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Sprint premieres LTE service in Kansas City

Sprint premieres LTE service in Kansas City
Sprint's current LTE coverage in the Kansas City market

Sprint's current LTE coverage in the Kansas City market

The nation's third largest carrier, Sprint, had been planning on firing up its new LTE service this Sunday. Kansas City, San Antonio, Dallas, Houston and Atlanta are the cities involved in the kick off of what the carrier is calling its Network Vision. Sprint hopes to have the country covered from coast to coast by 2014 with its LTE service. And while the carrier's LTE pipeline isn't officially supposed to be running until Sunday, it just so happens that the Kansas City market is already up. Being the location of the carrier's HQ might have something to do with that.

Actually, Sprint customers can try out their HTC EVO 4G in surrounding areas like St. Joseph, MO and Manhattan, KS. Each week, more areas are expected to come online until a market is fully covered, according to S4GRU. The site also says that the remaining four markets could have their LTE switch turned on at any time.

So far, Sprint has three phones with LTE connectivity, the Samsung Galaxy S III, the Samsung GALAXY Nexus and the HTC EVO 4G LTE.

source: S4GRU via AndroidAuthority

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posted on 13 Jul 2012, 10:27 12

1. spanky (Posts: 81; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)


someone in KC please let us know how the speeds are

posted on 13 Jul 2012, 10:32 3

2. cfprelude (Posts: 118; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Agreed.

posted on 13 Jul 2012, 10:33 16

3. djteqneek (Posts: 8; Member since: 10 Jul 2012)


you're forgetting the LG Viper 4G LTE, so sprint has 4 LTE phones....but totally understandable if you want to forget about that phone

posted on 13 Jul 2012, 10:36 3

4. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


which side of KC? the kansas side or the missouri side?

posted on 13 Jul 2012, 16:54 1

21. centuro1911 (Posts: 12; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)


Look at the map genius. Both sides.

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 12:03

25. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


its called sarcasm, genius.

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 16:11 1

26. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Just follow the yellow brick road, you'll get to a poppy field; you should have LTE reception there.

Don't forget to call Glenda if you have any problems.

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 10:06 1

34. curt1480 (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


Yellow Brick road is only on the Kansas Side, so people in Missouri should follow the blue brick road or the red brick road and get real data coverage with ATT or Verizon. Sprint your Wimax was bad in Kansas City and Your LTE is even worse with only about 23% completion in this area. Oh but I like how you overlay your Wimax and LTE coverage on the map even though they are not compatible, makes us think were really covered. Maybe if we carry two phones with us. Your customers do not like being treated this way.

posted on 13 Jul 2012, 11:05 1

5. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 888; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


4GSRU had this yesterday with speeds from some people posted.

posted on 13 Jul 2012, 11:12 6

6. THEOG (Posts: 20; Member since: 12 Jul 2010)


Getting around 14download and 9 upload.

posted on 13 Jul 2012, 11:33 1

7. cfprelude (Posts: 118; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Wow. Good if they can maintain those speeds when a bunch of people jump on it. I've been fairly impressed with the way vzw's seems to be built and the traffuc it can handle. Speeds aren't phenomenal but they seem to be the same now as when they only had one phone utilizing lte.

posted on 13 Jul 2012, 11:38 2

8. dcgore (Posts: 206; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)


You think so? That is not the case for me. I live in NYC and when i got the tbolt i was pulling 25Mbps or higher down easy. Now, it's more like btw 8-10Mpbs. Never mind a bunch of people use the iphone so when that goes LTE, not sure what that's going to do to the network.

posted on 13 Jul 2012, 12:02 2

10. jenna_23 (Posts: 145; Member since: 02 Apr 2010)


wow I had the same thing with at&t over here in LA att launched LTE since last nov 11 when it first launched I was getting speeds in the 20-30 mbps range in ONLY a few parts , now its July 2012 and I'm still getting speeds of 20 mbps with burst of 30 but in many more places were before I only had hspa + like I was in ghetto east LA visiting family last week and I had a strong LTE signal on my ion everywhere in east LA , Montebello , pico Rivera and was getting 20 mbps everywhere I went same thing in Compton and south central and dwtwn LA . And I'm sure lots of people have gotten on the LTE network since last November I remember people would always tell me speeds are gonna slow done in 1-3 months when more people get on the network .. more than 3 months have passed sometimes I ask myself why aren't my speeds slower ?

posted on 13 Jul 2012, 13:20 2

12. fervid (Posts: 173; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Hmm, still some work to go. Getting 20-53 Down and 9-11 up on ATT.

posted on 13 Jul 2012, 16:14

17. bigdawg23 (Posts: 387; Member since: 25 May 2011)


I was just in Kansas City and got 20-50 down and 8-25 up on my Galaxy Note. Overland Park near Sprint Headquarters is the lower end of 8-12 down and 8 up.

