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Sprint's LTE goes live today

Sprint's LTE goes live today
Sprint customers have joined the modern world as the carrier officially turns on its LTE network today in Kasnsas City and St. Joseph, Missouri and in 13 markets in Georgia and Texas. Ironically, while the carrier is among the last two of the four major U.S. mobile operators to offer LTE, it was the first to give its customers 4G connectivity using Clearwire's WiMAX network. Bob Azzi, Sprint’s senior vice president of network says that service inside brick buldings may initially lag the service available outside. Sprint will be working to fill in the gaps and eventually will match Sprint's 3G footprint in the area.

"(This launch) is what we were waiting for, to get enough of a footprint where we were proud of what we could put in front of a customer."-Bob Azzi, Sprint’s senior vice president of network
There are three handsets that Sprint has already released that have LTE capabilities. The Samsung Galaxy S III, the Samsung GALAXY Nexus and the HTC EVO 4G LTE will all work on the LTE network and automatically switch to 3G where the service is not available. Sprint has also been working to upgrade its 3G network. Azzi said that those using LTE phones will see "very fast" speeds while streaming video in LTE areas and "fast" speeds in 3G locations. Starting Monday, an interactive map will be available to show coverage of the carrier's LTE network at Sprint's website. Those still totin' WiMAX phones will continue to receive the slower 4G service from Sprint.

Verizon currently serves 304 markets with LTE service and hopes to hit over 400 by the end of the year. AT&T recently expanded its LTE footprint to reach 47 markets and hopes to complete its LTE rollout by next year. T-Mobile is currently testing an LTE network and expects to start offering service in 2013.

source: KansasCityStar via Engadget

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posted on 15 Jul 2012, 13:43 4

1. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)

I'd like to see how battery life performs on the EVO 4G LTE and the S3 now that there's LTE.

posted on 15 Jul 2012, 21:34

8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Battery life for both the Sprint editions of the GS III and EVO 4G LTE will probably be similar in LTE mode. The problem I am having is with the footprint of Sprint's LTE network. I wonder how many of Sprint's total subscribers are located in the areas that now have LTE? At least VZW rolled out their LTE network to high subscriber density areas first. There were some hiccups, but they learned from the hiccups. I see Sprint taking a safe approach short-term that could end up biting them when they start to have high user counts.

posted on 15 Jul 2012, 22:08

9. bigdawg23 (Posts: 462; Member since: 25 May 2011)

Battery Life in any LTE phone is all that great except Droid Razor Maxx because of its massive battery. I have a Galaxy Note which has 2500mah and it will last about 10 hours of heavy use. You are best to get an extended life battery or extra battery to avoid issues.

posted on 15 Jul 2012, 14:03 12

2. e.wvu (unregistered)

Still forgetting to add the LG Viper to the list. Lol.

posted on 15 Jul 2012, 14:35 3

3. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

Although I have Verizon, I think AT&T is in the best position in this 4G stage for the GS3. Just about everywhere that AT&T has 3G, it has HSPA+, which is pretty fast. Although Verizon has larger coverage for 3G, it is really slow, and the 4GLTE takes more battery and is slowing down day by day with more and more users on it.

posted on 15 Jul 2012, 15:43

4. Birds (Posts: 1171; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

This is rather underwhelming considering that my region never got Wi-Max...3G speeds were regularly bellow 300Kbps. I guess we'll get LTE here by 2015...Meanwhile I'll go attack my mom for buying an Evo 4G LTE and being in the region least likely to get LTE for the next two years....lol

posted on 15 Jul 2012, 17:40

5. clifton2005 (Posts: 6; Member since: 15 Jul 2012)

In dallas and I must say sprint good job. Download speed are over 13mb and upload are about 4mb but still doing speed test

posted on 15 Jul 2012, 17:43

6. clifton2005 (Posts: 6; Member since: 15 Jul 2012)

Also the lte is killing my battery life on the Sg3

posted on 15 Jul 2012, 18:55

7. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)

Just pulled 18 mbps down and 9 up here in Atlanta on my GS3.

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 01:18 1

10. pimpollofelice123 (Posts: 30; Member since: 02 Jul 2011)

They keep forgetting to add the LG Viper 4G LTE to the list.

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