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Sprint to place its LTE signal in 28 more markets

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Sprint to place its LTE signal in 28 more markets
It's hard to believe that it was just last July when Sprint started rolling out its 4G LTE service. Already, the carrier has 49 cities covered with its 4G signal and has announced plans to add the service to another 200 cities within its 3G footprint. In fact, by the time Sprint is through, the carrier will have 4G coverage over its entire 3G footprint.

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


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posted on 16 Jan 2013, 23:35 9

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.

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 23:57 8

4. ojdidit84 (Posts: 252; 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.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 00:32 2

12. cripton805 (Posts: 907; 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.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 02:37 1

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.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 18:36 1

40. cripton805 (Posts: 907; 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.

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 23:40 8

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.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 00:09 4

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

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 06:49 4

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.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 18:55

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!!!

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 23:45 6

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

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 00:03 2

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.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 01:43 4

21. cripton805 (Posts: 907; 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.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 08:51 6

28. Fallout09 (Posts: 412; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Finally someone who understands that Sprint is doing a complete overhaul of the network and it takes time.

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 07:20

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

posted on 16 Jan 2013, 23:58 6

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.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 00:28 4

11. threeline (Posts: 256; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)


KFear, I have a feeling you don't know sh*t either but want us to think you do.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 20:11

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.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 00:01 4

6. urboypedro (Posts: 3; Member since: 19 Mar 2010)


WTF what about New York City

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 00:02 5

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.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 00:35 1

14. threeline (Posts: 256; 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!

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 02:11 3

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.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 02:12 2

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.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 00:10 5

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.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 00:34 4

13. cripton805 (Posts: 907; 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.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 00:38 4

15. threeline (Posts: 256; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)


Probably because their LTE signal is weak anyway. Knowing Sprint like I do it will suck!

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 00:44 4

16. cripton805 (Posts: 907; 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.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 00:49 3

17. Sniggly (Posts: 6697; 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.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 01:39 1

20. cripton805 (Posts: 907; 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.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 16:56

37. lsutigers (Posts: 698; 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.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 14:14 3

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

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 18:32

39. cripton805 (Posts: 907; 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.

posted on 18 Jan 2013, 07:42 2

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)

posted on 18 Jan 2013, 11:35

47. cripton805 (Posts: 907; 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

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 14:27 3

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

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 18:26

38. cripton805 (Posts: 907; 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.

posted on 18 Jan 2013, 07:33 2

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

posted on 18 Jan 2013, 11:30

46. cripton805 (Posts: 907; 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.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 15:36

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.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 15:20 3

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.

posted on 18 Jan 2013, 16:44

48. cripton805 (Posts: 907; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


I find that strange since you could technically be roaming off of VZW towers.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 01:07 1

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

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 01:38 4

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!

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 16:10

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.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 02:14 4

24. big.e927 (Posts: 94; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


Man, North Carolina should have some f**kin LTE by now, wtf Sprint...

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 10:02 4

29. Fallout09 (Posts: 412; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Agree. Charlotte was to launch by Oct of last year.... Jan now and still no offical launch.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 12:02 4

30. Jyakotu (Posts: 814; 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

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 02:14 4

25. PhonePhazer47 (Posts: 29; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)


Omg! hopefully they come to Long Island NY soon!.......dropped calls and poor service !! not good!

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 15:40

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

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 15:17 2

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.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 16:14

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.

posted on 18 Jan 2013, 01:31 1

43. xDrizzyXx (Posts: 62; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)


-__- ... larger population wise. Not literally larger in most cases.

posted on 19 Jan 2013, 15:32 1

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!

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 22:54

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...

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 16:31

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

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