22 more locations to be covered with Sprint's LTE

22 more locations to be covered with Sprint's LTE
Even amid speculation that Japan's Softbank is sniffing around Sprint, the nation's third largest carrier continues working to expand its LTE footprint. At 22 new locations, the Sprint LTE build has started. The mobile operator says that 24 metropolitan areas are now served by Sprint LTE and another 100 cities will soon come online. By the end of next year, the build out of the LTE network which started this past July, will be mostly completed.

Sprint has some work to do in the Big Apple

Sprint has some work to do in the Big Apple

The locations officially announced today include San Francisco, CA; San Mateo-Redwood City, CA; Cape Coral-Ft Meyers, FL; Dyersburg-Union; City-Martin, TN; Emporia, KS; Fort Wayne, IN; Greenwood, MS; Joplin, MO; Kokomo, IN; Lafayette/West Lafayette, IN; Lexington Park, MD; Marion, IN; Napa, CA; Naples-Marco Island, FL; Ottawa-Streator, IL; Punta Gorda, FL; Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA; Sarasota-Bradenton, FL; Sebring, FL; South Bend-Mishawaka, IN; Terre Haute, IN; Vallejo-Fairfield, CA and Warsaw, IN. Sprint says that during the pre-launch period, some of you with LTE enabled devices might notice it running on the LTE network and the carrier invites you to use the service even before it officially launches.

Sprint's web site has an interesting feature that shows you what work is being done in your area to improve the carrier's service. Selecting the name of a city, or typing one, in brings up a map showing improvements being made to the service in that area. For example, in New York City, 420 enhancements were made to the network over the last half-year with 371 expected in the next 6 months. We can even break that down some more. New York City will receive 106 voice upgrades, 164 data capacity upgrades and 101 data speed upgrades over the next 180 days

source: Sprint

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33 Comments

1. CDGMobile

Posts: 29; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Sprint has a chance to increase its footing in the market easily but they always seem to make the right moves too late, extremely slow reflexes

2. Ravail

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 14, 2011

agreed.

28. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

Its easy to say. Lets roll out LTE all over the US tomorrow. The hard part is having the Money to actually do it. Thats where the "slow reflex" comes from. Verizon was able to focus on getting the job done fast because it wasnt busy buying Tmobile for billions and then failing do so and spending other billions for the break up fee. The new Softbank aquisition should fix this problem. For Sprint and get them back on track.

3. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Come on, Sprint, really? Still no mention of Saint Louis?

9. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

I'm still waiting for them to push out to San Diego & Phoenix since the Wi-Max launch. Even though I'm with Verizon now, it would be nice to see how their service improves with their network vision plan so that I can move back to Sprint and get away from Verizon's ridiculous plan pricing.

4. eman99

Posts: 409; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

really no cen cal????

5. MarqBland

Posts: 15; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

Nothing in Wisconsin yet? Great that the prison in Indiana has LTE though!

6. I_Slap_Fat_Kids

Posts: 40; Member since: May 04, 2012

It sure is awesome to be sitting here in Phoenix paying for 4G with zero coverage of any kind and no mention of when it's expected... I can think of a lot of things I'd rather of spent the $240 I've wasted so far on. Slow reflexes, indeed.

8. loli5

Posts: 76; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Just want to say I love your name. If more fat kids were slapped, America would be so much more awesome.

22. loli5

Posts: 76; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Who thumbed that down? A fat kid?

7. loli5

Posts: 76; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

LOL Sprint. You get what you pay for, folks...

29. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

In that case maybe Verizon and ATT should get you teleportation in time for what they charge =D

10. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Fellas, Rome wasn't built in a day..hahaha 4G LTE is nice, and the price is perfect... KCMO

11. Borrie69

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

Yes but that is because their technology sucked. If they had had sprint build Rome then Rome would never have been built at all :D

31. Twisted247

Posts: 282; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Wasn't Sprint the first US carrier to launch fourG network? So don't be saying they aren't their on technology (Reason for the "fourG " above is the browser is tripping writing in a money sign for the number four ... WTF)

27. lager8807

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

haha price is great and lte is good... kcmo

12. speed4evr

Posts: 79; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

There LTE buildout is quite rapid seeing they launched the service in mid July 2012 and will be over 100 by years end. Lots of factors determine which area gets LTE(permits, city/government regulations, etc...). VZW LTE was up in 4 cities in our area (under 15K total ppl) before surrounding cites which each have over 50K ppl. I know how you feel though, I dint get 3G til October 2010 and no Sprint LTE or Wimax to speak of.

