Sprint to place its LTE signal in 28 more markets
The 28 additional cities that will receive Sprint LTE include: Albany, GA; Anderson, SC; Bay City, MI; Branson, MO; Bremerton/Silverdale, WA; Columbus, GA; Columbus, MS; Decatur, AL; Florence/Muscle Shoals, AL; Gadsden, AL; Gaffney, SC; Gettysburg, PA ; Glasgow, KY; Homosassa Springs, FL; Hot Springs, AR; Lake City, FL; Lake Havasu City/Kingman, AZ; Midland, MI; Nacogdoches, TX; Opelousas/Eunice, LA; Oxford, MS; Paris, TX; Pittsfield, MA; Saginaw, MI; Spartanburg, SC; The Villages, FL; Waycross, GA and Winona, MN.
Sprint customers in areas getting 4G LTE and 3G upgrades will receive faster data speeds for quicker video downloads, clear video updates, improved game playing and improved signal strength when making a call or surfing the web. Also, customers should notice improved voice quality on calls. With T-Mobile about to launch its first LTE market, Sprint is no longer the new kid on the block when it comes to 4G LTE.
source: Sprint Press Release
Work has begun on the 4G LTE network in the following additional areas:
Bay City, MI
Florence/Muscle Shoals, AL
Homosassa Springs, FL
Hot Springs, AR
Lake City, FL
Lake Havasu City/Kingman, AZ
The Villages, FL
“We’re committed to providing improved 3G and 4G LTE as quickly as possible, and keeping our customers informed as to when and where they can experience the new network’s superior performance and speed,” said Bob Azzi, senior vice president-Network, Sprint. “Our customers depend on their mobile devices as their primary source of communication, business connectivity and entertainment. We’re delivering all of that functionality at a very competitive price.”
During the pre-launch phase, Sprint customers with capable devices may begin to see 4G LTE coverage in these areas and are welcome to use the network even before it officially launches. Through Network Vision, voice quality is enhanced and Sprint customers in upgraded areas are seeing better performance on their smartphones, mobile broadband connection cards and mobile hotspots when using the Sprint 4G LTE and 3G networks. Customers can expect to experience the following performance improvements once the 4G LTE and 3G upgrades come to their areas:
Faster data speeds that enable instant Web access for news updates, HD viewing and game-playing, quicker video downloads and clear video chats.
Better signal strength when making a call or using the Web.
Fewer dropped calls for peace of mind when talking to friends, family or colleagues.
Improved voice quality and less static or background noise when making phone calls.
Sprint plans to announce commercial availability of 4G LTE in these cities in the coming months, followed by continued enhancements in coverage, performance and reliability. Ultimately, Sprint’s 4G LTE coverage is expected to largely match the existing nationwide 3G footprint.
Sprint has announced nearly 200 markets where Sprint 4G LTE is on its way, including Boston; Charlotte, N.C.; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Memphis, Tenn.; Miami; Nashville, Tenn.; New Orleans; New York; Philadelphia; and Washington, D.C. To find out more about which markets currently have Sprint 4G LTE and which markets are coming next, please visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE.
Sprint introduced its all-new 4G LTE network in July 2012 and currently offers service in 49 cities1. As part of its overall Network Vision strategy, Sprint is also doing a complete overhaul of its 3G infrastructure so that customers can enjoy better wireless signal strength, in-building coverage, and fewer dropped/blocked calls. These enhancements are now available to customers in several markets across the country, with new sites coming online daily. With these enhancements to Sprint’s 3G network, the company’s prepaid customers, on Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile, will also benefit and can expect to see better coverage, improved network reliability and voice quality resulting in up to 20 to 30 percent fewer dropped and blocked calls.
Unlimited + Sprint 4G LTE = Game-changing wireless offer for customers
In today’s competitive wireless market, the value of unlimited has never been more apparent and Sprint is clearly a leading choice in wireless. Customers with capable devices can combine Sprint’s all-new 3G and 4G LTE networks and enjoy unlimited data while on the Sprint network. Data usage continues to increase and consumers value Truly Unlimited data because it’s simple and straightforward – while on the Sprint network there is no metering, no throttling, and no need to share data, which increases the likelihood of a surprise monthly bill because of overage charges.