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 10:14

35. curt1480 (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


Wow, what a newbie. You were on the ATT network and not the Sprint network at all. Nice try and great PR for ATT

posted on 13 Jul 2012, 16:51 1

19. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3034; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Is that in doors or outside? I really would like to see if their LTE network can actually work through walls unlike their 3G network.

posted on 13 Jul 2012, 11:50 9

9. TheRequiem (Posts: 158; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)


Getting around 35 mbps down, 13 upload, EVO LTE

posted on 13 Jul 2012, 12:29 1

11. theBankRobber (Posts: 648; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


That will drop, trust me, once sprint rolls out LTE everywhere it will drop.

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 10:10

23. pats4thewin (Posts: 29; Member since: 10 Jul 2012)


sprint rolling out LTE has nothing to do with the other carriers bandwith -.-

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 19:34 1

27. skymitch89 (Posts: 1084; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


You must be retarded. theBankRobber said nothing about other carriers or about bandwidth. He/she just said that once Sprint's LTE is available in more markets, then their speeds will go down.

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 20:12

30. theBankRobber (Posts: 648; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Thank you for pointing that out, im a Loooonnnngggg time sprint customer and have seen how Sprint does things. These little kids are uneducated these days and need to wake up to the truth about carriers.

posted on 13 Jul 2012, 13:51 2

13. texas601 (Posts: 6; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


lte live in San Antonio too!!!!!

posted on 13 Jul 2012, 13:55

14. -box- (Posts: 3826; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Get between 30-60 mbps down and 10-15 up on my Lumia 900 in St. Louis over LTE. Haven't had it drop to HSPA+ yet. My T-Mobile Sensation pulls about 15-20 down and 2-7 up on HSPA+

posted on 13 Jul 2012, 23:09 1

22. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8717; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Impossible. The Sensation is only capable of reaching 14.4mbps so your statement is invalid.

-Ex Sensation owner who is currently in a committed relationship with his Galaxy S3.

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 19:39 1

29. skymitch89 (Posts: 1084; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


Ya, I agree with PapaSmurf, how is it possible for you to be getting 15-20 Mbps down on the Sensation when it's only rated for 14.4Mbps? Don't believe? Go herehttp://www.phonearena.com/phones/HTC-Sensation-4G_id5188 and scroll down to where you see the section titled "technology".

posted on 15 Jul 2012, 10:26

32. -box- (Posts: 3826; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Simple. It's rated at 21 Mbps. It's T-Mobile's last flagship that offered less than 42 Mbps HSPA+, which the HTC Amaze and Samsung Galaxy S2 brought in. Most (if not all) dual-core Androids pull 21 Mbps regardless of carrier. I'll post the link when I find it

posted on 13 Jul 2012, 14:22 1

15. texas601 (Posts: 6; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


20mbs down 12mbs up in San Antonio

posted on 13 Jul 2012, 14:28 1

16. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1008; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


Id like to see an LTE-speed comparison between AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. Use their variants of the Galaxy S3 to compare and see who has the better LTE service

posted on 13 Jul 2012, 16:34 1

18. christony1120 (Posts: 65; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


you really can't compare the three. Verizon has had LTE for a long time while ATT only had it late 2011, and Sprint just released the theirs. Obviously Verizon and ATT would be a little slower because they have been around with LTE longer than Sprint...... so in my opinion the speeds wont count because it's not fair

posted on 13 Jul 2012, 16:53 1

20. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3034; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


I dont have LTE in my area but with AT&T HSPA+ I usually get 10 down and 3 up, which is more than enough for me. Not too far from me my friend used LTE for Verizon and only got 5 down where I got 12 down on my HSPA+

This really shows you how big Verizon's LTE network has come.

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 11:20

24. christony1120 (Posts: 65; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Like everyone says the speeds varies where you live. I live in New Jersey and I have the Droid Razr, and I usually get 10 to 15 down and 8 to 10 up. Now HSPA+ is trash over here in NJ, my cousin has the Galaxy Note on ATT but since theres no LTE here he uses HSPA+ and he usually gets 3 to 5 down and 1 or lower up. Like I said before the speeds varies but in NJ Verizon and ATT have always been the best choice.

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 19:36

28. skymitch89 (Posts: 1084; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


From what I've read in these comments, Sprint's LTE is looking a bit promising. Just going to have to wait and see how it is holding up and how their 3G is doing come Feb for me to make a my decision as to stay with them or go somewhere else.

posted on 15 Jul 2012, 09:40

31. clifton2005 (Posts: 5; Member since: 15 Jul 2012)


Sprints lte is live and kicking in dallas :-)

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 15:46

33. Guestoh (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)


Do I need to do something special to turn on 4G on my HTC LTE?
I drove around all wknd trying to hit a 4G signal. From North KC to Overland Park...no luck.

Heres where I went on my phone:
Settings>Mobile Network>LTE/CDMA

and through the programming menu
and ran both the LTE Only and LTE/CDMA option.

Am I missing something? Something else need to be enabled?

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