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Sep
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In an effort to ensure its up and coming 4G LTE network isn't forgotten, Sprint sent out a press release this morning to let users know that it has plans to bring the high speed offering to over 100 new markets "in the coming months." The list is actually pretty decent, as it hits some major areas from coast to coast and many in between:

  • Aguadilla-Isabela-San Sebastian, Puerto Rico
  • Albermarle, N.C.
  • Anderson, Ind.
  • Asheville, N.C.
  • Athens, Tenn.
  • Athens, Texas
  • Austin, Texas
  • Barnstable Town (Hyannis/Midcape), Mass.
  • Baton Rouge, La.
  • Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Md.
  • Boston
  • Cambridge-Newton-Framingham, Mass.
  • Charlotte, N.C.
  • Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • Chicago
  • Clarksville, Tenn.
  • Cleveland, Tenn.
  • Coamo, Puerto Rico
  • College Station, Texas
  • Columbia, Tenn.
  • Columbus, Ind.
  • Cookeville, Tenn.
  • Crossville, Tenn.
  • Daytona Beach-Deltona-Ormond Beach, Fla.
  • Elkhart-Goshen, Ind.
  • Fayetteville, N.C.
  • Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, Fla.
  • Gainesville, Fla.
  • Gary, Ind.
  • Goldsboro, N.C.
  • Greenville, N.C.
  • Greeneville, Tenn.
  • Guayama, Puerto Rico
  • Hammond, La.
  • Harriman, Tenn.
  • Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, N.C.
  • Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, La.
  • Hutchinson, Kan.
  • Indianapolis-Carmel, Ind.
  • Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Johnson City, Tenn.
  • Jonesboro, Ark.
  • Kankakee-Bradley-Bourbonnais, Ill.
  • Kerrville, Texas
  • Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, Texas
  • Kingsport-Bristol, Tenn.
  • Kinston, N.C.
  • Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla.
  • Lancaster, S.C.
  • Lawrence, Kan.
  • Lincolnton, N.C.
  • Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, Calif.
  • Lumberton, N.C.
  • McPherson, Kan.
  • Memphis, Tenn.
  • Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Fla.
  • Morgan City, La.
  • Morristown, Tenn.
  • Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
  • Muncie, Ind.
  • Nashville, Tenn.
  • New Orleans
  • New York-White Plains-Wayne, N.Y.
  • Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News, Va.
  • Ocala, Fla.
  • Ocean Pines, Md.
  • Palatka, Fla.
  • Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Fla.
  • Peabody/Lawrence-Methuen/Gloucester, Mass.
  • Philadelphia
  • Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • Port St. Lucie, Fla.
  • Roanoke Rapids, N.C.
  • Rochelle, Ill.
  • Rockford, Ill.
  • Rocky Mount, N.C.
  • Salina, Kan.
  • Salisbury, Md.
  • Salisbury, N.C.
  • San German-Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Sebastian-Vero Beach, Fla.
  • Sevierville, Tenn.
  • Shelby, N.C.
  • Southern Pines-Pinehurst, N.C.
  • Springfield, Mass.
  • Statesville-Mooresville, N.C.
  • St. Thomas, USVI
  • Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla.
  • Topeka, Kan.
  • Tullahoma, Tenn.
  • Tupelo, Miss.
  • Warrensburg, Mo.
  • Washington, D.C.-Arlington-Alexandria, Va.
  • Waukegan-Lake County, Ill.
  • West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, Fla.
  • Wichita, Kan.
  • Wichita Falls, Texas
  • Wilson, N.C.
  • Worcester-Fitchburg-Leominster, Mass.
  • Yauco, Puerto Rico

Unfortunately, there's no clear definition of what they mean by "in the coming months," though it's noted that customers may begin seeing 4G LTE popup on their capable handset before the official launch, in which case Sprint says that users are "welcome to use the network."

At the current time, Sprint offers 4G LTE service in 19 different markets, putting it far behind that of AT&T and Verizon's LTE networks. The Now Network has plans to offer 4G LTE service in most (if not all) current 3G markets by the end of 2013.

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), September 10, 2012 - Continuing its aggressive momentum in delivering a top-tier network experience for customers, Sprint (NYSE:S) announced today that the 4G LTE network build is under way in more than 100 additional cities within its existing nationwide 3G footprint. Some of the major metropolitan areas in which Sprint 4G LTE is expected to be available in the coming months are Boston; Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Memphis, Tenn.; Miami; Nashville, Tenn.; New Orleans; New York; Philadelphia; and Washington, D.C.

