Sprint adds LTE service to four more cities
The nation's third largest carrier will continue to forge ahead with its LTE build out and Sherman-Dennison, Texas will soon be blanketed by Sprint's 4G signal. Sprint hopes to finish its LTE network and the revamped 3G network by the end of next year. According to Sprint's own graph, those using LTE should see download speeds of 6 to 8Mbps with a peak of 25Mbps. Upload speeds should reach 2 to 3Mbps.
1. FranksGT (Posts: 167; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)
Sprint's netowrk speeds are disappointing. I currently have 4G on AT&T, and im pulling 10-12mbps Download and 2-4mbps Upload.//
Don't even wanna tell you how fast my 4G LTE is. Sprint needs to get with the times.
2. kabukijoe (Posts: 92; Member since: 06 Mar 2010)
How's that unlimited data plan treating you?
18. DanMarino13 (Posts: 63; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
how's that mostly unnecessary unlimited data plan treating you when it hurts to stream a video?
20. pandakilla (Posts: 5; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
doing great no need for wifi when watching netflix in the park or in general on the road....how is that drop calls doing for you "DanMarino13" must suck to be you....
21. DanMarino13 (Posts: 63; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
You must not be able to read sentences properly, i was making fun of kabukijoe because he thinks unlimited data is neccesary. While i'm at it, AT&T should figure out actual talk and text service before they put the majority of their attention to data. I for one, have Verizon, i can make calls and texts when i want to, not when i only have service, and my data isn't so slow that i want to chuck my phone at a cement wall. Go ahead and ask me about my "dropped calls" i think is how you put it.
7. KickRocks (Posts: 129; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)
I'll take 6-8 MBPS down with enhanced 3G ALL DAY along w/ my unlimited data on sprint. Thats more than enough speed to stream HD youtube videos, pandora, hulu, netflix and hbo go without buffering. Some people are so obsessed with speed. What good is 12mbps down, heck 50 dwn with CAPPED data!! Enjoy your super duper fast att let with capped data
9. crysiswarmonger (Posts: 78; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)
6-8 mbps is optimistic. most sprint people never get that on 3g I bet.
Unlimited data at a trickle.... um no thanks.
19 cities... ooooooo.... It will be 2020 before Sprint has coverage equal to other carries today.
15. lsutigers (Posts: 815; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
3G (EVDO Rev A CDMA) is not even capable of speeds over 3mbps...Upgraded Sprint 3G has been averaging 2 - 2.6 mbps which is more than enough to do anything on a smartphone, the only advantage to higher speeds is when downloading large files or tethering. Additionally, Sprint 4G LTE is running aroung 25 - 30mbps which is faster than most people's home connection.
Sprint's Network Vision is moving along quickly and it's quite a task to upgrade all of your networks from the ground up throughout the country, no other carrier has taken on such task of this magnitude. Besides, there are many cities where NV upgrades have NOT been done and the speeds are fast. Sprint's Network Vision upgrades should be complete by the end of 2013, so no, not 2020, that would be incorrect so check your facts before you post.
3. harpdogg (Posts: 18; Member since: 17 May 2012)
I live in minneapolis, and ATT was either testing or has activated LTE at the university of MN. I was apple to test it and was getting 20mbps download and 8 mbps upload on only 3 bar signal strength. While it was raining and I was inside of a restaurant.
So from that limited test ATT LTE is pretty fast.
4. ibap (Posts: 731; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)
Love those autocorrects. You were apple to test it?
And one has to wonder how any of the carriers choose the cities they upgrade first.
17. TechnoTechyes (Posts: 63; Member since: 24 Jan 2011)
When nobody is using the network, it should demonstrate maximum speeds.
5. Sniggly (Posts: 7290; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Does anyone have a list of all 19 cities with LTE coverage?
14. apocalypsebc (Posts: 148; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)
Follow the link, click on data, and choose 4G~LTE.
6. speed4evr (Posts: 79; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
10. SMoKeDoUt_J (Posts: 15; Member since: 25 Jul 2012)
Personally I have ran test in my city Baltimore and the LTE was between 18 mbps and 10.88 down and 3mbps and 2mbps. 4g wimax was between 9mbps and 6mbps down and 1mbps to 3mbps up. 1.5mbps to 2.3mbps down and 1.1mbps to .8mbps up
11. SMoKeDoUt_J (Posts: 15; Member since: 25 Jul 2012)
my bad the last was 3g 1.5mbps to 2.3mbps down and 1.1mbps to .8mbps up
13. KickRocks (Posts: 129; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)
I'll take that or even half that all day with unl data and a 80$ bill all day ova att or vzw with caps
16. NewWireless (Posts: 27; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
I average about 50Gigs via my wifi hotspot on Verizon LTE. True LTE. NO throttling or anything, use it for Xbox Live, stream movies, and home internet for me and my family.
I average about 5-9 Mbps.
The average person doesn't need much more than that. Unless you are running a file server and everybody in your home is on Hulu/Netflix/Warcraft/etc all at once you really do not need more more than what Sprint is advertising. All carries are faster and slower in other areas. Current LTE can easily push 50Mbps or more, but any smart carrier is not going to open the bandwidth to allow that type of data, I know I wouldn't if I owned a wireless company.
Most people need to understand also, that the data is all handled by a switch that prioritizes your request, all carriers lease out their bandwidth to allow companies like RedBox to use their network, 3G/4G.
I love my unlmited data plan and will never give it up. As more and more people use the same tower in your area you will have lower data speeds no matter what carrier you are on.
The true test will be if Sprint and Clearwire get together and implement the 2nd Generation LTE, that Clearwire is building, and if they do, Sprint will leapfrog over the whole competition if speed is what you care about.
19. speed4evr (Posts: 79; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
to DanMarino13 - My unl 3g works great! I am to stream music and use google navigation simoultaneously without issue in Salt Lake City...and no worry of overage