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Think of Sprint as the Little Engine That Could. It's tinkered with 4G perhaps longer than any of America's other major carriers, but it has little to show for it. There are large swaths of the country that don't have LTE coverage and the speeds aren't necessarily that fast in the areas that do. Still, those of us on Sprint's network must hold on to hope. The company is hard at work, and today they've announced the availability of 4G LTE in 41 new markets. Faster Sprint service is now available in both Brooklyn and the Bronx, along with Philadelphia, Portland, Daytona Beach, and Jacksonville.

New Markets:

  • Oakland, CA
  • Salinas, CA
  • Beach/Deerfield Beach, FL
  • Daytona Beach, FL
  • Fort Lauderdale/Pompano, FL
  • Homosassa Springs, FL
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Ocala, FL
  • Palm Coast, FL
  • Port Charlotte/Punta Gorda, FL
  • Kokomo, IN
  • Morgan City, LA
  • Fitchburg/Leominster, MA
  • Flint, MI
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Holland, MI
  • Saginaw, MI.
  • Faribault/Northfield, MN
  • Columbus, MS
  • Greenwood, MS
  • Springfield, MS
  • Tupelo, MS
  • Durham, NC
  • Fayetteville, NC
  • Greenville, NC
  • Rocky Mount, NC
  • Wilson, NC
  • Bronx/Brooklyn, NY
  • Ponca City, OK
  • Tulsa, OK
  • Portland, OR
  • Lebanon, PA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Dyersburg, TN
  • Jackson, TN
  • Nashville, TN
  • Brownsville/Harlingen, TX
  • Nacogdoches, TX
  • Laredo, TX
  • Baraboo, WI
  • Beaver Dam, WI
  • Wausau, WI

This update brings the total number of markets up to 151. That's still less than half the coverage of AT&T, but it's progress nonetheless. Will it catch up someday? I think it can. I think it can.

Source: Sprint

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • wolfkabal

    Okay, lets hear the rage from those who didn't make the list this round.. Go on, you know you want to..

    • Andres Herrera

      Ok I'll start =p

      Nacogdoches, TX? REALLY!??! Yet still not Phoenix!?!?!? SPRINT IS PATHETIC!!! I'm so gone next month!

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

        Nacodgoches.. the name alone is funny.

        Thank goodness I'm in Philly.

    • nehpets

      I'll bite as well. Sprint will lose this 5-line family smartphone plan when our contract is up. I'm not terribly upset about the lack of LTE coverage (although no LTE towers in my state yet has got to be a joke), the bigger problem is that I can barely get dialup speeds out of their 3G coverage no matter where I go.

      • RTWright

        Don't feel too bad, I live near a major college campus ( TCU ) and can't even get a 3G connection if I step outside my house. 4G? What's that? LTE? Oh yeah, I don't get that where I live either, even though they CLAIM it's there. Been this way for 4 years now. So when my contract is up, I'm out!

    • nickdrake

      Cut my contract last month. Now it's just entertaining.

    • HopelesslyFaithful

      i know i say that everytime! People complain way too much!

      • Lexster

        Oh, I know. They should just sit and take it, am I right? Pfft, how dare they express their displeasure with a company that said they'd have full coverage by the end of LAST year. Geez...what complainers they are.

        • HopelesslyFaithful

          Its called being entitled and naive....enough said

          • Lexster

            Haha...alright, well the next time you buy something on the promise of getting it by a certain time, I better not see you complain. Until then...maybe you should just be quiet and let people vent, huh? And just saying "enough said" really doesn't mean you're right, you know. Makes you seem arrogant, actually.

          • HopelesslyFaithful

            well a product labeled one thing and doesn't due it is definitely something....like the Nexus 7 screen lifting up...thats legit. I don't remember reading in the contract or getting promised 4G LTE. Maybe i am not a naive as others?

          • Lexster

            Wow, are you arrogant. Believe what you want. People have a right to speak their mind and voice their complaints. And you have a right to complain about their complaints if you like, but that doesn't make them entitled and naive, unless you want to say that your complaints say the same about you.

          • HopelesslyFaithful

            all i am saying is it seems really childish.

          • Lexster

            How exactly is it childish to have a legitimate complaint and want to tell others? It's how you know that others have the same complaint. Those build up and eventually companies take notice. More than anything, it's an attempt to publicly shame a company into action. Complaining directly to a company does nothing. It's the public outrage that affects changes.

