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Sprint adds 22 new cities to its LTE roster

0. phoneArena 17 Jun 2013, 10:37 posted on

The nation's third largest mobile carrier, Sprint, has expanded the size of its LTE service by adding coverage to 22 new U.S. cities including some major vacation destinations such as Miami, Tampa and Fond du Lac, Wis; well, maybe the latter isn't exactly a major tourist destination, but it does now offer 4G LTE service for Sprint customers in the region...

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posted on 17 Jun 2013, 10:40 2

1. dmeegan14 (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 May 2013)


I cant believe Las Vegas is left out in the cold again??? They do know they have customers west of the Mississippi right?????

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 12:18 1

8. TheRequiem (Posts: 154; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)


Las Vegas is 25% done, you'll fine LTE in a lot of places in Las Vegas right now, aroudn airport and 215 and south and west and nort and east... all over the places. There are dozens of tower's with LTE in las Vegas and Vegas should be complete before end of year... we are not lef tout in the cold. Go to sensorly.com and check their Spriunt 4g coverage map... see for yourself.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 10:58

2. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2444; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


Yeaaa boy I see new Orleans on there!

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 15:27

13. MelvinPainter (Posts: 51; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


Just like 3g, it doesn't mean you will get a signal.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 10:59

3. skymitch89 (Posts: 1058; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


And hopefully they'll be turning it on in Spokane, WA soon. The rep at a Sprint store said within 6 weeks. I think that they turned on a test tower near Airway Heights (just outside of Spokane) and I average about 1Mbps download, but when they first turned it on I averaged about 1.5Mbps with a some peaks at almost 3Mbps (I have the Epic Touch and my 4G is off). I still, unfortunately, got hope for Sprint.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 17:43

17. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2969; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Yea hate to break it to ya but if you have the Epic Touch, you're never going to get Sprint LTE, that device is Wimax only. You would need to pick up the SGS3, Note 2, SGS4, iPhone 5, for example. Make sure you read between the lines because Wimax 4G is NOT LTE 4G. I know there has been a lot of confusion for casual customers when they just hear "4G" on Sprint/Virgin Mobile/Boost Mobile's network.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 11:27 2

4. vladimvp1 (Posts: 8; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Skymitch89: Epic touch is not a LTE capable device , it's WIMAX .. if you want to get LTE signal you need get a different phone like: Galaxy S3, S4, NOTE 2, LG viper, optimus G.. iphone 5..

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 11:28

5. vladimvp1 (Posts: 8; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Skymitch89: Just trying to help !

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 11:33

6. vladimvp1 (Posts: 8; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


i live in Vancouver WA.. and i can get LTE with my IPHONE 5 in some areas but not too fast .. 6 Mbps is the Max i got so far..

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 12:49

9. lsutigers (Posts: 723; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


It will get better. With initial LTE deployment Sprint is not down-tilting radio panels on the tower to achieve maximum signal propagation / coverage area. Once more towers are added to an area, Sprint will remotely down-tilt the panels which will give you much better speeds and reception. The speeds will improve, in my market speeds started around 6-12mbps and now I often see 22-35mbps.

Also, LTE signal is not like 3G, once the bars start dropping the speeds drop drastically, too. That's why once Sprint has LTE deployed on Nextel's 800mhz spectrum it will fly. Either way, 12mbps is more than enough speed on a phone so I'm perfectly ok with that.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 18:08

33. JEverettnow (Posts: 190; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


I was under the impression that that nextel 800mhz spectrum was being used for in building voice coverage not LTE

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 12:50

10. lsutigers (Posts: 723; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


It will get better. With initial LTE deployment Sprint is not down-tilting radio panels on the tower to achieve maximum signal propagation / coverage area. Once more towers are added to an area, Sprint will remotely down-tilt the panels which will give you much better speeds and reception. The speeds will improve, in my market speeds started around 6-12mbps and now I often see 22-35mbps.

Also, LTE signal is not like 3G, once the bars start dropping the speeds drop drastically, too. That's why once Sprint has LTE deployed on Nextel's 800mhz spectrum it will fly. Either way, 12mbps is more than enough speed on a phone so I'm perfectly ok with that.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 12:10

7. lilg29 (Posts: 86; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)


No lte coverage in san diego once again... and since we moved we don't get much of a signal anymore. Sprint might be on our chopping block...

