Sprint LTE reportedly working near San Francisco Bay area

Sprint LTE reportedly working near San Francisco Bay area
Less than a month ago, Sprint officially flipped the switch on its LTE network, which is now active in 15 markets across Georgia and Texas. Sure, its coverage is still kind of spotty, but over time, the kinks should get ironed out as more and more towers are deployed and switched on.

Speaking of Sprint and LTE, the carrier appears to be actively testing its new 4G network in places outside of the official market list. In fact, a handful of Sprint subscribers are reportedly getting 4G LTE coverage in the San Francisco Bay area, near Palo Alto and Mountain View.

It is not exactly clear whether Sprint is just performing field tests ahead of an official launch, or the 4G LTE goodness has been activated for good. But whatever the case, people with an LTE device from Sprint are currently reporting speeds of around 12Mbps on the downlink and 8Mpbs on the uplink. If you happen to live near San Francisco and have an LTE smartphone from Sprint, do not hesitate to give it a try and check if it works. Of course, feel free to drop a comment below and let us know if you are already covered by the carrier's LTE airwaves. 



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4 Comments

1. moofoodooloo

Posts: 137; Member since: Jan 04, 2011

This is progress, and progress is good. It would be huge for Sprint if they can get this rolled out ahead of schedule.

2. Sakmann67

Posts: 29; Member since: May 22, 2010

Sprint LTE is working intermittently in Plainfield, IL. Still issues with dropped calls and text issues, though.

3. Joshua9007

Posts: 94; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

Well, there is an explanation for that, as some of the other areas are experiencing those problems too. As I have been told, when you go from a upgraded tower to a legacy tower that is using the same channel, the phone basically does not have a smooth hand-off and will drop a call. This seems to be more prevalent in some areas more than others (I've heard Chicago is bad) and is dependent on the old equipment. Once they get all the towers converted to Network Vision standards, these problems should go away. I'm curious Sakmann67, have you seen any connection on your phone called EHRPD? as that is a necessary to be in place before full LTE deployment. It is just regular 3G EVDO data, but it is processed through the same 4G core, so hand-off's will be smooth between 3G & LTE, unlike the wimax experience. I wish we could just fast forward to next year as Sprint will have a majority of their markets covered by the end of next year. I fear they will run later than expected, but with a aggressive deployment schedule, it might be unavoidable ... (here's to hoping)

4. fanesxx

Posts: 74; Member since: May 19, 2011

South Florida coming on baby

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