          • Rfd2000

            Amen. Sprint has been saying "sometime later this year" for more years than I wish to count. I'm with you: when my contract is up I will be going to Verizon. It may cost more, but according to 3rd party evaluations I can get up to 34 Mbps in my area instead of the crap I barely get now. Last I checked, this was America, and people have the right to their opinion.

  • http://www.dljordaneku.com/ Darrell Jordan

    It's actually on in Lexington, Ky. also. I have a friend that has Sprint and for most of town you can get it.

    • wolfkabal

      I'll be passing through in a few weeks, I'll test other areas along 64 and 75 on my way. If it hits Georgetown I'll have to swap my data card for my parents to LTE.

      • http://www.dljordaneku.com/ Darrell Jordan

        I would have to check with my friend but I don't think it hits Georgetown just yet. It might but I don't know.

  • David Barenburg

    I'm more pissed that in Washington, DC I have a HTC EVO 4G LTE, and have no LTE for over a year. Also it was advertised as the first HD Voice phone, yet Sprint has no plans to upgrade this phone to use HD Voice on their networks.

    • wolfkabal

      I also live in the DC area, and do have LTE on my S3. It is spotty, but LTE does exist around here.

      • David Barenburg

        I live within and work within DC, and I can only get LTE when I go to other places outside of those places. Which is rare. If I walk 3 to 4 blocks north I can get it. Its not like I have never gotten LTE on the phone, its just rare, and I live and work in central NW areas in DC.

        • wolfkabal

          Ah, agreed, it IS spotty. I primarily work outside (west of DC) but frequent in and out. I'm lucky enough to have a tower right next door to my main work location though, so that helps.

    • Scott

      Dude, I was on sprint from 2007 through the end of 2011 and never saw any type of 4G coverage, WiMax nor LTE.

  • btod

    Just in time for me to get the red HTC one

  • jr

    Don't worry. Even with LTE coverage, you won't even get 3G speeds. Sprint infrastructure was overburdened before it launched. DOA.

    • Petra1

      Just ran a sprint 4G LTE test inside in SE Portland. 4.18mb down and 3.771mb up and I'm 1/2 mile from the closest tower.

      • Petra1

        Actually 1.3 miles from the closest tower.

        • Alfredo Rodriguez

          Exactly my point. Its so slow.

  • nero

    can we get some friggin' 4g in ventura, ca??? wtf, sprint!!!????

  • Ashish Raj

    Lots of parts of Northern NJ also have their Sprint LTE lit up.. Check here: http://sensorly.com/map/4G/US/USA/Sprint/lte_310sprint

  • GreatNews

    This update brings the total number of markets up to 151 and not as written 141

    • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

      Good catch. Fixed.

      • GreatNews

        now you see we really read your stuff... lol

  • Scott Warner

    Sprint LTE is laughably bad. Ill go from a full signal, with 20+mbps in a parking lot, to what Sprint calls 3g in a building. And I can see the tower.

  • HeatMiseR

    I really have to say I am soooo disappointed in Sprint service. The data speeds are horrible... 4G and LTE is a freakin' myth as far as I'm concerned!

    I travel up and down the east coast regularly ... From Maine to Key West... It really seems like the 3G service is getting worse, most areas I travel I can't get any data service. I might even have full bars for voice, but data still responds like I'm on a 300 baud modem.

    The areas I do find 4G service are very small, like a mile or two radius!! Pathetic... and they force us to pay the extra $10.

    I'm based out of Providence, RI and have the EVO 4G LTE phone. Love the phone and Android OS... It's useless with out without good service!!

    As soon as my contract is up, I'm breaking up with Sprint!

    • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

      Actually the $10 is for smartphones. It just so happened that when they implemented this is when 4G phones started reaching the market. Besides that when you DO get LTE it's actually not half bad I avg around 16Mps down 4.5Mbs up. Nothing to write home about but much better than 3G

      • Freak4Dell

        Make no mistake about it. The $10 was originally for WiMax. 3G phones that came out months after the PD fee was implemented didn't carry the fee. They got a bunch of backlash, and even a lawsuit, so they had to do something. Instead of getting rid of it, they figured they'd just charge all smartphone users that fee and try to claim it wasn't ever a 4G fee.

