Sprint adds 22 new cities to its LTE roster

Sprint adds 22 new cities to its LTE roster
The nation's third largest mobile carrier, Sprint, has expanded the size of its LTE service by adding coverage to 22 new U.S. cities including some major vacation destinations such as Miami, Tampa and Fond du Lac, Wis. Well, maybe the latter isn't exactly a major tourist destination, but it does now offer 4G LTE service for Sprint customers in the region.

The complete list of cities that now are covered in Sprint's LTE signal include Baton Rouge, La.; Centralia, Wash.; Clarksville, Tenn.; Corsicana, Texas; Dalton, Ga.; Dunn, N.C.; Fond du Lac, Wis.; Gainesville, Fla.; Henderson, N.C.; Kingsport, Tenn.; Lansing/East Lansing, Mich.; Longview, Wash.; Miami, Fla.; Napa, Calif.; New Orleans, La.; Palatka, Fla.; Raleigh, N.C.; Sebring, Fla.; St. Cloud, Minn.; St. Joseph/Benton Harbor, Mich.; Tampa, Fla. and Warsaw, Ind.

Including the new locations, Sprint now offers LTE service in 110 markets in the U.S. and is on pace to cover 200 million POPs by the end of the year. And some customers are receiving LTE signals in markets yet to be officially announced such as New York, San Francisco and Washington D.C.

Sprint stockholders are voting June 25th on the offer by Japan's SoftBank to purchase 78% of the mobile operator for $21.6 billion.

source: Sprint

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37 Comments

1. dmeegan14

Posts: 2; Member since: May 21, 2013

I cant believe Las Vegas is left out in the cold again??? They do know they have customers west of the Mississippi right?????

8. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Las Vegas is 25% done, you'll fine LTE in a lot of places in Las Vegas right now, aroudn airport and 215 and south and west and nort and east... all over the places. There are dozens of tower's with LTE in las Vegas and Vegas should be complete before end of year... we are not lef tout in the cold. Go to sensorly.com and check their Spriunt 4g coverage map... see for yourself.

2. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

Yeaaa boy I see new Orleans on there!

13. MelvinPainter

Posts: 75; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

Just like 3g, it doesn't mean you will get a signal.

3. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

And hopefully they'll be turning it on in Spokane, WA soon. The rep at a Sprint store said within 6 weeks. I think that they turned on a test tower near Airway Heights (just outside of Spokane) and I average about 1Mbps download, but when they first turned it on I averaged about 1.5Mbps with a some peaks at almost 3Mbps (I have the Epic Touch and my 4G is off). I still, unfortunately, got hope for Sprint.

17. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Yea hate to break it to ya but if you have the Epic Touch, you're never going to get Sprint LTE, that device is Wimax only. You would need to pick up the SGS3, Note 2, SGS4, iPhone 5, for example. Make sure you read between the lines because Wimax 4G is NOT LTE 4G. I know there has been a lot of confusion for casual customers when they just hear "4G" on Sprint/Virgin Mobile/Boost Mobile's network.

4. vladimvp1

Posts: 9; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Skymitch89: Epic touch is not a LTE capable device , it's WIMAX .. if you want to get LTE signal you need get a different phone like: Galaxy S3, S4, NOTE 2, LG viper, optimus G.. iphone 5..

5. vladimvp1

Posts: 9; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Skymitch89: Just trying to help !

6. vladimvp1

Posts: 9; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

i live in Vancouver WA.. and i can get LTE with my IPHONE 5 in some areas but not too fast .. 6 Mbps is the Max i got so far..

9. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

It will get better. With initial LTE deployment Sprint is not down-tilting radio panels on the tower to achieve maximum signal propagation / coverage area. Once more towers are added to an area, Sprint will remotely down-tilt the panels which will give you much better speeds and reception. The speeds will improve, in my market speeds started around 6-12mbps and now I often see 22-35mbps. Also, LTE signal is not like 3G, once the bars start dropping the speeds drop drastically, too. That's why once Sprint has LTE deployed on Nextel's 800mhz spectrum it will fly. Either way, 12mbps is more than enough speed on a phone so I'm perfectly ok with that.

33. JEverettnow

Posts: 228; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

I was under the impression that that nextel 800mhz spectrum was being used for in building voice coverage not LTE

10. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

It will get better. With initial LTE deployment Sprint is not down-tilting radio panels on the tower to achieve maximum signal propagation / coverage area. Once more towers are added to an area, Sprint will remotely down-tilt the panels which will give you much better speeds and reception. The speeds will improve, in my market speeds started around 6-12mbps and now I often see 22-35mbps. Also, LTE signal is not like 3G, once the bars start dropping the speeds drop drastically, too. That's why once Sprint has LTE deployed on Nextel's 800mhz spectrum it will fly. Either way, 12mbps is more than enough speed on a phone so I'm perfectly ok with that.

7. lilg29

Posts: 89; Member since: Sep 14, 2011

No lte coverage in san diego once again... and since we moved we don't get much of a signal anymore. Sprint might be on our chopping block...

11. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

I was at the Ihop near the St Louis airport a couple weeks back and noticed 4g came up on my phone for a few minutes. So maybe those in the STL area will see it in the near future?

12. letgomyeggroll

Posts: 139; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

WTF!!!! Napa is on the list, but Sacramento is not. really, how many user do you have in Napa vs Sacramento that you would spend more money there first!!! I have been looking at Verizon lately even thou they don't have unlimited, but it starting to don't matter anymore!!! Get you sh@@ together Sprint!!!

14. MelvinPainter

Posts: 75; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

Hey, you are right down the street from the Bay Area, just take a drive and you can have LTE. Hell, I drive from Fresno to Cupertino to get great WIMAX.

15. letgomyeggroll

Posts: 139; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

WIMAX?? If you have LTE ready phone, you don't get WIMAX anymore. LTE is very spotty in the Bay Area, I go there quite often.

28. Mark.J.Linskiy unregistered

I actually noticed LTE signal on my phone yesterday (S III) while at home. I live in the Sacramento area (North Highlands/Antelope to be exact), so I'm sure it'll be officially launched/announced very soon. I'm pretty excited seeing LTE on my phone, although I work downtown and haven't had any there. We just have to wait a bit longer.

34. JEverettnow

Posts: 228; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

LTE just turned on in Roseville today. Saw a speedtest of 30mbps there. All towers receiving the upgrade are slated within the next 6 months. Some of them 60 - 90 days though. All of these announced areas are places that have already had LTE, they just have enough coverage to officially say the market has 4g lte now. I do think they need to have much more covereage than 25-30% coverage to say a certain market has coverage

37. Mark.J.Linskiy unregistered

Antelope is near Roseville, so it's nice to know that we're starting to receive LTE. Next time I go to the Mall or around that area, I will definitely be checking it out and running speed tests along with actually usage to try out the speeds. Can't wait until it covers a larger area around here, but I'm sure it won't be too long before it does.

16. mike2959

Posts: 694; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Sprint LTE coverage will not be any better than the current coverage. There not putting new towers up for LTE. Actually it's very rare to see that anymore. It's current towers getting fitted with the hardware and software. Actually the current LTE is being deployed on the very high frequency 2100 MHz which doesn't penetrate walls and buildings. Verizon and AT&T operate LTE on 700mhz in most parts of the country. The lower the frequency the farther the signal can travel. Think of the car coming down the road with the music blasting.....you can here the bass first.

18. letgomyeggroll

Posts: 139; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

ATT and Tmobile GSM runs on higher bandwidth, which why they required more towers to cover the same area as CDMA That is not always true. It's more depends on how much power is being broadcasted which is in wattage. The wattage is determined by FCC on how much is allowed by the license holder for that tower location.

21. coredonn

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

@mike2959 Sprint is deploying LTE on the 1900 mhz frequency and refarming the 800 mhz frequency that Nextel was on, for LTE also. The LTE that people get now is 1900 mhz frequency. LTE coverage will get better once Sprint decommissions Nextel's 800 mhz and lights up the LTE 800 mhz

22. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

@ mike2959 Not the case at all, Sprint only announces markets once they are 40% or so complete. Which means there is generally 60% of the market left to complete to fill in gaps. Just because you get an LTE signal does not mean they are not still working in that area. Also, as I said above, Sprint has yet to remotely down-tilt radio panels on the towers to provide faster speeds and better coverage until the market is complete, or close to it.

19. thetuba

Posts: 20; Member since: Jun 17, 2013

Don't forgert Mike2959 that Sprint is refarming the 800 mHz Spectrum from the Nextel towers for LTE.

20. HASHTAG unregistered

Dang it! I had my hopes up so fast, then my city wasn't listed. Well looks like I'm going to be waiting for a very long time.

23. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Where are you located?

24. HASHTAG unregistered

Morgantown, West Virginia. Just an hour from Pittsburgh. It's pathetic because we get AT&T and Verizon LTE coverage, and even U.S. Cellular. But no Sprint; makes me ashamed to be a Sprint customer.

26. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Ya man, LTE is already deployed in Pittsburgh (http://s4gru.com/index.php?/topic/1140-network-vi​sionlte-pittsburgh-market/) but it looks like WV is the only state where there is no current activity going on (http://s4gru.com/index.php?/topic/3931-network-vi​sion-market-discussions-directory-thread/). As far as being ashamed, I wouldn't be, I currently have Verizon ans Sprint and before my market had LTE I felt the same way. I do a lot of traveling and there were many markets where Verizon didn't have service for awhile but they got a big head start on Sprint since they went LTE from the get go instead of switching from WiMAX to LTE.

25. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

While I was driving around in Battle Creek MI, a town I live by, my friend has the Galaxy Victory on Virgin Mobile and got LTE and when I did a speed test, they got over 22 down, I was blown away by how fast it was and they are on freaking prepaid paying 45 dollars a month.

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