Sprint continues with LTE rollout, launches enhanced 4G speeds in 6 new cities

By Rich Edmonds on 29 Apr 2014 07:44 am EDT

Sprint has today announced that its new 4G LTE network is available in 41 more cities, now covering more than 225 million people in total. Sprint Spark, the carrier's enhanced LTE service delivering peak wireless speeds of up to 60Mbps, has launched in 6 new cities and is expected to reach 100 million customers by the end of 2014. The exciting part about Sprint's enhanced LTE is the company boasts that speeds of up to three times as fast can be achieved in the future.

As well as the new network rollouts, Sprint is also offering HD Voice in numerous cities, with the aim to cover nationwide by mid-year. Becoming the standard for voice calling, the HD upgrades will surely please those who find themselves on the phone an awful lot. 4G LTE data speeds are now available in locations, including Long Island, New York, Minneapolis and Phoenix. Those who reside in the likes of Newark, New Jersey; Oakland, California and Orlando, Florida can now enjoy Sprint Spark.

Are you using Sprint's new network? How do you find the service?

Sprint Spark Delivers Powerful Peak Wireless Speeds of 60Mbps in Six More Cities

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), April 29, 2014 - Sprint (NYSE:S) today announced that its all-new network offers 4G LTE service in 41 more cities. Sprint 4G LTE now covers more than 225 million people and remains on track to cover 250 million by mid-year. Sprint Spark™, an enhanced LTE service delivering peak wireless speeds of 60Mbps, is available in six new cities, and is expected to cover 100 million people by year-end.

4G LTE data speeds are now available to more customers in such locations as Long Island, N.Y., Minneapolis, and Phoenix. Customers in Newark, N.J.; Oakland, Calif.; Orlando, Fla.; Tacoma, Wash.; Waukegan, Ill.; and West Palm Beach, Fla. will also now benefit from even faster data speeds with the availability of Sprint Spark.

"We're making great progress on Network Vision and customers are pleased with the faster data speeds and crystal clear voice calls," said John Saw, chief network officer at Sprint. "Today our network is delivering significantly better service. Furthermore, it's a strong foundation for tomorrow – a time will ultimately come when customer demands for bandwidth, and technology changes with 4G and beyond, will require the kind of platform we now have in place."

Sprint Spark is an enhanced LTE service that's built for data and designed to deliver peak wireless speeds of 60Mbps today on capable devices, with the potential for speeds three times as fast by late next year.1 Sprint offers 14 Sprint Spark-enabled devices, including the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S® 5 and HTC One (M8). With its unique combination of network technologies, spectrum capacity and tri-band devices, Sprint Spark is designed to greatly improve the performance of video and other bandwidth-intensive applications. It enables stutter-free video chat on-the-go and mobile gaming that leaves lag behind.

Sprint's all-new network also includes HD Voice in many cities today, with nationwide availability expected by mid-year. HD Voice is a new Sprint standard for crystal-clear voice calls. It provides a fuller, more natural-sounding voice, plus noise-cancelling technology that virtually eliminates background noise from places like a busy road or crowded restaurant. 2

Sprint 4G LTE is available in 443 cities. Sprint Spark is available in the following 24 cities: Austin, Texas; Baltimore; Chicago; Dallas; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Fort Worth, Texas; Houston; Jacksonville, Fla.; Kansas City, Kan./Mo.; Los Angeles; Miami; New York; Newark, N.J.; Oakland, Calif.; Orlando, Fla.; Philadelphia; Provo, Utah; Salt Lake City; San Antonio; Tacoma, Wash.; Tampa, Fla.; Trenton, N.J.; Waukegan, Ill.; and West Palm Beach, Fla.

Sprint Framily Plan and Virgin Mobile Broadband2Go

Innovation at Sprint is not limited to advances with the network. Customers with Sprint Spark-enabled devices can select the new Sprint FramilySM Plan – a pricing program available to new and existing customers. The more people added to the group, up to 10 phone lines, the greater the savings for everyone on the plan. Build a group of at least seven people and everyone gets unlimited talk, text and 1GB of data for $25 per month per line (pricing excludes taxes and surcharges). For only $20 per month per line, Sprint Framily Plan members can buy up to unlimited data, and they are eligible for a new phone every year. Unlimited features are while on the Sprint network.

Customers of Sprint's prepaid brands – including Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA – also benefit from the enhancements to the 3G, 4G LTE and Sprint Spark services. Both brands offer a number of 4G LTE devices and Virgin Mobile now offers the NETGEAR® Mingle™ Mobile Hotspot, the first Sprint Spark device available for U.S. prepaid customers.

