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Jul
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While some users were able to connect to Sprint's LTE network over the weekend, the official rollout has just begun. The Now Network started with 15 initial markets, including:

  • Atlanta, Ga. 
  • Athens, Ga.
  • Calhoun, Ga.
  • Carrollton, Ga.
  • Newnan, Ga.
  • Rome, Ga.
  • Dallas
  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Granbury-Hood County, Texas
  • Houston
  • Huntsville, Texas
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Waco, Texas
  • Kansas City, Mo.-Kan.
  • St. Joseph, Mo.

Don't expect the break-neck speeds of Verizon or AT&T's respective LTE networks, however: Sprint is only promising a paltry 6-8Mbps down and 2-3Mbps up with bursts up to 25Mbps. Of course, if you've been stuck using Sprint's 3G network (or even its current "4G"), this is definitely a welcome speed boost, even if it doesn't compare to the competition.

Sprint will continue pushing its Network Vision plan and roll out more LTE markets in the second half of 2012, though it hasn't yet announced in what areas that expansion will take place.

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), July 16, 2012 - Sprint (NYSE:S), the first national wireless carrier to introduce 4G service in 2008, today announced that it is delivering the speed and power of an all-new 4G LTE network to 15 cities surrounding the Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and San Antonio markets. Because of an accelerated build schedule for the Network Vision program, Sprint will also launch a 4G LTE network for residents in and around Waco, Texas.

“Sprint and our vendors have been deploying Network Vision sites all across the country for the last several months and we are thrilled to deliver our new network to our customers today in and around Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, San Antonio and Waco,” said Bob Azzi, senior vice president-Network, Sprint. “This new network is performing extremely well and customers should find it consistent, reliable and really fast.”

Today, Sprint 4G LTE coverage can be found in the following areas and will continue to expand in the coming months:

  • Atlanta
  • Athens, Ga.
  • Calhoun, Ga.
  • Carrollton, Ga.
  • Newnan, Ga.
  • Rome, Ga.
  • Dallas
  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Granbury-Hood County, Texas
  • Houston
  • Huntsville, Texas
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Waco, Texas
  • Kansas City, Mo.-Kan.
  • St. Joseph, Mo.

For detailed 4G LTE maps, providing coverage information right down to the address, please visit www.sprint.com/coverage. Customers are encouraged to check back often, as the maps will be updated when coverage in these markets is enhanced.

Sprint plans to launch additional 4G LTE markets in the second half of 2012, which will be announced later this year. By the end of 2013, Sprint expects to have largely completed the build out of its all-new 4G LTE nationwide network – with an all-new enhanced 3G network – covering 250 million people across the United States.

Network Vision Means an All-New 3G & 4G Network

To better meet the growing voice and data demands of wireless customers, Sprint is building an all-new, nationwide 3G and 4G LTE network through the Network Vision program. Whether a Sprint customer is using a smartphone to share a picture or to check the Web, Sprint 4G LTE will make it faster.

Coupling the speed of 4G LTE with the industry’s only truly unlimited data plan for smartphones makes Sprint the best choice in wireless.* Additionally, the new network will provide significant enhancements to Sprint 3G service once the improvements are completed.

Customers are expected to experience better signal strength, fewer dropped/blocked calls, faster data speeds, expanded coverage and better overall performance as the improvements roll out across the country. Sprint has a history of innovation, as it was the first national wireless carrier to offer 4G service with the launch of the Sprint 4G (WiMAX) network in 2008.

The launch of these 15 cities demonstrates the continued commitment by Sprint to invest in its network through Network Vision. For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE portfolio and rollout, please visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE.

The Wireless Industry’s Most Customer-Friendly Data Plans

In today’s competitive wireless market, the value of unlimited has never been more apparent. Sprint’s Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM includes unlimited data, texting and calling to and from any mobile phone in America while on the Sprint network, starting at just $79.99 per month for smartphones (pricing excludes taxes and surcharges).

Sprint continues the trend of delivering value to customers through its portfolio of 4G LTE-capable devices and unlimited data experience with Sprint Everything Data plans. Sprint has already launched five 4G LTE-capable devices for less than $200 – HTC EVO™ 4G LTE ($199.99); LG Viper™ 4G LTE ($99.99); Samsung Galaxy Nexus ($199.99); Samsung Galaxy S® III ($199.99 for 16GB version); and Sierra Wireless™ 4G LTE Tri-Fi Hotspot, the nation’s first to support 4G LTE, 4G WiMAX and 3G ($99.99) (all pricing excludes taxes).

During the past several years, Sprint has been working hard to deliver the best customer experience. Recently, the American Customer Satisfaction Index ranked Sprint No. 1 among all national carriers and most improved in customer satisfaction, across all 47 industries, during the last four years.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://twitter.com/brendentx Brenden

    I have yet to get a working LTE signal anywhere in Dallas. From far north McKinney/Allen/Frisco to Addison/Carrollton/Richardson/North Dallas

    • David Fleck

      Agreed. I have heard rumors of people being told the 18th

    • jj14x

      This is my Galaxy Nexus in Lewisville, TX - http://imgur.com/rua0A

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/wwjoshdew Josh

    I have a video of LTE in action on my EVO 4G LTE!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NfNItC68qQ&hd=1

  • http://twitter.com/l0ngdongSilverr Eli

    All that speed from the other carriers is useless with their 4gb caps. Why dont people see that. Who cares how fast you can download if you get capped. Ill take 6meg downloads with unlimited data any day over 10 or whatever with limits.

