Sprint adds new markets for LTE and Spark, international Wi-Fi calling and a 30-day free trial

Sprint adds new markets for LTE and Spark, international Wi-Fi calling and a 30-day free trial
It has been a busy Monday for Sprint's PR department, starting with the introduction of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport. The nation's third largest carrier has also announced that 28 new markets are covered with its 4G LTE service, bringing the total to 471. New cities covered include Seattle, Cleveland, and San Jose.  At the same time, three new markets support the operator's speedy Sprint Spark service, bringing that total to 27.

Sprint also has announced the nationwide availability of HD Voice. 16 million Sprint customers are currently using the service, which provides clearer, more natural sounding voice. With noise-cancelling technology, background noise is virtually eliminated. Sprint says that 28 of its post-paid smartphones support the service, while 33 of the operator's pre-paid phones work with the feature. Additionally, sometime over the next several weeks, Sprint customers will be able to talk or send texts from out of the country via Wi-Fi calling. More than 100 countries will support the service, which means that you should be able to communicate no matter where you are overseas.


Sprint is also offering a new risk-free 30 day trial period. If you aren't satisfied with Sprint within the first 30 days after you sign up, the carrier will refund the cost of all devices, and waive service and activation charges. The 30 day trial period starts with new customers signing up with Sprint on June 27th, or later.

source: Sprint

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17 Comments

1. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

It's just sad to see Sprint blatantly copy T-Mobile's moves.

3. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

I dont know of any other carrier offering a free 30-day trial or a framily like plan with free spotify subscriptions. This offer is pretty enticing. Even while T-Mobile already has international wi-fi calling, this is fantastic news and as of right now Sprint is the only carrier that has nation-wide hd voice calling. Which is also awesome, instead of just a few select markets like everyone else.

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

If I'm not mistaken, T-Mobile rolled out HD Voice in January if 2013 and completed it a long time ago.

7. true1984

Posts: 859; Member since: May 23, 2012

that's true but sprint started in 2012

10. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

T-Mobile just launched HD Voice on May 22nd in Seattle and it's only available in a few cities...http://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-4988 For VoLTE. it's HSPA HD voice has been available for awhile, but they don't have nowhere near 471 markets like Sprint does. I just wish Sprint had used the AMR codec, but I guess they are similar. I think Sprint will launch AMR on LTE however when they finish that buildout and they are probably waiting for the 800mhz LTE buildout to be more finished before they launch VoLTE.

13. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

VoLTE and HD Voice are two separate rollouts... HD Voice was completed quite some time ago just as I mentioned, but they're now deploying VoLTE, which handles calls over LTE instead of HSPA+. http://how-to.t-mobile.com/callquality/

16. JEverettnow

Posts: 228; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

Sprint will count every little town as a market. Most large cities seem to get ignored while every podunk midewest and southern town with a population of 5 gets LTE.

2. KFear

Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

All carriers do this. Sprint has done it before too but now they extended it to 30 days plus adding on the bonus of waived activation. So T-Mobile copied everyone else from these types of promotions that have been evolving for years. Why would we make fun of a carrier that is busy trying to give extra benefits to the customer?

5. engineer-1701d unregistered

like we all say just fix the 3g or dont use it make all phones you carry lte and spark, today i spent 5 min trying to get a speed test to nothing then lte turned on and pow 15 down 7 up just fix the f ing network speed or at least be a man about it and acknowledge the problem and tell them you are trying to fix it a what ways.

6. OldNorseBruin

Posts: 235; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

So, heavily promoting this "SPARK" 4G network means....that SPRINT finally has a functioning 3G network right?...WRONG.

8. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Sprint 3G is a joke, its slower than T-Mobiles 2G.

11. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

The 3G argument is old dude, no one even cares about 3G anymore and ever since they replaced all their sites with NV sites the 3G is fine. 3G CDMA is not as fast as HSPA+... however, Sprint's main deal is they 8T8R TD-LTE they are rolling out that's going to be pretty extreme and that will be their selling point and they willa lso be the LTE speed king's once they do.

12. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

It isn't when the problem still exists almost everywhere...

14. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

You work for Sprint, "dude"? It's tough to promote a network that currently is Swiss cheese, and even if they get LTE working everywhere (good luck), their backhaul will still be trash. Sprint charges premium prices on some of their plans, but the truth is, they are a far cry from Verizon or AT&T. If I wanted to take a chance (if) on Sprint's network, I'd go to Republic Wireless anyhow. No need to get a rape whistle then...

9. nnjerzy

Posts: 126; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Sprint is a crime

15. joe1blue

Posts: 169; Member since: Jul 25, 2013

Sprint is trash, im force roaming on Verizon just to be able to watch the games on watch espn. Sprint will terminate this line very soon so that will be my last line remaining from my family plan.

17. Joshua9007

Posts: 94; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

I shed a tear for every clown here that just regurgitates "sprint sucks"... sorry you had a bad experience or live in an area that only has 1-2 options, but bashing sprint does not make you look 'cool'. Don't read a article about sprint if you don't honestly want to know what they're doing, I don't go to the other articles and mindlessly post retarded nonsense... For those of us that are within their coverage area and have been loyal (for what reason, I'm still not sure, lol) the 3G situation has gotten dramatically better over the last 2 years. I have gone from plenty of signal and not being able to send a text, to being able to stream youtube for my son while driving almost anywhere. And that is not counting where LTE is live in my area, which is super fast, and even where congested and low signal... it is still faster than 3G. Want to talk about swiss cheese? Look at t-mobile's network around Pittsburgh... it is islands of pink (LTE/HSPA+) in a sea of purple (2G) I know that the 3G upgrades in my area are around 85% done and the LTE is only around 50%... and once they get it all converted it will KILL t-mobile... or the sprint merger will go through and they will launch all their combined spectrum on all the 2G towers of t-mobile and it will actually compete with VZW/At&t. No matter what happens in the future, sprint is set to get much better. Softbank will spend on beefing up the network if he can't buy the competition, and we will all have better service no matter what.

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