Sprint adds new cities to its LTE coverage

Sprint adds new cities to its LTE coverage
What better way for Sprint customers in five cities to start the new week than with 4G LTE coverage freshly turned on by the carrier. The new cities include Lawrence, Kan.; Topeka, Kan.; Wichita, Kan.; Waukegan-Lake County, Ill.; and Barnstable-Hyannis/Mid-Cape, Mass. This brings Sprint's current LTE signal into 24 cities with 100 more coming in the months ahead. The nation's third largest carrier has a way to go to reach the current leader, Verizon, which has nearly 400 cities receiving its LTE signal.

Besides the new LTE coverage, Sprint reports that its customers in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles should be noticing an improvement in its 3G signal as its Network Vision improvements roll out to those major cities. Network Vision brings improved call quality, faster 3G speeds with expanded coverage, and improved reliability which should mean fewer dropped calls. Also, Sprint customers in Baltimore, Boston and Washington D.C. should also be noticing the better quality enhanced 3G service available in those regions.


source: Sprint


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28 Comments

1. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

they need LTE in Orlando, FL BAD!!! i just purchased iTunes Match last night... damn what a waste... I can barely get through one song without buffering. Sprint just out right sucks....

21. paynekiller

Posts: 152; Member since: May 24, 2010

If they bring LTE *anywhere* in Florida, I'll consider upgrading my phone cause I will stupidly believe they will bring it to the Miami Ft Lauderdale area soon enough, like how a good girl chooses to believe a bad boyfriend's lies just to keep things going. Til then, I think I'm sticking to my SGS II since I can pick up 4G WiMAX by my window, making it semi-usable for the internet in some places at least.

26. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

damn, so I guess you probably tried to tell her, but her bf says youre just "making stuff up cuz you want her for yourself ":(

2. devildlm1

Posts: 71; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

I really regret extending my contract. The only reason I am with them is because of the price since i am always alway near a wifi connection but T-mobiles $30 plan seems way better. Plus I would be able to use unlocked phones

11. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Yeah 3G sucks in some markets but depending on where you are, your local market may be getting upgraded to Network Vision soon. I have seen first hand what Network Vision will do to improve 3G and add 4G LTE. To me, it is worth the wait but I know many are frustrated. This is dejavu of AT&T's network nightmares after they added the iPhone. There is no way you can add that many new data hogs (Android included) on a network without adding more capacity. One positive is that Sprint over-engineered this project and should be ok for awhile.

27. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

I had Tmo before going to Sprint and let me tell you... Ill take consistantly mediocre internet speeds over "lets see what happens today" speeds. I wont go back to Tmo's spotty service. BTW their phones dont pick up 3G in other parts of the world, only edge.

3. letgomyeggroll

Posts: 139; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

How amazing a small local provider here in Sacramento (Metro PCS) has LTE, but Sprint doesn't!!!! I got the Galaxy S3 but can't use LTE yet and among other customer's with LTE phones. How many more subscribers does it take to get 4g or even improve the 3G atleast. Dump Nextel already would you, it's a waste of money to keep that going!!!!!!!!!

4. axllebeer

Posts: 271; Member since: Apr 05, 2011

As a previous long term Nextel follower and subscriber, I'm totally in agreement with you here. I talked to someone @ Sprint just last weekend what they told me was if I'm in an area where Nextel always worked but Sprint did not or was poor signal, that those towers were to be the ones to also carry the LTE for Sprint. This is great for me if it's true because Nextel is the ONLY carrier that still works where I live. We're all on Sprint now and have to use an Airave. I was told that when the make the switch, we won't need the Airave anymore. Here's hoping...

5. axllebeer

Posts: 271; Member since: Apr 05, 2011

As a previous long term Nextel follower and subscriber, I'm totally in agreement with you here. I talked to someone @ Sprint just last weekend what they told me was if I'm in an area where Nextel always worked but Sprint did not or was poor signal, that those towers were to be the ones to also carry the LTE for Sprint. This is great for me if it's true because Nextel is the ONLY carrier that still works where I live. We're all on Sprint now and have to use an Airave. I was told that when the make the switch, we won't need the Airave anymore. Here's hoping...

8. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Lol I agree with you bro. I am right here in elk grove and pissed that crappy metropcs has lte before Sprint! This is bs!

15. letgomyeggroll

Posts: 139; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

It seems like they upgrading the areas, where Sprints' Customer Service Centers and corp buildings not where most of their customer's located!

17. lilotimz

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

They are dumping nextel. They've been shutting down thousands upon thousands of old nextel sites and refarming them for LTE on the 800mhz band. They're supposed to be done taking nextel offline by next august (literally all of it). On the other hand... should've researched when LTE is coming knowing that sprint have really bad / random data speeds (some areas are fine at 1 mbps while others crawl under 100 kbps all within 0.5 miles of each other). I've asked a certain person who knows a hell of a lot about sprints network about sacramento / upper central valley... the planning for NV etc for us is done... they just need to start (we're a 4th round [mid-late 2013] market but could go into the 3rd round [early to mid 2013]).

19. letgomyeggroll

Posts: 139; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Yes they are taking down the Direct Connect but not Nextel. They will be using the data pipe line for the connect. That is one reason why our network is getting slower. So if you think the Direct connect was poor its gonna get worst. If you dont get data you wont get direct connect!

22. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Actually, I think you meant they're taking down the legacy Nextel network and not Direct Connect. Direct Connect moved to Sprint and now has 3 times more coverage than the Nextel network. I have been part of the Sprint Direct Connect testing for my employer and it is as good as Nextel DC. We have had ZERO problems with the service thus far.

28. letgomyeggroll

Posts: 139; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Its really not Direct Connect anymore, they already taken down the 800 MHz that ran the Direct Connect. Not its all IP base with actually an app. They say whatever technical terms they like but that what it is. Its somewhat ATT have been doing. Improvement in coverage for that? Since you have to have full data service without roaming. They will loose this battle since 2 way radios have been more advance and the user can own their own equipment for a fraction of the cost to areas that they need.

6. archangel9

Posts: 233; Member since: Feb 07, 2010

Late to the party as usual Sprint.Friday we're done .Hello to Tmobile.Unlimited data 4g w/o throttling,caps and to better CS and the GS III

14. letgomyeggroll

Posts: 139; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

TMobile coverages suck big time here in West Coast!!!!!!!!!!

24. christony1120

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

so does Sprint..... but at least T-mobile has way better 3g and 4g speeds compared to Sprint

25. letgomyeggroll

Posts: 139; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

I use to have TMobile, and coverage is not even half as good as Sprint. I use to have drop calls all the time and I know a lot people that have Tmobile now and they have problems with coverage. Just coverage problems, and from my experiences and read, GSM needs more tower than CDMA for coverage in which TMobile dont have enough in California.

7. BREvenson

Posts: 240; Member since: May 17, 2012

Lake County, IL. Finally! Well, doesn't really affect me, I still have an OG EVO. Damn WiMAX...either way they're finally starting to get something going here.

9. ChangMin2012

Posts: 87; Member since: Apr 14, 2012

Patience is the key to success. I'll keep my Everything Data 450 plan with my android phone. Luvin' it.

10. e.wvu unregistered

Patience is the key when you decide to switch to a different carrier that already has 4G LTE in your area.

13. ChangMin2012

Posts: 87; Member since: Apr 14, 2012

I dunno, I mean, I had them horrible experience from the Big Red's customer service reps when it came to billing and overcharging my bills. So I think I'd pass on them Verizon plans for a long time...and by long I mean a lifetime. Even if it already has LTE, I'm going to wait for Sprint to go have it's LTE.

16. Phonecall01 unregistered

@e.wvu How's patience the key when you don't wait and switch???

12. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Phoenix, AZ (you know, the 6th largest US city) & San Diego, CA (8th largest US city) are both still waiting for 4G from Sprint... =/ At least I have 4G now that I'm with VZW but geeze... C'mon Sprint. Stop dragging your feet!!! D:

18. johnnyb

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

What about Chicago! ! 3g sucks balls still. No lte at all.

23. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Chicago is being upgraded right now. From what I've read they have had some issues with Chicago but they should be done soon, much faster 3G, HD Voice and LTE. I usually check out www.s4gru.com for Sprint 4G updates.

20. lokey40

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

what is going on in HI, lost of coverage

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