Sprint says that its LTE Plus is faster than Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T's LTE offerings

Sprint says that its LTE Plus is faster than Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T's LTE offerings
As we told you earlier today, Sprint joined Verizon and T-Mobile with its own "rolling balls" ad to tout its LTE Plus network. This network combines three different bands, 2.5 GHz, 1.9 GHz, and 800 MHz. Sprint says that on compatible devices, it has produced data speeds as fast as 100Mbps. Originally launched in 77 markets, LTE Plus is now available in more than 150 locations in the U.S.

Every carrier seems to find analytics praising its network, and Sprint is no different. According to the Nielsen Mobile Performance app, which tracks phones that the app is loaded on, LTE Plus outperformed the competition during the fourth quarter of 2015. Sprint says that the app measured over 75 million events during the last three months of the year. It revealed major improvements in big cities during the second half of 2015. For example, in Detroit Sprint's median LTE download speed rose 253% in the second half of last year. Sprint now says that it is delivering the fastest 4G LTE signal in the states.

Sprint also has some criticism for the Ookla testing process used by T-Mobile. According to the nation's fourth largest carrier, Ookla doesn't take into account the optimization that goes along with Binge On. As for the RootMetrics based stats cited by Verizon, Sprint CTO John Saw says that the difference between first place and fourth place is extremely close in many markets.


Earlier this month, Sprint said that it was looking to save up to $2 billion in expenses by revamping its network. One way it could save money is to switch to a microwave system to handle backhaul operations. Currently, Sprint pays Verizon and AT&T huge sums of money for this service.


source: Sprint via FierceWireless

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30 Comments

1. cleatglitch

Posts: 162; Member since: May 25, 2013

phone companies talking about five g lte plus...haven't mastered four g yet

2. JesseJames

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 22, 2015

Not gonna lie, I live in Atlanta and the area I live I can hit 110mb with ease. I know most people like to s**t all over sprint but I'm not going anywhere anytime soon with the great performance I been getting recently.

3. TerryTerius unregistered

I live in Marietta and work in Atlanta. I've had an S3 and G3 on Sprint's network, at the same time of brother had an S3 and then an HTC one M8 on T-Mobile's network. At no point has any phone I had ever been as fast as his. I myself had one phone on each network as recent as last November, and Sprint was still substantially slower. Either your experience is REALLY recent, or I've been an abnormal case for 2-3 years. Not calling you out, just saying that hasn't been my experience.

5. brandonlee

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 25, 2016

LTE Plus is fairly new but you're not gonna get it with a S3 or G3. It has to be a newer phone like an S6 to connect to LTE Plus.

6. xq10xa

Posts: 808; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

That's what I was thinking. Those phones seem pretty old.

7. TerryTerius unregistered

My most recent phone was my iPhone 6s Plus, which I switched to T-Mobile.

8. TerryTerius unregistered

My apologies for not being clearer about that. At the time I switched completely to T-Mobile, I had an S6 Edge (Nexus 6P now) on T mobile, and iPhone 6s Plus on sprint. But for the bulk of my time on sprint, I had an S3 and then a G3.

11. Mrmark

Posts: 383; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

Don't forget the HTC One A9

24. JesseJames

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 22, 2015

I said recently. A year ago I was still getting half those speeds regularly on band 41. Those old ass phones you are using aren't as capable so you're going to get s**t speeds on their band 25 network. I am on the southside by the way, Jonesboro/Morrow area.

10. Blest42188

Posts: 55; Member since: Aug 05, 2015

I hope youre right but that doesnt even sound believable.

20. Eclectech

Posts: 346; Member since: May 01, 2013

I can confirm that Sprint is suddenly faster. Here in Sandy Springs, the last test I conducted pulled down 73Mbps

23. JesseJames

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 22, 2015

I live on the southside of atlanta in the Jonesboro/Morrow area. I average about 60 to 80 down with peak speeds over 110 down. I could link to a screen shot if you don't believe me.

18. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

tmobile gets those speeds easily too up to 100 here in los angeles with ease no i dont have em i have att ,att is still kinda behind highest ever i seen on att here in LA is 40 . My friends have tmobile one has sprint sprint goes up to 70s but tmobile does go all the way to 100 here only carrier that does not even verizon xlte which also gets speeds like sprint in the 70s.

4. atlvideoguy

Posts: 73; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

So AT&T is the only major wireless network not talking about their balls? Lol

9. tyson3

Posts: 59; Member since: May 15, 2012

In my area it has been proven that we don't have LTE but it still shows up on our phones. Called the company (Verizon and at&t) both said we don't have it in our area but it's just something they put on our phones bc we may get it soon. All a gimmick and no difference! Sprint is still the worst network period!

17. andynaija

Posts: 1255; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

I think you're confused, you need to reboot yourself and try again please.

21. true1984

Posts: 864; Member since: May 23, 2012

what does that have to do with sprint?

22. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Where do you live, Alaska? I would had thought by now everyone had LTE.

12. Mrmark

Posts: 383; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

They had a post about it that the HTC One A9/takes advantage of the new LTE Plus so go get one its a nice device .http://newsroom.sprint.com/blogs/sprint-perspectives/introducing-the-sprint-lte-plus-network--faster-stronger-more-reliable-than-ever-before.htm

13. Mrmark

Posts: 383; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

Also the news was mentioned in November

14. jsjammu

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 13, 2014

Does anyone in south bay area have some realistic speed test numbers are Sprint. I haven't had them for about 4 years and they use to be pathetic in San Jose. My co worker couldn't even connect to 3G, let alone LTE.

15. ikenvape

Posts: 308; Member since: May 28, 2014

"Sprint says that its LTE Plus is faster than Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T's LTE offerings" Just like their unemployment rate! bada bum tiss

16. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

They're feeling the Bern

19. Geezy0315

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 15, 2015

I live in Detroit and the network has definitely improved alot recently ans gotten alot faster. I have a Note 5 and friends use my phone than theirs

25. SprintGuy26

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 21, 2011

first off no one is one the network so yea ull have fast speeds but only 100Mbps while using 3 bands?...my lil crappy metro pcs unlock running on ATT hits 50Mbps and thats just using ONE band vs sprint having to use all 3 just to hit 100Mbps....sprint has a LOOONG way to go before its network can used nationwide, i say a good hard 5 years and thats if they do it right which knowing sprint, they wont....sprint needs to take a page outta t-mobiles playbook!

26. lp_522

Posts: 46; Member since: May 31, 2011

AT&T uses 4 LTE bands, not one. 2,4,5,17. You clearly have no idea what the hell your talking about.

27. SprintGuy26

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 21, 2011

"uses 4 LTE bands, not one. 2,4,5,17" if u would read my post again, when i say " ATT hits 50Mbps and thats just using ONE band" i mean that outta 4 LTE bands my phone is only using ONE out of 4 LTE bands and that one band alone can hit 50Mbps and it takes sprint 3 LTE bands to hit 100Mbps...so if i had a phone that can use more than one band at a time my speeds would be well over 100Mbps...so yes i do know what im talking about, the question is do u?

29. lp_522

Posts: 46; Member since: May 31, 2011

That's your assumption. You could have a phone with all bands and still be at 50.

30. SprintGuy26

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 21, 2011

(rolling eyes)

28. lp_522

Posts: 46; Member since: May 31, 2011

Idk why the hell people are comparing who's is faster. It doesn't even matter. Anything over 20Mbps and you can basically do whatever you want on your phone. Stream HD video, download music, view files, ect. The real matter is latency. I'll take 20Mbps with low latency over 50Mbps with high latency.

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