Sprint says its LTE Plus is the most improved wireless network this year

Sprint Chief Operating Officer Günther Ottendorfer boasted today that Sprint's LTE Plus is the most improved network of 2017. The executive wrote that year-over-year its average download speed rose by 33%. In 25 of its 99 top markets, average download speed rose by 40% to 100% based on data taken from Ookla's Speedtest Intelligence. According to the COO, part of the improvement was due to the employment of more 2.5GHz spectrum by the carrier. Ottendorfer says that the more spectrum Sprint uses for its LTE Plus network, the faster the network becomes.

One new tool soon to be in use on Sprint's LTE Plus network is Massive MIMO, which will debut in the first half of 2018. This adds additional data connections between a cell tower and a handset, increasing the carrier's capacity and allowing data speeds to increase. Currently in use is multiple carrier aggregation and beamforming. The former increases capacity and data speeds by combining different swatches of spectrum owned by Sprint in a particular market. With beamforming, LTE signals can be sent to cover a specific area. This also increases the capacity of Sprint's LTE Plus network.

Sprint released examples of how download data speed increased sharply year-over-year in ten cities. Those markets include:

  • Atlanta – Up 86% to 32 Mbps
  • LA Metro – Up 55% to 23 Mbps
  • Chicago – Up 61% to 32 Mbps
  • Minnesota – Up 64% to 29 Mbps
  • Colorado – Up 44% to 25 Mbps
  • San Diego – Up 48% to 20 Mbps
  • Houston – Up 43% to 22 Mbps
  • Seattle – Up 40% to 35 Mbps
  • Indianapolis – Up 61% to 35 Mbps
  • Washington DC – Up 45% to 20 Mbps

Is Sprint turning things around? Two months ago, the company reported its first quarterly profit in three years. Of course, one report is just that, one report. But with signs of an improvement in its network and with its financial results, it would appear that the nation;s fourth largestc arrier has bottomed out and is ready to make a turnaround.

source: Sprint



1. Derekjeter

Posts: 1577; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Sprint, T-MOBILE are s**tty networks no matter what they claim, if they truly had strong networks, they wouldn’t be out there giving away phones, and paying for Netflix and other s**t. It’s simple people, you want a cheap payment you get a cheap network like them two. You want good coverage and fast speeds get Verizon. Simple as that. If you claim that you left Verizon because T-Mobile is better, that’s a lie, you left cuz you couldn’t afford the payment and Verizon canceled your line.

2. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I get better speeds with T-Mobile than anyone I know in town that has other providers. Heck, I get better speeds than some people's cable. You're right about one thing though, I can't afford Verizon. Not when my bill would be thousands of dollars a month.

6. Quicksword_Phantom

Posts: 180; Member since: Jun 15, 2015

Tmobile is one shady mother f*cker though. They use tactics such as throttling video streams slower than molasses even with hd add on and I swear their data counting algorithms are sketchy af because I have never burned through so much data with any other carrier.

27. tuminatr

Posts: 1179; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

How do you figure? Choose what works best for you but there is not that much difference in price these days. definitely not thousands

9. Omarc07

Posts: 589; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

so is verizon here in Los angeles i have them and their data network is sloow . Wish i never left tmobile . tmobile average was 10-20 . Verizon here is 1.5 to 5 mbps even with full bars lte .

24. tuminatr

Posts: 1179; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

Just curious and where do you live in LA

19. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

You consider Sprint cheap? Back in my day, if I had a $100+ cell phone bill, I’d contemplate faking my death to avoid paying the bill.

26. tuminatr

Posts: 1179; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

that was, when was the last time you checked?


Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

You are just angry because when you were a Sprint customer they were over hauling their network, and service was failing as they took networks completely offline in many areas during the overhaul. The lack of service left a bad taste in your mouth and you and others like you feel the need to bash them whenever possible. I am not broke and Sprints service works for me 99% of places I travel and where I live..... Get over it and grow up. Sprint has increased their speed and has rebuilt their network from the bottom up. If you are lucky to be in a area with their service it will only get better. Paying more to Verizon for locked phones and bloatware with limited data is not for me, but hey I won't bash you or Verizon for it.... Really. Unlocked Note 8 BTW.... Can't have one of these unlocked phones on that great service that you over pay for to have it their way.... Rofl.

5. Quicksword_Phantom

Posts: 180; Member since: Jun 15, 2015

Oh please. Sprint is ghetto trash service and as if their phones don't have bloatware. The proof is in that they're doing the worst out of the big 4 and want to merge just to save their own a$$es and keep investors happy.


Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Gtfo....... You don't even know what ghetto trash is $h!t head. If you were rich your stupid arse would not be in this forum making ignorant posts. Grow up use who you like.....I am definitely not ghetto although I could be and If we met I'd give you a demonstration of what I mean.

8. SomeGuywithTech

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 12, 2017

Btw, note 8 is all carrier compatible. Check your research before you bash something. All phones (except the pixel) have bloatware. Even apple now has a lot of preinstalled apps.


Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

An unlocked Note 8 has no carrier bloat, and that is why I ordered it from Samsung to use on Sprint. I also got a better price and huge discount for owning a Note 7.

13. jonathanfiuwx

Posts: 184; Member since: Mar 10, 2017

So true... Been top sales rep during merger for district and top regional during the transition. Still own my sero plan but I don't need to upgrade my Moto x pure for the faster speeds Remember the god awful hybrid phones?

21. andynaija

Posts: 1267; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Verizon's phones are actually sold unlocked.

25. tuminatr

Posts: 1179; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

Yes they are legally required to do so its part of their agreement to use LTE technology


Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

No they are not..... I tried to order an unlocked phone for my brother and Samsung only gave you the option to order the bloat carrier version of the Note 8.... Show me any one that has an unlocked Note 8 or any other phone except iPhone on Verizon.... You can't...


Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Almost forgot that my Nexus 6 o.g is unlocked and can be used on Verizon.... When I called and asked personally if my Note 8 would work on their network they said no. Again my brother tried to buy an unlocked Note 8 and there were no options so he called Samsung and they said Verizon Note 8 was locked.... Verizon told him the same thing.

31. tuminatr

Posts: 1179; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

I would suggest trying it before you believe someone on the phone. Here is the real issue Verizon uses Band 13 At&t and T-mobile use Band 12 LTE so you may have a slower or may not even get service in your area. Here in Minneapolis T-Mobile uses band 12 for VoLTE so if you use a Verizon phone you will not be able to use some voice related features . I have used over 40 different Verizon phones on T-mobile & ATT they do in fact work.

30. tuminatr

Posts: 1179; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

Just put my t-mobile sim card in my Verizon s8+ then tried My work phone Verizon Iphone 6s and to round it off tried my Verizon Pixel and Verizon Blackberry Priv. All work with No issued say one most of these phones dont have band 12 ( the pixel and Iphone do) I dont own a note 8 so not something I can test


Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

One of these days I will try my unlocked Note 8 on Verizon. My nexus 6p on fi does not get signal in many places that my Sprint Note 8 does. Google is prioritizing speed over service. I will ditch fi and keep unlimited with Sprint and maybe try Verizon as a alternative phone service.

32. tuminatr

Posts: 1179; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

4. blacktrump0674

Posts: 10; Member since: May 21, 2011

That's doesn't meant anything when your top of the line,NOT TO MENTION MOST EXPENSIVE flagship is released without having the Sprint CallingPlus feature!!!!! THIS IS RIDICULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

The note 8 has wifi calling..... Oh.... I Know.... You don't have one or you would know this...If you do by some chance own one do some damn research it's there.

7. palmguy

Posts: 988; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

If the company's network works where you live, work, & play, then be happy. If it doesn't, try something else.


Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

This is just a no brainer..... Use who you like.... fanboys cheering companies that take your money while putting the squeeze on their pockets makes no sense. Calling a service ghetto or it's users ghetto is just plain ignorant at the least. These two companies made the top two give you unlimited service and other products they raked you the customer over the coals for. I am not in love with Tmobile but without them the incentive to give better service and products were off the table. Because of them unlimited was put back on the table, and now it is unlimited with a higher cap on data when a few years ago you paid for hundreds more or had a 5-10 gig cap if you were a Verizon customer.

33. tuminatr

Posts: 1179; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

Well you need to take the bad with the good T-mobile is responsible for much higher prices on phones because its in the carriers best internist to not do a contract and sell a phone that will only work properly on their network at full price and on payments. What you want to leave Mr. iPhone 8 customer but you still owe $800 for that phone. The cell carriers would not make money on contract phones if you dig up old new from when t-mobile started phone payments and no contract they were real honest and said they need to start making money on phones.

34. tuminatr

Posts: 1179; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

And I could be wrong but I dont think sprint ever stopped offering unlimited either. And i believe Verizon's usage cap is 22gb before throttling could occur


Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

You are correct, but I think they said 25 gig cap when I called two weeks ago. I still have unlimited with Sprint, which works 99%of the places I have been. If unlimited is dropped I go to the next best thing.

10. Toyoman24

Posts: 42; Member since: Aug 31, 2017

LMFAO!!! Sprint Sucks balls VZW!!!

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