Coupled with unbeatable plans and fast devices, Sprint has been working hard to deliver the best customer experience in the past few years. The 2012 American Customer Satisfaction Index ranked Sprint No. 1 among all national carriers in customer satisfaction and most improved, across all 47 industries measured, over the last four years. And Sprint has been ranked Highest in Satisfaction with the Purchase Experience among Full-service Wireless Providers three times in a row by J.D. Power and Associates.
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served nearly 56 million customers at the end of the third quarter of 2012 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint No. 1 among all national carriers in customer satisfaction and most improved, across all 47 industries, during the last four years. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in both its 2011 and 2012 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.
1 Anderson, Ind.; Atlanta; Athens, Ga.; Baltimore; Barnstable/Hyannis/Mid-Cape, Mass.; Calhoun, Ga.; Carrollton, Ga.; Chicago/Naperville/Joliet, Ill.; Clark County, Va./Jefferson County, W.Va.; Dallas; Franklin County, Pa.; Fort Worth, Texas; Gainesville, Ga.; Gary, Ind.; Granbury/Hood County, Texas; Hagerstown, Md./Martinsburg, W.Va.; Harrisburg/Carlisle/Hershey, Pa.; Harrisonburg, Va.; Houston; Huntsville, Texas; Hutchinson, Kan.; Indianapolis/Carmel, Ind.; Kansas City, Kan./Mo.; Kankakee/Bradley/Bourbonnais, Ill.; Lawrence, Kan.; Manhattan/Junction City, Kan.; McPherson, Kan.; Muncie, Ind.; Newnan, Ga.; New Bedford/Fall River, Mass.; Peabody, Mass.; Ponce/Coamo/Guayama, Puerto Rico; Rockford, Ill.; Rome, Ga.; Salina, Kan.; San Antonio; Santa Rosa/Petaluma, Calif.; Sedalia, Mo.; Shenandoah/Page Counties, Va.; South Bend/Mishawaka, Ind.; St. Joseph, Mo.; Topeka, Kan.; Vallejo/Fairfield, Calif.; Waco, Texas; Waukegan/Lake County, Ill.; Wichita, Kan.; Wichita Falls, Texas; Winchester, Va.; and York/Hanover, Pa.
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1. galaxyisking (Posts: 58; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)
whos cares about those hick towns when is it coming to CA major cities sprint f***ing suck balls.
4. ojdidit84 (Posts: 378; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)
Right? Like, a bumf**k town like Pittsfield, MA shouldn't be getting LTE before major cities like say San Diego or Phoenix/Tucson. Their priorities are all screwed with their 4G just as it was with the fauxG WiMax rollout.
12. cripton805 (Posts: 944; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
I can asure you that there is major progress going on as we speak. From So Cal all the way up to Central CA especially along the coast. Theres a small blank spot between Central up to Modesto, but don't expect that to be out of progress for long. Areas near San Francisco have major progress too.
26. xXMAKESHIFTXx (Posts: 38; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)
Well again I will reply with it isn't that Sprint doesn't want to do major cities but they are hitting some areas that get major traffic. Also a lot of it has to do with the fact that there are less politics involved and these cities welcome Sprint.
40. cripton805 (Posts: 944; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
That is not the reason. They are simply flipping the switches to whatever is complete and stable to run on. There are different contractors working different areas. So, there are too many reasons why some areas might get LTE before others. It could be storms, nesting, or government approval.
2. cwilliams706 (Posts: 6; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
I am surprised to see that Sprint will be offering 4G LTE in Columbus, GA (not to mention Albany, GA). This is great news for Sprint customer here! The only other carrier to offer 4G LTE here is Verizon Wireless.
9. KFear (Posts: 137; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)
Hopefully it hits Denver soon, though Verizon's stat's say that a number of their customer's are not using the LTE when they have capable devices. My friends that have LTE say they only use it to show it off! We'd also compare my Sprint 700k speeds to their 14mb a second LTE Verizon speeds. The websites loaded about 4 or 5 seconds faster on LTE. Not a crazy big deal in my book. I can wait.
