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Sprint Spark now available in 11 markets

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Sprint Spark now available in 11 markets
With peak data speeds as fast as 60Mbps, Sprint has added Sprint Spark to 6 more markets to bring the total to 11 that are currently offering it. The tri-band LTE system works with the circuitry on compatible handsets to figure out what task you are using your phone for, and instantly decides which of three LTE pipelines to use. After the new additions, markets with the service include Austin, Texas; Chicago, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Fort Worth, Texas; Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Antonio, Texas and Tampa, Fla. By the end of 2014, 100 million Americans will have access to the service and 100 of the nation's top markets will have Sprint Spark service added over the next three years.

Right now, the Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, LG G2, Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 and the HTC One max will work with Spint Spark. Soon, the Nexus 5 will be added to the Sprint Spark equipment line-up along with the LG G Flex (which has yet to be launched on the carrier) and the Netgear LTE Gateway 6100D wireless router. All Sprint Spark devices can be used with the just announced Framily plan which allows you and a group of buddies to combine as many as 10 lines in one plan.

The faster data speeds are the result of Sprint's Network Vision, which is a fancy term for initiatives that led to upgrades of the operator's 3G pipeline while 4G LTE was put in place. Sprint is also using its 800MHz spectrum for 3G and 4G LTE, offering better in-building performance. The entire Network Vision program will be done by the middle of this year. And Sprint's Virgin Mobile, will be the first pre-paid carrier to offer a Sprint Spark supported device with the Netgear Mingle Mobile Hotspot. It can be used with Virgin's Broadband2Go. For $25, the plan gives you 1.5GB of data monthly, with 6GB of data costing $55 a month.

source: Sprint

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posted on 07 Jan 2014, 19:21 2

1. ChrissyTheGreek (Posts: 3; Member since: 05 Jan 2014)

Must be nice, I rarely even get 4G here in California

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 19:27

3. lilg29 (Posts: 89; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)

They finally said we were lit in the San Diego area but I still get dropped calls and I hardly get LTE like I used to.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 23:56

14. fur0n (Posts: 75; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)

probably all you would have to do is enable the other 2 bands in *#*#3282#*#* for it to work. I enabled them on my Nexus 5 and it works.

P.S. You will need your MSL code which sprint will give out happily to you.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 23:56

15. lsutigers (Posts: 821; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)

San Diego has not been formally announced by Sprint as an upgraded / Network Vision market which means there is still a lot of work going on there even if you see LTE from time to time. Check outwww.s4gru.com for Sprint Network Vision updates as it may explain some of the dropped calls/LTE issues you mention as the network is being upgraded in your area.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 00:49

22. Landmarkcm (Posts: 506; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)

Sprint is dead last still in major areas like CA & NV

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 18:45

26. rallyguy (Posts: 620; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)

Even though it's not announced yet, I have had 4G in my area for a few months now and it screams.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 19:22 1

2. rossumentum (Posts: 48; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)

Why doesn't the note 3 work with this?

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 19:56

5. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3779; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

I was just gonna post the same thing. The S4 & Mega have it, but not the Note 3? That makes NO sense.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 19:53 1

4. Gemmol (Posts: 792; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)

I feel sorry for sprint owners they way behind when it comes to data but I am glad they improving

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 23:51

13. lsutigers (Posts: 821; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)

I have no issues with Sprint data on my work phone and I travel all the time for work. LTE and upgraded 3G is live in most of the country and works just fine, although from my understanding Sprint is still actively working in just about every US market. In fact, my service has been very good on my iPhone 5 which is not compatible with Sprint Spark and in most cases on par with my personal Verizon DNA.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 20:34

6. GeekMovement (unregistered)

meanwhile not even getting 1Mbps down in the northwest.. T-mobile here I come! (if possible)

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 20:39

7. Mrmark (Posts: 303; Member since: 26 Jan 2013)

That's strange because I enabled the bands for Spark on my Nexus ...why would it not work?

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 20:40 1

8. AustinPaul (Posts: 70; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)

I just left Sprint after 14 years. I very rarely ever dropped calls with them, and I'm not 100% thrilled with my AT&T service, but there were just too many times when I would be downtown (Austin) and my S3 would heat up and the battery would drop really fast. Love my Note 3, and for now, my service is generally better and faster with AT&T.

