Sprint adds LTE to 20 markets and launches Sprint Spark in 4 more locations

Sprint adds LTE to 20 markets and launches Sprint Spark in 4 more locations
Amid talk from Strategy Analytics that predicts that Sprint will be the "King of data speed," the nation's third largest carrier has added LTE connectivity to 20 new markets. These new locations include Bakersfield, Calif., Lancaster, Pa., Omaha, Neb., Shawnee, Okla., Mason City, Iowa, Peoria, Ill., Trenton/Ewing, N.J., El Centro, Calif., Myrtle Beach, S.C., Provo/Orem, Utah, Visalia/Porterville, Calif., Hot Springs, Ark. Nogales, Ariz., Sarasota/Bradenton, Fla., Willimantic, Conn., Kenosha, Wis., Bridgeport/Stamford/Norwalk, Conn., Ocean City, N.J., Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pa.. and Zanesville, Ohio. 402 cities currently support the carrier's 4G LTE service.

By mid-year, Sprint hopes to have 250 million people covered with its 4G LTE signal. Sprint also announced that its HD Voice is now available in Provo, Utah and will soon be in Trenton, N.J. HD Voice eliminates background noise and offers better sound quality than a landline. Unlike a regular phone that offers 4 octaves of sound, Sprint says its HD Voice offers 7 octaves.

Sprint also added four more markets to the previous 14 that support Sprint Spark. This is a tri-band LTE service that uses circuitry on select phones to find which of the three bands is the best for the task being done with the handset. Sprint Spark allows users to receive data speeds as high as 50 to 60Mbps. The 18 markets that support Sprint Spark are Austin, Texas; Baltimore; Chicago; Dallas; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Fort Worth, Texas; Houston; Jacksonville, Fla.; Kansas City, Kan./Mo.; Los Angeles; Miami; New York; Philadelphia; Provo, Utah; Salt Lake City; San Antonio; Tampa, Fla; and Trenton, N.J.

source: Sprint



1. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Off topic, but why no mention of Hangouts big crash today? No Google users on staff that noticed or what. Its been on and off going for hours. Nexi user.

16. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

no problems here.

2. engineer-1701d unregistered

i love how Washington dc the usa capital still has the worst service for sprint i mean really even if we all had lte from sprint does not mean anything just means i have a nice lte bar on the phone still slower then 3g on any other network.

3. DonkeySauce

Posts: 194; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

That's not true. There are plenty of other cities with service equally as bad.

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Your comment made me laugh lolol.

36. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Just like AT&T and Verizon... what's your point? I am in Las Vegas and have no AT&T signal at both my home and work... switched to Sprint and I have 5 bars.

5. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

What do you use to back up your point that Sprint LTE is slower than any other network's 3G service?

37. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

It's not, like I said in previous comment, I test networks for a living, Sprint Spark is and will forever be the fastest network in the country, Sprint owns triple the spectrum of any other carrier.

6. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

I travel frequently to the DC/Arlington, VA area and Sprint LTE is plenty fast with great coverage. Not sure what you're referring to.

27. joe1blue

Posts: 169; Member since: Jul 25, 2013

I think sprint is the ugly duckling their data speeds are Hot Garbage! I live in Florida and I have lte all over the place and the speeds just suck if I were to attempt to load up this page it would just time out

29. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Where do you live?? Either there is something wrong with your phone, local tower / network or that is an outright lie. Anytime I am in FL the speeds are anywhere between 6-30mbps which is fast enough to do anything on a mobile phone. I can even watch a 1080p HD Youtube video on 3G without buffering. Do you know the difference between 6mbps and 30mbps on a smartphone? NOTHING, you cant tell the difference!!!

4. DrSteinman

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 17, 2014

Tried Sprint for two weeks out here late last year. 3G in the Seattle area? Really? But don't worry, they added LTE to Kenosha WI >.

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I literally lol'd.

11. troutsy

Posts: 383; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Kenosha is crammed between two decently sized cities (Milwaukee / Chicago) and requires virtually zero effort to cover in LTE. It's not about priorities, Seattle probably dragged approvals whereas Kenosha passed everything straight through.

14. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

That doesn't even take into account the need to get fiber back-haul to every site. Which makes it even slower in many cases.

7. Joshua9007

Posts: 94; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

CDMA 3G on verzon has the same theoretical speed as sprints which is approx. 3.1 Mb/s... and that is under perfect conditions standing next to an unloaded tower with good backhaul. Other than that the 3.5G technologies from At&t and T-mobile use mutiple channels to achieve higher throughput, but depends on the same constraints as Sprint/Verizion and though it can go faster, it requires the same amount of spectrum as LTE and is not as fast as LTE. Once sprint has fully launched their LTE (its only 45% complete with LTE in D.C.) it will be much more competitive, and they will be launching LTE on 800Mhz spectrum as well as the 2600Mhz spectrum in the metro areas, and possibly re-purpose some of their 3G spectrum for additional PCS 1900Mhz LTE in the future as well (in areas that need it). This is the point of the article, and no matter who you have as a provider for cellular service, competition always helps everyone... as can be seen with t-mobile being more competitive. Sprint had a lot more work to get their network up to speed and has more work ahead, but they are past the halfway mark nationally and once they are complete, they will be able to increase speed and capacity to match or beat their rivals.


Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

3G is being eliminated for 4G, and then 4G will be replaced by 5G!

8. eman99

Posts: 410; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

Why hasn't central Cali have LTE why why why


Posts: 110; Member since: Jun 26, 2013

I'm with PapaSmurf LOL!!! Still none of the upgrades matter unless you have a device that can use SPRINT SPARK LOL!!!!. They only have 2 devices. LOL!!!!! again!!!!! & we haven't heard of any flagships be it Android Iphone & definately No WP devices. As it stand there's only Android. Maybe I'll go back if they carry a decent selection of WP's for me on better plans & when the handsets can make use of the network. So we are looking at a possible 1-1/2 - 2 yrs at best. Hmmmm I'm lovin my new Nokia Icon at the moment so that will be in time to see what is what. LOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!

35. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

You obviously don't know anything, you get lost too.

13. Landmarkcm

Posts: 507; Member since: Aug 11, 2009

& Still no Vegas. Lol unbelievable. I'll stick with GSM regardless.

15. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

@CEMIII Many other Sprint devices will be able to take advantage of the 800mhz Nextel spectrum as Sprint has been building phones with the capability for years in anticipation of Network Vision, so your statement is not correct. Another incorrect statement is that there are only 2 Spark devices currently. Last count is 7 smartphones, 2 wifi hotspots and a home router. Every phone this year will launch with Spark capability. Get your facts straight and stop LOLOLOLOL'ing at your own posts, it makes you look like an imbecile.

18. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

800MHz band isn't bing used until end of the year so cross that out of your argument.

19. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012


22. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

You know you can edit posts, right?

24. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

It took me over 25 minutes before I realized the mistake. I've edited my posts over a thousand times at least so yes, I know.

28. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

@ PapaSmurf...That is incorrect. Look at www.s4gru.com . In some markets the 800mhz bands are live and people have connected successfully.

34. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Actually, I am a network tester and your full of crap, it's being used right now with new permits being pulled everyday, get lost.

17. imyourpapi

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 04, 2014

Where the lte in Sacramento!!! We are the capital of California and lots of people from the bay area work out here... Unbelievable sprint.....

23. 7Superman9

Posts: 86; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

I agree. Sacramento should have LTE by this summer. They've been working on it, I've noticed much better reception within the last couple of weeks.

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