Sprint flips the 'on' switch for its tri-band LTE Spark service in Kansas City
Kansas City is the 12th market that Sprint has deployed Spark in. The others include Austin, Texas; Chicago, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Fort Worth, Texas; Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Antonio, Texas and Tampa, Fla. By the end of this year, 100 markets will have the service, which will cover 100 million Americans. Besides faster speeds, Sprint Spark also features a stronger signal that penetrates buildings better than the carrier's regular LTE service. Sprint has also started to use HD Voice in the area. Sprint calls this a next-gen technology that removes background noises and enhances sound quality.
The devices that support Sprint Spark include the Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, LG G2, Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3, Nexus 5 and the HTC One max will work with Sprint Spark. Soon, the LG G Flex will be added to the roster once it launches on Sprint.
1. michaelthegreat (Posts: 2; Member since: 01 Feb 2014)
Very smart of sprint, So that they can catch up to the other carriers speeds!
21. TheRequiem (Posts: 140; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)
Yeah that Network is Fast!! Cant wait for them to bring to Las Vegas!
2. datsyuk (Posts: 153; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)
Need to move to Kansas City, Google Fiber and all this!
6. Finalflash (Posts: 1461; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Not if the current bill in the state legislature passes, cable companies will see those advances dead soon enough.
10. bigdawg23 (Posts: 346; Member since: 25 May 2011)
Sprint service sucks in Kansas City. I was there for work recently and fellow coworkers had Sprint. The best part was we sat outside a Starbucks across the street from Sorint Headquarters and he couldn't get a signal on his iPhone 5 or MiFI spot. Meanwhile I had full signal on my AT&T iPhone 5 and VZW S4. He and others tell me dropped calls and low signal is common with Sprint.
25. TheRequiem (Posts: 140; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)
I significantly doubt that, my aunt lives right next to Sprint headquarters and get's practically 5 bars of coverage everywhere she goes, I know that because she tells me how much she loves it. Also, dropped calls is common with Sprint right now because they are spending $32 billion on redoing their network with next generation equipment. In markets where it is complete, dropped calls are a thing of the past. I cant even remember the last time I had a dropped call with them, but 80% of their sites are done out here. Surprising since they still havent launched LTE and I get LTE pretty much everywhere in Vegas now.
26. bigdawg23 (Posts: 346; Member since: 25 May 2011)
Doubt all you want. Head to Starbucks on 119th right near Cheese Cake Factory and see for yourself next time your there.
3. jandro (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Feb 2014)
The LG g2 still needs the update. It did not work in Houston nor San Antonio Texas. The updated speeda now make my Note 2 usable but the phone is worthless inside buildings.
4. eman99 (Posts: 210; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)
Oh wow a hand full of cities come to central Cali then I can be happy with the service
5. theBankRobber (Posts: 645; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)
Haha Sprint Spark is a JOKE. I got the update last monday on my LG G2 and have NOT seen any of these so called 50-60mbs download speeds. I live in Baltimore MD and where my wife works and where I work BOTH locations say BEST 3G AND 4G coverage, for me it said SPARK BEST COVERAGE. Where my wife works, most I got outside in a huge open parking lot about 6am was 14mbs down and 6.5mbs up. Where I work the signal has turned to garbage. I amd other sprint users called amd bitched them out and All I get is 0-1 bars of 4G spark LTE. But still manage to get 4mbs down and 1mbs up. But signal is so bad I can't even stream a netflix episode without buffering issues. So much for the BEST COVERAGE SPRINT.
7. DnB925Art (Posts: 142; Member since: 23 May 2013)
Funny that SPARK is not even in the Baltimore, MD area. You may have gotten the update for your LG G2 to enable SPARK, but SPARK has not been turned on in your area.
16. theBankRobber (Posts: 645; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)
Yes it HAS been turned on in Baltimore Md. It has been up and running since december. Even when I spoke to a Rep about the signal issue he even confirmed the Spark network. Look at the covrage map on sprint, type in 21223 area code for baltimore and it will show you full spark network coverage.
