16
Jan
Sprint

LTE is probably like getting a glass of ice water in hell for Sprint customers after the flop that was WiMAX, so announcements of expanded 4G coverage are doubly welcome on the Now Network. Sprint let fly today that 28 new markets will be getting the four-gees in 'the coming months,' and here's the list.

  • Albany, GA
  • Anderson, SC
  • Bay City, MI
  • Branson, MO
  • Bremerton/Silverdale, WA
  • Columbus, GA
  • Columbus, MS
  • Decatur, AL
  • Florence/Muscle Shoals, AL
  • Gadsden, AL
  • Gaffney, SC
  • Gettysburg, PA
  • Glasgow, KY
  • Homosassa Springs, FL
  • Hot Springs, AR
  • Lake City, FL
  • Lake Havasu City/Kingman, AZ
  • Midland, MI
  • Nacogdoches, TX
  • Opelousas/Eunice, LA
  • Oxford, MS
  • Paris, TX
  • Pittsfield, MA
  • Saginaw, MI
  • Spartanburg, SC
  • The Villages, FL
  • Waycross, GA
  • Winona, MN

This particular portion of the LTE buildout seems focused on the southland, though there are a few outliers sprinkled in there as well. So if you live in Columbus (there are two, take your pick), or any of the other cities on this list, be on the lookout for LTE, you know, in the coming months. OR NOW. But seriously, it could be a while.

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David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dustin-Lehman/1321902066 Dustin Lehman

    Hmm, this could be my wake up call to leave Verizon. Regardless of the data speeds, I have my reasons for wanting to leave, and one of them is harassment

    • Zak Taccardi

      go with a GSM carrier

      • nexgencpu

        NV on sprint will blow away all carriers..patience is key

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

          They have been using this line for 4 years. 4 years of saying "its going to get better." Technically they even "upgraded" my area and I still get edge speeds.

          I'm going post-paid with a GSM phone. At least that way you arent locked into someone's terrible network, you can jump around based on who best serves you at the time.

          • John O’Connor

            In that case you will want pre-paid. Post-Paid implies a contract or similar arrangement

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

      Dont do it, its a lie. Ive been in the major cities they claim that LTE is live in and it isnt. Maybe in very select pockets but otherwise you are stuck on their "even slower than Verizon" CDMA network.

      And besides, most of the time when I do get LTE its about 6mb/s. GSM is as good or better.

      • HotInEER

        I would kill for a steady 6mbps.

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

          As would I, which is why I am ditching Sprint. That 6mb/s is WHEN I get LTE, which is virtually never. Occasionally on the highway when I cant use it going through town but now at my work, not at my home, not at the airport and not anywhere in downtown Decatur where I would be hanging out and might actually use it.

          However, if you go out into the boonies some random towns get 24mb/s down. I think Sprint intentionally avoided populated areas in order to now immediately show how overloaded their backhaul is.

  • Antae Seo

    Why they hate OHIO.. please.. I really want to use LTE!!

  • https://plus.google.com/106721695871122826476/posts?hl=en Aja Hemphill

    MUST.... CONTAIN.... FRUSTRATION...

  • https://twitter.com/#!/doomstang Doomstang

    Yay Branson is in there...that means the Missouri market will be making more progress. Only a matter of time before real work gets to STL

  • triangle8

    Why is it taking so long for NYC to get LTE?

    • http://twitter.com/s99nj S. Ali

      Waiting for the Clearwire deal to go through? I've noticed all their LTE rollouts are non-WiMax towns.

      • Guest

        That's not true Kingman is covered in wimax and I just got LTE on my phone today

  • olbp

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    I find it passing strange that the last several announcements about LA have ONLY been for the smallest of towns. Is Sprint's object to have a high village count or to serve the largest number of people. When in heaven's name are they going to do something smart, like cover the CAPITOL city, Baton Rouge. How about New Orleans?
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  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    OR NOW.

  • http://twitter.com/JosephA89 Joseph

    Two cities of Columbus but neither of them the capital city in Ohio.

    • smikwily

      This. I mean seriously. Thanks for the WiMax I guess...

    • xsirxx

      SERIOUSLY! Cannot grasp that!