I'd actually be happy with 2mb a second ALL the time. Mobile doesn't need 30mb a second
27. cwilliams706 (Posts: 6; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
I know for a fact that both of these companies did this to alleviate some of the issues with capacity in our area. The people I know who use the 3G networks of Sprint and VZW always complain about slow data speeds on their cellphones.
41. apocalypsebc (Posts: 148; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)
Albany GA., Columbus GA., and Waycross GA. I'm waiting for Sprint to get it here in Macon GA. in the Middle GA. area. You would think that it would have been here by now since Atlanta GA. has it!!!
3. dicemoney (Posts: 57; Member since: 28 Mar 2011)
I have never heard of none of those places sprint need to turn on lte in south Florida or stop charging people that extra $10 a month for that 2g they call 3g its 2013 I had better data speed on att 4 years ago
8. KFear (Posts: 137; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)
The Ten extra dollars is not a charge for faster data speeds. They add it onto phones to compensate for a lower overall price plan with the expenses of running a nationwide network. Sprint is a business and they have to make many decisions. Wendy's just raised their prices too, but the sandwich hasn't charged. Of course, I understand why they had to do this.
21. cripton805 (Posts: 944; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
Sprint is getting major work done on the South East Part of Florida.
There are a lot of issues with Sprints network and that is why they are upgrading and going above and beyond replacing their towers instead of patching.
28. Fallout09 (Posts: 418; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Finally someone who understands that Sprint is doing a complete overhaul of the network and it takes time.
50. paynekiller (Posts: 139; Member since: 24 May 2010)
its getting me annoyed being on 2G on the road as well, but I have experienced LTE at least here in ft lauderdale. I've picked it up by the airport and theres also a hot spot on Sunrise blvd by the turnpike. Got a download speed of 31MBPS while there! I cant wait til they have it up and running everywhere
5. KFear (Posts: 137; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)
You have to understand how networks are built. Lots of factors jump into play. Zoning regulations, FCC, and overall capital for the project are all factors that come into play here. We all know that Sprint has financial struggles and are awaiting a big buyout plan with Soft Bank. I'd say that, despite everything, the LTE rollout is going well. Some major cities have LTE and I heard that it works pretty well there. I wouldn't just say that they "suck"...that is, unless you work for the FCC and truly know all the factors in building out a nationwide network. So easy to be too ignorant, but evidently not so much so to post without knowledge.
11. threeline (Posts: 257; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)
KFear, I have a feeling you don't know sh*t either but want us to think you do.
42. KFear (Posts: 137; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)
I work for sprint. I know that a lot of factors are thrown into play. Believe it or not. My other posts will say the same. The researchable material is also on the web.
7. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)
They are the NEW KID on the block saying your going to do this isn't doing it as of today. Sprints network is very sad my buddy has the ONLY 3g Galaxy Note 2 that i have ever seen and boy it is pitifully slow. How can Sprint continue this farce with NO NYC LTE YET. Thank god i roll with Tmobile they do what they say always.
14. threeline (Posts: 257; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)
My friend just switched to TMO from sprint and he couldn't be more impressed with the difference in data speeds and he is not even into phones like that. He has the Note 2 as well and that thing flies on TMO's network. I cant wait to leave Sprint myself!
22. big.e927 (Posts: 94; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)
T-Mobile? You mean the sorry ass carrier who had to whine and complain that hspa+ speeds qualify as 4G because it didn't officially unveil that? In addition, I personally know a family who hates T-Mobile for sending them a phone bill belonging to a dead relative. That's some shady ass s**t, plus my ex had to go to court to throw that out because T-Mobile was threatening to take legal action by acquiring their property even after they sent a copy of the death certificate. T-Mobile's response? A half-assed apology and claiming that the death certificate was sent to the wrong facility. Bottom line, if you're somewhere that received mail and it's property owned by the carrier, wouldn't it be the rational thing to do if you sent it to the right place? Naw man, screw T-Mobile even a prepaid carrier like metro pcs has LTE. T-Mobile is what's really sorry here, at least Sprint has a LTE footprint.
