Last Updated: August 8th, 2012

Sprint may not have officially announced its plans to fire up the speedy LTE network outside of the initial launch markets and a few additional ones, but it looks like a working 4G-LTE connection can be already picked up in the Bay Area Peninsula way ahead of the rumored schedule.

Our tipster Seth reported getting 4G connectivity on his Galaxy Nexus around Palo Alto and Mountain View, getting Speedtest.net speeds of 13+Mbps down and 8+Mbps up. After looking into the situation, I found a number of users of the S4GRU forum confirming connectivity in the same area, along with Sunnyvale and Cupertino, the home of Apple. I checked for LTE in San Francisco, and so far found nada, so it looks like Sprint is starting with the Silicon Valley.

It is unclear whether the test sites will remain up or get disconnected at some point before the official release, but if you're in possession of an LTE device in the South Bay, fire it up and see if it can sniff something out.

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In the meantime, excuse me while I go back to the unlocked world-compatible Sierra Wireless hotspot with solid AT&T LTE coverage and fallback to HSPA+ (sorry, Sprint, you're so far behind, my EVO LTE weeps while it snacks on AT&T's megabytes).

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  • Daniel Poulsen
  • http://www.nerdshowandtell.com nerdshowandtell.com

    Just in time for me to leave sprint for a GSM galaxy nexus - sick of waiting for updates, messing with CDMA, and sprint withholding updates for devices, in order to sell newer ones, etc. Sprint did give me an Airave for free because I couldn't get any service inside my place here in Mountain View, however when using 3G in the SF Bay area.. its HORRIBLE SLOW.

  • CJ Walker

    Patiently waiting for midwest LTE coverage :(

  • David Adams

    For a new, relatively unused, LTE network, 13mbps seems a bit slow...
    Now back to my laughing Droid Bionic on Verizon's LTE.

  • http://profiles.google.com/mechanizedapathy Shawn Brandel

    Welcome, Sprint users, to actually being able to connect to speed test servers.

  • SF Steven

    While "Bay Area" is accurate, throwing "San Francisco" in the headline is just plain mean. I'm in SF and nearly had an aneurysm when I read that.

  • nsauce7

    13mps? I get 50 down 20 up on Verizon LTE so no thanks sprint

    • Rad

      So you reach your cap in what 5 min seems kinda pointless to be that fast

      • nsauce7

        Small downloads are fast it isn't for large downloads only. I see your point tho which is why I am glad I have unlimited

      • TimothyLMJR

        Reach a cap faster? How so? LTE doesn't speed up my work ethics, though, that be sweet if it did. Just the speed of what I am currently doing like browsing, or downloading. I can use 3G all day and I would have used the same amount of data.

  • http://www.prosoftstudio.com/ Brandon Enriquez

    Nice I am in Walnut Creek, having Wimax was nice on my OG EVO 4G but I am excited for LTE.

  • ant sz

    Sorry I passed this article a little to quickly on my Tbolt