“We are committed to delivering a cutting-edge network as quickly as possible, one that provides a greater level of reliability and speed to our 3G and 4G customers,” said Bob Azzi, senior vice president-Network, Sprint. “We know our customers depend on their mobile devices as their primary source of communication, business connectivity and entertainment. We want to deliver a network that delivers mobile access, productivity and entertainment at a highly competitive price point.”

The 4G LTE Network build is under way in the following areas:

  • Aguadilla-Isabela-San Sebastian, Puerto Rico
  • Albermarle, N.C.
  • Anderson, Ind.
  • Asheville, N.C.
  • Athens, Tenn.
  • Athens, Texas
  • Austin, Texas
  • Barnstable Town (Hyannis/Midcape), Mass.
  • Baton Rouge, La.
  • Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Md.
  • Boston
  • Cambridge-Newton-Framingham, Mass.
  • Charlotte, N.C.
  • Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • Chicago
  • Clarksville, Tenn.
  • Cleveland, Tenn.
  • Coamo, Puerto Rico
  • College Station, Texas
  • Columbia, Tenn.
  • Columbus, Ind.
  • Cookeville, Tenn.
  • Crossville, Tenn.
  • Daytona Beach-Deltona-Ormond Beach, Fla.
  • Elkhart-Goshen, Ind.
  • Fayetteville, N.C.
  • Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, Fla.
  • Gainesville, Fla.
  • Gary, Ind.
  • Goldsboro, N.C.
  • Greenville, N.C.
  • Greeneville, Tenn.
  • Guayama, Puerto Rico
  • Hammond, La.
  • Harriman, Tenn.
  • Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, N.C.
  • Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, La.
  • Hutchinson, Kan.
  • Indianapolis-Carmel, Ind.
  • Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Johnson City, Tenn.
  • Jonesboro, Ark.
  • Kankakee-Bradley-Bourbonnais, Ill.
  • Kerrville, Texas
  • Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, Texas
  • Kingsport-Bristol, Tenn.
  • Kinston, N.C.
  • Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla.
  • Lancaster, S.C.
  • Lawrence, Kan.
  • Lincolnton, N.C.
  • Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, Calif.
  • Lumberton, N.C.
  • McPherson, Kan.
  • Memphis, Tenn.
  • Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Fla.
  • Morgan City, La.
  • Morristown, Tenn.
  • Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
  • Muncie, Ind.
  • Nashville, Tenn.
  • New Orleans
  • New York-White Plains-Wayne, N.Y.
  • Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News, Va.
  • Ocala, Fla.
  • Ocean Pines, Md.
  • Palatka, Fla.
  • Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Fla.
  • Peabody/Lawrence-Methuen/Gloucester, Mass.
  • Philadelphia
  • Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • Port St. Lucie, Fla.
  • Roanoke Rapids, N.C.
  • Rochelle, Ill.
  • Rockford, Ill.
  • Rocky Mount, N.C.
  • Salina, Kan.
  • Salisbury, Md.
  • Salisbury, N.C.
  • San German-Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Sebastian-Vero Beach, Fla.
  • Sevierville, Tenn.
  • Shelby, N.C.
  • Southern Pines-Pinehurst, N.C.
  • Springfield, Mass.
  • Statesville-Mooresville, N.C.
  • St. Thomas, USVI
  • Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla.
  • Topeka, Kan.
  • Tullahoma, Tenn.
  • Tupelo, Miss.
  • Warrensburg, Mo.
  • Washington, D.C.-Arlington-Alexandria, Va.
  • Waukegan-Lake County, Ill.
  • West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, Fla.
  • Wichita, Kan.
  • Wichita Falls, Texas
  • Wilson, N.C.
  • Worcester-Fitchburg-Leominster, Mass.
  • Yauco, Puerto Rico

During the pre-launch phase, customers with capable 4G LTE devices may begin to see 4G LTE coverage in these areas and are welcome to use the network even before it officially launches. Sprint plans to announce commercial availability of 4G LTE in these cities in the coming months, at which point we expect coverage, performance and reliability to get even better. Eventually, the markets will fill in until coverage largely matches the existing nationwide 3G footprint. By the end of 2013, Sprint expects to have completed the nationwide build out of the all new 3G and 4G network.

