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Apr
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Sprint announced a major expansion of its still-nascent LTE network today, with three large markets headlining the Now Network's growing 4G footprint: Los Angeles, Charlotte, and Memphis. 18 other, smaller markets were also announced. Here's the full list.

  • Albemarle, N.C.
  • Bloomington, Ind.
  • Charlotte, N.C.
  • Contra Costa County, Calif.
  • Denison, Texas
  • Greeneville, Tenn.
  • Joplin, Mo.
  • Kerrville, Texas
  • Lafayette, Ind.
  • Lincolnton, N.C.
  • Los Angeles
  • Mankato/North Mankato, Minn.
  • Memphis, Tenn.
  • Norfolk/Virginia Beach/Newport News, Va.
  • Palm Bay, Fla.
  • Port St. Lucie, Fla.
  • Rochelle, Ill.
  • Salisbury, N.C.
  • Shelby, N.C.
  • Tullahoma, Tenn.
  • West Palm Beach, Fla.

California, North Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee seem to be getting the most love in this announcement, with Contra Costa County and Los Angeles making up a rather large chunk of square mileage now blanketed in the warm embrace of four-gee. While I was rarely able to maintain a consistent Sprint LTE connection in LA last week, I guess I'll have to try again soon.

Sprint also announced some new upcoming markets, meaning areas that can expect LTE in the coming months. The biggies from that list are Washington D.C., New York, and San Francisco. Here's that list in its entirety.

  • Fargo, N.D.
  • Orlando, Fla.
  • Portland, Ore.
  • Spokane, Wash.
  • Tallahassee, Fla.
  • Albertville, Ala.
  • Centralia, Wash.
  • Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
  • Durant, Okla.
  • El Paso, Texas
  • Enid, Okla.
  • Enterprise/Ozark, Ala.
  • Eugene/Springfield, Ore.
  • Faribault/Northfield, Minn.
  • Greenville, Miss.
  • Hattiesburg, Miss.
  • Jacksonville, Texas
  • Kennewick/Pasco/Richland, Wash.
  • LaGrange, Ga.
  • Longview, Texas
  • Longview, Wash.
  • Milledgeville, Ga.
  • Moses Lake, Wash.
  • Paducah, Ky.
  • Picayune, Miss.
  • Poplar Bluff, Mo.
  • Russellville, Ark.
  • Seaford, Del.
  • Sterling,  Ill.
  • Talladega/Sylacauga, Ala.
  • Tulsa, Okla.
  • Valdosta, Ga.
  • Wenatchee/East Wenatchee, Wash.
  • Yakima, Wash.

For more, check out Sprint's Community post on the rollout.

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Alex Brunetti

    Fucking Paducah? But not Louisville, the largest city in Kentucky? WTF?

    • TonyArcher

      How many towers are in Paducah? More towers are completed in Louisville than Paducah, it's just that Sprint can't announce if they've only done a few towers in the city so far.

    • Jeff Bermingham

      my exact thoughts, but I am wondering why not Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, either.

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

      Liam would echo this.

  • dmeegan14

    I guess no one is commenting because how many times can you comment on not having something that was promised to you, I was lucky to have the first EVO and got the wimax here in Vegas, got the EVO LTE now know how everyone else felt paying $10 extra bucks a month and no service (and don't give me that extra data charge garbage either! my 3g sucks too) By the time we get it my phone will be up for renewal and my LTE will not even have been used.

    • neopanther

      You don't know what you're talking about. What you are paying for is having a data-hungry device. The premium data charge only applies to smartphones. I have had sprint for 11 years and I work for them. Sprint has to expand their coverage.

      • dmeegan14

        Brother if you work for them then why don't YOU tell me why we don't have LTE in Vegas it cant be the hills or tough terrain they would need to work around if AT&T Verizon, T-Mobile and even Cricket can have LTE here now, what's the hold up and I have had Sprint for 12 years so what?

        • neopanther

          What's going on is Sprint (stupidly) chose to use wimax for their 4g services. The issue is that Sprint's signals worked on high frequencies. Ever heard some kid drive past your house with heavy bass in their stereo making everything shake. You could hear the bass, but couldn't hear the treble that well, right? Low frequencies penetrate buildings better and have a fire wider range. Sprint has to do a major overhaul of their network. That's why they're reworking all their towers. They are putting in a stronger low frequency system in all their towers and putting up their LTE system. The result will be much faster 3g speeds as well. That is a huge job and takes a long time. Sprint has the most spectrum so the possibility of them emerging with the strongest network is very possible. After having chosen wimax instead of LTE now they have to start all over. I was only chiming in because you insisted (like a million others) that you're being charged for 4g and that's just not true. That wasn't intended to be an insult. They would probably have been ahead or at least on par with everyone else had they not jumped the gun and went with wimax. I live in an area that had wimax first and just got LTE (Raleigh-Durham). Vegas is supposed to be (according to my resources) up by August. It's a tentative date because some delays are always possible. I've seen first hand how these techs are hustling. I don't blame you for being annoyed, but I can tell you it's coming.

          • TonyArcher

            Then please tell me what Clearwire was going to use for its 2500 build out that had to be built before LTE hardware was available? HSPA+?

          • neopanther

            That's a good question. I have no idea. For the life of me i can't figure out what in the world they were thinking. They must have had a plan they thought would work. What really gets me is the technical definition of what is 4g speed is far higher than what the carriers are claiming. They're all lying. No one literally has 4g speeds. They're just dressing up some sort of slightly boosted speed as 4g. I don't have loyalty to Sprint just because I'm a customer and work there. If they do something stupid I'm the first and loudest critic. I even got called into the office by a corporate exec because of something harsh I said on Facebook on their page... Lol.

