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Sprint flips 4G LTE switch in 9 new markets

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Sprint flips 4G LTE switch in 9 new markets
Sprint is one of the carriers that’s slightly behind in terms of 4G LTE adoption after its first misstep with WiMAX. 

Now, the nation’s third-largest carrier is rolling out its Network Vision plan to cover a huge part of Americans with LTE, and has just added 9 new markets to its footprint.

This time Sprint is flipping the LTE switch in smaller markets, here is the full list.

  • Sprint 4G LTE coverage

    Sprint 4G LTE coverage

    Altoona, Pa.
  • Asheville, N.C.
  • Columbus, Ind.
  • Elkhart/Goshen, Ind.
  • Hammond, La.
  • La Crosse, Wis.
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Statesville, N.C.
  • Temple, Texas

This brings Sprint LTE coverage to a total of 67 markets. The carrier is still actively testing and lighting up LTE in the major metros like San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York, and the network is already available in some parts of those cities.

source: Sprint

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posted on 05 Mar 2013, 07:27 3

1. 3SM.. (unregistered)


Still waiting. Well, I have 6 months left in my contract, if I don't get LTE coverage by then I'm leaving Sprint. I'd rather deal with capped LTE data than unlimited slow data speeds that I'm currently getting.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 07:31 2

3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Switch over to T-Mobile. LTE Advanced 10 + HSPA+ 42 with truly unlimited data. You won't miss Sprint at all.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 07:35 3

4. 3SM.. (unregistered)


I would, however, T-Mobile doesn't offer coverage in my area.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 09:28

12. Bernoulli (Posts: 1600; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Dang, t-mobile offers service to 97% people in the USA, where on earth do you live? !

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 16:22

25. Paynefanbro (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


And that is based on population, not area. 97% of the country live in major urban areas, therefore percentage of people covered really isn't a reasonable statistic, as Sprint has more coverage than T-Mobile.

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 09:18

31. Bernoulli (Posts: 1600; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


That's just unreal, at least where I live, sprint tends to drop in signal when you go out of town, but t-mobile keeps beating, I say this from experience with friends that have sprint, the other day we had gone out of town to the country and once leaving civilization sprint had either no service or it's slow network, and that's sad because we live around Houston

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 16:39

27. Omarc07 (Posts: 269; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


T-mobile may cover 97% of the US But more than half is on 2G EDGE LOL which is lame ..

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 08:15 4

10. CfullerTX (Posts: 19; Member since: 06 Aug 2012)


"For unlimited data plans, full speeds available up to monthly data allotment; then speeds slowed to up to 2G speeds for remainder of billing cycle. For post-paid 200MB plan, overage of $0.10/MB charged to customers after monthly data allotment is used. On-network and domestic roaming data allotments differ: 1-MB to 199-MB full-speed plans include 5 MB of roaming; 200-MB full-speed plan includes 10 MB of roaming; 2-GB full-speed and Unlimited Nationwide 4G plans include 50 MB of roaming; 5-GB full-speed plan includes 100 MB of roaming; 10-GB full-speed plan includes 200 MB of roaming; and Mobile Web Pay Per Use includes 10 MB of roaming."

Don't talk about things you haven't done your research on. They are not "truely" unlimited.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 12:41 3

18. btbotimtim (Posts: 150; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


They came out with truly unlimited months ago.
No caps on $30 data plan.
it's called unlimited nationwide 4G
Under value plan, it is $20.

I guess you should not talk about things you haven't researched on. lol

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 13:14

32. CfullerTX (Posts: 19; Member since: 06 Aug 2012)


You can't refer to a data plan that "throttles" as truly unlimited. Good try though.

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 09:13

30. Bernoulli (Posts: 1600; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


With t-mobile they are, look it up in their website,www.t-mobile.com

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 16:20 2

24. Paynefanbro (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


I'd like to point out the Sprint's LTE is LTE Advanced compatible meaning, they'd only have to flip a switch to get LTE Advanced, which is exactly what they plan on doing. There are also no devices that are currently LTE Advanced capable. There is no real benfit to phones yet, your T-Mobile LTE speeds will not be any faster just because it is Release 10.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 07:39 3

5. threeline (Posts: 259; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)


I can't wait to leave Sprint, they plain suck. There is no way I am getting the Galaxy S IV on Sprint's crap network!

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 09:30 3

13. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 914; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


Hurry up and leave then....Here in NYC LTE is coming on strong. Go I use my phone more for talking and texting than surfing. By years end Sprint will be poring it on with extended LTE coverage.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 10:51

16. sun0066 (Posts: 80; Member since: 12 Feb 2011)


I left sprint and I could not be happier, They start selling LTE phone without having LTE services , the my lte phone became old and I never had the chance to test it lol , ATT offer the same services, lte 4g everywhere and I paying almost the same

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 14:06 2

19. cuddybonz (Posts: 45; Member since: 06 Nov 2009)


I'm a little confused because if memory serves me correct. Sprint sold it's first device with an LTE antenna in May 2012. How exactly did your device "become old"? And by paying almost the same do you mean you are paying more at AT&T while being subjected to potential data overage?

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 14:30

22. pookiewood (Posts: 626; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


My wife has a GS3 on Sprint and still no LTE. When she tries to show me a Video it's so slow I pull out my Lumia 920 and she's like, "Whatever!" :p She's really thinking about switching over.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 11:34

17. crysiswarmonger (Posts: 78; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


I left sprint almost 1 year ago. Sprint service is horrible and they will never get better.