Currently, Sprint offers the new 4G LTE service in 19 metropolitan areas: Atlanta; Athens, Ga.; Baltimore; Calhoun, Ga.; Carrollton, Ga.; Newnan, Ga.; Rome, Ga.; Dallas; Fort Worth, Texas; Gainesville, Ga.; Granbury-Hood County, Texas; Houston; Huntsville, Texas; Kansas City, Mo./Kansas City, Kan.; Manhattan/Junction City, Kan.; San Antonio, Texas; Sedalia, Mo.; Waco, Texas; and St. Joseph, Mo.

According to management consulting firm Chetan Sharma Consulting, mobile data is expected to comprise 95 percent of the global mobile traffic by 2015. Sprint’s network strategy, known as Network Vision, is designed to meet these growing demands. With Network Vision, customers can expect to benefit from an updated 3G network and new 4G LTE network, enabling expanded coverage, improved network reliability, better voice quality, and faster data speeds as the improvements are rolled out across the country.

“The mobile industry is going through an incredible change – smartphones, connected devices, and the seemingly unlimited supply of new applications and services are changing consumer behavior in dramatic ways,” said Chetan Sharma, founder and president at Chetan Sharma Consulting.

As part of its overall network strategy, Sprint is also doing a complete overhaul of its 3G infrastructure so that customers can enjoy better wireless signal strength, in-building coverage, and fewer dropped/blocked calls. These enhancements are now available to customers in several markets across the country, with significant deployment in Baltimore, Boston and Washington, D.C., and will continue to improve in the weeks and months ahead.

Sprint was the first national wireless carrier to introduce 4G on the WiMAX network in 2008 and began rolling out 4G LTE to customers on July 15 in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and surrounding cities.

Unlimited + Sprint 4G LTE = Game-changing wireless offer for customers

In today’s competitive wireless market, the value of unlimited has never been more apparent and Sprint is clearly the best choice in wireless. Customers with capable devices can combine Sprint’s all-new 3G and 4G LTE networks and enjoy unlimited data while on the Sprint network. Data usage continues to increase and consumers value Truly Unlimited data because it’s simple and straightforward – no metering, no throttling, and no need to share data, which increases the likelihood of a surprise monthly bill because of overage charges.

Coupled with unbeatable plans and fast devices, Sprint has been working hard to deliver the best customer experience in the past few years. The 2012 American Customer Satisfaction Index ranked Sprint No. 1 among all national carriers in customer satisfaction and most improved, across all 47 industries measured, over the last four years. And Sprint has been ranked Highest in Satisfaction with the Purchase Experience among Full-service Wireless Providers three times in a row by J.D. Power and Associates.

Sprint’s Network Vision project expects to be largely complete with the all-new network by the end of 2013. For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE portfolio and rollout, please visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. 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-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://twitter.com/Bizkitpark Omar AlQabandi

    I dont understand how Sprint is choosing these cities. I live in Springfield, MO the 3rd largest city in Missouri and yet Sprint hasn't announced that LTE is coming here!!

    • benkoala

      Haha, Springfield. 146th most populated city in country. How about San Diego, 8th most populated and 5th most populated county in the the country?

    • Swimming in water

      Agreed! The "small towns for testing" argument is invalid when next door Kansas City already has LTE... ANGER!! If T-Mobile actually gets the Note II I will be switching undoubtedly!

      • Andrew

        Kansas City has LTE only because Sprint is headquartered there. They have thousands of people that can provide feedback. We're they HQ'd somewhere else KC wouldn't have LTE either

    • squiddy20

      Read any of the more intelligent comments by wolfkabal or Terrell and you will understand.
      Additionally, if Sprint were going by largest markets first (which it's definitely not), do you really think it would go for the 3rd largest first, when there's a 1st and 2nd largest?

  • hurricanesfan66

    @Omar--I agree. I am in Raleigh, NC--2nd largest in NC, and small, small towns are listed.

  • raphael gray

    No las Vegas...what

  • CJ Walker

    Yauco, PR?? Are you serious.... please Sprint, I'm dieing here in Champaign, IL. Can't believe the Puerto ricans in the mountains need 4G ....

    • matoz

      Because, Not only Yauco is in the mountains , most municipalities of Puerto Rico are in the mountains, Isabela, Aguadilla, San Sebastián, Coamo, Mayagüez, even Ponce and Guayama have mountainous areas. That's the reason...
      And what's the problem with us? Puerto Ricans are "dying" likewise because the poor signal in some areas.
      We have the same necessities like any other part of the US Nation.

