Watch video of Sprint's first LTE tower installation in the Sunshine State
Sprint's LTE service was turned on nearly a month ago and already there have been complaints of spotty reception and the carrier explained that it is currently focusing on "street-level service" and its LTE signal is expected to be available inside, eventually. There is a question of whether Sprint will have enough unused spectrum to compete with Verizon and LTE.
As the video shows, putting up the necessary towers is not a quick or easy job and Sprint has a lot of ground to cover if it is going to be a major player in he LTE market. T-Mobile, currently testing LTE service, is expected to launch its LTE network in 2013.
source: YouTube via SprintUSERS
1. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
I wonder if Sprint will still have crappy speeds or if it'll be decent.
4. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3881; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Those are Sprint's LTE speeds in Houston.
11. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)
That is accurate btw. My boss was in Atlanta and got from 18-30mps.
But who knows how long it will stay that way. Once you get traffic "unlimited data" users, its possible it will degrade.
2. Santi_Santi (unregistered)
i dont care...
3. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Cool... looks like the tower is a little ways from the city....
5. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5540; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
Florida has amazing 4G coverage from all the national carriers. if you want the best smartphone performance this is the place to be. o:
12. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)
I live in Naples, Florida. (the richest zipcode in the US) and IDK why, you would think with all the millionaires we would get first dibs, but we ALWAYS get put on the back burner for network upgrades
Verizon, ATT and EVEN MetroPCS HAVE LTE and Sprint STILL doesnt have even WiMax here. smh
8. threeline (Posts: 256; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)
Sprint just get on with it already! We don't want videos of LTE, we want LTE service to match our LTE phones that currently are just 3G phones!
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17. lsutigers (Posts: 698; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
They're working on it, as mentioned, they are going tower by tower throughout the country, it's a huge job that's going to take some time. Things are moving along just give it some time.
BTW, I was just in ATL for work and my EVO consistently got 20+ mbps peaking at around 30mbps. I cant wait to have those speeds at home.
9. Joshua9007 (Posts: 63; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
I cannot believe that people still think that sprint will have trouble with spectrum for their LTE network... They have the entire 10MHz block of PCS G-band spectrum nationwide set up in a 5x5MHz FD-LTE! They now only have to go to every tower and put the new equipment on it. In addition they are putting new 3G equipment as well and new backhaul to make sure they do not have any issues now or in the future.
Also, when iDen is decommissioned in june next year, they will have another NATIONWIDE 10MHz LTE block in the 800MHz band of spectrum. This will give them just as much LTE as VZW and with only half the customers, they will be just fine for a few years.
And don't forget Clearwire, as they are owned by sprint and have 160MHz of spectrum, that is designed for the dense urban cities. They will also start providing LTE to sprint sometime next year.
All in all, Sprint will have a good chance to be on a come back after everything is set and done.
If anyone wants REAL information on sprint and how the LTE rollout is going, go towww.s4gru.com
13. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)
Thanks for that link Joshua9007,
Reading your post makes me want to crack my piggy bank open and buy some Sprint Stocks lol
18. lsutigers (Posts: 698; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
No kidding, Sprint stock is a bargain right now, most analysts are predicting Sprint to see huge gains in the next 12-24 months. Network Vision is not only giving them a huge network advantage for years to come, once iDEN is decommissioned it will save Sprint a ton of money.
16. archangel9 (Posts: 230; Member since: 07 Feb 2010)
Your absolutely right about that.The only thing I want is my white GS III .My E4GT got 4.04 and all but they promised me a early upgrade but I will have to wait til July 2013.(sucks). Any ideas to get a early upgrade?
19. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)
go there and search for ur phones ics update
20. HockeyDood (Posts: 63; Member since: 14 May 2010)
Sprint has made many mistakes recently. Sinking in so much money into WiMax only to end up on the LTE network. Plus, both times in almost the entire country they had the phones for the technology out before the towers were up. That is not how you keep your customer base happy.