Sprint flips 4G LTE switch in 9 new markets

Sprint flips 4G LTE switch in 9 new markets
Sprint is one of the carriers that’s slightly behind in terms of 4G LTE adoption after its first misstep with WiMAX. 

Now, the nation’s third-largest carrier is rolling out its Network Vision plan to cover a huge part of Americans with LTE, and has just added 9 new markets to its footprint.

This time Sprint is flipping the LTE switch in smaller markets, here is the full list.

  • Altoona, Pa.
  • Asheville, N.C.
  • Columbus, Ind.
  • Elkhart/Goshen, Ind.
  • Hammond, La.
  • La Crosse, Wis.
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Statesville, N.C.
  • Temple, Texas

This brings Sprint LTE coverage to a total of 67 markets. The carrier is still actively testing and lighting up LTE in the major metros like San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York, and the network is already available in some parts of those cities.

source: Sprint



1. 3SM.. unregistered

Still waiting. Well, I have 6 months left in my contract, if I don't get LTE coverage by then I'm leaving Sprint. I'd rather deal with capped LTE data than unlimited slow data speeds that I'm currently getting.

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Switch over to T-Mobile. LTE Advanced 10 + HSPA+ 42 with truly unlimited data. You won't miss Sprint at all.

4. 3SM.. unregistered

I would, however, T-Mobile doesn't offer coverage in my area.

10. CfullerTX

Posts: 19; Member since: Aug 06, 2012

"For unlimited data plans, full speeds available up to monthly data allotment; then speeds slowed to up to 2G speeds for remainder of billing cycle. For post-paid 200MB plan, overage of $0.10/MB charged to customers after monthly data allotment is used. On-network and domestic roaming data allotments differ: 1-MB to 199-MB full-speed plans include 5 MB of roaming; 200-MB full-speed plan includes 10 MB of roaming; 2-GB full-speed and Unlimited Nationwide 4G plans include 50 MB of roaming; 5-GB full-speed plan includes 100 MB of roaming; 10-GB full-speed plan includes 200 MB of roaming; and Mobile Web Pay Per Use includes 10 MB of roaming." Don't talk about things you haven't done your research on. They are not "truely" unlimited.

18. btbotimtim

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

They came out with truly unlimited months ago. No caps on $30 data plan. it's called unlimited nationwide 4G Under value plan, it is $20. I guess you should not talk about things you haven't researched on. lol

32. CfullerTX

Posts: 19; Member since: Aug 06, 2012

You can't refer to a data plan that "throttles" as truly unlimited. Good try though.

24. Paynefanbro

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

I'd like to point out the Sprint's LTE is LTE Advanced compatible meaning, they'd only have to flip a switch to get LTE Advanced, which is exactly what they plan on doing. There are also no devices that are currently LTE Advanced capable. There is no real benfit to phones yet, your T-Mobile LTE speeds will not be any faster just because it is Release 10.

5. threeline

Posts: 313; Member since: Sep 11, 2011

I can't wait to leave Sprint, they plain suck. There is no way I am getting the Galaxy S IV on Sprint's crap network!


Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Hurry up and leave then....Here in NYC LTE is coming on strong. Go I use my phone more for talking and texting than surfing. By years end Sprint will be poring it on with extended LTE coverage.

16. sun0066

Posts: 272; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

I left sprint and I could not be happier, They start selling LTE phone without having LTE services , the my lte phone became old and I never had the chance to test it lol , ATT offer the same services, lte 4g everywhere and I paying almost the same

19. cuddybonz

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 06, 2009

I'm a little confused because if memory serves me correct. Sprint sold it's first device with an LTE antenna in May 2012. How exactly did your device "become old"? And by paying almost the same do you mean you are paying more at AT&T while being subjected to potential data overage?

22. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

My wife has a GS3 on Sprint and still no LTE. When she tries to show me a Video it's so slow I pull out my Lumia 920 and she's like, "Whatever!" :p She's really thinking about switching over.

17. crysiswarmonger

Posts: 81; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

I left sprint almost 1 year ago. Sprint service is horrible and they will never get better. Leave sprint.

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Shouldn't Sprint roll out LTE to some the larger markets first and then deploy it to smaller markets? Glad that San Juan, PR is lit up. 3G over there is beyond terrible.

