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Oct
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Sprint would like you to know that, while LTE coverage has not yet been activated in these areas just yet, the Now Network has plans to rollout the shiny new towers to cities like San Francisco and Napa, CA, Naples and Cape Coral, FL, and several markets in midwest and southern states. The network is not live yet, of course. As with the carrier's previous announcement, this is simply to let people know what's coming.

Here's the full list of cities that have been added to the plan:

  • San Francisco, CA, San Mateo-Redwood City, CA
  • Cape Coral-Ft Meyers, FL
  • Dyersburg-Union City-Martin, TN
  • Emporia, KS
  • Fort Wayne, IN
  • Greenwood, MS
  • Joplin, MO
  • Kokomo, IN
  • Lafayette/West Lafayette, IN
  • Lexington Park, MD
  • Marion, IN
  • Napa, CA
  • Naples-Marco Island, FL
  • Ottawa-Streator, IL
  • Punta Gorda, FL
  • Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA
  • Sarasota-Bradenton, FL
  • Sebring, FL
  • South Bend-Mishawaka, IN
  • Terre Haute, IN
  • Vallejo-Fairfield, CA
  • Warsaw, IN

According to Sprint, before the official launch of these networks, you may see LTE coverage pop up and, in that case, you "are welcome to use the network" (as opposed to politely declining the coverage you paid for?) but there's no word yet on when the official launch in these cities will occur.

It's worth pointing out that, if you're in one of these cities and notice scattered coverage prior to an official launch, it's possible that your phone's constant attempts to reconnect to sparse LTE towers might drain your battery. So, I guess that's one reason you might politely decline the coverage.

Source: Sprint

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

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

    As a San Francisco resident, hell yesssssssssss! Yeah, bitch, Magnets!!

  • Guest

    Sprint really needs to fix the LTE in it's existing Markets. Dallas LTE coverage is a joke.

    • DavidKeith

      i was going to say the same thing. Everyone is lives in those markets don't get overjoyed just yet. Chicago coverage is a complete joke. I drive 45 minutes to work and I get LTE for about 8 seconds on the trip and that's it.

      Needless to say, I am one of those people "politely declining" the LTE because when my EVO LTE is on CDMA LTE its horse shit (excuse my french) It will never keep a signal to save its life. I just force it to CDMA only and deal with the half ass 3G.

      I love Sprint but their service coverage is a complete joke. okay I am done ranting now

      • DCMAKER

        you wouldn't be ~24 would you? If so i might know you :P

        • DavidKeith

          I'm 23, do i know you?

          • DCMAKER

            what town did you go to high school?

          • DavidKeith

            @7806d06e05d65025c35575936299ac89:disqus West Chicago

          • DCMAKER

            hahahhaha yep and your dad worked for the school huh....lol

          • DavidKeith

            @7806d06e05d65025c35575936299ac89:disqus WOW........ it is a small world lol
            Were you in my class?

            can everyone else see these comments? lol

          • DCMAKER

            yea :P i was and every can read it. I was the guy that enjoyed long bike rides to school in the winter :P

          • DavidKeith

            @7806d06e05d65025c35575936299ac89:disqus ahaha I know exactly who you are! whats going on man, long time

          • DCMAKER

            not a whole lot moved back home and going to college. Lived in CA/NC for several years. Looking for a job doing some techy research stuff for fun and a married :P

          • DavidKeith

            @DCMAKER nice man, yeah Im back home too, engaged, got a tech support job.

          • DCMAKER

            nice going for business just tech stuff is my avid hobby. BTW you should use your name :P

          • DavidKeith

            @7806d06e05d65025c35575936299ac89:disqus nice nice.
            yeah well people can stalk me all they want on Tech websites. makes no difference. besides if I didn't this conversation would never have happened.

          • DCMAKER

            hahahaha and your dad worked there too huh lol

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxvlKp-76io

          • DCMAKER

            wow glitch

          • Guest

            hahahhaha and your dad worked there huh lol

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxvlKp-76io

  • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

    Another brilliant move on the part of Sprint:

    Let's service the 1625 people/ square mile of Joplin MO, before taking a look at the 3495 people/ square mile in San Diego. Great idea guys.

    Sprint: Where we service the people that don't know about the internet before the people that want it...

    This is exactly why I got them to release me from my contract and moved to Verizon.

    • chardd

      San Diego will never get anything out of Sprint. I'm so sick of the lack of 4g here. I'd rather be on Verizon's limited data and have it be usable than continue with Sprint's garbage coverage here.

      • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

        The worst part is in side by side tests I have found there are plenty of areas that have comparable network speeds, but Sprint's attenuation is usually 10x that of Verizon rendering the same speed useless. It was astounding to see how a high ping time can render a decent speed completely useless. The pages would just timeout on the Sprint device when Verizon could load (although very slowly).

      • John O’Connor

        It's coming. there should be quite a few san diego towers popping up this month and full buildout around june 2013

        • chardd

          Has Sprint announced this anywhere? As far as I know, the only 4g tower they currently have here is at SDSU, and I can't even connect to it because the signal is so weak. I can't imagine they'd be putting many more in here.

      • RRockstar

        It's not coming any time soon. While they are upgrading sites under their network vision program, the vendor that they chose is the worst. This vendor wont turn on the LTE for months after the sites are completed. San Diego will be waiting an additional 3 months after installation for the switches to be flipped on! Good luck if we get spotty coverage by Spring 2013.

        • chardd

          I've switched to T-Mobile and I'm very satisfied. I've had great service so far and my download speeds are 15 to 20 times higher than Sprint.

    • Daniel Wiggins

      Or even St.Louis... its in the same state and has seen nothing...

      • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

        Hey, just be grateful for the WiMAXX.

  • Vanick Ng

    Minnesota ?

  • Justin Tawater

    What about cities in Washington state

  • EstRivera

    WTF Sebrings, FL? That's a tiny town in the middle of nowhere. When are they finally going to do Orlando?

  • http://twitter.com/WillieFDiazSF William Diaz

    My understanding is that Sprint will only deploy LTE (for now) in the highest volume traffic areas based on current 4G WiMAX usage. Then it will roll it out to other sites and fill in the gaps. If you live in SF like I do, you basically only get WiMAX in a handful of areas in downtown, only outside and only for a block at a time. Hardly what I would call high traffic areas to signify to Sprint the need to deploy LTE at all. So don't expect much until LTE-Advanced starts deploying on 800ESMR, of course by then your current LTE and all Sprint phones on the market today won't be able to take advantage of it anyway

  • Jayrox

    Still nothing for Cincinnati

  • Jayrox

    Still nothing for Cincinnati

  • Fifth313ment

    Why does Sprint keep announcing, "Coming Soon, LTE here!" They are the only carrier to just announce updates but almost never have any? You never see ATT or Verizon announcing coverage updates!? They either have new cities to add or they don't. Sprint stop fake hawking your nonexistent network!

  • Toshistation

    I already posted this on an earlier thread, but it seems more apropos here:

    Sprint's Brilliant Cannot-Fail Strategy:
    1. Build out WiMax 4G Network, America's first 4G Network.
    2. Release a ton of WiMax phones. Claim other various forms of 4G aren't 4G.
    3. Ignore ubiquitous complaints about 3G network.
    4. Acquire iPhone, thereby insuring absolute destruction of network bandwidth.
    5. Abandon WiMax network because, whatever, f*ck it. You're stuck in a contract, suckas!
    6. Start losing customers to T-Mobile, Verizon.
    7. Declare that you're going to fix the 3G network! Take a really long time. No hurry. Remember, "contract, suckas!"
    8. Declare that you're going to build a NEW 4G network. Ignore customer groans.
    9. Undertake simultaneous, clumsy build-out of new 4G network and repair of ramshackle 3G network. No rush.
    10. Begin releasing new 4G phones before new 4G network build-out is complete. Acquire eyepatch, parrot.
    11. Release iPhone 5, yet another LTE Phone, thereby guaranteeing nascent 4G network bandwidth will also be obliterated.
    12. Continue releasing 4G LTE Phones. Continue build-out even slower.
    13. Frequently wonder aloud why stock prices plummet.

  • Ryan Toth

    I am can actually confirm that my town just got an LTE tower up. It's not listed directly but might fall under Vallejo - 7p Fairfield.

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    Welcome Sprint customers to the club. Not the LTE club, but the club of people who have to wait seemingly forever as a slow rollout of marginal LTE coverage comes to cities that aren't yours. As an AT&T user, I can tell you, you'll eventually run out of jokes to make about your carrier's lofty promises and abysmal delivery. Our brotherhood of disappointed cellular customers will be here to help you through these tough times. While things might look glum now, don't feel too bad; T-Mobile subscribers will be coming along soon enough and you'll have plenty of time to haze them.

  • KingRando

    WHY is there so much focus in Indiana??? Seriously, it's 80% farm land. What the hell

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