Sprint has had a pretty good 2012. Like the poor relative who inherited a fortune, Sprint will soon comer into money thanks to the sale of 70% of the company to Japan's Softbank
. The deal has yet to close, but we're sure that the prospect of having a pocket full of yen makes Sprint's job of rolling out 4G LTE to the masses a lot easier. And when you look back at where the nation's third largest carrier is now compared to last year at this time, the future looks much brighter. With the addition of 6 new markets on Tuesday, Sprint now has 49 markets
covered with the stuff.
The new locations getting LTE from Sprint include Indianapolis/Carmel, Ind.; Santa Rosa/Petaluma, Calif.; Vallejo/Fairfield, Calif.; Southern Puerto Rico (including Ponce, Coamo and Guayama); York/Hanover, Pa. and Franklin County, Pa. In addition, the carrier said that enhanced LTE service
will now be found in Shenandoah County and Page County in Virginia, as well as in Chicago.