First Sprint LTE tower cluster is now operational

First Sprint LTE tower cluster is now operational
Sprint officially announced that its very first LTE tower cluster is now operational, thus marking yet another significant milestone in its Network Vision plan. The said tower array blankets the town of Kankakee, Illinois, which is located 60 miles south of Chicago. What Sprint also said is that field testing of its LTE infrastructure has been completed, meaning that the aggressive LTE rollout it announced earlier this year is still on track.

However, don't go popping any champagne bottles yet because it will take until mid-2012 for an LTE device to launch on Sprint. And nobody said it would be a smartphone or a tablet – instead, it could be a USB dongle or a wireless hotspot. Further announcements regarding the status of the carrier's LTE network are expected to be made in early 2012.

But deploying its LTE equipment is not the only task that has been keeping Sprint busy lately. The carrier stated that its 3G network has been given a boost from coast to coast, which is great news for all of those Sprint iPhone 4S owners that have been dealing with sub-par 3G speeds for quite a while now. Furthermore, besides improving data speeds, the improvements that the carrier made to its 3G network should result in fewer dropped calls for its subscribers. More information on Sprint's most significant achievements for 2011 is available in the press release below.

source: Sprint via Engadget



1. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

Sprint is really working on it really hard. I just hope that this wont signal the end of unlimited data. (fingers crossed)

3. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

I am hoping they keep the "grandfathered" plans so when someone upgrades they aren't forced into a non unlimited plan (If they go to a limited plan). I know when they rolled out their newer data plans, anyone who got a new smart phone had to change their plan to a newer one and there was no way around it.

6. atheisticemetic

Posts: 377; Member since: Dec 18, 2011

no way around it? i would have just bought my phone outright then to preserve my plan either that or they gave you a nice surprise under the table when you werent looking :) companies should honor the old plan, might just have to talk to the right person?

12. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

When I was working there and they did the plan change from features to solid plans, any change to your account with a newer smartphone required a plan change to their new "Talk/ Message/ Data" plans including if you were swapping an esn to your own equipment. Now Verizon on the other hand you could do that, but if you were to get one of the newer smartphones it required it. (Same thing with that $10 premium data add on) So many customers would try and get around this and they made it impossible (hard to say impossible because nothing is truley impossible) for us to activate any phone without changing their plan also. No matter who I called they all told me the same thing. Now this is just from my experience of being with them for close to 4 years. *Some experiences may differ*

23. NoNeNeoN

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

even if you bought it at full price it would force change your plan with out the rep being able to anything about it.

2. brenner182

Posts: 29; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

it's pretty sad that i work for sprint and find out more info about them from phone arena.


Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

lol i hear you buddy

7. spanky

Posts: 81; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

thats funny i was thinking the exact same thing...

21. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

so true, good thing we have access to this site at work.

26. Libra1985

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

LOL! So very true!!

5. atheisticemetic

Posts: 377; Member since: Dec 18, 2011

they unfortunately will go to "limited plans" in the same way the other carriers did. The integrity of their network would be at risk if they get substantial 4g coverage with no cap. I would have a helluva upload ratio to my torrent sites if they never decided to put a cap thats for sure! :) Keep on kickin it sprint! Perhaps you'll make verizon a little more competitive in their pricing?


Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

If every body starts to abuse the network jus like you plan to do then i believe they should start capping those heavy users or start charging !! heavy users put an unnecessary strain on the network that affects the rest of the average user so if the majority will be upset and suffering from poor speeds then def. cap those people!

15. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

I am going to have to disagree with the "abuse the network" thing. Android phones have a program to download torrents right on your phone. If Sprint didn't want people to "all you can eat" they would block that app. Paying for unlimited you might as well use unlimited. No it's not ruining it for other people because if they didn't want people using how much they want, maybe they shouldn't advertise "Why would you want to limit yourself?" That right there says, hey, use as much as you want. If your fortunate enough to have 4G in your area than you can download a lot and quickly. On the other hand if you only have a 3G phone (iphone 4S) than your only running at .44 mbps anyway so it's going to take you a real long time to download any big files or even us a ton of data. Just my opinion *your opinion may differ*


Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

i guess i was leaning more towards the hots spots or air cards when it comes down to heavy users "abusing the network". ive seen people use up to 300,000mb in less then a month,and most of these people are sharing there internet with like 5-10 other people..(remember its ulimited for one user not for ten others) meanwhile others around the same area suffer slow speeds in that same month.. why do you think Wimax is now slow? when it first rolled out it would average 6-9mbps now its 1-3mpbs,.. try readin the fine print in the advertisements and on your contract you see that eventually you will get capped

20. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

I understand what you mean by the 5-10 people using 1 source. That can rack it up. From experience being the only user from my phone I have reached at the most 8GB's in a month but that was only 3G and that was a slow rainy month of watching netflix daily. Now that I have a 4G phone again (thank you) I do consume a bit more, but not as ridiculous as the people giving internet to 5-10 people. All I know is it is easier to download stuff now that I got the 4G phone again and the 4G here is running 10 mbps at work (near a tower) but only peeks of 5 mbps down where I live (not sure where the tower is), but both are around 1-2 mbps up.

