Besides San Francisco, Sprint LTE found wandering in parts of Florida, New York and Washington D.C.

Besides San Francisco, Sprint LTE found wandering in parts of Florida, New York and Washington D.C.
Remember the other day when Engadget stumbled on Sprint LTE service in San Francisco? As it turns out, the carrier has had some LTE signal in the Bay Area for a month, but has not announced it. This is the game plan that the nation's third largest mobile operator is employing. Sprint is holding back on making San Francisco an officially launched market for 4G LTE until the signal is available on a continuous basis in the area. According to Sprint spokesperson Kelly Schlageter, "Deployment is just beginning in San Francisco, coverage area is somewhat hard to describe at this stage because sites generally aren't contiguous. There are sites on air in and around SF, kind of like popcorn."

Sprint has LTE up in parts of New York City and Jacksonville, Florida

Sprint has LTE up in parts of New York City and Jacksonville, Florida

Schlageter explained that it is better to allow some enterprising customers to find areas where the service is available and test it out before it becomes official. Or as she puts it, "Rather than deploy a site, test the equipment and then turn it off until we launch, we are leaving the sites on and customers are welcome to use the Sprint 4G LTE network wherever they find it." And using the coverage map on Sprint's web site, Sprint customers can determine where there is an LTE signal. Sprint says that it is slightly behind its goal of near-nationwide coverage by the end of the year, but should reach 250 million POPs by early 2014.

There are some new areas that are getting lit up. Areas of New York City, Washington D.C. and Florida (Jacksonville, Tampa and Miami) are now showing LTE coverage, although without contiguous coverage, none of it is official.

source: TheVerge via Engadget

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12 Comments

2. tuminatr

Posts: 1089; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

its because sprint is using a 5mhz band verizon uses 10mhz just wait untel they either use the clearwire spectrum 150mhz and or the nextel spectrum 30mhz it will be mega fast. so for sprint this is more about the future than right now. Also I live in a LTE market for them and speeds have been all overt the board from 7mbps to 38mbps

8. threeline

Posts: 299; Member since: Sep 11, 2011

As a sprint customer, not for long I might add, it's always wait for this and wait for that and our network will be blazing fast. I'm tired of waiting just to see nothing change, sprint is so full of it! We waited for WiMax and it never got off the ground and it sucked in the few areas it did cover. I don't care how many top of the line phones they get the network plain sucks. After 12yrs, its time to move on.

11. LordDavon

Posts: 152; Member since: Sep 19, 2011

I've been with Sprint for almost 9 years, and I agree; I'm done waiting! I almost left for T-mobile a few months back, but there are 2 iPhone fans on my plan, and for a small period T-mobile dropped unlimited. Well, T-mobile is getting the iPhone soon, and unlimited again, so I'm leaving soon! Sprint's customer service is full of rude and cocky people, which bash other networks... but can't explain to me why my bill keeps going up. See ya Sprint!

12. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1457; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

I am glad to be in NYC, because LTE is close to launching and I personally have recieved speed test best of 21.5 down and 5.6 up. Most areas I get 2-3mb. I feel by summer coverage will be worth my wait. Go ahead leave if you are not in an area that has coverage and feel slighted.

13. archangel9

Posts: 233; Member since: Feb 07, 2010

Exactly why I left. Their 3g is a joke as well as their LTE. With TMobile now and the HSPA+42 is amazing w/UNLIMITED NW 4g and free WiFi calls. Make sure to get the Value plan.2 of my associates has left Sprint altogether and have Tmobile .NO COMPLAINTS

14. pslee

Posts: 40; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

you have the exact same experience. i almost dropped sprint but sprint reps worked so hard to convince me that their LTE will be awesome and it is coming soon. i am still waiting to see 4g on my phone in NYC but my patients is running out fast.

4. tiburonpineda

Posts: 40; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

thanks to Sprint my galaxy s3 is like a turtle :( im about to switch to US cellular is way better and faster here in yakima valley WA

5. yyuu1000

Posts: 260; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

i get 22down and 5 up in LA using tmobile on nexus 4]\

9. suneeboy

Posts: 201; Member since: Oct 02, 2012

I'm in NYC and get those speeds on prepaid Straight Talk (6-7 down, 1-3 up) Glad I left Sprint.

10. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Yes, and like in San Francisco, homeless people can also be found wandering in parts of Florida, New York and Washington D.C. and the output is always the same: stagnation. Congratulations Sprint on your stagnant and analogous existence.

16. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

35 mbps down and 5 up in FL on Verizon. 32 mbps down and 5 up in FL on Sprint.

21. idget500

Posts: 21; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

Just tested some 4G LTE in Midland, MI 10.6Mbs down and 6.6Mbs up. Not the fastest, but who really needs any faster.

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