Leave sprint.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 07:30 1

2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Shouldn't Sprint roll out LTE to some the larger markets first and then deploy it to smaller markets? Glad that San Juan, PR is lit up. 3G over there is beyond terrible.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 08:12 2

9. CfullerTX (Posts: 19; Member since: 06 Aug 2012)


They're turning towers on as they go. There is a required % of towers in an area that have to be upgraded before "launched". I have LTE in Nashville, but it's not officially launched here yet.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 09:33 2

14. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 914; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


It is easier to open a smaller market once work has begun than say a larger market in a city like NY. More buildings means more antennas to deploy and upgrade. Less dense areas of population even if started after a city like New York will most certainly be easier to deploy

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 07:46

6. cGmC11 (Posts: 117; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)


Mmmm...Sprint 4G LTE in San Juan PR + no cap + HTC One + end contract on AT&T...Mmmm

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 07:55

8. kevin_wsy (Posts: 34; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Depending on the area still even if your city is listed. Where I live, in Wichita, KS, the coverage maps shows excellent coverage, still I get only like 2 or 3 down, and it will drop to 3G after a few minutes... meanwhile in another side of the city, where the coverage maps shows excellent coverage too, gets 12 to 15 down. So... good luck.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 09:27

11. Bernoulli (Posts: 1600; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


T-mobile hspa+ 42, LTE Advanced coming soon to 100 million pops by summer, 200 by year end+no cap+htc one, Galaxy note II, nokia lumia devices, all Galaxy devices ever made, first carrier with the new blackberry z10 by March 27th+unlimited experience cheaper than sprint (ie unlimited data, no caps 20 $ unlimited texting single line 5 $, 10 $ for up to 5 lines) whereas sprint is 30 $ for pathetic 3G service and sprint lte doesn't come close to hspa (Houston, 8mbps average on sprint lte, 22 mbps average on t-mobile) best of all, the cheap rate plans will still be allowed to have a corporate discount

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 16:25 1

26. lsutigers (Posts: 772; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


Yeah except Tmobile's network has awful coverage outside of major metro areas.

Dude you keep spewing TMO propaganda showing their top speeds as average, I dont know of anyone on TMO that consistently gets anywhere even close to 22mbps consistently even if right next to the tower. Has it happened before, sure, my Verizon phone has hit 40mbps and my Sprint work phone hit 35mbps, its called peak speeds. Besides, 6mbps is plently on a mobile phone for HD video.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 07:54

7. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


This sucks, still no Saint Louis? Still no hint of Saint Louis?

I'm starting to see people leave Sprint for other carriers because they're sick of the wait. We're already almost a year into LTE Sprint phones, and with few exceptions, almost no major cities have LTE with Sprint.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 14:08 1

20. cuddybonz (Posts: 45; Member since: 06 Nov 2009)


This is true if you don't consider Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Indianapppolis, Dallas, Houston or Miami Major cities.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 09:37

15. Sdubb3 (Posts: 19; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)


So slow with this s***! I didn't even get WiMax before they ended that! I should have stayed with Verizon. Every carrier has some sort of 4g in my area. To get Sprints I have to travel 50 miles.....and its only like a 5 mile bubble then your out of range.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 14:28 1

21. pookiewood (Posts: 626; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


HAHA! Still not Austin but Ghetto Temple?

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 15:15

23. ooceans1215 (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


After 10 years with sprint.....goodbye sprint..HELLO T-MOBILE!!

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 21:25 1

28. Imbatman (Posts: 10; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)


Almost everyone who keeps posting here about Sprint and how s**tty they are dont know ANYTHING about phones. I work for sprint and I dislike them simply because of how the company's Rules "inside work" change. I have verizon for my cell and I will never leave them as to me they are better where I live and I like their phones more. The Network Vision Upgrades take Millions per tower to get upgraded as its not simply changing 1 or 2 things. Its changing the Entire network. Sprint is not building towers, they are taking down towers and modifying the currently Raised towers in specific spots to have 2g,3g,wimax and lte all on the same towers to 1. save money 2. have less towers to worry about s**t breaking on. Most of the networks for all carriers are extremely old and in sprints case, theres alot of nextel to fix. So far sprint has merely been building LTE for 15 moneys. The first few areas to get hit were Chicago, IL which if you live there, I apologize as that is still an area getting worked on due to Towers on buildings, Needing to make sure permits are correct for working in areas the towers are at and also just being a really large area. Also to bitch about buying an LTE phone with no LTE in your area, go f**k yourself. No one made you buy a lte phone, No one made you buy a Wimax phone. It was YOU and ONLY you who made the decision. I have a phone on that is only 3g with verizon and I watch netflix and youtube all the time and have no qualms with it since i Understand that I will have to wait a few moments to load or buffer. If you blame a store for telling you something that isnt 100% true then shame on them but also Shame on you for not doing research. I listen to people bitch all day at my job and it makes me sick at what people complain about. All carriers have their problems, and sprint just happens to have many things going on at the same time so to continually bitch about something that is not able to be fixed or finished overnight is not a way to make things better and merely makes you look like a d**k.

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 01:10

29. Jyakotu (Posts: 823; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


I was about to get upset when I saw that Asheville and Statesville gets 4G LTE before Charlotte (NC resident). However, apparently, my campus has 4G LTE and so do other parts of Charlotte apparently, mainly in and around uptown.

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 15:47

33. jreyphoto (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)


I am not even waiting for them to roll out LTE in my area. I have a feeling their LTE is not going to be anything like the other carriers. I have had nothing but bad service from these people. Hate Sprint, I honestly wish I never made the move from AT&T. But I am now going to Verizon, which I know they have a good network.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 15:06

34. GMOGLEZ (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Mar 2013)


Can't wait until T Mobile gets the IPhone to leave Sprint even though I will have to pay cancellation penalty for 3 IPhones that I migrated to Sprint last September. 3G speeds are abominable and LTE is nowhere to be found.

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