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An OTA update activates additional Sprint Spark bands on the Sprint LG G2

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An OTA update activates additional Sprint Spark bands on the Sprint LG G2
It seems that the Sprint LG G2 is about to receive an OTA update, dubbed VZA, which enables the device to connect to Sprint Spark's LTE bands 26 and 41 (800MHz and 2500MHz). Up until now, the device could only connect to band 25 of the Sprint Spark LTE network. In addition, LG's current flagship, which sails under Sprint's flags, receives the Spark icon in its status bar, which will constantly spin when the device is in an area with Sprint Spark LTE coverage. The update also fixes some problems that users might be experiencing with voicemail and MMS handling in Google Hangouts.

The OTA update for the Sprint LG G2 is rolling out today and tomorrow, so you might not get it right away.

The Sprint Spark network was launched back in December last year. It's a tri-band LTE network (800MHz, 1900MHz, 2500MHz), which is touted as capable of achieving data speeds of up to 1Gbps. However, Sprint Spark clocks in at about 50-60 Mbps at the moment and is available in select cities, such as Austin, Texas, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Antonio, Tampa, and several more.

Is the Sprint LG G2 your current smartphone of choice? Drop a word below and let us know if you received the ZVA OTA update!

source: Sprint via AndroidCentral

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posted on 28 Jan 2014, 10:03 1

1. Caralho (Posts: 119; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)

All I know is that Sprint is dropping the ball big time. Service in my area, Ventura County, CA keeps getting worse with dropped calls more and more frequent, and data limited to 3G, which it seems gets slower by the day. What use is unlimited data when you can't really use it??? I have a few more months to go on my contract, and am seriously debating switching to Verizon for a few bucks more.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 10:45

3. benzb (Posts: 69; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)

That's pretty surprising to hear. I heard that Sprint is pretty good in Los Angeles and Ventura County. I was told that they upgraded pretty much all of their network around here to network vision. I guess I'm glad I'm not with them.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 17:27 1

9. Omarc07 (Posts: 481; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

From someone who lives in LA and have been living here for the past 25 years sprint is the WORSE. I had an lG g2 from them for 2 weeks only good thing i got out soon like 5 streets in EAST LA have sprint Lte u walk down the wrong street u on 3G which u cant even load fb or check email yes sprint 3G is that bad. I was on 3G 95 percent of the time in Montebello, pico rivera, dwtwn LA dropped calls i had alot even with full bars messaging was all effd up texts never came in and when they did were like 2 hours late seriously i had all the companys including metro piece of shyyt and not even metro was that bad metro at least had decent lte and no dropped calls everywhere i used em in LA Sprint was so bad it was embarrassing. NOW i have at&t and have solid LTE everywhere in La and at&t 3G as a backup which actually works to load fb, check email even watch HD videos unlike sprint 3G.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 18:01

10. benzb (Posts: 69; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)

Thanks for the good info but I have to disagree with you on AT&T. I have AT&T as well and they are not nearly as good s you are mentioning. I find myself more often on fake 4G than lte with them. I got to experience Verizon and T-Mobile. Verizon beats all the carriers in my opinion but I think that even T-Mobile works better in LA than AT&T.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 18:28

11. Omarc07 (Posts: 481; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

I really liked tmobiles plans and all my only problem with them was signal was not the best inside buildings sometimes dropped down to no service while at&t has 2 bars and coverage outside the city was 2G edge while att has 3G fake 4G i dnt know what ever its called. Dropped calls i had zero on T-Mobile same on at&t i never really drop a call. Only reason i left tmobile was for those 2 reasons at work we have wifi but its really slow so wifi calling didnt work on the lobby i only got 1 bar now on at&t i get 3-4 bars in the elevator on everyfloor at my job in dwtwn LA .

