Sprint offers new coverage map
There is one drawback. Sprint right now isn't offering any LTE service, although we recently told you that the carrier's LTE signal in Atlanta, currently under construction, proved to be the second fastest amongst the four major U.S. operators in a test conducted by a Consumer Reports division. For those who have absolutely no interest in 4G, the map will also show 3G coverage and will even display where Nextel Direct Connect can be used. For Sprint customers who have relied so long on WiMax for 4G service, these are heady times indeed with LTE on the way and some hot new phones available.
source: Sprint via AndroidCentral
The red-ringed dots indicate Sprint's 4G coverage via WiMax (L) while the lack of the dots on the right mean no LTE coverage is up yet
10. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
I believe "more coverage" is not the proper way to state that.
You should say "We need LTE coverage."
3. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 270; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)
chur this is patu news for me and my cuzzy bros
7. -box- (Posts: 3749; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
When will they update the map to show they're shutting down the 1xRTT and iDEN, and that their current customers are boned?
8. wumberpeb (Posts: 425; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)
If you're still on Nextel, Sprint offers all customers, regardless of upgrade date, the chance at a sweet deal on a new Sprint branded device. Nobody is getting boned, just ask for the deal and they hook you up. They'd rather give an earlier upgrade than lose all their Nextel subscribers...considering nobody uses Nextel anymore, it's nice to free up the spectrum and pad their LTE network later on.
Seriously, if you're offended that they're doing away with support for a dying network, get out of the stone age
14. -box- (Posts: 3749; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Yeah, but you'd have to upgrade to a LTE device as every other device will not be supported after the network changes, and then you're locked into a 2 year contract with too many unknown variables. Slow data speed, slow LTE deployment, too much botched strategies in the past (Nextel, WiMax), unfriendly reps, and slow phone lineup refreshes.... Pass.
16. Doakie (Posts: 1189; Member since: 06 May 2009)
I HIGHLY doubt they will be killing their CDMA backbone for quite a long time, especially being that they've worked for a very long time to get Direct Connect the Nextel replacement working on CDMA. It just now has been deemed reliable enough to see as a fit replacement. Plus as more and more phones upgrade to the LTE network on Sprint EVDO will be more and more freed up. I was getting 1 Mbps on their EVDO once their Network Vision upgrades were done here in Seattle. So I think the road is going to get better for 3G phones as time goes on.
18. wumberpeb (Posts: 425; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)
Why would you have to purchase an LTE device? There's devices with no 4g at all, which is generally what people on Nextel are looking for anyways. They most often prefer tough phones that can hold up like their old Motorola built phone. They like keeping their bill the same, or around the same, and smartphones don't help with that. All this being said some may want a smarter device on which case they don't know what faster data speeds are like, so how would they complain about slow 3g? Clearly you know nothing about Sprint, mostly just a headline reader who thinks all store reps are dumb (try radio shack or best buy) and who thinks he knows the real reason why Sprint went with Wimax in the first place...
11. moofoodooloo (Posts: 137; Member since: 04 Jan 2011)
Sprint is offering all current Nextel customers the option to upgrade early, and most Nextel customers even qualify for a selection of .99 upgrades. Upgrade and get 10x the coverage you ever had on iDEN.
12. lsutigers (Posts: 712; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
1xRTT is not being shutdown, they are taking the next CDMA 2000 upgrade path to 1xRTT Advanced / 3G / HD Voice while VoLTE and LTE Advanced is developed and implemented.
iDEN on the other hand will be shut down by this time next year. Sprint is migrating Nextel customers to the new Sprint Direct Connect which has 3 times the coverage and works just as well.
Finally, the 800mhz iDEN spectrum is being re-farmed to add LTE 800 to the current LTE 1900 being deployed.
9. paynekiller (Posts: 139; Member since: 24 May 2010)
No LTE for south florida. No reason for me to consider upgrading. I just can't use the horrible 100kbs 3G, 4G WiMAX is spotty enough as it is down here.
13. stealthd (Posts: 932; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)
It's kind of amazing that Sprint has like 3 LTE phones out now and no LTE coverage. And none of their LTE phones also support Wimax, so until they upgrade their towers that slick HTC EVO 4G LTE is going to be crawling at Sprint's EVDO speeds. It's a mess.
15. -box- (Posts: 3749; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Great way to describe it. It's a mess, and one created by a company known for taking something great and fumbling it, and eventually abandoning it because they didn't give it enough support. It's a flailing miserable mess, and I'd have to be paid handsomely to use it, along with some additional compensation for time lost for not getting work done as quickly due to the snail-like data speeds
17. Doakie (Posts: 1189; Member since: 06 May 2009)
I feel bad for all you miserable people who live in places where Sprint speeds suck. Here in Seattle I get 1 Mbps on EVDO in the best of times, usually around 700 Kbps. WiMAX comes in clear and reliable with a 5-6 Mbps connection. Plus it's relatively cheap in comparison to Verizon or ATT. Not only is it cheaper, I gobble up like 50 GB per month streaming Netflix through my EVO. Try that on Verizon or ATT.
19. wumberpeb (Posts: 425; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)
You gotta stop whining man...if you're with Sprint, leave already. If you're not, just be quiet. You have no idea