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Sprint details LTE network expansion, 100 new markets to be covered within months

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Sprint details LTE network expansion, 100 new markets to be covered within months
Right after its official launch, the Sprint LTE wireless network was available only in 15 cities across the U.S., and whoever had an LTE capable smartphone had a bit of a hard time connecting to it due to spotty coverage. That is bound to change in the near future, however, as the carrier is busy expanding its LTE network, which should go live in 100 new markets within the following months.

Some of the metropolitan areas, which Sprint is planning on covering with 4G LTE goodness soon, include Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans and many more. Feel free to go through the list below and see whether your area is included. In the official press release, Sprint reiterates its expectations to have completed its nationwide 4G LTE rollout by the end of 2013.

  • Aguadilla-Isabela-San Sebastian, Puerto Rico 
  • Albermarle, N.C. 
  • Anderson, Ind. 
  • Asheville, N.C. 
  • Athens, Tenn. 
  • Athens, Texas 
  • Austin, Texas 
  • Barnstable Town (Hyannis/Midcape), Mass. 
  • Baton Rouge, La. 
  • Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Md. 
  • Boston 
  • Cambridge-Newton-Framingham, Mass. 
  • Charlotte, N.C. 
  • Chattanooga, Tenn. 
  • Chicago 
  • Clarksville, Tenn. 
  • Cleveland, Tenn. 
  • Coamo, Puerto Rico 
  • College Station, Texas 
  • Columbia, Tenn. 
  • Columbus, Ind. 
  • Cookeville, Tenn. 
  • Crossville, Tenn. 
  • Daytona Beach-Deltona-Ormond Beach, Fla. 
  • Elkhart-Goshen, Ind. 
  • Fayetteville, N.C. 
  • Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, Fla. 
  • Gainesville, Fla. 
  • Gary, Ind. 
  • Goldsboro, N.C. 
  • Greenville, N.C. 
  • Greeneville, Tenn. 
  • Guayama, Puerto Rico 
  • Hammond, La. 
  • Harriman, Tenn. 
  • Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, N.C. 
  • Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, La. 
  • Hutchinson, Kan. 
  • Indianapolis-Carmel, Ind. 
  • Jacksonville, Fla. 
  • Johnson City, Tenn. 
  • Jonesboro, Ark. 
  • Kankakee-Bradley-Bourbonnais, Ill. 
  • Kerrville, Texas 
  • Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, Texas 
  • Kingsport-Bristol, Tenn. 
  • Kinston, N.C. 
  • Knoxville, Tenn. 
  • Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla. 
  • Lancaster, S.C. 
  • Lawrence, Kan. 
  • Lincolnton, N.C. 
  • Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, Calif. 
  • Lumberton, N.C. 
  • McPherson, Kan. 
  • Memphis, Tenn. 
  • Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Fla. 
  • Morgan City, La. 
  • Morristown, Tenn. 
  • Mayaguez, Puerto Rico 
  • Muncie, Ind. 
  • Nashville, Tenn. 
  • New Orleans 
  • New York-White Plains-Wayne, N.Y. 
  • Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News, Va. 
  • Ocala, Fla. 
  • Ocean Pines, Md. 
  • Palatka, Fla. 
  • Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Fla. 
  • Peabody/Lawrence-Methuen/Gloucester, Mass. 
  • Philadelphia 
  • Ponce, Puerto Rico 
  • Port St. Lucie, Fla. 
  • Roanoke Rapids, N.C. 
  • Rochelle, Ill. 
  • Rockford, Ill. 
  • Rocky Mount, N.C. 
  • Salina, Kan. 
  • Salisbury, Md. 
  • Salisbury, N.C. 
  • San German-Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico 
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico 
  • Sebastian-Vero Beach, Fla. 
  • Sevierville, Tenn. 
  • Shelby, N.C. 
  • Southern Pines-Pinehurst, N.C. 
  • Springfield, Mass. 
  • Statesville-Mooresville, N.C. 
  • St. Thomas, USVI 
  • Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla. 
  • Topeka, Kan. 
  • Tullahoma, Tenn. 
  • Tupelo, Miss. 
  • Warrensburg, Mo. 
  • Washington, D.C.-Arlington-Alexandria, Va. 
  • Waukegan-Lake County, Ill. 
  • West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, Fla. 
  • Wichita, Kan. 
  • Wichita Falls, Texas 
  • Wilson, N.C. 
  • Worcester-Fitchburg-Leominster, Mass. 
  • Yauco, Puerto Rico

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posted on 10 Sep 2012, 09:43 9

1. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

Wow, Hey this is VERY GREAT news for all Sprint customers. WOW 100 new markets within months from now. Sprint is very aggressive with their 4G LTE expansion.