      I'm not good in English but, "dieing" made me laugh, a lot!

    • Tyler Jones

      Im in Champaign too and its the same with att. There are some spots i cant even use data

  • Bootup

    No Seattle..really!?

  • Dave

    It's still not working in parts of fort Worth

  • brian

    Gary Indiana will get 4G but Orange county California isn't. Does anyone else think this is epically stupid? How about New York city? Or maybe the town I live in Murrieta and Temecula California? I mean there is only 250,000 people living here...

    • repseki

      I'm just south of Temecula, I know what you mean. Sprint is really lacking. I can't believe San Diego isn't on that list either.

  • wolfkabal

    For everyone complaining about all the little podunk towns getting LTE before their huge massively populated towns - stop and think about it for a second. The small towns have a few towers at best, easier to upgrade, easier to test the load and infrastructure. Compare this to having to upgrade 10-20x the equipment and the load on the infrastructure from the higher population masses.

    • Matthew Fry

      St. Thomas in the US virgin islands? Really? I was just there, they don't need LTE. They need phones service that doesn't suck.

      Also, note that not a single place is west of Texas. I don't like it but they are doing a sweep from East to West is my guess.

      • http://twitter.com/URABUS0924 URABUS0924

        Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, Calif.

      • JR

        Verizon did something similar when they rolled out their LTE network, although they were much more sweeping in their rollout, and did it much more quickly. It seems as though most of Sprint's implementation has been in small markets that are easier to upgrade and easier to lose, if the network goes down for technical reasons. Rolling it out in NYC and LA is a MASSIVE undertaking, and if users see the network, then it goes away for a week because of testing, technical issues, or whatnot, they're going to scream their heads off.

  • Agam720

    And it is official! I am leaving sprint in October. Thanks for neglecting Phoenix yet again Sprint! What is the point of unlimited data if I can barely load a video?

    • UniBroW

      on Verizon, you'll eat up your data pretty quick. I'm not a Sprint faboi but I don't see the point in switching to a carrier that has fast data when you can't use that data or have to worry about going over your data. Seems extremely counter productive.

      I was actually just contemplating switching to T-mobile myself for their $30 5Gig plan but even then my Sprint comes out to about the same while on a discounted family plan WITH a subsidized phone. Supposedly, this time next year, there will be full LTE rollout in my area with parts of it getting it in a few months although it's not on this list.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Most people will never hit their cap, and even if they do, they'll just pay like $10 per extra gig. To me, the experience is well worth paying extra sometimes for amazing speeds and service vs being stuck in the middle ages. Though, one thing that's been stopping me is just that. Check your Sprint account - it actually tells you how much data you use every month. Even having WiMax, I never broke 5GB, and I consider myself a power user. That's commuting 3 hours to work every day and using tethering while on the train.

        • UniBroW

          So, if you watch a movie on your phone or your kids do in hd, that would be worth approximately $20 to you? That's if you go over...

          Sent from my Galaxy S III

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            No, it wouldn't, that was the only caveat. Most people don't watch movies on phones though.

            And with Sprint's 3G, you can't stream HD video anyway, so we're not comparing apples to apples here.

          • UniBroW

            I don't watch movies either but when I'm driving sometimes my kids do stuff while tethered to my phone or sometimes I tether my phone and I usually use around 2 gigs of data and that is mostly from streaming tunes while in the car from either Google or from Pandora.

            Just saying though, if you're not using it to stream video what is the major use of all that limited speed? Also, if you had that speed on Sprint I think you'd find your usage to be higher than what it is now. I am not saying I'm happy with Sprints speeds right now, because they have been pretty poor as of late but I have noticed that it has been a lot better than a few months ago in my area. Not sure if it's because they have been improving their network here or its just that the same III is better than the s II in terms of radios

            Sent from my Galaxy S III

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            Having LTE changes the way you use every app on your phone, not just video streaming. Even doing web browsing and using Maps is night and day. Low latency makes such a huge difference, almost as much as the speed itself.

          • UniBroW

            Right, exactly why I think you'll see your usage go up. I'm fully aware of the benefits of having LTE. I'm just personally not ready to party with unlimited data even though it's pretty limiting in terms of what I can do with it.