    • UniBroW

      exactly

      • DCMAKER

        agreed

    • fixxmyhead

      in this scenario yes but if u dont have a sprint LTE device (which is most people) than i would rather go with capped data limits and get fast speeds than crappy dsl unlimited data speeds

  • http://www.facebook.com/Shad0wguy Chris Jutting

    I'd gladly take those speeds since it is still unlimited, unlike the competition. Besides, anything is better than the 100Kb speeds I average on 3G.

  • http://profiles.google.com/grremlin Konstantin Vishnevsky

    I wonder where is the promised Baltimore area LTE?

    • coryg

      Yeah, Baltimore area got screwed here. I live in the Baltimore county area, and drive through Baltimore and work around the BWI/Lithicum area, and nothing on my S3 or my wifes Galaxy Nexus. Really sad Sprint, made me renew two contracts and I couldve swithced to ATT or Verizon, who both offer LTE in every area I am in....Damn!

  • Kristin Aliberto

    What's with all the WiMax hate? I get 10 Mbps outside in major cities and 5 to 6 Mbps in my Philadelphia row home. LTE and WiMax still have the same issue, they destroy batteries. Sprint's LTE rollout is probably entirely based on available spectrum and cost of deployment. Deploying in major cities, especially older cities, is not cheap.

    • Tib02

      Try using WiMax indoors...

  • JGE

    In Houston. I've been to multiple locations today where the "coverage map" says LTE... haha.. should be called the "NON coverage map". Totally misleading! I bought 2 galaxy s3's that are just being WASTED on Sprint's network. I have to use airave just to use the phones at my house and my office. I was hoping when they flipped the LTE switch things would be better, but I think deep inside I knew.

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

      I was just looking at that map & wondering the same thing. I conveniently live in one of those no-4G blobs, but I work at UH and, according to the map, and should have 4G right now but nothing yet.

      I've been getting random PRL updates since Saturday, and I've been doing them manually too so hopefully we'll see something soon.

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

        Ok so it's only works outside, and switching between CDMA & LTE/CDMA in the settings will trigger it to search for 4G and connect. Kinda lame but once it's connected the speeds are amazing!

        This is what I'm getting at UH:

        picture won't attach, but over 18 mbps down & 2.5 up. It's making my phone ridiculously hot though & not surprisingly draining my battery quick.

  • RJ

    Texas? really??

    • Tib02

      Yeah you know the big ass state with Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas? #4, #7, and #9 of the US largest cities?

  • David Fleck

    Comment from another post:
    Got off a plane at Love Field in Dallas at 11 pm last night (7/15). Booted up the EVO 4G LTE and was thrilled to see the 4G light up with full bars, then just as quickly, it switched back to 3G and has not come back since. I am still in LTE/CDMA mode but have not seen 4G since. Even tried restarting, turning on and off airplane mode, and switching betweent CDMA only and LTE/CDMA. Still getting nothing. Been in Dallas, Plano, Frisco, and Arlington. I want more G's!!

  • jer85008

    Already that slow? Imagine once they actually sell a few LTE devices. Not looking good. As far as the unlimited data goes, by the time the network is sufficiently up and running they will surely kill that off as well (or at least throttle you down to 3G speed if you use too much). There is simply no other way to remain in business and turn a profit vs. V and ATT. Unlimited data is a carrot on a stick to keep you from jumping to another carrier.

  • toshistation

    Persons complaining about the 'low download speeds' (as if anything you might do on a phone would ever require more 5 mbps anyway) should check what actual users are saying about their speeds. Many users are reporting between 11-15 mbps and some are even reporting up to 25 mbps. The 6-8 number is a conservative estimate so they don't get complaining customers like Verizon had.

  • Nexgencpu

    Really Network Vision is shaping up to be pretty awesome..and Mr Summerson above needs to research a bit better, All carriers underestimate there speeds for obvious reasons.. http://community.sprint.com/baw/servlet/JiveServlet/download/448259-103685/Screenshot_2012-07-15-21-02-02.png not bad in my humble opinion

  • Tommy Thompson

    It's 15 cities in 6 markets.

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

    Oh c'mon! Two Missouri cities but NOT St. Louis? I'm assuming we'll get it next.

    • DCMAKER

      hey they dotn even have chicago lol

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

        Yeah, and that's even crazier to me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/archercc Ryan Stewart

    Here in Atlanta the word from the Sprint store is that Sprint is basically lying. After not picking up anything in Atlanta proper, Decatur and Vinings I called to have my phone re-provisioned. Nothing. Went into the Sprint store and the dude straight up told me the coverage maps were a lie. The store was right in a "heavily covered area" and not one phone in the store could pick it up.
    So when Sprint said "Atlanta" what they really meant were suburbs like Marietta.