Kudos to Sprint!

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 10:01 4

7. Contreramanjaro (Posts: 153; Member since: 04 Dec 2011)

Yes it is. My city is on this list. I already knew from s4gru but it's nice to have more confirmation. S4gru said I'd be covered sometime around December so that may provide a little range to the list.

Also, all those that may leave the following comment: "Who cares about LTE if they can't fix their 3G?" Remember, with LTE, they are adding capacity and doing fiber back hauls. It can only mean good news even for 3G.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 11:14 4

19. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Good news for those customers who live in the cities on the list IF they are covered by the towers. The WiMax implementation left me under-whelmed. San Mateo, CA was 'on the list', but large parts of the city had no WiMax coverage. Also, it seems like Sprint is bailing on west coast coverage. Not the best decision when VZW and AT&T are trying to poach your customers.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 11:25 3

21. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)

like 10 of those cities are in Puerto Rico... what the heck?

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 11:28 4

22. shadowcell (Posts: 300; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)

Something wrong with that bub?

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 11:34 3

24. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)

thats great for PR, but Im in a city that everyone has LTE (even MetroPCS) Was hoping we were on that list.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 16:59 2

44. lsutigers (Posts: 821; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)

This is awesome, I just got back from the British Virgin Islands and heard Sprint has been working on Network Vision in the Puerto Rico / USVI market, I think they will be first with LTE in the carribbean since Verizon doesn't operate there and I dont believe AT&T has deployed LTE there yet.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 09:49 4

2. moofoodooloo (Posts: 137; Member since: 04 Jan 2011)

Definitely good news. But what about MSP?

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 10:16 1

10. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

I was thinking the same thing... At least we got WiMax within a couple months of Sprint's rollout of their first um... "4G" attempt...

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 15:11

52. moofoodooloo (Posts: 137; Member since: 04 Jan 2011)

Frankly, I'm surprised MSP was left off this list. Sprint has a massive market share here and was a priority market when WiMax was rolled out.

Perhaps Sprint doesn't have the resources to restructure too many large metro areas yet, because that list consists of a lot of medium markets..

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 09:59 2

3. xXMAKESHIFTXx (Posts: 38; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)

That is great.to hear for us Kankakee, IL people after all we were the first site of this new technology!

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 10:01 4

6. threeline (Posts: 267; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)

That's great for Kankakee! Now all 50 of you have LTE!

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 10:00 3

4. threeline (Posts: 267; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)

How many months 42? Why announce something like this with a open timeline? Why not announce this and say "within 6 months" or whatever it is and give us something to hold you to? Less talking more doing Sprint, your coverage absolutely sucks in the PHX area.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 13:36 2

33. gravityron (Posts: 23; Member since: 07 Aug 2012)

I was thinking the same thing and I think it might have to do with the iPhone release? "Hey guys! Get your new iPhone with Sprint, not to worry our LTE is just months away!" Maybe ... any rate, just sayin'

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 17:01

45. lsutigers (Posts: 821; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)

These are all round 1 markets that are being worked on right now. For better specifics on timelines to launch and market completion check out www.s4gru.com.

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 16:38 1

54. moofoodooloo (Posts: 137; Member since: 04 Jan 2011)

There are a lot of variables in launching a network like this and setting dates in stone would be foolish. Sprint has said they want the Network Vision rollout to be completed by the end of 2013.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 10:01 4

5. CreeDiddy (Posts: 957; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)

I hate to say it as I am a VZW subscriber, but Sprint won't catch VZ's 371 markets until end of 2014. By that time, VZ should light up near 750-800 LTE markets. It's good news, for Sprint, however, it will be a slow process covering the map like VZ.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 10:16 4

9. Contreramanjaro (Posts: 153; Member since: 04 Dec 2011)

This is true but I don't think the point is to be first or the best anymore. Sprint is all about unlimited data, VZ is for those that want a reliable huge network and ATT is for those that bought an iPhone years ago and have been stuck in a contract loop since. And many of them will claim they already have 4G on their 4S so good luck selling the LTE concept to them lol.

