Baltimore and Philadelphia now receiving Sprint Spark

Baltimore and Philadelphia now receiving Sprint Spark
Sprint's tri-band LTE service, Sprint Spark, is now available in Baltimore and Philadelphia. The service is compatible with a specific list of smartphones. When the phone's user is about to use the Sprint Spark network, circuitry on the handset determines which of the three bands is best suited for the task at hand. Data zips through your phone at speeds as high as 60Mbps and penetration to indoor locations is much improved.

The phones that support the service include the LG G2, Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3, Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One max. By the end of this year, 100 markets and 100 million people will be covered by Sprint Spark. Right now, the service covers 14 markets including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Fort Worth, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, and Kansas City. 

Sprint users in Baltimore and Philadelphia will also receive HD Voice, a technology that Sprint says will eliminate background noise and provides better than landline quality reception on your smartphone. According to Sprint, a typical handset will support four octaves while HD Voice supports seven. Ten octaves is perfect hearing.

source: Sprint

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10 Comments

1. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I wonder how many customers actually use spark

2. DonkeySauce

Posts: 194; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

about 7

7. andynaija

Posts: 1255; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Lol chuckling right now :D

3. JDogg5281

Posts: 74; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

0 from Ohio...I don't think they even have LTE lit up in any Ohio cities

4. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Land-line supports only four octaves too, from 300 to 4000Hz.

5. SMoKeDoUt_J

Posts: 16; Member since: Jul 25, 2012

Spark has been up and running in Bmore since the one max was released we were an unlisted test market.

6. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

I have been trying to tell people this but got a bunch of asshats saying other wise. I got 18mbps down 6.5up in Glen Burnie the other day.

8. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Spark is just a marketing name for the combination of all 3 bands. Higher data speeds, over 35mbps, will only be on band 41 (2.5ghz spectrum), anything below 35mbps can happen on band 25 or 26. So, 18mbps is not necessarily Spark.

9. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

IOW, since Sprint is incapable of delivering top speed in all of its bands, it markets this weakness with a fancy name. Other carriers just deliver top speed in all their bands and let the phone switch frequencies to the strongest signal automatically.

10. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

I got 28Mbps down and 12 up with just 3 bars at my job.

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