Sprint flips the 'on' switch for its tri-band LTE Spark service in Kansas City

Sprint flips the 'on' switch for its tri-band LTE Spark service in Kansas City
Sprint has turned on its tri-band LTE service, Sprint Spark, in Kansas City. Using specially equipped models of popular Android handsets, the technology in the phones decides which of three LTE bands is a better match for the task that you are doing with your device. As a result, the service offers speeds as fast as 60Mbps, and could hit 180Mbps by the waning months of 2015. According to a published report that cited a test by Root Metrics, Sprint currently has the slowest wireless network in Kansas City. Ironically, Sprint refers to this same report in its release, noting how Root Metrics shows that Sprint scored the best when it came to blocked and dropped calls in the region. Funny how the mobile operator forgot to mention the results of the speed test in the area.

Kansas City is the 12th market that Sprint has deployed Spark in. The others include Austin, Texas; Chicago, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Fort Worth, Texas; Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Antonio, Texas and Tampa, Fla. By the end of this year, 100 markets will have the service, which will cover 100 million Americans. Besides faster speeds, Sprint Spark also features a stronger signal that penetrates buildings better than the carrier's regular LTE service. Sprint has also started to use HD Voice in the area. Sprint calls this a next-gen technology that removes background noises and enhances sound quality.

The devices that support Sprint Spark include the Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, LG G2, Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3, Nexus 5 and the HTC One max will work with Sprint Spark. Soon, the LG G Flex will be added to the roster once it launches on Sprint.

source: Sprint



15. SprintGuy26

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 21, 2011

i would like to see 3G hit at least 1.5Mbps continuously and have LTE covering the 3G coverage with speeds of 20Mbps continuously THEN they can worry about upgrading Spark..to bad Nextel didnt buy Sprint they had all kinds of good ideas AND they knew how to run a network!!

30. JEverettnow

Posts: 228; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

1.5mbps down for 3g is pretty good. Verizon used to clock in around 300-700kbps. In San Luis Obispo I was hitting 1.9 on 3g, then moved 5 feet and got 17mbps on LTE

14. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

I live in the Bay Area and Sprint works great in my part of the Bay Area 4G LTE that goes as fast as 20 Mbps, but if I go to other parts of the Bay Area, then some really bad 3G. It has gotten better lately, but still has some more work to be done.

12. MelvinPainter

Posts: 75; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

Fresno, CA has been waiting for any kind of Sprint 4G ever since the EVO 4G came out. They are nothing but scam artist. Hell, the 3G doesn't even connect.

29. JEverettnow

Posts: 228; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

Your area officials have been trying to stop Sprint's LTE for months. It is coming down there, but it has been a headache. Madera county said that the landscape of the new equipment can't differ from the old equipment, but the new equipment is much different.

11. Technobri

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

I'm giving sprint last chance with the spark network.. I'll try a spark phone than make my decision.

13. rdaex

Posts: 152; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Better hope youre in a Spark... or hell, even a REGULAR LTE market. Their LTE network isnt available in most places, let alone this spark upgrade

9. OldNorseBruin

Posts: 235; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

Hey SPRINT, how about putting some SPARK into your 3G service before attempting to advance your "imaginary " 4G LTE network!

23. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Where have you been the past two years? In a cave? Theyve been replacing their entire 3g network from the ground up for the past two years. Their 3G in Las Vegas hits as high 4mbps down 40-50ms ping times.

8. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Sprint has always sucked in my area of California, while the other companies have all added 3G/4G data services over the last five years - Sprint has a new family plan, detailed here:http://newsroom.sprint.com/news-releases/kansas-city-joins-growing-list-of-sprint-spark-markets.htm

5. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Haha Sprint Spark is a JOKE. I got the update last monday on my LG G2 and have NOT seen any of these so called 50-60mbs download speeds. I live in Baltimore MD and where my wife works and where I work BOTH locations say BEST 3G AND 4G coverage, for me it said SPARK BEST COVERAGE. Where my wife works, most I got outside in a huge open parking lot about 6am was 14mbs down and 6.5mbs up. Where I work the signal has turned to garbage. I amd other sprint users called amd bitched them out and All I get is 0-1 bars of 4G spark LTE. But still manage to get 4mbs down and 1mbs up. But signal is so bad I can't even stream a netflix episode without buffering issues. So much for the BEST COVERAGE SPRINT.

7. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

Funny that SPARK is not even in the Baltimore, MD area. You may have gotten the update for your LG G2 to enable SPARK, but SPARK has not been turned on in your area.

16. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Yes it HAS been turned on in Baltimore Md. It has been up and running since december. Even when I spoke to a Rep about the signal issue he even confirmed the Spark network. Look at the covrage map on sprint, type in 21223 area code for baltimore and it will show you full spark network coverage.

17. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

It definitely does not show spark coverage on sprint's maps for baltimore.


Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Man you can't be this lame get your facts straight there are no Spark updates fro Baltimore MD...Here is a listing for you ok. http://newsroom.sprint.com/news-releases/kansas-city-joins-growing-list-of-sprint-spark-markets.htm

19. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

http://newsroom.sprint.com/news-releases/4glte-launchedmarkets.htm Complete list of 340 cities with Spark. Baltimore along with Columbia and Ellicott City are listed. Also if you go to Sprints Coverage map, make sure you chane it to Data from the drop down box and you will see Spark is identified by lines not a color.

20. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

I noticed my area was not SparkSupported, I could not edit my comment thanks to ether this android browser or PhoneAreanas site. I was looking at the wrong icon.

24. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Thats regular LTE coverage, Spark is only on in 12 markets. Read the damn article

28. JEverettnow

Posts: 228; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

There is no Spark in Baltimore. Like most cellular customers you are mistaken.

34. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

you are correct, but obviously 'thebankrobber' cannot accept the truth! lol

32. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

coverage maps are estimates YOU IDIOT!

33. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

some one has fed you a line of trash! and your sucking it up like the idiot you are!

22. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Your probably not in turbo coverage, which the 2.5, I was hitting 60mbps easy. And when did 14mbps become slow? Get real dude

27. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Right? You can easily stream spotify, youtube and netflix on 14mbps and download apps from the appstore or google play in a reasonable time with that speed. I don't need speeds faster than I get on my home connection, I'm not going to be torrenting from my phone, thats a waste of bandwidth.

31. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

you DO realize how STUPID you look! spark is NOT available in your area yet,, so ram your stupid rant right up your crack!

4. eman99

Posts: 410; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

Oh wow a hand full of cities come to central Cali then I can be happy with the service

3. jandro

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 01, 2014

The LG g2 still needs the update. It did not work in Houston nor San Antonio Texas. The updated speeda now make my Note 2 usable but the phone is worthless inside buildings.

2. datsyuk

Posts: 180; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

Need to move to Kansas City, Google Fiber and all this!

6. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Not if the current bill in the state legislature passes, cable companies will see those advances dead soon enough.

10. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

Sprint service sucks in Kansas City. I was there for work recently and fellow coworkers had Sprint. The best part was we sat outside a Starbucks across the street from Sorint Headquarters and he couldn't get a signal on his iPhone 5 or MiFI spot. Meanwhile I had full signal on my AT&T iPhone 5 and VZW S4. He and others tell me dropped calls and low signal is common with Sprint.

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