Sprint LTE reportedly working near San Francisco Bay area
0. phoneArena 07 Aug 2012, 03:06 posted on
According to several reports by Sprint subscribers, the carrier's LTE network is now active across parts of the San Francisco Bay area. Download speeds are near 12Mbps, and around 8Mpbs can be reached on the uplink...
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1. moofoodooloo (Posts: 137; Member since: 04 Jan 2011)
This is progress, and progress is good. It would be huge for Sprint if they can get this rolled out ahead of schedule.
2. Sakmann67 (Posts: 29; Member since: 22 May 2010)
Sprint LTE is working intermittently in Plainfield, IL. Still issues with dropped calls and text issues, though.
3. Joshua9007 (Posts: 88; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Well, there is an explanation for that, as some of the other areas are experiencing those problems too. As I have been told, when you go from a upgraded tower to a legacy tower that is using the same channel, the phone basically does not have a smooth hand-off and will drop a call. This seems to be more prevalent in some areas more than others (I've heard Chicago is bad) and is dependent on the old equipment. Once they get all the towers converted to Network Vision standards, these problems should go away.
I'm curious Sakmann67, have you seen any connection on your phone called EHRPD? as that is a necessary to be in place before full LTE deployment. It is just regular 3G EVDO data, but it is processed through the same 4G core, so hand-off's will be smooth between 3G & LTE, unlike the wimax experience.
I wish we could just fast forward to next year as Sprint will have a majority of their markets covered by the end of next year. I fear they will run later than expected, but with a aggressive deployment schedule, it might be unavoidable ... (here's to hoping)