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

    Soo, are they ever going to actually roll it out in Atlanta? They basically rolled it out to 5% of the city and proclaimed, "The lights are on!"

  • OligarchyAmbulance

    Paris and Nacogdoches, but not Tyler?! Man, I'm really getting fed up with the waiting. Verizon launches twice that many markets every 5 days it seems.

  • DirkBelig

    And still no Detroit. Which is why I bought a Nexus 4 and am paying less than $50 per month for unlimited everything and blazing speeds compared to Trudge's wireless dial-up 3G.

    • Larry Laginess

      Yep, I'm in Detroit too. It's so frustrating, it seems like Verizon built their network out so much faster than Sprint.

      • goddess8281

        I'm also in Detroit. Midland, Saginaw, and Bay City?! I mean, really? This is really frustrating considering that we are paying 10 dollars more a month for a service that may never come. I see friends upload a video on Verizon's network lightening fast in HD, while my phone sits with "loading" on the screen. Big Fail, Sprint. Big Fail.

  • knightsbore

    It seems they are taking the strategy of completely ignoring major cities in favor of smaller cities that may only need one tower. I have a theory, that their marketing department is telling them to do this in order to advertise that they have LTE in X number of cities. How else can you explain almost every major metropolis not having LTE yet when that should be their first rollout point. Then they can hope to get more customers based on this advertising so they can pay for continued rollout, and maybe eventually have enough money to fund more than one freaking radio tower per state. Verizon did it right: target the major markets that are early adopters of new tech, then roll out to less and less profitable areas until you have a full nation-wide rollout.

    • http://twitter.com/s99nj S. Ali

      Clearwire deal isn't done, which is in every major city. They are currently refarming iDEN in those towns that has no users. So once the Clear deal is done, they've already rolled out to all those small towns. Then they have to get people off WiMax. They won't have a full roll out for another 4-6 years, by that time Verizon will be rolling out LTE-Advanced.

      • John O’Connor

        Clearwire has nothing to do with Sprin't present 4G LTE rollout (AKA Network Vision.) Sprint is deploying 4G LTE across its entire 1900mhz spectrum and will begin adding 800mhz lte in the second half of the year once iDen (Nextel) is fully decommissioned.

        While the Clearwire/Sprint/Softbank deal is not presently complete, the most important takeway from these mergers has to do with future plans in the 2.5ghz and 2ghz spectrum which are wholly inapplicable in this instance. Sprint is the only provider replacing damn near all of its on-tower equipment for future benefit (and not overlaying coverage like other carriers)

  • Frustrated

    Still no San Diego ...big surprise...probably because we are such a small city.....

    • John O’Connor

      Being in San Diego myself, I can honestly say that the buildout is moving along just fine. We have much better 4g LTE coverage than we ever did with the 5 WiMax protection sites we had countywide. Take a look at the sensorly site. I get decent lte in my areas. http://sensorly.com/map/4G/US/USA/Sprint/lte_310sprint

  • wjrandon

    Sprint LTE is meaningless, again I can't stress how frustrated I am with the signals inability to penetrate buildings. So unless you're standing around outside with your arms extended towards to heavens you'll never get Sprint's LTE to work. -- I'm counting down the days until my contract is up.

    • Anfronie

      I thought that was just wimax that had the trouble through buildings

      • John O’Connor

        Any carrier can have problems with building penetration if the tower density in a given area are low. The recent AWS (700mhz range) bands have much better range and building penetration due to their lower frequencies. Lower frequencies, while desirable have their own limitations as well. Higher frequencies can carry more data at a faster rate but have poor range.

  • chubbycox

    Glasgow, KY WTF!? They could of at least had Louisville added instead.

  • http://profiles.google.com/wagenseil Paul Wagenseil

    strangely enough, i did get an LTE signal on my Sprint Galaxy Nexus in NYC this past weekend -- next to the carousel at the Bronx Zoo. it was a very fast connection, though i didn't think to run SpeedTest. it's the first and only time i've seen "4G" display on my GNexus.

    • nexgencpu

      The Bronx is almost completely blanketed and NYC coming along nicely! people really need to @ the very least check out sensorly.com and see where it is available..build out is actually going @ record speed

  • mike

    Idk what you all talking about small markets I'm in Chicago and get LTE city wide no problem.