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 14:19

17. JEverettnow (Posts: 228; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)

yeah, myself and most people I know get incredible LTE coverage when traveling down to LA county. If you have an android phone try typing ##72786#. If you have an iphone type ##update# and call to wait for the service update. Your phone might also be damaged internally. This is the first I have heard of bad coverage in LA.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 19:06

12. lsutigers (Posts: 821; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)

My brother lives in LA switched to Sprint from AT&T and said he has good LTE coverage/speeds pretty much everywhere.

When I travel to LA with my work phone (Sprint) I get LTE in LA, SF Bay Area, San Diego, Sacramento and pretty much everywhere else.

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 00:31

15. techaman (unregistered)

hahah you fell for that network vision update crap they kept telling everyone.

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 00:29

14. techaman (unregistered)

thats nothing i am 15 miles north of washington dc the usa capital and i have sh?t service lte and 3g it takes so long for lte to open a page i could go to the library and find what i want in a book by the time it opens a page most of the time on 3g it does not connect at all.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 10:13

2. Philarge (Posts: 4; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)

I received the update but it doesn't do me any good I'm not in an area where spark is available. Sprint is definately dropping the ball

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 12:21

4. Caralho (Posts: 119; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)

Ventura County really only has 4G in Oxnard, and it's really spotty at that. Really disappointed.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 12:54 1

5. mike2959 (Posts: 580; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)

Sprint is a mess. Just a mess. How many frequencies along with cdma, wimax, 3g, all the different LTE bands, spark, the Nextel bands, My god they all are just terrible.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 13:05

6. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1298; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)

Just send the Nexus 5 the update here in NYC!

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 13:07 1

7. AFnerdTP (unregistered)

i think for every carrier, there are always good regions and bad regions of service. u pretty much have to experiment (also different phones make a difference too) and see which carrier works best for you.
i can tell you that with the new network and the LG G2, i've definitely seen improvement in service within MY area. (south west suburbs of Chicago)
i've been pretty content with Sprint last couple of years and with the G2, it's even better.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 14:31

8. GeekMovement (unregistered)

Sprint should work on their voice coverage.

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 14:23

18. JEverettnow (Posts: 228; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)

They are. HD voice is being pushed out rapidly. The 800Mhz spectrum is not far behind. Sprint finally has the money to do it. In the upper central valley where I am in, sprint coverage has became much better. Now it just needs to come to Sacramento. The capacity upgrades have been helping a lot though. I consistently pull 1mbps-1.5mbps down on 3g.

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 17:02

19. GeekMovement (unregistered)

I'm glad to hear that coverage has improved in your area. Hopefully I will start seeing improvements here too. Right now I'm getting 0.66mbps on their 3G network and 0-2 bars service.

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 18:36

20. JEverettnow (Posts: 228; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)

.66 is good on 3g. I hope that when LTE is done that people are pulling more than 7mbps down. I have been hitting around 15-27 in certain areas on the 1900mhz spectrum. I guess Spark is about to hit my area as well.

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 18:45

21. GeekMovement (unregistered)

Eh, I don't mind the speed (because I recently upgraded my wi-fi from 0.75mbps down to around 20mbps lol), but the signal just doesn't seem to stay connected. I feel like I have to position my hands and the phone in a certain way to receive the data signal. I'm really hoping for some improvements within the next few months otherwise I'm outta here.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 22:21

13. theBankRobber (Posts: 682; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)

Damn I dropped them a tip yesterday when I got the update. Sent them a picture also. So much for the tip us feature. Useless.

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 10:10

16. sarge77 (Posts: 202; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

Just git this phone yesterday so far live incredible battery life so far been going since last night performance is amaxing well i really couldnt wait any longer with the photon it was to slow. I always wanted sd card and rave about it well i have 24gb user storage not bad.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 20:43

22. Maverick1 (Posts: 26; Member since: 30 Sep 2012)

Sprint is definitely improving and it's Network vision and enhancements are great. I've been on 4G LTE for a year now and here withing a couple of months or so will have Spark up and running. Current LTE performance is round 30-35Mpbs dn and 7-10Mbps up, I'm looking forward to testing out Spark.

Sprint Softbank is awesome.

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