their phone selection isn't that great. They have no reason being ANYWHERE near Verizon's prices, yet they are. Their speeds are so freaking slow that you can't actually use any of your unlimited amount either. I've been with sprint for 5 years and I'm totally ready to switch to VZW or Tmobile.
4. phnrpt (Posts: 13; Member since: 28 May 2012)
Sprint needs to get galaxy NOTE or NOTE (II) in order to avoid losing more customer.
The unlimited 3G + 4G wimax are not attractive since it's speed limites the data usage.
And 6 markets of 4g lte is far away from the demand.
G/note is in a totaly different league due to it's screen size and S pen.
So, get the gNOTE for their customer, and sprint will be fine.
7. BREvenson (Posts: 204; Member since: 17 May 2012)
Gotta give it some time. They are far behind AT&T and Verizon in terms of 4G quality (as a Sprint customer, I feel right admitting it) but if they can get it steady and operational with these big money phones (EVO 4G LTE, Galaxy S III and hopefully a version of the Note II) it could be enough to help Sprint regain some ground against the competition. Not easy by a long shot, but it's possible.
8. Slammer (Posts: 965; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
It's amazing how generations work within generations. Phones were too large. We needed to make them as small as possible. Then they were too small. We need to make them bigger. Then we needed to have a stylus. Stylus' then became a thing of the past. Now, we see tablets and Galaxy notes with gigantic screens. Now we long for Stylus type pens again.
We as society are screwed up.....aren't we?
16. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 834; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)
Some people are just followers and need to be led. They jump on the most popular band wagon
11. GOOFY129461 (Posts: 6; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)
YA I AGREE, '
I LIVE IN CHARLESTON SC AND BEEN WAITING FOR SOMETHING EVER SINCE I GOT MY EPIC 4G!!!!!!!!!!!!!! STILL WAITING???????????? HOW LONG THIS TIME TO GET TO SC 4 OR 5 YEARS IVE BEEN PAYING FOR 4G FOR 2+ YEARS WITH NO 4G SERVICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
13. phoenixpr (Posts: 167; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)
Agree, I am in the same boat, I pre order my SGSIII from VZW, So no more wishing for 4G LTE. I will have it 100%. VXW also sweeten the deal by offering the docking and car charger for free. I can't wait!
17. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 377; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)
Get this in Portland, OR please! This was one of the earlier markets for WiMAX! hopefully LTE too C:
If Verizon is going to take my unlimited data, and force me on to a share everything plan then Sprint here I come...
I have no reason to stay on Verizon if Sprint, and T-Mobile both get good service at my house and they all get the GSIII
19. kindahipdude (Posts: 45; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
Yay! NOT! Sprint sucks, they've been raising their prices and have BY FAR the slowest network ever, among other bad things, they have nothing to offer. I've been with them for 5 years and I'm ready to move. I'm thinking Tmobile or Verizon...any suggestions?
21. -box- (Posts: 3728; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
T-Mobile or AT&T. Verizon overcharges for data, has slow 3G where LTE doesn't go, and they overprice their phones. T-Mobile has [throttled] unlimited and good monthly prices when you buy a device without the subsidy. AT&T is fast, good value compared to Verizon, and the unlimited mobile to any mobile means you don't need to overpay for minutes, since it comes with the messaging. Just my $0.02.
28. kindahipdude (Posts: 45; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
I would consider tmobile more strongly if they weren't charging $80 more for the SIII. Plus, I've checked and I should get Verizon's 4G at my house and all around me, the only thing I'm worried about is would 2GB of data be enough?
Also, how much would I expect to pay for the cheapest individual data plan with ATT? Their website sucks and I can't figure it out for sure.
Sorry one more question if you can answer...how many mbps is Tmobile once they start throttling?
24. Problacklist.One (Posts: 15; Member since: 01 Dec 2010)
Great More waiting period for Oklahoma. We haven't got the Wi-MAX 4G Yet and now that Sprint is adding 4G LTE to their network More Waiting Period for Oklahoma.
25. GOOFY129461 (Posts: 6; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)
I AGREE I TRIED OF WAITING FOR SPRINT TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THEY WANT TO DO I HAVE THE EPIC 4G BUT HAVE NOT HAD 4G IN MY AREA AT ALL ON TOP OF THAT I HAVE TO PAY SPRINT THE $10 A MONTH PREMIUM FOR NO 4G SERVICE HOW MUCH LONGER WILL IT TAKE SPRINT TO COME TO A SMALL MARKET LIKE CHARLESTON SC
26. moofoodooloo (Posts: 137; Member since: 04 Jan 2011)
You're paying $10 a month for unlimited data, not 4G service. Common misconception. Take your business elsewhere if not having 4G is such an issue in your life. Once you go somewhere else and pay 20% more for it, you'll realize just how overhyped 4G really is.