Source: Sprint

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Sprint continues with LTE rollout, launches enhanced 4G speeds in 6 new cities


Charlie Murphy!!

Swiped via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA (Only T-Mo rep still pushing)  ‎BlackBerry Q10...oh wait a sec....its my new Z30, son! The holy grail of phones!

If only they would offer BlackBerry Z10. I left Sprint for AT&T to get a Z10, but would love to go back to Sprint

Posted via CB10

I am hoping Sprint improves it's service and will support BlackBerry. I need a reason to move from T-Mobile.

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It sounds great, but just went on a mini road trip across country with a friend to pick up a car. His Sprint Q10 was in and out the whole way. My Verizon Q10 had 4g LTE the whole way. I was hotspoting my network to his.

Thank god for my grandfathered unlimited data on Verizon.

Posted by Antoniius via my sexy white Q10.

I am constantly on a mini road trip across all lower 48 & Sprint has served me very well over the past 9 years, dead spots of course, Verizon has them also

I also travel all the time. I had Sprint for over 5 years. My data was spotty at best. I was in the middle of a desert and still had 4g LTE with Verizon. So glad I switched right before tiered data.

Not to mention Sprint barely supports BlackBerry.

Posted by Antoniius via my sexy white Q10.

It's on my plan. Verizon it's crazy about it if you don't have it.

Posted by Antoniius via my sexy white Q10.

3 years later Phoenix, AZ finally has 4G LTE service. Too bad I switched to T-Mobile months ago just to have a new blackberry z30

Posted via the Android CrackBerry App!

Silly American cellular companies... we have LTE nationwide like 2 years ago... all companies... onto the next 700Mhz spectrum... :) go Canada!

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Canada is huge but only about 12% is habitable. You guys are all near each other near the US border. On the other hand the majority of the US is habitable and we're more spread out. Also, Canada is a country of 35 million people while the US is 314 million people.

The us actually needs a smaller network structure since the country itself is smaller, then on top of that they have more people to support that network so you would expect th US to be ahead on this.

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I have Sprint in Norfolk, Va and I get good coverage where I work. But there are still dead spots where I lose data. Hopefully when Sprint completes the LTE upgrade that will stop. And sprint needs to have a full touch BlackBerry. I love my Q10 but miss the screen real-estate of a full touchscreen

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Sprint is horrible, they have been upgrading to 4g for years, I had an EVO and never once got to use 4G. I had to use an airave device inside my house to get a signal, then it was the duplicate messages. I pay a little extra for Verizon but it's well worth it

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I second that, it has been way to long with a real 4G connection. And I too have to use an AirRave inside my house, not one other carrier has poor service around us as they all placed new towers. Sprint - no new towers. Its not all bad but the data has been rough lately. I am a little in switching but I will be soon soon. T-Mobile/VZW/AT&T have all done so much around Phoenix and there service has been working very well and fast. I was just in a Sprint store the other day in a very busy area, which I thought would have had LTE by now - Nope!! Still many areas with out or very buggy data, the phone calls are good though.

Sprint works for me. I have LTE at work and home and get about 8 Mbps down/4 Mbps up at both places. I am fine with that. Works great at work where there is no WiFi network to connect.

My father works for them and I have an employee discount plan. I pay $94 a month (including taxes and fees) for two iPhone 5's with 500 anytime minutes (I use maybe 50 of these a month) and unlimited text and data. Of course I also carry my Verizon white Z10 around (I use it for WiFi only).

Spark should come to my market (We are around 23rd largest metro area in the USA. Assuming they are coming to the top 100 metros of course) and hopefully the iPhone 6 will be a Spark device.

60 Mbps sounds pretty impressive. I wonder how many people will actually get that speed. I was reading earlier this week the average download speed on LTE in the US is only 6.5 Mbps.

Next step, raise the data caps so that we can cut the cable cord.

A little late to the party Sprint....but I guess better late than never. Right?

Swiped via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA (Only T-Mo rep still pushing)  ‎BlackBerry Q10...oh wait a sec....its my new Z30, son! The holy grail of phones!

Too bad you cant talk and surf the web simultaneously on that new spark network if so I would still be a customer I just switched a week ago cuz of that.

We are well covered by LTE here in Marietta. I'm a happy customer for the most part.

Sent from my PlayBook, yeah really. ;)