23. big.e927 (Posts: 94; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)
P.s T-Mobile has billed families with their dead relatives bills like a bunch of punk ass corporate bullies.
10. xDrizzyXx (Posts: 62; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)
I cannot believe they added 4G LTE to Kingman/Lake Havasu instead of Phoenix (which is a pretty large effin city with alot of sprint customers). How could they do that??? Its like theyre focusing on the smaller markets first, whats wrong with them.
13. cripton805 (Posts: 944; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
No. They are releasing whatever is complete. There are a lot of factors that go into releasing LTE and their contractors. They want to finish as fast as they can. They are flipping switches to whatever is OK to do so.
15. threeline (Posts: 257; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)
Probably because their LTE signal is weak anyway. Knowing Sprint like I do it will suck!
16. cripton805 (Posts: 944; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
It's not. Actually the signal should be better than Verizon. The reason why Verizon was so fast to upgrade to 4g was because they are using the "Cheap" way by upgrading their current 3g towers and they won't hold as much traffic as Sprints towers once there are too many users using 4g.
Sprint is using the latest technology and replacing everything on site.
Guess you don't know Sprint too well bro.
17. Sniggly (Posts: 7119; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Yeah, great way to spit out the internal propaganda. Sprint has a long way to go to prove their signal is worthwhile, especially with their coverage being as haphazard as it is right now.
20. cripton805 (Posts: 944; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
Signal will be better. Idk if coverage will remain the same. Two different topics, but LTE will rollout to all of its current 3g network.
37. lsutigers (Posts: 742; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
Their coverage is great right now, speeds is what they are improving but coverage too will get much better with the deployment of 3G / LTE on Nextel's 800mhz spectrum.
31. christony1120 (Posts: 65; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)
Ever thought that VZW is a more larger company than Sprint, meaning more money, meaning can afford more towers FASTER.... so take your little Sprint is using the latest tech. bulls**t out of here. Besides the only reason Sprints LTE is faster is because their LTE footprint isn't as big as VZW and they're skipping all the major cities and covering up little cities meaning less people are using it
39. cripton805 (Posts: 944; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
Oh please. Do you think money is everything right now? Companies care about the environment too. There are cites that need to get done on Sprint and they don't finish due to birds nesting or something like that. Also, Sprint needs permission from the government to build their towers, etc... You make it sound so easy.
I was using VZW LTE very early in the game. I never said Verizons LTE was slower, so get your facts straight. Sprints LTE will be able to allow more users at once without slowing down.
45. christony1120 (Posts: 65; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)
Okay now you sound like a dumbass making excuses just shut up and accept that Sprint WILL NEVER better than VZW...... Their probably shining now because like I said not a lot of people are using LTE or even have it.... and have you watched youtube vids on LTE speeds (ATT came first in download and VZW comes in first at upload)
47. cripton805 (Posts: 944; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
How did you learn to see the future? Id like to do that.
Anyhow, if you base your supposed ideas on download and upload speeds that is extremely stupid.
Why do you think Sprints 3g is so bad? Theyre not bad in all areas, but in the parts where they are. Well if you cant figure that out, it could be the same reason why that could be Verizon in some years.
Like I said before Verizon is using the cheapest way to upgrade their towers by upgrading their 3g towers. Do some more research and relize that Im not talking BS
32. hanseljohnson1234 (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)
You're an idiot we all know the only reason Sprint is a LITTLE faster now is because they have a smaller LTE footprint than VZW...... In the end VZW will always be better and ahead of crappy ass Sprint
38. cripton805 (Posts: 944; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
Keep telling yourself that and you will soon find that you were the idiot all along. I've seen speeds as fast as 44 on VZW and it was glitchy. There are numerous threads about this issue about cut outs, so please refrain yourself from making yourself look like a moron.
I've personally used Sprints LTE and Verizons LTE in the same areas. Sprints LTE wasn't as fast, but it was a hell of a lot more stable.
44. hanseljohnson1234 (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)
Shut the hell up with your bulls**t and accept the fact that VZW is better and more reliable than stupid ass Sprint
46. cripton805 (Posts: 944; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
Ahh. You really are dumb. When did I say they were more reliable? Do you even know the difference between signal strength and coverage?