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 13:52

11. downphoenix (Posts: 2307; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


I was at the Ihop near the St Louis airport a couple weeks back and noticed 4g came up on my phone for a few minutes. So maybe those in the STL area will see it in the near future?

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 14:55

12. letgomyeggroll (Posts: 137; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


WTF!!!! Napa is on the list, but Sacramento is not. really, how many user do you have in Napa vs Sacramento that you would spend more money there first!!! I have been looking at Verizon lately even thou they don't have unlimited, but it starting to don't matter anymore!!! Get you sh@@ together Sprint!!!

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 15:30

14. MelvinPainter (Posts: 51; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


Hey, you are right down the street from the Bay Area, just take a drive and you can have LTE. Hell, I drive from Fresno to Cupertino to get great WIMAX.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 16:16

15. letgomyeggroll (Posts: 137; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


WIMAX?? If you have LTE ready phone, you don't get WIMAX anymore.

LTE is very spotty in the Bay Area, I go there quite often.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 22:26

28. Mark.J.Linskiy (unregistered)


I actually noticed LTE signal on my phone yesterday (S III) while at home. I live in the Sacramento area (North Highlands/Antelope to be exact), so I'm sure it'll be officially launched/announced very soon. I'm pretty excited seeing LTE on my phone, although I work downtown and haven't had any there. We just have to wait a bit longer.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 18:13

34. JEverettnow (Posts: 190; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


LTE just turned on in Roseville today. Saw a speedtest of 30mbps there. All towers receiving the upgrade are slated within the next 6 months. Some of them 60 - 90 days though. All of these announced areas are places that have already had LTE, they just have enough coverage to officially say the market has 4g lte now. I do think they need to have much more covereage than 25-30% coverage to say a certain market has coverage

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 23:38

37. Mark.J.Linskiy (unregistered)


Antelope is near Roseville, so it's nice to know that we're starting to receive LTE. Next time I go to the Mall or around that area, I will definitely be checking it out and running speed tests along with actually usage to try out the speeds. Can't wait until it covers a larger area around here, but I'm sure it won't be too long before it does.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 17:16

16. mike2959 (Posts: 228; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


Sprint LTE coverage will not be any better than the current coverage. There not putting new towers up for LTE. Actually it's very rare to see that anymore. It's current towers getting fitted with the hardware and software. Actually the current LTE is being deployed on the very high frequency 2100 MHz which doesn't penetrate walls and buildings. Verizon and AT&T operate LTE on 700mhz in most parts of the country. The lower the frequency the farther the signal can travel. Think of the car coming down the road with the music blasting.....you can here the bass first.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 17:48

18. letgomyeggroll (Posts: 137; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


ATT and Tmobile GSM runs on higher bandwidth, which why they required more towers to cover the same area as CDMA

That is not always true. It's more depends on how much power is being broadcasted which is in wattage. The wattage is determined by FCC on how much is allowed by the license holder for that tower location.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 18:08

21. coredonn (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)


@mike2959 Sprint is deploying LTE on the 1900 mhz frequency and refarming the 800 mhz frequency that Nextel was on, for LTE also. The LTE that people get now is 1900 mhz frequency. LTE coverage will get better once Sprint decommissions Nextel's 800 mhz and lights up the LTE 800 mhz

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 18:09

22. lsutigers (Posts: 723; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


@ mike2959

Not the case at all, Sprint only announces markets once they are 40% or so complete. Which means there is generally 60% of the market left to complete to fill in gaps. Just because you get an LTE signal does not mean they are not still working in that area.

Also, as I said above, Sprint has yet to remotely down-tilt radio panels on the towers to provide faster speeds and better coverage until the market is complete, or close to it.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 17:52

19. thetuba (Posts: 19; Member since: 17 Jun 2013)


Don't forgert Mike2959 that Sprint is refarming the 800 mHz Spectrum from the Nextel towers for LTE.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 18:03

20. HASHTAG (unregistered)


Dang it! I had my hopes up so fast, then my city wasn't listed. Well looks like I'm going to be waiting for a very long time.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 18:11

23. lsutigers (Posts: 723; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


Where are you located?

