Sprint premieres LTE service in Kansas City

Sprint premieres LTE service in Kansas City
The nation's third largest carrier, Sprint, had been planning on firing up its new LTE service this Sunday. Kansas City, San Antonio, Dallas, Houston and Atlanta are the cities involved in the kick off of what the carrier is calling its Network Vision. Sprint hopes to have the country covered from coast to coast by 2014 with its LTE service. And while the carrier's LTE pipeline isn't officially supposed to be running until Sunday, it just so happens that the Kansas City market is already up. Being the location of the carrier's HQ might have something to do with that.

Actually, Sprint customers can try out their HTC EVO 4G in surrounding areas like St. Joseph, MO and Manhattan, KS. Each week, more areas are expected to come online until a market is fully covered, according to S4GRU. The site also says that the remaining four markets could have their LTE switch turned on at any time.

So far, Sprint has three phones with LTE connectivity, the Samsung Galaxy S III, the Samsung GALAXY Nexus and the HTC EVO 4G LTE.

source: S4GRU via AndroidAuthority

FEATURED VIDEO

35 Comments

1. spanky

Posts: 81; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

someone in KC please let us know how the speeds are

2. cfprelude

Posts: 140; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Agreed.

3. djteqneek

Posts: 8; Member since: Jul 10, 2012

you're forgetting the LG Viper 4G LTE, so sprint has 4 LTE phones....but totally understandable if you want to forget about that phone

4. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

which side of KC? the kansas side or the missouri side?

21. centuro1911

Posts: 12; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

Look at the map genius. Both sides.

25. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

its called sarcasm, genius.

26. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Just follow the yellow brick road, you'll get to a poppy field; you should have LTE reception there. Don't forget to call Glenda if you have any problems.

34. curt1480

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Yellow Brick road is only on the Kansas Side, so people in Missouri should follow the blue brick road or the red brick road and get real data coverage with ATT or Verizon. Sprint your Wimax was bad in Kansas City and Your LTE is even worse with only about 23% completion in this area. Oh but I like how you overlay your Wimax and LTE coverage on the map even though they are not compatible, makes us think were really covered. Maybe if we carry two phones with us. Your customers do not like being treated this way.

5. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

4GSRU had this yesterday with speeds from some people posted.

6. THEOG

Posts: 20; Member since: Jul 12, 2010

Getting around 14download and 9 upload.

7. cfprelude

Posts: 140; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Wow. Good if they can maintain those speeds when a bunch of people jump on it. I've been fairly impressed with the way vzw's seems to be built and the traffuc it can handle. Speeds aren't phenomenal but they seem to be the same now as when they only had one phone utilizing lte.

8. dcgore

Posts: 234; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

You think so? That is not the case for me. I live in NYC and when i got the tbolt i was pulling 25Mbps or higher down easy. Now, it's more like btw 8-10Mpbs. Never mind a bunch of people use the iphone so when that goes LTE, not sure what that's going to do to the network.

10. jenna_23

Posts: 145; Member since: Apr 02, 2010

wow I had the same thing with at&t over here in LA att launched LTE since last nov 11 when it first launched I was getting speeds in the 20-30 mbps range in ONLY a few parts , now its July 2012 and I'm still getting speeds of 20 mbps with burst of 30 but in many more places were before I only had hspa + like I was in ghetto east LA visiting family last week and I had a strong LTE signal on my ion everywhere in east LA , Montebello , pico Rivera and was getting 20 mbps everywhere I went same thing in Compton and south central and dwtwn LA . And I'm sure lots of people have gotten on the LTE network since last November I remember people would always tell me speeds are gonna slow done in 1-3 months when more people get on the network .. more than 3 months have passed sometimes I ask myself why aren't my speeds slower ?

12. fervid

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Hmm, still some work to go. Getting 20-53 Down and 9-11 up on ATT.

17. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

I was just in Kansas City and got 20-50 down and 8-25 up on my Galaxy Note. Overland Park near Sprint Headquarters is the lower end of 8-12 down and 8 up.

35. curt1480

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Wow, what a newbie. You were on the ATT network and not the Sprint network at all. Nice try and great PR for ATT

19. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Is that in doors or outside? I really would like to see if their LTE network can actually work through walls unlike their 3G network.

9. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Getting around 35 mbps down, 13 upload, EVO LTE

11. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

That will drop, trust me, once sprint rolls out LTE everywhere it will drop.

23. pats4thewin

Posts: 29; Member since: Jul 10, 2012

sprint rolling out LTE has nothing to do with the other carriers bandwith -.-

27. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

You must be retarded. theBankRobber said nothing about other carriers or about bandwidth. He/she just said that once Sprint's LTE is available in more markets, then their speeds will go down.

30. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Thank you for pointing that out, im a Loooonnnngggg time sprint customer and have seen how Sprint does things. These little kids are uneducated these days and need to wake up to the truth about carriers.

13. texas601

Posts: 6; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

lte live in San Antonio too!!!!!

14. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Get between 30-60 mbps down and 10-15 up on my Lumia 900 in St. Louis over LTE. Haven't had it drop to HSPA+ yet. My T-Mobile Sensation pulls about 15-20 down and 2-7 up on HSPA+

22. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Impossible. The Sensation is only capable of reaching 14.4mbps so your statement is invalid. -Ex Sensation owner who is currently in a committed relationship with his Galaxy S3.

29. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Ya, I agree with PapaSmurf, how is it possible for you to be getting 15-20 Mbps down on the Sensation when it's only rated for 14.4Mbps? Don't believe? Go herehttp://www.phonearena.com/phones/HTC-Sensation-4G_id5188 and scroll down to where you see the section titled "technology".

32. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Simple. It's rated at 21 Mbps. It's T-Mobile's last flagship that offered less than 42 Mbps HSPA+, which the HTC Amaze and Samsung Galaxy S2 brought in. Most (if not all) dual-core Androids pull 21 Mbps regardless of carrier. I'll post the link when I find it

15. texas601

Posts: 6; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

20mbs down 12mbs up in San Antonio

16. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

Id like to see an LTE-speed comparison between AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. Use their variants of the Galaxy S3 to compare and see who has the better LTE service

18. christony1120

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

you really can't compare the three. Verizon has had LTE for a long time while ATT only had it late 2011, and Sprint just released the theirs. Obviously Verizon and ATT would be a little slower because they have been around with LTE longer than Sprint...... so in my opinion the speeds wont count because it's not fair

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.