Sprint announces Tri-band LTE models

Sprint announces Tri-band LTE models
We told you the other day about an FCC filing for a Sprint Tri-band LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy S4. That phone has not yet been announced by Sprint. But the carrier on Wedneday did announce a number of Sprint branded handsets that will be compatible with the enhanced LTE service which is being called Sprint Spark. The technology allows the circuitry in the phone to decide which of three LTE bands is perfect for a specific activity. This all happens in the blink of an eye, but can mean faster network speeds and better in-building coverage.

The phones will become Sprint Spark compatible starting November 8th.with the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini which will be compatible with the Tri-LTE bands right out of the box. The other phones will require a software update and includes the LG G2 and the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3. Later on this year, a software update will make the HTC One max work with Sprint Spark.

Three Sprint mobile HotSpots are already compatible with Sprint Spark such as the Netgear Zing Mobile HotSpot, Netgear 341U USB Modem and the MiFi 500 LTE by Novatel.

The first cities that will offer the Tri-band LTE service have been announced by Sprint and will be New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Tampa and Miami. By the end of 2014, Sprint expects Sprint Spark coverage to reach 100 million Americans.

source: Sprint

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14 Comments

1. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Could you read the source better, the HTC One is not capable of using the 3 bands of LTE, it only has the radios for 1900. In the news release they say that the HTC One max is coming later this year and will be triband/Spark compatible. This is the 4th phone in the release.

2. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

The question is when are they going to turn on this spark? What city will have this wonderful spark?.

4. belovedson

Posts: 1060; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

what bands are they again

5. Malique001

Posts: 58; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

800mhz, 1.9ghz, 2.5ghz

6. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

800mhz* Edit- Nvm, you corrected it as I was typing my comment :p

7. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

pfft sprint sucks ass in los angeles i feel bad for my friends with sprint lte phones they on slooow 3G 90 percent of the time in LA one of my friends who lives in pico has to walk 20 mins to a walmart to get lte all her block is on slow 3G . Everyone even metro piece of shyt has more lte than sprint over here even tmobile which tmobile was last to get lte in La it already surpassed sprint which supposedly brought lte to La first than tmobile ,tmobile left it behind has lte in more places in la than sprint..

8. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Really? That's funny because I was just in LA and my iPhones LTE was faster then both my friends who had Verizon and AT&T... We were laughing about it because my ping was half theirs.

9. Jocelyn84

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

IPhone 5s? If so it's dual band LTE and your comment would make a lot of sense.

10. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

What part of La in east la,montebellow,pico,weho,glendale, dwtwn la,@compton,southcentral,santa monica ,long beach san fer valley tmobile lte beats sprint and has a much better ping i seen pings as low as 41 on tmobiles lte well in those places i mentioned tmobile has lte in every single place sprint only in half the rest are on 3g evdo.

11. btbotimtim

Posts: 270; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

sprint is slow in LA, OC and San Diego. Painfully slow.

12. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

Great, it's going to be another $10 premium called "Premium+" on top of the already "$20" Premium and Smartphone.

13. ZPM101

Posts: 36; Member since: Apr 12, 2010

Sprints broken/delayed promises and slow roll-outs will only create more churn. Yeah, they made up my mind for me....not an option!

14. pslee

Posts: 40; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

sprint LTE is getting better. LTE was a joke beginning of the year but now, i have LTE pretty much everywhere i go in NYC. From a reliable source, LTE footprint in NYC is about 50 percent done. reason why LTE rollout is taking long for sprint is they are overhauling the entire network, unlike Tmobile, who is just doing minor installation at the cell tower for LTE signals. Sprint is doing backhaul updates, new panels RRUs, etc. i would say with triband LTE, sprint is back in the game in 2014 for most of the cities.

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