12
Jul
Sprint

If you're a Sprint subscriber in the Kansas City area, you should probably be getting excited, as Sprint's 4G LTE network went live in portions of that market early yesterday. Sprint has confirmed this with S4GRU, and has stated more markets around the greater Kansas City area will continue to light up until that region's rollout is complete. Additional markets, as we know, are scheduled to go online on the 15th, though based on what we're seeing here, that could be an "at the latest" sort of date.

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Are you a Sprint subscriber in the Kansas City area? Post up your Speed Test results in the comments - let's see what Sprint LTE can do.

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David Ruddock
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  • Tommy Thompson

    Well, guess I will turn on LTE and see what I get here in Houston.

    • Jason Pope

      nothing so far.. had mine on LTE since I got it..
      updated prl and profile still 3G.. maybe tomorrow..

      • Tommy Thompson

        The last couple weeks every once and awhile mine would say "preparing network" guessing they were slowly turning towers on or something

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vicky-Cantu/1106179018 Vicky Cantu

      Nothing inside the loop yet, but hopefully soon!
      I did get a PRL update after the OTA yesterday, so maybe they're prepping for it?

      • Tommy Thompson

        I live right next to the skyline. Nothing here either.

        • James Lipps

          Just outside the loop on Westheimer nothing here either yet as soon as i see that magic little symbol i'll post

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vicky-Cantu/1106179018 Vicky Cantu

            Just got a random PRL update rant started on its own out of nowhere... Is it starting?? Still no 4G in the heights but I'watching for it.Has this happened to anyone else in Houston?

  • Ben Napper

    This ping was a little high, but it's usually hovering around 50-70ms.

    • http://www.thepixelpuse.com/ Aj Meadows

      I don't know a lot about DL and UL benchmarks. Is this a good result?

      • Josh Flowers

        for reference, my Verizon 3g DL=around 1-2 & UL=0.5-1.0 so it's a considerable improvement over 3g speeds, especially the coverage area gained by using LTE vs WiMax's weaker signal.
        most recent VZW LTE speed tests i've done have ranged in the DL=5-8, ul=2-4 (though when it first deployed i'd gotten DL 32, UL 16---but never since)

  • Guest

    Wow! That's one entire city with Sprint LTE. That's almost as many as Verizon's 250+ cities (soon to be 400+).

    Way to go, Sprint!

    • jj14x

      Verizon also started with one (or a few) cities. Sprint has/had WiMax before the LTE deployment started. Better late than never.

      • Chris Gustafson

        Actually, Verizon launched with 39 markets.

        • jj14x

          Similar to Sprint's unofficial KS launch (official launch is in a few days), Verizon's initial (unofficial) launch was in Charlotte, North Carolina on Dec 2, 2010 - followed with the official launch on Dec 5 to the larger announced market..

          While Sprint's official LTE launch is much smaller than 39 markets, do realize that they already have "4G" service with their WiMax service.

          My point of course was that the number of cities on launch day doesn't matter as much as what the end result is. Their network vision indicates a pretty good coverage - with pretty quick target dates.

        • jj14x

          Similar to Sprint's unofficial KS launch (official launch is in a few days), Verizon's initial (unofficial) launch was in Charlotte, North Carolina on Dec 2, 2010 - followed with the official launch on Dec 5 to the larger announced market..

          While Sprint's official LTE launch is much smaller than 39 markets, do realize that they already have "4G" service with their WiMax service.

          My point of course was that the number of cities on launch day doesn't matter as much as what the end result is. Their network vision indicates a pretty good coverage - with pretty quick target dates.

    • Jayhawk84

      Hows your data plan on Verizon? Sprint LTE and unlimited data! #GottaLoveIt

      • Andrew Ruffolo

        Mines Unlimited on Verizon. Left Sprint's less than stellar coverage in time.

        • danielq

          but you are stuck having to pay full price :( if you wanna keep it

          we dont

    • Jarobusa

      Curious, are those 250 cites including suburbs? Notice with Sprint a city is an entire region. Go look at:
      http://s4gru.com for more info.

      • Chris Gustafson

        Verizon does it buy regions too. Also a more acurate number is 304 markets.

  • http://www.thepixelpuse.com/ Aj Meadows

    ARGH! So close to my city (St. Louis). Damn.

  • brian

    Sorry running a port of the 4.1 from the version galaxy nexus so no lte on my phone right now. I live in Murrieta California. Maybe its time to go back to stock and see what's up.

  • longbong

    Well I'm about 2 minutes outside of the Kc area and I don't have a thing. my wife however says she has it and sent a screenshot.can anyone tell me if they are getting LTE in the northland?

  • Stephen Gulick

    Here are my results. The 21 Mbps one was from Independence, MO. Some of the other results are in the triangle area in south Kansas City, MO.

  • http://twitter.com/jamesreb James Reberry

    I work right by the Sprint campus. So far nothing. This is actually the worst place in the world to get Sprint coverage (near College/Metcalf in OP)

  • Darat532

    Blue Springs no LTE yet

    • Stephen Gulick

      Try going into settings>moblie Network, and changing LTE/CDMA to CDMA and back again. My EVO 4G LTE seems to drop if I go into another towers coverage area.

  • Ignacio armijo

    I'm in Olathe, ks by I35 and santa fe road being getting D:11mb and U:6mb

  • Ed.

    In Austin TX I have .2 M download.
    So anything is welcome.

    • Jgrmsmith

      You got a. We I'm jealous! That's good for Sprint in Austin!

  • Michael Linhart

    I have been seeing LTE 4G for several weeks in Olathe 143rd and Blackbob area....

  • Curt

    ...In the EVO LTE:

    Go in to your phone app, and dial ##DEBUG#

    Select LTE Engineering

    Go down to RSRP. The number under RSRP shown in dBm is your LTE signal strength.

    ...In the Galaxy S-III:

    Go in to your phone app, and dial ##DEBUG#

    Enter 777468 for your lock code

    Select LTE Engineering

    Go down to RSRP. The number next to RSRP shown in dBm is your LTE signal strength.

  • Curt

    Use this to see if your carrier is living up to the LTE promise. Do they have something they are trying to hide from you.

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