13. Twisted247

Posts: 282; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Sprint needs to show the NW some love!! No LTE up hear AT ALL yet. Portland/Vancouver area Tacoma Seattle!!

14. ibap

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

You do have to wonder how they prioritize locations.

18. deathyyy

Posts: 101; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

It's not priortized. It's based on whichever government/contracting company/any number of other determining factors allows the company to begin construction. If it's taking forever in your area, go complain to your city council why they haven't given a building permit or zoned the area for a cell tower.

30. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

is that why Puerto Rico has Sprint LTE through out? mmm idk

15. Izzy_V

Posts: 216; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

If they had finished deploying WiMax and made it so their phones jumped onto it if there's no LTE signal then maybe they would have had something going. They're way behind the competition.

16. Twisted247

Posts: 282; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Wish they would have setup for this, that is one area that AT&T was smart. Since the HSPA and LTE are compatible "antennas", you can connect to LTE (where available) and when that isnt available you fall back onto HSPA(or HSPA+ which ever they have). Where Sprint's high end smartphones don't possess WiMax and LTE antennas they have one or the other. So even when LTE does launch in your area you will connect to that, or drop to 3G....YAY(right....) Verizon does the same thing as Sprint, which sucks balls. I'm a Sprint customer and have been for many years, and plan to continue to be. They have excellent customer service, especially compared to AT&T and Verizon. Along with signal connection and great deals/plans. Two things they need to work on are their LTE and the lineup of phones they acquire. They seem to miss out on some phones but pick it up in other areas(like not getting the oneX series but then upping it to the 4g LTE, good move). I was VERY happy to see that Samsung is releasing the BEAST Galaxy Note 2 across the 4 main carriers. The one hope is that they launch LTE in my area before my rebate becomes available early Dec. Upgrading from my current phone(Evo 4G) is becoming necessary more and more, as I used the s**t out of it the past 2yrs. Yet if I upgrade right now which I was originally going to upgrade to the 4G LTE I would be stuck on 3G for data. I'm glad I waited though, I love HTC and its UI Sense. But everything that is packed into the new Note 2 is a must.

19. deathyyy

Posts: 101; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

Why does it matter if LTE service is launched in your area before your upgrade rolls through? They won't say you can't get LTE if you buy an LTE phone before the service is available. As far as lacking devices, the only thing i've noticed lacking is Motorola. Personally I don't care, I think the Razrs are ugly, mediocore phones.

20. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

He already specified because he has an Evo 4G, which has wimax, and he's getting Wimax. His data speeds will be downgraded at least until LTE is available in his area if he upgrades to an LTE enabled phone. Sprint does not have any phones that have both LTE and Wimax and has no plans to release such a phone.

17. deathyyy

Posts: 101; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

There is no logical reason new phones would be built with two different 4G antennas, one of which is for a technology owned exclusively by a company that no longer is deploying cellular towers. But, let's keep "deploying" WiMax :)

24. Izzy_V

Posts: 216; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Guessing you were the one that thumbed down my comment lol. I don't know what kind of sense you were using when you typed "There is no logical reason new phones would be built with two different 4G antennas" since it would have been perfectly logical. At least that way the phones that are equipped with antennas to get LTE signal could have had good speeds through WiMax while they keep deploying.

32. deathyyy

Posts: 101; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

Which would have required companies to do extra things for just one company, which would cost more, which would work well with the company already being in debt. Would you rather have an SIII with Wimax in a few places or your LTE faster?

33. Izzy_V

Posts: 216; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Judging from that post you don't seem to know what the hell me or the other guys meant. We meant that if Sprint had finished deploying WiMax to a decent amount of locations and then equipped their phones that have LTE antennas to have WiMax antennas too then customers wouldn't put so much thought into getting an LTE-enabled phone since, if they have WiMax coverage, they can at least use it while Sprint continues to deploy LTE so their data speeds don't suffer as Sprint's 3G speeds aren't so good.

21. kam9902

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I upset that sprint will not launch late in detroit..the largest market for them

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