          • dmeegan14

            Thanks brother It makes me feel good to get a straight answer from a straight shooter!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=775665643 Mark Coppock

    I see from the most recent Sprint coverage maps that LTE stops around Calabasas (LA suburb), as was the case with Wimax. So, looks like I'm out of 4G coverage with Sprint no matter what (I live and work about two miles West of Calabasas).

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      I'm up in Agoura, (I'm guessing you're in Agoura or Westlake Village) and VZW has had LTE out for over a year now. No AT&T LTE. No Sprint. No T-Mobile HSPA 42. We are just out of reach.

    • TonyArcher

      When they are finished, you should be able to get LTE wherever you get 3g. LTE doesn't travel quite as far as EVDO, but close.

      • Derail Doax

        I know Verizon plans on shuttering their EVDO network fully by like 2015 or something, has Sprint announced similar plans? I haven't seen that. All I know is that they are shuttering their iDEN network this year.

        • TonyArcher

          Sprint has not announced any plans to shut down their EVDO network. I believe they will keep it around much longer than 2015, and probably until there is very little EVDO traffic left. They will keep cdma 1x around much longer than that because it is a great voice technology and is a lot less fragile at longer distances than EVDO or LTE.

          Iden gets shut down some time after June 30 and hopefully by the end of the year they turn on 800 4g. They are already running 800 CDMA in some markets like chicago for greatly increased building penetration and coverage. Phones out now include 800/1900 CDMA and 1900 LTE.

          Hopefully sometime after mid year we will see devices with LTE-800 and Clearwire 2500 LTE bands supported. Sprint will not be deploying EVDO in the 800 band as it is a dead end technology.

          • Derail Doax

            Cool thanks for the info. As much as I read tech news many times a day I hadn't heard that. Keeping their EVDO network around makes me sad though because their 3G coverage sucks pretty bad. The speed improved with Network Vision. I topped out at 1.1 Mbps a while back but I'm pretty much stuck at 700 Kbps again. I've been with Sprint for almost 12 years now I've seen them go through their ups and downs. But I'll hang on because their finally getting better.

  • Daniel Wiggins

    I'm so burned on the LTE BS sprint says will come. St.Louis will never get it when I am a customer. Gahhhhhh

    • Derail Doax

      The quicker you move to Verizon the better for the rest of the St Louis Sprint customers. You're holding up their rollout. Lol.

  • Drewskee

    THANK YOU! Finally WPB,FL get 4G LTE...Ive been waiting for a long time...Since I had the OG Evo ive been hoping for this moment.

  • Drewskee

    I really dont understand why PSL, FL would get it...theres more wild life than people living there ?? =

  • Mike

    I'm becoming convinced that Sprint LTE is never coming to metro Detroit

    • Derail Doax

      It's slated to roll out in Q4 2015. JK

    • Ben Pfahlert

      I get it by city airport on the Hamtramck border and on 75 up to OU.

  • DuncanPerkins

    How in the FUCK does Greeneville Tennessee, a 15,000 and change town get 4G before FUCKING Knoxville, The third largest city in the state! FUCK.

    • Derail Doax

      I think Sprint took a map of the USA and just threw darts at it. That's how they decided on their LTE rollout plans. Their patchwork rollout of low populated areas has been pissing me off.

    • http://twitter.com/Bowenism Bryan Bowen

      I believe Knoxville will continue to get skipped because they already have a 3g connection established. From what I gather, they are putting in LTE towers in areas that are either Major markets or areas that are not well established in the first place which kinda makes sense from a business point of view.

    • Wallace B. McClure

      I have Sprint 4g lte everywhere I go in Knoxville and I don't think it has ever been announced as "here."

  • Derail Doax

    I think their lists are of markets that are fully rolled out and 100% running. Because Seattle suburbs are being rolled out now but they don't show up on any lists or any Sprint maps. Sensorly accurately shows where users have already seen Sprint LTE. But up until now Sprints sloth slow LTE rollout had been driving me CRAZY. At least now I can sleep at night... Lol

  • Brandon Watkins

    Fuck yeah Lancaster, CA. got it! I'm getting about 14 down and about 7 up! I was about to cancel my contract, not anymore!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1190304627 Kris Smith

    Pittsburgh, Pa!!!! Come on Sprint!

  • http://www.facebook.com/PLange75 Paul Lange

    Wow Sterling, IL? Get with it Sprint there's 4 large cities 50 miles from there. That's why I ditched Sprint a few years ago. All the broken promises of 4G/WiMax and now they did away with that before I could even get it.

    • C

      Stupid twat.

  • http://twitter.com/Bowenism Bryan Bowen

    From what I can see Sprint has decided to start with Major Market areas and areas that they have yet to really have an investment in. For example, Knoxville TN is a well established 3g town so Sprint has decided to put the 4g LTE in areas around it that probably lacked consistent 3g. This gives a solid coverage for the region even if the Knoxville market goes without.

  • Felson

    Philadelphia corridor between Philly & Reading Pa is one of the largest markets in the USA so whats taking so long to get 4gLTE up & running in that area

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  • Yagurlflame

    I recently ran into an LTE patch here in louisville but it didnt last long. It was a short stretch from the poplar level rd /gilmore lane area on up to the watterson expressway right before the fairgrounds... it worked great however, i need more towers throughout the city asap! So Paducah will get LTE before LOUISVILLE?!?!? Horrible!

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