I'm still pulling for the underdog (T-Mobile too) and hope Sprint really gets it together. I would not hesitate to leave AT&T if there is something as good, or better, for less $$$.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 21:58

9. skymitch89 (Posts: 1359; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)

About the Virgin Mobile 6Gb of data for $55, I'd rather pay $50 for 6Gb from T-Mobile and get higher data speeds.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 00:41

17. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)

I had the 4G WiMax with Virgin Mobile; the first 10 GB was untrottle and then data got throttled to 2 Mbps -- all for $35 a month. The problem was their adapative protocol on video, which resulted in high pixelation. If I was downloading updates to my apps, the service was great. From my experience, I got 6 to 8 Mbps download speeds which was more than adequate; btw, the peak downtown speed was 10 to 11 Mbps.

I would give Tmobile a try if they get better mifi devices for prepaid service. Right now, their Sonic mifi goes for $80 and you get 5 GB with the device.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 22:07

10. eman99 (Posts: 392; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)

I don't even know why sprint is so behind on this

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 22:28

11. Jphones (Posts: 235; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

Sprint spark some good coverage. Horrible males no sense. Don't make something faster but not more reliable.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 23:23 2

12. threeline (Posts: 267; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)

What a joke! From WiMax to LTE and now this Spark crap? They love to dangle the carrot by the time you go buy a phone with the proper hardware they will move on to something else! T-Mo is the way to go! I left Sprint after 10 years and joined TMO and I couldnt believe the difference in cell service and price. Sprint sucks!!

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 00:03 4

16. lsutigers (Posts: 821; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)

Dude Sprint is in the middle of upgrading their entire network from the ground up, every tower, every panel, every cabinet, every server rack. It takes time and while many cities already have LTE, there is still plenty of work being done in those markets. I agree, WiMax didn't quite work out but that had more to do with Sprint HAVING to use the Clearwire spectrum before LTE was ready or risk losing it. With that being said, I live in a WiMax market and have a Tri-Fi hotspot from work which works with 3G / WiMax / LTE and WiMax still works well, 10-12mbps is pretty common.

BTW, I agree TMO is a great alternative for the money but their coverage is seriously lacking behind Sprint and AT&T, not to mention Verizon.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 00:45

19. Landmarkcm (Posts: 506; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)

I remember being in Disneyland even & my Tmobile worked no problem whereas Sprint had no service. Not even for voice. This is still a struggle for them & their network vision excuse most are tired of. They should have gone about things differently. I read one of their responses on FB eluding to the fact that Tmobile simply put patches on older technology to give us the HSPA+ & Sprint said they were building from scratch. Well their taking to long & ill take that added on to old towers method Tmobile used as long as it works. In Vegas here too Sprint is the same godawful.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 00:47

20. Landmarkcm (Posts: 506; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)

& Tmobiles "faux g" as they say on HSPA+ is as fast as what Sprint has up and running as LTE.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 00:47 1

21. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)

Dude, you are trying TOO HARD to defend Sprint.

A lot of their current situation was self-inflicted. Keep in mind Sprint loves to "whore" out its network for MVNO's.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 00:51

23. Landmarkcm (Posts: 506; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)

So true they have to many MVNO's too. Someone is asleep at the switch at Sprint. They obviously get $$ from them but I don't think its being allocated properly.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 00:43

18. Landmarkcm (Posts: 506; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)

I say this over & over! So sad that in 2014 Sprint in major areas is the only carrier that does not have useable 3g!! & yet they are wasting time on stuff like this. Just baffling.

posted on 09 Jan 2014, 00:04

27. lsutigers (Posts: 821; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)

What are you talking about? Sprint upgraded it's 3G network with Network Vision and in upgraded markets I consistently see 2+ mbps downloads on 3G, which is enough to stream Pandora, Spotify, Netflix and Youtube. I'm sure there are some markets that haven't been upgraded that may be running slow, if that's what you're referring to, otherwise, Sprint completely upgraded their 3G network.

posted on 09 Jan 2014, 05:31

28. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3779; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

I am not a Sprint user, but what I see & hear from my friends & from people on the internet tell me that your experience is not the majority. Not by far.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 05:34 4

25. phoneguy (Posts: 193; Member since: 08 Jan 2009)

I don't work for sprint. Used to. Left for alot of reasons. I can say this and you can quote me on it. Sprint is a sleeping giant. Once this all blows over their network will destroy everyone. And Spark isn't a new network to anybody that thinks they are wasting time, it is LTE-advanced. That is all. Feel free to dislike my comment, or what ever.Like I said I am a former employee and I left for alot of reasons.

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