Sprint unveils tri-band 4G LTE broadband devices, to release them in the summer
The three devices are the MiFi 500 LTE by Novatel Wireless, NETGEAR Zing Mobile Hotspot and NETGEAR 341U USB Modem. Sprint is especially proud of the fact that these will be its first tri-band 4G LTE devices, meaning that they will be able to connect to the three LTE bands that happen to be within reach of the nation's third-largest carrier: 800 MHz, 1.9 GHz and 2.5 GHz.
According to Sprint, such kind of advanced connectivity will make the LTE experience with these devices significantly better, with noticeably stronger in-building coverage.
Now the only problem that seems to remain between Sprint and world domination is the LTE network's spotty coverage. That's something that Sprint doesn't have an answer for right now, but here's a map if you'd like to check whether you are among the few lucky ones.
1. a_merryman (Posts: 749; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
I'm pretty sure network vision and deployment on the 800 MHz spectrum is supposed to be their answer....anyhow, coverage is excellent here in the DC Metro area and only getting better.
6. PhoneAddiction (Posts: 79; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)
I was debating whether or not to get it in the DMV area. I haven't heard anything postive or negative about the LTE. How are your experiences with it in Downton DC?
8. a_merryman (Posts: 749; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
My phone is the iPhone 4s, so I'm waiting ill they release the tri-band phones later this year before I switch back to Android. But My friend and brother who both have the iPhone 5 consistently get LTE in DC, and well into Northern Virginia. My friend said that LTE cuts out at about Springfield/Lorton currently. But they will continue to build out even further until they finish the network upgrade later this year (In the DC area). But LTE should be easy to find all across DC proper, especially in touristy Downtown.
Like I said, if you can wait, I would wait until late fall early winter for tri-band phones to come out. Then you are future proofed on the network-side of things.
13. a_merryman (Posts: 749; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
heres a map to help you see the current 4g LTE coverage.
2. Libra1985 (Posts: 47; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)
Hopefully by the time these devices launch they will have many more markets with LTE, especially in the Midwest and West Coast.
3. dmeegan14 (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 May 2013)
Its amazing they are adding more LTE devices when they cant even get LTE off the ground to many states, I have had the EVO 4G LTE for over a year now in Las Vegas and no LTE service, they need to put more emphasis on getting it up and running before they introduce anything
15. lsutigers (Posts: 815; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
Well LTE is available in MANY areas now and growing rapidly. Be patient, upgrades are going on all over the country.
4. sarge77 (Posts: 202; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
lol I'm guessing that the new phones just released dont support the new spectrum band so we should wait til new line ups are offered in summer.
5. sarge77 (Posts: 202; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
yeah that is true but I'm guessing while they are working on older tower upgrades the purchase of clearwire would help spread LTE faster being that they also have tower spread out all over for upgrading probably cheaper that adding new ones.
7. TheGMan (Posts: 3; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)
Until Sprint gets 4G LTE to more cities I don't even want to hear them talking about new stuff. It will just be more "services" that I don't get but I have to pay for because my phone is capable of getting them... I'm seriously considering not renewing my contract with them so I can actually get the 4G I'm paying for!
16. lsutigers (Posts: 815; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
Where do you live?
Just because YOU don't have LTE yet doesn't mean the rest of the country shouldn't get newer devices capable of using the upgraded spectrum. Besides, this is not something thy are charging extra for...
9. Omarc07 (Posts: 309; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
Over here in los Angeles as much as I hate to admit it cuz im on att sprint improved a lot and there lte is faster than what I get on att lte and tmobile hspa +42 cuz I have both . My mom had Verizon she had the razr max got sprint got the iPhone 5 on sprint and now enjoys faster speeds gets up to 30 mbps something she never saw on Verizon and lte on sprint has been steady so far its available on east la, montebello , Pico rivera, dwtwn la etc everyhere she gone in la its been available and faster than Verizon and she can use unlimited data and pay a lot less than Verizon so yea she happy.
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17. lsutigers (Posts: 815; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
Meow what so damn funny???
11. lilg29 (Posts: 89; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)
Sprint LTE is such a cool experience at least for me, I know people bag on sprint but for me its actually really good. Just wait and see... patience is a virtue
12. Sdubb3 (Posts: 19; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)
S**t, can I get one band of LTE in Colorado? Damn?! Can I get a 32GB SGSIV?!
14. Jyakotu (Posts: 829; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
Sprint's 4G LTE is fast, but I reckon that's only because their 4G LTE coverage is limited at the moment.