Speedtest data shows a rise in Sprint's LTE Plus download speeds over the last 7 months

The future appears to be looking brighter at Sprint. At the beginning of the month, the company reported its first quarterly profit in three years. And today, the nation's fourth largest carrier reported that its national average download speeds are on the rise. Data from the Ookla Speedtest app shows that over the last seven months, the download speeds for Sprint's LTE Plus service have risen 28%. During that same time period, T-Mobile's download speed is up 18% while AT&T and Verizon show declines of 7% and 8%, respectively.

Sprint customers increasing use of High Performance User Equipment (HPUE) enabled handsets such as the Samsung Galaxy S8, LG G6 and the HTC U11 have helped increase download data speeds by as much as 30%. And the carrier will continue to enhance its network with the use of four-channel carrier aggregation, Massive MIMO, 256 QAM, and Gigabit Class LTE. These are all used to expand network capacity and make Sprint's 2.5GHz spectrum more efficient.

Sprint customers are also employing other tools such as the Sprint Magic Box. This is a handy unit that you plug-in to increase the strength of Sprint's LTE signal, On average, it also boosts upload and download speeds by 200%.

For those who haven't checked out Sprint lately, fearful of missing out on that important business call or word about an impending birth, you should know that Sprint isn't just sitting on its rear, awaiting a takeover bid from T-Mobile or Charter. They have been working on improving the network and making the entire Sprint experience more enjoyable for its customers. Looking at Sprint now, you can almost see T-Mobile circa 2012 as the latter began to use its strengths (especially in marketing) to become the innovative powerhouse that it is now. At that time, T-Mobile CEO John Legere started working out the customer-first pain points that needed to be addressed. 

History doesn't repeat itself in exactly the same way, so we don't really expect Sprint to follow the magenta-brick road. But there is something positive bubbling up under the surface at Sprint, and if you are looking for a carrier, all we are saying is that you shouldn't automatically write them off like you might have a few years ago.

source: Sprint



1. sun0066

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

My bad memories about sprint can be just erased , overcharging me for everything and every time that I swap the ESN with porrated fees and so on Long live to t mobile !

5. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Sprint will be the first to offer a FREE unlimited data and phone plan. You just have to pay the hidden $200 access fee per line per month.

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Too bad the fastest iPhones (7,7+) are stuck on cat 9 LTE. Especially when last year's Android flagships were cat 11 LTE or higher. This year's Android flagships are using cat 16 LTE or gigabit LTE. It will be real interesting to see if Apple will use the same cat 9 LTE modems again in this year's iPhones. Especially when Apple already pissed off Qualcomm and is not paying them. So I guess Apple will have to continue to use Intel modems, and they still haven't anything faster than cat 9 speeds. But it will be real interesting to see what modem will be in the new iPhones.

12. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

What does that have to do with the article?

2. black.inco unregistered

That's good that Sprint is finally going in the right direction again. However, I cannot trust myself to go back with them anytime soon. My experience with them was everything, but pleasant.

3. PhoneGuy414

Posts: 24; Member since: Jul 20, 2017

Lol, yeah, this is because since VZW deployed unlimited data, Sprint and T-Mo customers have been flocking to VZW... Along with AT&T and US Cell customers doing the same... I switched to VZW from T-Mo about 9 months ago and my service has been nearly flawless... I just helped a customer switch from Sprint to VZW today because he was getting LESS than 1 Mbps with 2-3 bars on Sprint... With VZW, same connection strength, 11-15 Mbps... Not to mention difference in overall coverage....

4. g2a5b0e unregistered

This is such misleading data. Example using theoretical numbers: Sprint's average download speeds are 10 Mbps. An increase of 28% puts them at 12.8 Mbps. T-Mobile's average download speeds are 20 Mbps. An increase of 18% puts them at 23.6 Mbps. Even though Sprint had a larger increase in percentage, T-Mobile actually increased by more. Without real numbers to back up their claims, that chart means very little. 28% more on top of slow is still slow, but I'm glad they're headed in the right direction.


Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Yes, until you leave a major service area. If you better service sprint has Tmobile beat. Root metrics has Tmobile Last place forever including this time period. Sprint is picking up faster speeds because of the expansion of its network lte coverage. When completed ol smoke and mirrors Tmobile will be in the fight for it's life again

10. g2a5b0e unregistered

Cool story, dude, but, it's all subjective. I spend 99.99% of my time at home, work, & in between. And in all of those areas, I get the best service with T-Mobile. I don't care about the one time every other year I'm taking a road trip somewhere & T-Mobile is sketchy. You think I'm super worried about using my phone at that time? Nope. There's no smoke & mirrors about it. Most people who live in metropolitan areas rarely venture out of those areas. For a lot of them, T-Mobile makes the most sense.

11. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Man you are like a brick wall. You are turning a blind eye to T-Mobile and the fact that their coverage is still not as good compared to Verizon or AT&T. They are better than what they were, but that can only go so far. It's all smoke and mirrors.

13. g2a5b0e unregistered

Go argue with someone who gives a sh*t about what you have to say. If you haven't figured it out, it's not me.

6. JesseJames

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 22, 2015

All depends on location, very satisfied with sprint here on the south side of Atlanta. Easily average 30 to 50 down in most areas with peaks of over 200 down at times.


Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Here in NYC it is getting to be just as fast peak speeds have hit 60. I also get coverage most every where that I travel. Close to Verizon coverage for me based on my girl's Verizon coverage. There are times on Verizon that she has less and Sprints the champ. Verizon sometimes edges me out data and speed wise but for coverage we are neck and neck. From NYC, DC, and New Jersey and PA recently sprint hangs with Verizon all the way

14. Quicksword_Phantom

Posts: 180; Member since: Jun 15, 2015

Riiiiiiiiiiiiight lol.........

15. HumbleJ06

Posts: 98; Member since: Aug 10, 2015

Getting ~60 Mbps download speeds in my area on Sprint. I have no complaints.

16. jonathanfiuwx

Posts: 182; Member since: Mar 10, 2017

i noticed my speed was 90mbps on my m9 the other day

17. FerneyZan

Posts: 114; Member since: Jul 21, 2010

I have been waiting for Sprint to finally get on the right track.. In fact, at this very moment I been testing Sprint's network with a phone that isn't even close to truly be able to access their improved LTE speeds and it is already looking promising. The one thing I did noticed immediately is how amazingly clear Voice calls are on Sprint. wow!! Finally. Also, I been testing their LTE Internet in our most difficult areas, and so far, is already looking way better than it was just 18 months ago. If I made the move, I will moving my 4 lines where we will have LTE plus capable phones. My areas of concern were my residential area as well as work. But base on my current test, those areas are drastically improved and everything else in North San Diego county is also showing some serious improvements. So far, so good.. :)

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