17. a_merryman (Posts: 605; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
It definitely does not show spark coverage on sprint's maps for baltimore.
18. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 832; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)
Man you can't be this lame get your facts straight there are no Spark updates fro Baltimore MD...Here is a listing for you ok.
19. theBankRobber (Posts: 645; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)
s-releases/4glte-launchedmarkets.htmComplete list of 340 cities with Spark. Baltimore along with Columbia and Ellicott City are listed. Also if you go to Sprints Coverage map, make sure you chane it to Data from the drop down box and you will see Spark is identified by lines not a color.
20. theBankRobber (Posts: 645; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)
I noticed my area was not SparkSupported, I could not edit my comment thanks to ether this android browser or PhoneAreanas site. I was looking at the wrong icon.
24. TheRequiem (Posts: 140; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)
Thats regular LTE coverage, Spark is only on in 12 markets. Read the damn article
28. JEverettnow (Posts: 165; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)
There is no Spark in Baltimore. Like most cellular customers you are mistaken.
34. miles16852 (Posts: 206; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
you are correct, but obviously 'thebankrobber' cannot accept the truth! lol
33. miles16852 (Posts: 206; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
some one has fed you a line of trash! and your sucking it up like the idiot you are!
22. TheRequiem (Posts: 140; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)
Your probably not in turbo coverage, which the 2.5, I was hitting 60mbps easy. And when did 14mbps become slow? Get real dude
27. a_merryman (Posts: 605; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
Right? You can easily stream spotify, youtube and netflix on 14mbps and download apps from the appstore or google play in a reasonable time with that speed. I don't need speeds faster than I get on my home connection, I'm not going to be torrenting from my phone, thats a waste of bandwidth.
31. miles16852 (Posts: 206; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
you DO realize how STUPID you look! spark is NOT available in your area yet,, so ram your stupid rant right up your crack!
8. networkdood (Posts: 6250; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Sprint has always sucked in my area of California, while the other companies have all added 3G/4G data services over the last five years - Sprint has a new family plan, detailed here:http://newsroom.sprint.com/new
9. OldNorseBruin (Posts: 130; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)
Hey SPRINT, how about putting some SPARK into your 3G service before attempting to advance your "imaginary " 4G LTE network!
23. TheRequiem (Posts: 140; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)
Where have you been the past two years? In a cave? Theyve been replacing their entire 3g network from the ground up for the past two years. Their 3G in Las Vegas hits as high 4mbps down 40-50ms ping times.
11. Technobri (Posts: 71; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)
I'm giving sprint last chance with the spark network.. I'll try a spark phone than make my decision.
13. rdaex (Posts: 82; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
Better hope youre in a Spark... or hell, even a REGULAR LTE market. Their LTE network isnt available in most places, let alone this spark upgrade
12. MelvinPainter (Posts: 51; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
Fresno, CA has been waiting for any kind of Sprint 4G ever since the EVO 4G came out. They are nothing but scam artist. Hell, the 3G doesn't even connect.
29. JEverettnow (Posts: 165; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)
Your area officials have been trying to stop Sprint's LTE for months. It is coming down there, but it has been a headache. Madera county said that the landscape of the new equipment can't differ from the old equipment, but the new equipment is much different.
14. DnB925Art (Posts: 142; Member since: 23 May 2013)
I live in the Bay Area and Sprint works great in my part of the Bay Area 4G LTE that goes as fast as 20 Mbps, but if I go to other parts of the Bay Area, then some really bad 3G. It has gotten better lately, but still has some more work to be done.
15. SprintGuy26 (Posts: 66; Member since: 21 Mar 2011)
i would like to see 3G hit at least 1.5Mbps continuously and have LTE covering the 3G coverage with speeds of 20Mbps continuously THEN they can worry about upgrading Spark..to bad Nextel didnt buy Sprint they had all kinds of good ideas AND they knew how to run a network!!
30. JEverettnow (Posts: 165; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)
1.5mbps down for 3g is pretty good. Verizon used to clock in around 300-700kbps. In San Luis Obispo I was hitting 1.9 on 3g, then moved 5 feet and got 17mbps on LTE