Sprint is doing a great job upgrading and they are doing it very quickly for the amount of work they are doing to every cell cite.
You really need to do more research on technologies and see what both carriers are switching to. Obviously Sprint is not done yet. You probably havent even used Sprint LTE. Ive used both. So, just shut up. If Sprint gets a lot better, the cost of Verizons price plans will go down and LTE traffic will be less congested.
Youre freaking stupid if you dont think Verizon needs some competition.
52. user312 (Posts: 68; Member since: 21 Aug 2012)
You are the most f****** ignorant person I've seen on this site. Lets switch the roles here. LTE is almost here and Verizon makes a multi billion dollar deal to get something late that everyone else had (the iphone).How would your special Verizon bounce back to that? Now they've lost money and cant develop LTE as fast. Thats the only reason sprint doesn't at the very least have as much LTE as AT&T. You need to open your eyes a little bit.
34. kicksetc (Posts: 9; Member since: 06 Dec 2012)
My last trip to Phoenix I stayed downtown and could barely get a signal. No big deal it is just the 5th largest US city.
48. cripton805 (Posts: 944; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
I find that strange since you could technically be roaming off of VZW towers.
18. KFear (Posts: 137; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)
I work for sprint. I don't build the network but I do read corporate news
19. homersimpsons (Posts: 16; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)
Agree with the comments above. Most of the people in these towns probably do not even know what a cell phone is. Way to make sure that the Jethro Bodines' of our Nation are covered Sprint!
35. nbannis (Posts: 13; Member since: 17 Dec 2010)
haha youre sounding like a pretty ignorant "jethro right now" . Do you have something against southeners or something. Im pretty sure they are happy to have lte over there just like you"ll be when coverage gets to you.
24. big.e927 (Posts: 94; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)
Man, North Carolina should have some f**kin LTE by now, wtf Sprint...
29. Fallout09 (Posts: 418; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Agree. Charlotte was to launch by Oct of last year.... Jan now and still no offical launch.
30. Jyakotu (Posts: 822; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
Charlotte still doesn't have 4G LTE, but other cities like Raleigh and Chapell Hill and the smaller towns around The Triangle metropolitan area will get it before us. SMH
25. PhonePhazer47 (Posts: 30; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)
Omg! hopefully they come to Long Island NY soon!.......dropped calls and poor service !! not good!
53. user312 (Posts: 68; Member since: 21 Aug 2012)
Sprint LTE for long island is going to be coming in March, as well as NYC
33. kicksetc (Posts: 9; Member since: 06 Dec 2012)
What about Salt Lake City????? Service here sucks so bad. Can't get reception in most places. My S3 sucks unless I am roaming on Verizon. Then I can actually use the internet. At the new outlet mall behind the new Adobe 900 employee office you are lucky to have a broken up conversation with anyone. My business is making me be more mobile so I have to take important phone calls on my cell. After dropping clients a few more times I am sure I will have to pay the ETF and go to Verizon.
36. nbannis (Posts: 13; Member since: 17 Dec 2010)
I think they are trying to do the best with what they have. it'll take time to finish the larger cities because...they're larger!!! its really good that they are flipping the switch on the smaller areas in the meantime though.
43. xDrizzyXx (Posts: 62; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)
-__- ... larger population wise. Not literally larger in most cases.
49. serialOC (Posts: 4; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)
Cant wait, I got to try it out when I was down south. Sprints LTE is smoking fast!
51. fullmetalnyc (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)
In NYC we are waiting for Sprint LTE ..I like sprint alot ..but this year If I dont get LTE by this summer of 2013 I will be paying of the contracts because all my friends have LTE and I have sprint stuck on 3g ..I'm loyal but my limit is runing out soon...
Sprint please think about the cities or you lost quaterly will be high...
54. MR521 (Posts: 47; Member since: 12 Jun 2009)
I dont know why they dont mention Los Angeles?? My S3 gets 4G all over East, West and Downtown LA. too bad it doesnt reach the suburbs of L.A. county, but im hoping it'll be soon