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 18:48

24. HASHTAG (unregistered)


Morgantown, West Virginia. Just an hour from Pittsburgh. It's pathetic because we get AT&T and Verizon LTE coverage, and even U.S. Cellular. But no Sprint; makes me ashamed to be a Sprint customer.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 20:22

26. lsutigers (Posts: 723; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


Ya man, LTE is already deployed in Pittsburgh (http://s4gru.com/index.php?/topic/1140-network-vi​sionlte-pittsburgh-market/) but it looks like WV is the only state where there is no current activity going on (http://s4gru.com/index.php?/topic/3931-network-vi​sion-market-discussions-directory-thread/).

As far as being ashamed, I wouldn't be, I currently have Verizon ans Sprint and before my market had LTE I felt the same way. I do a lot of traveling and there were many markets where Verizon didn't have service for awhile but they got a big head start on Sprint since they went LTE from the get go instead of switching from WiMAX to LTE.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 18:50

25. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2969; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


While I was driving around in Battle Creek MI, a town I live by, my friend has the Galaxy Victory on Virgin Mobile and got LTE and when I did a speed test, they got over 22 down, I was blown away by how fast it was and they are on freaking prepaid paying 45 dollars a month.

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 22:20

27. wumberpeb (Posts: 431; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)


Good news Sprint, but how about some love in upstate New York?

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 07:37

29. mike2959 (Posts: 228; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


Sprint may have the old 800mhz but it will not be deployed until the end of 2014. Every bit of the LtE being deployed is 1900mhz. All of Verizon LtE is 700mhz, and 80% of At&t. Is in the 700 band.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 07:42

30. mike2959 (Posts: 228; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


Correction sprint LtE is 2100mhz. Not 1900mhz, so it's actually worse. Bottom line is this company has pissed away billions in wrong moves and bad idea's. 6 year's ago wimax!? 6 billion for that! When At&t and Verizon invested in LTE. Oh.. And the majority of the world was then and now LtE.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 17:01

31. lsutigers (Posts: 723; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


Correction, Sprint is operating LTE on 1900mhz. Clearwire will be operating on 2100mhz and no, it is NOT worse, Clearwire will be using TD-LTE instead of FD-LTE which is what major US carriers are deploying. Clear worked out the interoperability and also the signal penetration is much better, additionally, the high frequency spectrum allows for higher speeds.

@ mike2959, you really have no clue what you're talking about as seen in other posts above so do some research or don't say anything at all.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 19:51

36. coredonn (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)


@mike2959 Sprint is shutting down the iden network currently the 800 MHz band on June 30th. and will be turning the towers with the 800mhz CDMA and LTE on shortly after that no where did they say 2014 . and about the speed test you did in Cleveland sprint's website doesn't even have LTE coverage there so if you got it , it was still in testing and the signal bars don't show current LTE signal strength so the strength probably wasn't good also LTE is good when you ave a good signal don't continue to bash sprint they are trying to get a good network going in some markets their speeds are the same as other carriers plus sprint isn't finished with the LTE roll out they announce new markets anywhere between 40 and 60 percent completion in that market

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 17:56

32. Monster.Ninja (Posts: 9; Member since: 10 Jun 2011)


On sensorly they have Sheoygan Wis as well. I am lost with Sprints thinking. No Manitowoc but Sheboygan. But what really is confusing is the fact they do not have Green bay or Appleton listed. You would think they would try to lock down all NFL stadiums before football season starts and the main roadways to and from those destinations versus putting or activation towers in bumb funk egypt.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 18:29

35. mike2959 (Posts: 228; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


Fact: 700mhz penetrates buildings much better than 2100 or 1900mhz.
Fact: Sprint has pissed away 6 Billion on wimax.
Fact: The 800mhz band will not be used by Sprint until late 2014.
Fact:Sprint ranks at the bottom of annual speed test done by 3rd parties, ranked at the bottom of customer service, ranked at the bottom of most measurable performance indicators.
Those are all facts. I did have sprint for 5 year's, it was like a bad relationship, Sprint kept promising to get better. Speed test in Cleveland Ohio today on my friends S4, not even 1mb download.
That's a fact jack.

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