I'm honestly not going to pick up a Sprint LTE device until it has LTE 800Mhz built in. As far as I know, none of those have been released yet so LTE will not be a concern to me until then... and of course the amount of time from then until I can gather up the hundreds of dollars for the new device.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 11:03

16. Fallout09 (Posts: 421; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

I am about 90% sure that 800Mhz is already built into Sprint LTE phones.... Just like 800Mhz CDMA is already.... however, will not be avalible till the network is lit up. I remmeber reading about Tri-ban LTE chipsets a few months back.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 11:13 2

18. Contreramanjaro (Posts: 153; Member since: 04 Dec 2011)

I am 100% sure that the HTC EVO LTE and Galaxy S3 do not have LTE 800 support.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 11:31 1

23. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)

yea sorry to break it to you Fallout but 800Mhz is not built in to the current devices that are launching with LTE. It looks like they are aware that they wont have all the Nextel subscribers off that network for a while so I really dont see them using the 800mhz spectrum till 2014

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 14:32

37. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

Wrong, its built into the phones, its just that 800 mhz wont be utilized until Nextel is completely decommisioned. The new towers are capable of 800/1900/2500 and the phones are too.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 12:04 2

27. CreeDiddy (Posts: 957; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)

Well I have to say unlimited data is overrated. Most of the time, I am using Wifi at home. For those that don't have home wifi yes, unlimited is good to have. At most, people use less than 2Gb of data per month. I only use 1.5-2GB per month and I always update my iOS apps, use Spotify, browse the net, check work emails, and txt. So to say having unlimited with Sprint is not going to convince people to their network. Their dropped calls on their network rank among the worst. Keep in mind you don't get unlimited calls. Their SIMPLY EVERYTHING plan is $109 per month. For 450/900 mins its priced at $79 and $99 respectively. That isn't a good deal.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 12:29

28. thunder18 (Posts: 140; Member since: 06 Aug 2009)

I will admit unlimited calling is a bit of spin on the $79 plan. It is in fact unlimited calling to any mobile phone regardless of carrier. The 450/900 min. plans, the minutes are only used when calling landlines. As far as dropped call, I usually only experience them when talking to my iPhone-toting friends so take that how you will.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 12:33

30. Contreramanjaro (Posts: 153; Member since: 04 Dec 2011)

I didn't want to be so bold as to say that about the iPhones but I feel like that as well.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 12:29 1

29. Contreramanjaro (Posts: 153; Member since: 04 Dec 2011)

Just did a check and it would cost me $110 to get an iPhone with 4GB of data on ATT. This is for the 2GB people. This is also a shared plan, so you don't get more data if you add a line.

On Sprint you only get 450 minutes but calls to mobile are free and nights and weekends start at 6. I think I used 16 minutes last month. So, if you are calling land lines that much... it may be a bad plan.

I use upwards of 4 GB each month on Sprint, though sometimes I only use 2. I also use WiFi a lot but the thing is, I never ever worry about going over. I don't show up at my friends house and shove my phone in their face begging for a WiFi password. I always can download an app or run GPS. Watch Netflix in the car or stream Pandora. I have had 3 dropped calls in the last 4 years I have been on Sprint and for some reason I get the best service in the middle of 50 miles of corn fields in the midwest consistently also in the woods.

It's a good deal.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 14:39

38. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

Their dropped call ranks is actually only worse than Verizon, do some fact checking. As far as the unlimited, it may not be a big deal now, but when LTE is the norm for phone usage, it will be.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 17:04 2

46. lsutigers (Posts: 821; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)

I dont remember the last time I dropped a call on the Sprint Network. I have a Verizon phone (personal) and it is the same as Sprint when it comes to dropped calls, both are very good Networks.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 10:02

8. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

And of course, the closest city with LTE in my area is 60 miles away... lol. I'm just glad T-Mo decided to bring HSPA+ down to my town, or else I would be miserable without Wifi... Now all I need is a Moto device, because the antennae in my GS2 drops signal whenever I go inside, or whenever I put it in my pocket :/

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 10:28 2

11. papss (unregistered)

Too bad sprint phones are lacking.. they need a better lineup to compete

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