Sprint's LTE Plus offers faster data speeds of up to 100Mbps; signal is now available in 77 markets

Sprint's LTE Plus offers faster data speeds of up to 100Mbps; signal is now available in 77 markets
Sprint let the other shoe drop this morning with the introduction of LTE Plus. Thanks to the use of carrier aggregation and antenna beamforming mixed in with the carrier's triband spectrum, LTE Plus offers twice the capacity and speed of other LTE networks. Sprint says that on some devices, users will see data speeds as fast as 100Mbps. Customer aggregation is the stitching together of multiple spectrum channels, essentially fattening the pipeline.

LTE Plus employs three different bands. Smart antenna technology allows the signal riding the 2.5GHz frequency to travel farther and faster. The 800MHz signal penetrates buildings better, and the 1.9GHz spectrum allows for broad coverage. All three combine in LTE Plus, which launches in 77 markets starting today. Sprint says that instead of sending signals to customers in a certain sector, LTE Plus is locating the position of Sprint customers and sends more directive signals to them. That is where the antenna beamforming comes in to play.

Sprint currently offers 13 handsets that are LTE Plus compatible including the Apple iPhone 6s, Samsung Galaxy S6 and the HTC One A9. More phones will be added to the lineup shortly.

Sprint says that according to crowd sourced data from Nielsen Mobile Performance, its application download speed is now faster than the Verizon or AT&T networks. In 20 out of 44 markets tested, Sprint's LTE Plus delivered large files of 5MB+ faster than its rivals' networks.

If you want to know if your location is one of the 77 markets with LTE Plus, check the service map included in the slideshow below.


source: Sprint

FEATURED VIDEO

31 Comments

1. Kelley71

Posts: 105; Member since: Nov 26, 2012

So, which phones are the 13 that support this?

2. StanleyG88

Posts: 240; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

I would rather Sprint work on their basic coverage. We have to drive 2 miles to get any Sprint signal and we are 20 miles outside of the sixth largest city in the US.

16. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Did you not read the article? They just launched smart antenna technology and beam forming, both LTE Advanced technologies that make signal go much farther and directed more towards the customer.

24. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

i agree, I having a hard time believing this crap. It seems they are attempting to get a fact to flash in front of their customers to make them think they are great.

26. surfboarder

Posts: 168; Member since: Nov 17, 2015

The USA sprint sucks lol

3. Cslfiero

Posts: 68; Member since: Jun 29, 2015

So Sprint will now siphon network bandwidth away from its grandfathered truly unlimited plans to service it's elite class of lte plus customers.. Nice stick in the eye, Sprint. Last month for me. Peace, b#$%h

4. JesseJames

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 22, 2015

What are you talking about? Anyway, lte plus is just the new name for their "sprint spark" service which any tri-band sprint device could take advantage of regardless of plan. Now these newer devices now support carrier aggregation but the same applies, it shouldn't matter what plan you are on as long as your device supports carrier aggregation.

9. Cslfiero

Posts: 68; Member since: Jun 29, 2015

Once upon a time, Sprint offered unlimited data, no caps no throttling. If you had that plan, like I have, you've seen your coverage worsen and your fees go up as sprint tries to muscle those customers to switch out permanately or otherwise find some level of parity which sprint thinks your bandwith was worth. This offering of faster LTE to LTE plus customers is yet another way of giving someone else what grandfathered truly unlimited plans pay for.

12. true1984

Posts: 865; Member since: May 23, 2012

that makes no sense

17. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Yeah, you don't make any sense. This is only good news, for unlimited customer's or not. ::yawn::

30. JayQ330

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Supposedly, the customer's with $50-$60 unlimited monthly plans get unlimited data but after about 25 or 28 GB in the monthly cycle you are second priority & will be throttled if you stay on a specific cell tower, or the specific towers spectrum is needed to serve the priority 1 *those that are in capped data plans or haven't reached the 25 or 28 GB limit. You won't be cut off or throttled to 3G as with other carriers, it'll be only for the moment of the towers pact usage , you can just move to another tower if possible. The only plans not affected are the "unlimited data guaranteed" plans, unlimited my way & the all in unlimited.

5. emcdonald75

Posts: 160; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

Why can we not get a list of the cities/markets? I know the entire states of Mississippi, Utah or Colorado are not a LTE Plus market.

6. Landmarkcm

Posts: 507; Member since: Aug 11, 2009

LOLLLLLL. Oh Sprint.. Ya & I why should I believe yet once again! that with this now they will finally have coverage inside my house in Las Vegas, which they have been claiming with their coverage maps for a while now that I have the "best" yet they are still the only carrier that can even maintain 3g inside where I live out of all the carriers, cant even place a call still barely with them! What a joke.

8. Landmarkcm

Posts: 507; Member since: Aug 11, 2009

*cant even maintain

7. Wolvan

Posts: 16; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

I just ran a speedtesst on my Galaxy Note 4 at my desk in Warrenville. Not 100mbs but the fastest I've seen on LTE for sprint so far I think. 28 ping, 18.85 Mbps down, 12.99 Mbps up (Speedtest). 30 ping, 20 down, 11 up. I'll have to try my wife's S6 when I get home. Though, I'm considering migrating over to Project Fi next year when it becomes upgrade time again.

10. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

Note 4 does not have CA built in. Your wife's S6 should have it.

29. Wolvan

Posts: 16; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Wife's S6 got about 35 Mbps down, though the up wasn't as good. We are out on the edge of the coverage though, on the edge of the 'burbs.

11. GeekMovement unregistered

Sprint trying to make customers buy new phones on their carrier to try the LTE plus. No thanks, not working for me.

13. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

I think Bell has something like this already lool

14. Carlitos

Posts: 668; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

" .. 2.5GHz frequency to travel farther and faster" I understand the farther part. But how can frequency possibly go faster than the speed of light. Maybe stronger over all signal, which would lead to faster download speeds?

19. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

You have to read the article, carrier aggregation was activated which bonds two carriers of 20mhz bandwidth together which doubles the speed.

20. Carlitos

Posts: 668; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

The download/upload speed would increase I understand. But I am very certain that all radio frequencies travel at the speed of light. 700mhz travels as fast as 20mhz. So unless sprint found a way to break the universal speed limit, the signal did not get faster. The data transfer did

31. JayQ330

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Faster as in data speeds, they broaden then spectrum.

15. technitude

Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

My 2 years is up Dec 3, and I wanted to switch to GoFi, but now I have to see how this works. My G2 will probably not be on the list. If the new Nexus phones only had wireless charging, or a front facing security button, even a super fast network wouldn't have held me back. Why can't somebody just have the best of everything?

18. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

G2 isn't on the list, but the G4 is!

21. shinywindow unregistered

Sprint blows and is throwing sheet at the wall to see what sticks.

27. surfboarder

Posts: 168; Member since: Nov 17, 2015

I agree there.. Shiny widow so true!!!

22. shinywindow unregistered

...to maintain relevancy.

23. shinywindow unregistered

Oh..and Krapple sux

25. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Yes, and no New Mexico. Sorry, Sprint, no business for you.

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.