  • Chris

    Had it in Portland for a few months already

  • stan alessandrini

    Can someone tell me how these towers actually reach,I live roughly 20 miles from Daytona and don't get 4g on my nexus.My note 2 and gs4 don't get LTE either?

    • Jemiliz

      Where r u located exactly? I'm thinking of getting an lte phone but if it doesnt have coverage in my area I'm done. I live in Deland.

      • stan alessandrini

        You wont get it in Deland either. I pull 4g in some parts of orange city, as soon as I hit enterprise/17-92 it drops.I'm on deltona/orange city.only places my lines get 4g is about a 2 miles radius in orange city

  • cupnapkin

    I work in queens and live in Brooklyn so i'll get LTE half the time. Fantastic Sprint. Terrible as usual.

  • http://www.skulllords.com/ foreverking

    I'm in downtown Fayetteville, NC and I'm not getting a 4g connection. I have very little faith it will ever work right.

  • Tron192

    Its on here in orlando. Spotty but still on around here and there. Over at Disney 25 Mbps download and 15 upload. Disney has 4 towers from sprint but only can catch it at Hollywood Studios where I work so I'm happy to be able to download a 2 gig movie in 45 mins.

  • Tony Gultice

    According to Sprint, Ohio doesn't exist.

    • BetterWithRoot

      Neither does Iowa. I think it has to due with not enough consonants, and too many vowels.

    • Scott

      And South Carolina.

    • Lexster

      Actually, according to sensorly, there has been LTE in certain parts of Cincinnati. I think we're close to getting it here. Not sure of the rest of Ohio, but you can check the Sensorly.com maps.

  • Fifth313ment

    What a joke, their coverage map is a lie in Fort Lauderdale Florida! Sprint lies and simply gets away with it!

    • squiddy20

      Newsflash: All carriers do this to some extent.

  • Nick Garcia

    Portland, OR? Really? I live in NW Portland, about a 20 minute walk away from downtown, and I'm not getting LTE. What the hell Sprint?

    • Petra1

      They are working from the outside in. Most of Gresham has been lit for 4 months. Also Camas, Longview, Vancouver, Areas of SE & SW.

      • Petra1

        I live in outer SE PDX and have had a LTE 4G signal inside for a few months. They plan to start lighting up LTE TDD in the 4th quarter (which will require a new phone) over the former Clear spectrum. But the dual mode FDD-TDD combination will give the best reception and speed of any carrier. They now own more spectrum than Verizon and AT&T combined.

    • Alfredo Rodriguez

      I have an Optimus g 4g lte phone and it says i get 4g. My wifi is way faster then 4g lte.

  • David Chef McKenzie Sr.

    Ummm Cleveland????

  • squiddy20

    Jesus, why is it that for every Sprint article that is written there's always at least one person complaining about the supposed "4G fee"? Talk about beating a dead horse... Just let it die already.

  • Ohio_LTE_less

    Thx, Sprint for leaving Ohio out of the LTE game. Maybe you have time to get a working 3G system up and running?

    • ryry

      Not to troll but all I see on the map is 3G upgrades and data speed upgrades. I'm shamed as well. I live in ohio too :/

  • Sure Bet

    Been with Sprint for ten years... left to Tmobile... came back for Evo... tricked into "upgrading" to GS3... clock is ticking to the point my termination fee is $200. I will never be sucked into dealing with a low life company like Sprint. Why are we being forced to pay for premium data that is inaccessible in most major US cities?

  • IrritatedNeighbor

    Lucky me. I was due for an upgrade yesterday (8/1) and I live in Jacksonville, FL. THANKS, Sprint, for rolling out LTE just in time for me.

  • Melissa Peterson

    Whoohoo, Portland was finally announced. I was hoping it couldn't have been that far off, because since about the middle of July, when I got my HTC One, I was getting a 4G signal on and off so I figured it was still being tested.

  • e Blogga

    Northern VA and DC metro is one of the biggest population of the mid eastern area and yet they don't have LTE anywhere. Yet the surrounding area like Norfolk has it. Is there a logical reason for this rollout?

  • cocoRapado

    When will AZ get some?

  • tio

    Sprint lte in salinas ca sucks I don't even get 4g in the area's the signal is strongest