            I suppose, if I were on a train every day I'd probably part ways with Sprint but being I'm in the car and mostly use it to listen to Pandora it works good for me. I will admit though that when it doesn't work I get more than aggravated but that's very rare the last month or so

            Sent from my Galaxy S III

      • Agam720

        That $30 plan is the exact one I was eyeballing. I don't use very many minutes, and 5gigs should be plenty of data compared to my current usage. The monthly savings will add up fast, and since there is no contract, I can go back to one of the big 3 if it doesn't work out.

  • David Keith

    LTE did pop up in southern Chicago this past weekend... I have been waiting for this announcement

  • Terrell

    Sprints 4G LTE network is still in its infancy so they need to test it this is what smaller cities are used for rather than something go wrong in a huge city and piss off a lot of customers. I live in Ocala Fl and we are on the list I was wondering why the towers have been so bad lately this makes perfect sense.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Not going to lie, I was hoping to see San Francisco Bay Area on the list. So sick of 3G that's slower than EDGE.

    • drksilenc

      i went to att specifically for that reason if they ever get lte to pittsburgh ill be back to sprint the day it happens

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Same here, I got an LTE/HSPA+/HSPA hotspot from AT&T that's also unlocked to work abroad. Once you go LTE, you can't go back.

  • Jeff Smith

    Don't feel bad if you don't have 4G even though it used to enrage me. Having bought the first 4G phone the EVO 2 years + 2 months ago, and the phone has no problems in Detroit which still has no WIMAX or LTE. 6 million people in a flat topography. Buffalo NY does not have it either.

    Lets face it Sprint is not in this for the long run, they want to spruce up the company and sell it.

  • yankeesusa

    This is great news. People need to stop complaining and need to stop comparing sprint to verizon at this point. Verizon itself started with small towns and big towns. Sprint just wants to be able to test this out without being overwhelmed. Plus a lot of these places are actually pretty big. I'm glad they made this announcement now, I was thinking of switching come december. Now I'm glad I stuck by and it looks like unlimited data is here for at least another year.

  • serrastone

    Unfortunately, Sprint is an effing joke where I live, check out the coverage map:

    http://oh.what-the-fuck.me/ZqIb

    • wolfkabal

      I'm curious as to what the other carriers offer in that area.

      • serrastone

        Verizon has steady 3G and AT&T has HSPA+, but it has some nasty dropoffs if you drive in certain spots.

        • wolfkabal

          Sounds like you're boned either way though. Plus with a bit of tweaking you can get Sprint devices to piggy back Verizon's network.

          • enrique

            how?

          • wolfkabal

            There are some modified PRL files out there - these files tell your phone where the towers are. Some people have edited them to list more Verizon towers, some that aren't normally on Sprint's roaming list. Update to one of these and you can even use a much broader reach of towers. Some are even Verizon only. - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1880781

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1004582128 Roger Sellers

    I'd feel a bit better about this expansion if we could see some dates with these cities.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=207500205 Justin Scott Grathwohl

    I wish they'd upgrade the existing cities with WiMax to LTE. Las Vegas technically has "4G" coverage but it's shitty WiMax and they've sold plenty of LTE devices that are in WiMax but not LTE markets. Need to prioritize that shit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Werner-Salinas/707962640 Werner Salinas

    WTF where is NYC ????

  • http://www.impulsivestudios.com/ Justin Myers

    As per my Sprint representative, the reason the bigger cities aren't getting LTE first is because they already have WiMax. People still use EVO 4g's and they aren't just going to take away their "4G."

  • ANGRY EVOLTE OWNER

    WHERES ORLANDO?!?!?!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003038191347 Randy Strye

    Why do carriers hate Michigan so much?

  • DavidKeith

    is it here yet?

  • CJ Walker

    I definitely understand I was just venting my entitlement :P

    and sure, they pay the same bills but I'm sure the adoption rate of a 4G enabled smartphone is a lot less. But yea ... there's always the future.

    I'll just idly wait patient as I continue to kick myself in the nuts for switching to Sprint from Tmobile at the beginning of august before finding out about tmobiles new unlimited 4G data plans.

  • DataHawg

    I don't care about LTE but my 3g in Seattle is almost unusable and getting worse. Wimax isn't much better. 12 years with Sprint and I'm going to T-mobile when the Note 2 arrives.

  • The Great 1

    how do you leave Phoenix off the list, AGAIN?!?!? 5th largest city in america and you decide to put the towers in Puerto Rico? Get serious

  • enrique

    I live in Orlando, just got two galaxy s 3
    but the network here(3g), is too slow.
    going back to tmobile.