19. Contreramanjaro

Posts: 153; Member since: Dec 04, 2011

I'm a big fan of unlimited data being unlimited but I do think torrenting on a cell network is rather abusive. The networks for consumers just aren't good for hosting content. In my experience a heavy user never really uses over 10GB a month. Blocking torrent apps would go against the open internet thing that I think Sprint was in support of last time I checked. I think before anything upstream should just be speed capped after a few gigs. I mean, it's pretty clear if you blow through 10 gigs of upstream data that you're torrenting. I like torrents. They're great and can be very effective for distributing legal open things, but our american internet networks just aren't ready for the strain, until we can get the infrastructure in check hosting via consumer ISP is just not practical. I mean, if your school or town or something is giving out free food on a holiday, it's free, you can afford it all, however, if you take the food as fast as they can make it for an hour, only you get that for that hour, later on people could have the free food as well but they had to wait that hour. What would happen is you'd be limited to only a few bowls an hour or you can pay to have more bowls per hour. If you can't be part of the community that shares then you will be limited. With the new 4G speeds, I think that as soon as speeds become more stable they'll begin to roll out speed tiers like land based ISPs. Sprint is the only ISP I can think of in America that actually offers an unlimited plan however if it can't turn a profit it cannot improve it's service quickly. So, while I agree that data should be unlimited, it's not practical now and a careless data usage lifestyle will lead to restriction. The internet is shared by design. edit: sorry for the wall of text, no hard feelings :).

8. idaman12000

Posts: 39; Member since: May 03, 2011

Sprint sux and no one cares. Cry all you want sprint customers. Now i c why sprint is behind on their services.

22. Contreramanjaro

Posts: 153; Member since: Dec 04, 2011

I'm not sure if anyone told you, but "sux" is not a word, well not in English. "i" is a word however in the context used it should be capitalized such as in this example. "I think your comment is stupid and I wish you would realize that you should not make decisions like you're in a Blink-182 song." "C" is not a word either however, based on phonetics I can guess you mean "see" or "sea." Based on context I suppose you mean "see." Another note is that Sprint is the name of a corporation in the context you used therefore it should be capitalized. In case anyone had trouble understanding what was said I'll rewrite the entire comment after corrections. Sprint sucks and no one cares. Cry all you want Sprint customers. Now I see why Sprint is behind on their services. I don't agree but I thought I'd give you the benefit of the doubt that no one had properly taught you English.

9. idaman12000

Posts: 39; Member since: May 03, 2011

;) lol

11. threeline

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 2011

Kankakee? Now 2000 people have Sprint LTE. The Now Network now covers .0003% of the US with LTE. Now should we ALL pay another 10 dollar a month surcharge now for LTE like we did for WIMAX that we never got to use in most of the US? If you want a mid to high end phone from Sprint you gotta pay the 4G surcharge wether your area has 4G service or not. All their decent phones are 4G except the newly aquired iPhone. No 4G in PHX.

16. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

Sounds like your upset because you don't have 4G in your area.

17. Markizzle21

Posts: 30; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

Actually there is wimax in PHX, AZ. Sprint and clearwire have released access to their towers now so you can obtain your 4g service. North PHX the Westvalley pretty much on the 75th and mcdowell area. up and down on the freeway. 7th street and bell still has a wimax tower with extended ranges. Download Clearwire app if you have an android it'll show you the areas covered.


Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

lol .0003% thats funny!! yea no 4g in phx, well only in the north side of phx... maybe they will bring LTE ?? the 10$ "4g charge" is not really that anymore., its actually called premium data charge, its why sprint has unlimited internet on both 3g and 4g otherwise that 10"4g charge" would turn into 20$ 2gb or 35$ 5gb like other carriers have

14. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Hey Phone arena, there are more phones with terrible data speeds than the iPhone. And if you have a Sprint phone that has sucky coverage, I'd advise going to XDA an changing your PRL to Verizon like I did. Its 10x better data speeds and you don't have to root to do it! Just don't go crazy, because Sprint will void your contract and set you free if you overdo it (sometimes a good thing because you don't have to pay to cancel your contract and you can get $$ for a new phone on another network by trading it in)

24. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

For Sprint working to improve their network for better data speeds, my speeds have diminished quite a bit over the last year or so. Hope that they will launch an LTE phone sometime this year, and that they bring LTE to where I live before the end of 2013 (my contract is up in 2013) and that they get speeds comparable to Verizon and At&t's LTE. I used to get between 1Mbps & 2Mbps down on my Samsung Moment (April-August 2010) and about 1Mbps down on my HTC Hero (September 2010-April 2011, got as as a replacement for my Samsung Moment) and now I'm lucky to see.5Mbps down on my Evo Shift. I don't know if it's just HTC's phones sucking at data connections or if it's Sprint's network actually slowing down, but I'm getting tempted to jump over to Verizon or back to T-Mo.

25. techigan

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 19, 2011

Please explain how this makes sprint look good. So they have lte towers up, but no devices to q2/q3. So knowing sprint this will mean q4 of 2012 they will have na lte device. lol

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