29. kindahipdude (Posts: 45; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
No, you're paying for 4G, not unlimited data. They only charge you that $10 if you have a 4G phone. If your phone isn't 4G, then you still get unlimited data and you don't have to pay the $10/mo. And only Sprint's 4G is overhyped because it's slow, can't penetrate buildings, and hardly has a footprint anyway. Sprint's prices have been creeping up and up, and are now even with Verizon, but obviously without all the benefits Verizon offers.
30. moofoodooloo (Posts: 137; Member since: 04 Jan 2011)
You need to check your facts. Nothing you just said is accurate at all.
The $10 premium data charge goes onto ALL smartphones, regardless if it's 4G capable or not. The only way to get around that charge is if you were grandfathered in, which very few are. When you upgrade or start a new plan, you are charged for the premium data.
Sprint's prices are creeping up and up? The only increase in price in the past two years is the implement of the $10 data fee. How much is a single line of service with Verizon now with their new bundled plans? How quick does one burn through 2 gigs of data on 4G? Can you freely stream Pandora or Netflix?
Do your research.
31. kindahipdude (Posts: 45; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
I don't know where you get your "facts", but I don't care. Sprint sucks, that's the bottom line
32. jamestan23 (Posts: 12; Member since: 31 May 2012)
Easy 'Stone Cold'...he's right. The $10 is on all smartphones, not just 4G.
I have Sprint and my girl has VZ. Her iPhone 4s is indeed faster than my Samsung Epic (in 3G mode of course). But honestly, the speed difference feels marginal. People make a huge deal between 700k and 1 meg...it's really not day & night difference.
Now I won't argue with the fact that Sprint's 4G wimax network blows in comparison to all other 4G alternatives. But with the implementation of LTE should rectify that issue in due time. Early benchmark tests show that their LTE speeds are at least #2 at the moment. But let's see if they can maintain this kind of quality once they begin lighting up cities and more users begin piling in. They are supposedly going to roll out LTE in 5mhz channels as opposed to VZ's 10mhz channels, so speed will likely be a tad slower if adoption of LTE is quick. Though I doubt it will be since even at this point, Verizon only had 5% LTE adoption as a few months ago...and LTE has been around for over a year now.
33. moofoodooloo (Posts: 137; Member since: 04 Jan 2011)
Well to quote "The Dude", "that's, ugh, just, your opinion, man".
34. jamestan23 (Posts: 12; Member since: 31 May 2012)
And your well thought out statement, "Sprint sucks, that's the bottom line"....aside from being inspirational, it's also an opinion. A narrow minded one at that.
But I guess we're all entitled to disagree with whomever we choose. Even with logic.
35. chuckster123 (Posts: 11; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)
So, would the 3g only be improved on those 5 sites that are getting LTE?
36. Baseballer (Posts: 131; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
Y'all have opinions about sprint. Yea its slow and isn't as good. but its cheaper and with lte getting lit up now, plus the addition of unlimited with someone nice phone choices, i say they are the better carrier. You may have to wait for lte but at least you know they are starting to light cities up. Go ahead and leave. One person gone wont make a difference since they are starting to gain new customers. Remember, mist people dont want to pay a lot in this economy and with sprint finally getting in the game, they may come ou ahead in years ahead if prices stay cheaper. My 2 cents guys
38. JrakaYungRated (Posts: 9; Member since: 05 Jan 2012)
here sprint 4g lte roll our plan for this year and early next yearhttp://s4gru.com/index.php?/to
pic/212-network-visionlte-deployment-running-list/that my souce..
39. alfadolla (Posts: 28; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)
fools rush in is the title of a movie and it is so fitting in this case! Why would you buy something before the network could support it? that's like buying a computer that doesn't connect to the net.. I like the new phones but I did my home work first, I notice the lag times on the HTC Evo Lte & Samsung GS3 just too down load video footage on U-Tube. So here is a quick fix too help those of you who got caught up...lol If you still have your old phone turn it back on until sprint get's there $h!+ together. Just tell them your phone was stolen and wait out the wave or keep crying foul ball. None of these so called carriers are perfect so it comes @ a price, so pick your poison of and for the record the SG3 is a cheaply made phone the screen blacked out in a drop test after two tries, the apple iphone 4s survived along with the HTC one X all without a case to protect them. The SG3 actually performs below the EVO LTE in test.