  • HotInEER

    Why is it taking so long for DC area to get it also. I was in Gettysburg, PA over the weekend and it was already live there, or they were testing it all weekend. I was getting steady 8-15 MBPS.

  • Pseduo national war

    NY gets slapped in the face yet again. Thx Sprint

  • brian

    Not a single piece of southern California... ?$%&@#? I should say nothing south of LA

  • VoiceofSky

    Wow man,Sprint blows some bigs ones lol..

  • johnythefox

    Glad to see south Carolina finally getting some lte love from someone, now if we could just get it closer to the coast, like the Charleston Berkeley Dorchester area. I do gt ravel to the spartanburg area a lot though so there's a plus.

  • brutalpanther

    I'm real close to giving up on anything sprint says or does.I have been a customer over 15 years and along the way have been promised many things.I now live in eastern n.c. outside of raleigh.I was promised wimax 6years ago.Never saw that happen,most likely will never see lte.I have stuck with them because they do have the best data plan for a family.But it really makes me mad,and makes me seriously think of jumping to verizon.All my friends have had lte in the small town of youngsville for months.C'mon sprint step it up or you're data plan isn't going to be enough to keep me and others.

    • John O’Connor

      6 years? There were not even any WiMax capable devices released until 2010 so I don't know if you are just exaggerating out of frustration.

      Nobody needs nor should be beholden to one network. Everyone should be on a Carrier that provides the best coverage and value for their needs.

  • ihammhee

    Am I annoyed with no 4G - SURE... I do manage to get over 20gb per month with 3g though without trying much. If 4G was here and I wasn't on wifi for much of my time I could see easily using 500-1000gb per month. Let's not compare that 500+GB to cost on verizon att,but only the 20+gb... and sure there's tmobile which came out with their unlimited for low level phones on a sometimes fast network where you can get it. I for one prefer to actually be able to make calls reliably and not to have calls that go through drop all the time so no tmobile for me.

  • http://www.twitter.com/Genjinaro Genjinaro

    I'm a little sick of this small town BS. Columbus, GA may be the biggest on there.
    It should've went like this:
    New York, NY / Long Island Area
    Baltimore, MD / Washington D.C. / Fairfax, VA
    Philadelphia, PA / Wilimington, DE
    Chicago, IL
    Los Angeles, CA
    San Fransico, CA
    Miami, FL
    Providence, RI
    New Haven, CT
    Las Vegas, NV
    Pheonix, AZ
    Tuscon, AZ
    Columbus, OH
    Cincinatti, OH
    Seattle, WA
    Boston, MA
    Denver, CO
    Newark / Bergen County, NJ
    Atlantic City, NJ (Sprint is abysmal there lol!)
    Detroit, MI
    SLC, UT
    St. Louis, MI
    Insert other larger / congested cities.
    etc. etc.^ >:(

    • bob

      Many of those cities have already been annouced.

    • mickey mouse

      I am honestly surprised Orlando, FL hasn't gotten an announcement yet...

      • John O’Connor

        Orlando's build-out is well underway, but has not reached the threshold for official launch status in coverage, backhaul and reliability. For a good idea of what Sprint coverage looks like in a given area, check out the user reported coverages at http://sensorly.com/map/4G/US/USA/Sprint/lte_310sprint

    • testname

      You must mean St. Louis, MO

      • jayare313

        I think he did but actually there's a St. Louis, MI as well. FYI

  • http://www.facebook.com/tDamesProductions TDames Prod

    Guess they won't come to Ohio =/

  • Jay

    The villages in Florida is a retirement community where the majority I
    Of the residents probably don't know how to send a simple email. Sprint is picking these small markets because they don't have the capabilities to handle a normal market. If I didn't get sprint for free with my work I would definitely have Verizon, Verizon is superior to sprint.

  • In the boonies

    Still waiting for this in Pittsfield, MA. We have only had 3g for a few years...it's taking FOREVER to get anything decent. I'm going to be switching back to Sprint from Tmobile. Here's why - I just did a speed test and got 120Kbps!!! Yeah, K... so if you have wimax 4g quit whining!!