9. CfullerTX

Posts: 19; Member since: Aug 06, 2012

They're turning towers on as they go. There is a required % of towers in an area that have to be upgraded before "launched". I have LTE in Nashville, but it's not officially launched here yet.


Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

It is easier to open a smaller market once work has begun than say a larger market in a city like NY. More buildings means more antennas to deploy and upgrade. Less dense areas of population even if started after a city like New York will most certainly be easier to deploy

6. cGmC11

Posts: 152; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

Mmmm...Sprint 4G LTE in San Juan PR + no cap + HTC One + end contract on AT&T...Mmmm

8. kevin_wsy

Posts: 34; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Depending on the area still even if your city is listed. Where I live, in Wichita, KS, the coverage maps shows excellent coverage, still I get only like 2 or 3 down, and it will drop to 3G after a few minutes... meanwhile in another side of the city, where the coverage maps shows excellent coverage too, gets 12 to 15 down. So... good luck.

7. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

This sucks, still no Saint Louis? Still no hint of Saint Louis? I'm starting to see people leave Sprint for other carriers because they're sick of the wait. We're already almost a year into LTE Sprint phones, and with few exceptions, almost no major cities have LTE with Sprint.

20. cuddybonz

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 06, 2009

This is true if you don't consider Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Indianapppolis, Dallas, Houston or Miami Major cities.

15. Sdubb3

Posts: 19; Member since: Jan 22, 2012

So slow with this s***! I didn't even get WiMax before they ended that! I should have stayed with Verizon. Every carrier has some sort of 4g in my area. To get Sprints I have to travel 50 miles.....and its only like a 5 mile bubble then your out of range.

21. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

HAHA! Still not Austin but Ghetto Temple?

23. ooceans1215

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

After 10 years with sprint.....goodbye sprint..HELLO T-MOBILE!!

28. Imbatman

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

Almost everyone who keeps posting here about Sprint and how s**tty they are dont know ANYTHING about phones. I work for sprint and I dislike them simply because of how the company's Rules "inside work" change. I have verizon for my cell and I will never leave them as to me they are better where I live and I like their phones more. The Network Vision Upgrades take Millions per tower to get upgraded as its not simply changing 1 or 2 things. Its changing the Entire network. Sprint is not building towers, they are taking down towers and modifying the currently Raised towers in specific spots to have 2g,3g,wimax and lte all on the same towers to 1. save money 2. have less towers to worry about s**t breaking on. Most of the networks for all carriers are extremely old and in sprints case, theres alot of nextel to fix. So far sprint has merely been building LTE for 15 moneys. The first few areas to get hit were Chicago, IL which if you live there, I apologize as that is still an area getting worked on due to Towers on buildings, Needing to make sure permits are correct for working in areas the towers are at and also just being a really large area. Also to bitch about buying an LTE phone with no LTE in your area, go f**k yourself. No one made you buy a lte phone, No one made you buy a Wimax phone. It was YOU and ONLY you who made the decision. I have a phone on that is only 3g with verizon and I watch netflix and youtube all the time and have no qualms with it since i Understand that I will have to wait a few moments to load or buffer. If you blame a store for telling you something that isnt 100% true then shame on them but also Shame on you for not doing research. I listen to people bitch all day at my job and it makes me sick at what people complain about. All carriers have their problems, and sprint just happens to have many things going on at the same time so to continually bitch about something that is not able to be fixed or finished overnight is not a way to make things better and merely makes you look like a d**k.

29. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

I was about to get upset when I saw that Asheville and Statesville gets 4G LTE before Charlotte (NC resident). However, apparently, my campus has 4G LTE and so do other parts of Charlotte apparently, mainly in and around uptown.

33. jreyphoto

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

I am not even waiting for them to roll out LTE in my area. I have a feeling their LTE is not going to be anything like the other carriers. I have had nothing but bad service from these people. Hate Sprint, I honestly wish I never made the move from AT&T. But I am now going to Verizon, which I know they have a good network.


Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 22, 2013

Can't wait until T Mobile gets the IPhone to leave Sprint even though I will have to pay cancellation penalty for 3 IPhones that I migrated to Sprint last September. 3G speeds are abominable and LTE is nowhere to be found.

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