Sprint adds LTE to 20 markets and launches Sprint Spark in 4 more locations
By mid-year, Sprint hopes to have 250 million people covered with its 4G LTE signal. Sprint also announced that its HD Voice is now available in Provo, Utah and will soon be in Trenton, N.J. HD Voice eliminates background noise and offers better sound quality than a landline. Unlike a regular phone that offers 4 octaves of sound, Sprint says its HD Voice offers 7 octaves.
Sprint also added four more markets to the previous 14 that support Sprint Spark. This is a tri-band LTE service that uses circuitry on select phones to find which of the three bands is the best for the task being done with the handset. Sprint Spark allows users to receive data speeds as high as 50 to 60Mbps. The 18 markets that support Sprint Spark are Austin, Texas; Baltimore; Chicago; Dallas; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Fort Worth, Texas; Houston; Jacksonville, Fla.; Kansas City, Kan./Mo.; Los Angeles; Miami; New York; Philadelphia; Provo, Utah; Salt Lake City; San Antonio; Tampa, Fla; and Trenton, N.J.
1. AfterShock (Posts: 2100; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Off topic, but why no mention of Hangouts big crash today?
No Google users on staff that noticed or what.
Its been on and off going for hours.
2. engineer-1701d (Posts: 411; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
i love how Washington dc the usa capital still has the worst service for sprint i mean really even if we all had lte from sprint does not mean anything just means i have a nice lte bar on the phone still slower then 3g on any other network.
3. DonkeySauce (Posts: 153; Member since: 03 Dec 2011)
That's not true. There are plenty of other cities with service equally as bad.
36. TheRequiem (Posts: 138; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)
Just like AT&T and Verizon... what's your point? I am in Las Vegas and have no AT&T signal at both my home and work... switched to Sprint and I have 5 bars.
5. rallyguy (Posts: 518; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
What do you use to back up your point that Sprint LTE is slower than any other network's 3G service?
37. TheRequiem (Posts: 138; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)
It's not, like I said in previous comment, I test networks for a living, Sprint Spark is and will forever be the fastest network in the country, Sprint owns triple the spectrum of any other carrier.
6. lsutigers (Posts: 696; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
I travel frequently to the DC/Arlington, VA area and Sprint LTE is plenty fast with great coverage. Not sure what you're referring to.
27. joe1blue (Posts: 78; Member since: 25 Jul 2013)
I think sprint is the ugly duckling their data speeds are Hot Garbage! I live in Florida and I have lte all over the place and the speeds just suck if I were to attempt to load up this page it would just time out
29. lsutigers (Posts: 696; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
Where do you live??
Either there is something wrong with your phone, local tower / network or that is an outright lie. Anytime I am in FL the speeds are anywhere between 6-30mbps which is fast enough to do anything on a mobile phone. I can even watch a 1080p HD Youtube video on 3G without buffering.
Do you know the difference between 6mbps and 30mbps on a smartphone?
NOTHING, you cant tell the difference!!!
4. DrSteinman (Posts: 3; Member since: 17 Mar 2014)
Tried Sprint for two weeks out here late last year. 3G in the Seattle area? Really? But don't worry, they added LTE to Kenosha WI >.
11. troutsy (Posts: 239; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)
Kenosha is crammed between two decently sized cities (Milwaukee / Chicago) and requires virtually zero effort to cover in LTE.
It's not about priorities, Seattle probably dragged approvals whereas Kenosha passed everything straight through.
14. a_merryman (Posts: 603; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
That doesn't even take into account the need to get fiber back-haul to every site. Which makes it even slower in many cases.
7. Joshua9007 (Posts: 61; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
CDMA 3G on verzon has the same theoretical speed as sprints which is approx. 3.1 Mb/s... and that is under perfect conditions standing next to an unloaded tower with good backhaul. Other than that the 3.5G technologies from At&t and T-mobile use mutiple channels to achieve higher throughput, but depends on the same constraints as Sprint/Verizion and though it can go faster, it requires the same amount of spectrum as LTE and is not as fast as LTE.
Once sprint has fully launched their LTE (its only 45% complete with LTE in D.C.) it will be much more competitive, and they will be launching LTE on 800Mhz spectrum as well as the 2600Mhz spectrum in the metro areas, and possibly re-purpose some of their 3G spectrum for additional PCS 1900Mhz LTE in the future as well (in areas that need it).
This is the point of the article, and no matter who you have as a provider for cellular service, competition always helps everyone... as can be seen with t-mobile being more competitive. Sprint had a lot more work to get their network up to speed and has more work ahead, but they are past the halfway mark nationally and once they are complete, they will be able to increase speed and capacity to match or beat their rivals.
21. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 829; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)
3G is being eliminated for 4G, and then 4G will be replaced by 5G!
8. eman99 (Posts: 210; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)
Why hasn't central Cali have LTE why why why
12. CEMIII (Posts: 110; Member since: 26 Jun 2013)
I'm with PapaSmurf LOL!!!
Still none of the upgrades matter unless you have a device that can use SPRINT SPARK LOL!!!!.
They only have 2 devices. LOL!!!!! again!!!!! & we haven't heard of any flagships be it Android Iphone & definately No WP devices. As it stand there's only Android.
Maybe I'll go back if they carry a decent selection of WP's for me on better plans & when the handsets can make use of the network.
So we are looking at a possible 1-1/2 - 2 yrs at best.
Hmmmm I'm lovin my new Nokia Icon at the moment so that will be in time to see what is what. LOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!
35. TheRequiem (Posts: 138; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)
You obviously don't know anything, you get lost too.
13. Landmarkcm (Posts: 402; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)
& Still no Vegas. Lol unbelievable. I'll stick with GSM regardless.
15. lsutigers (Posts: 696; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
Many other Sprint devices will be able to take advantage of the 800mhz Nextel spectrum as Sprint has been building phones with the capability for years in anticipation of Network Vision, so your statement is not correct.
Another incorrect statement is that there are only 2 Spark devices currently. Last count is 7 smartphones, 2 wifi hotspots and a home router. Every phone this year will launch with Spark capability.
Get your facts straight and stop LOLOLOLOL'ing at your own posts, it makes you look like an imbecile.
18. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7326; Member since: 14 May 2012)
800MHz band isn't bing used until end of the year so cross that out of your argument.
24. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7326; Member since: 14 May 2012)
It took me over 25 minutes before I realized the mistake. I've edited my posts over a thousand times at least so yes, I know.
28. lsutigers (Posts: 696; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
@ PapaSmurf...That is incorrect.
Look at www.s4gru.com . In some markets the 800mhz bands are live and people have connected successfully.
34. TheRequiem (Posts: 138; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)
Actually, I am a network tester and your full of crap, it's being used right now with new permits being pulled everyday, get lost.
17. imyourpapi (Posts: 65; Member since: 04 Jan 2014)
Where the lte in Sacramento!!! We are the capital of California and lots of people from the bay area work out here... Unbelievable sprint.....
23. 7Superman9 (Posts: 69; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)
I agree. Sacramento should have LTE by this summer. They've been working on it, I've noticed much better reception within the last couple of weeks.
30. lsutigers (Posts: 696; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
Sacramento along with SF Bay Area, Hawaii and a few other jurisdictions have been a royal PITA for Sprint to deal with and get permits approved. In some cases they are dragging their feet and delaying the process but due to the massive scope of work Sprint is doing (complete rebuild - in comparison to other carriers), every tower requires a permit.
20. threeline (Posts: 256; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)
Nogales AZ and No Phoenix? This is why I left Sprint. There service is such a joke!
25. Elfmonster (Posts: 36; Member since: 23 Dec 2013)
Still no Vegas. Oh you know, it's not like Vegas is a big international destination or anything.
26. cripton805 (Posts: 907; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
I had LTE when I was on the strip on my trip there on Oct. 31.
31. lsutigers (Posts: 696; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
It's sad that people will just post without knowing or checking the facts because these are the same people that vote without researching a candidate or policy and then feel the need to spread misinformation on the internet as if they know every fact.
Vegas has had LTE for awhile now. Stop posting if you don't know the facts or can't do research
32. bestmvno (Posts: 107; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)
Although I don't live in Vegas, a quick check of Sprint's coverage map shows no LTE in Vegas. So either Sprint for some reason, which would make zero sense, has not updated their coverage maps, or Sprint is only testing in Vegas right now, or they don't have coverage.
33. TheRequiem (Posts: 138; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)
I live in Las Vegas and I am a network tester, not only does Las Vegas have LTE enabled on about 60% of Sprint sites, Alcatel Lucent is rolling out 2.5 ghz Sprint Spark... things are going to get interesting quick. Sprint Spark is the FASTEST network I've ever seen, period. Blow's AT&T out of the water, I tested a new site the other day on i215 & Durango and hit 57mbps
38. B00M_SHAKALAKA (Posts: 4; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)
I just wish signal was a little stronger in Las Vegas Period, I mean its consistent but not as good as I would like especially in side of all Smiths grocery stores in North Las Vegas haha Idk if other carriers have problems but if I go anywhere near or in any of them in on this side of town and its gone or barely there, and the LTE isn't very strong on this side of town, it'll sure as heck kill my battery but its not very fast. Kind of a let down. But ill wait for spark and see what happens .