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Sprint's network unfortunately sticks customers with the worst combination of variables, giving them both slower speeds than competitors while having less coverage. This situation is slowly changing, with the company rolling out faster spectrum to markets across the country that typically don't get first priority. The latest rollout brings 4G LTE to pockets scattered all throughout the country, including Lexington, Kentucky; Pensacola, Florida; and Farmington, Missouri - the perfect name for the type of locations where Sprint likes to introduce LTE.

Sprint's new LTE markets:

  • Auburn/Opelika, AL
  • Fort Smith, AR
  • Red Bluff, CA
  • Santa Ana/Anaheim, CA
  • New Haven, CT
  • Cape Coral/Fort Myers, FL
  • Lakeland/Winter Haven, FL
  • Naples, FL
  • Pensacola, FL
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Milledgeville, GA
  • Valdosta, GA
  • Warner Robins, GA
  • Waycross, GA
  • Coeur d'Alene, ID
  • Elizabethtown, KY
  • Frankfort, KY
  • Lexington, KY
  • Fort Polk South, LA
  • Lafayette, LA
  • Martha's Vineyard, MA
  • Columbia/Ellicott City, MD
  • Adrian, MI
  • Laurel, MS
  • Picayune, MS
  • Farmington, MO
  • Jefferson City, MO
  • Rolla, MO
  • Kirksville, MO
  • Clovis, NM
  • Ardmore, OK
  • Albany/Corvallis, OR
  • Greenwood, SC
  • Greenville/Mauldin/Easley, SC
  • Abilene, TX
  • Athens, TX
  • Eagle Pass, TX
  • Jacksonville, TX
  • Odessa, TX
  • Paris, TX
  • Texarkana, TX - Texarkana, AR
  • Tyler, TX
  • Spokane, WA
  • Janesville, WI
  • Stevens Point, WI

There you have it. This list brings the total number of Sprint markets with 4G LTE availability up to 230. If your location still hasn't made the list, you might want to move out to smaller town. I hear Sprint coverage is great out there.

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.

  • Stiggy

    Can someone please explain why Sprint does this? Is it because they are turning iDen to LTE?

    • MikeJwF

      Why Sprint does what?

  • Daniel Grabowski

    Still no Phoenix. 5 years later...

    • Brandon

      I'm getting 4G LTE in Chandler, about 16 down and 4 up. I agree though it has not blanketed the Phoenix metro area yet.

      • Daniel Grabowski

        I switched to Verizon 2 years ago after I was fed up with my Evo 4G. Haven't been happier. My parents still use Sprint in Surprise (I'm in Tempe now) and they barely get 3G in their house with the signal amplifier, not to mention LTE.

  • Brad

    I keep seeing it sporadically around Cleveland... Hopefully that'll launch soon.

  • Brian Menius

    Picayune, MS? Clovis, NM? FFS, can they get more remote?!

    Sprint, making TMobile look like the awkward third wheel rather than the forgotten fourth irrelevance since 2012.

  • billykent1972

    that's 230 people right? :)

    • Cherokee4Life

      :) all jokes aside though I get decent LTE in the Chicago suburbs. "decent" not "great"

      • billykent1972

        yeah, some days here in Memphis are awesome, then some days, you cannot connect to it at all. Slacker all but demands it now adays.

      • HopelesslyFaithful

        what phone do you have?

        • Cherokee4Life

          HTC EVO LTE

          • HopelesslyFaithful

            single band right?

          • Cherokee4Life

            I believe yes, band 25

          • HopelesslyFaithful

            i heard tri band is on in Chicago and i am upgrading as soon as the triband phones are out so i am curious in what the difference is....we should compare :)

          • Cherokee4Life

            I just read 5 minutes ago about the Tri-Bands in Chicago... now I want a new phone though :( HTC One Max?

          • HopelesslyFaithful

            was getting note 3 but after hearing not triband and my only options are the G2 and one max i dont know what to do. I might get g2 with custom rom but i like the HTC phone expect it is really damn big....i am really against that big of a phone. 5.5-5.7 is max to me but 5.9 wtf.

          • Cherokee4Life

            Do we know what bands the Nexus 5 has yet? That's a possibility!

          • HopelesslyFaithful
  • Cherokee4Life

    Thank you Android Police for listing the places in alphabetical order on STATE and not city. I don't understand why other sites list it by city name

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

      The source press release that Sprint sends out lists them by city, and like you, it drives me completely up the wall.

      • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

        Thanks for just doing it right guys

  • MikeJwF

    I've been pretty happy around the Providence RI area the past couple of weeks, I'm getting 4G where I had crappy 3G before.

  • Mike

    Weird that Green Bay, WI doesn't show up on that list. There's 4g all over the city now.

    • johnnybgood24

      They probably don't have it all over the city. I have 4G as well in columbia, MO but its not all over the city. I guess they just wanna be save and not officially say a city has 4g till the entire city has it.

      • Cherokee4Life

        What I learned from the Chicago upgrade is that they will not announce a city until I believe 70% or 80% is complete and I don't think they trurn the towers on till a little while because they don't want to cause drop signals switching from legacy towers to NV towers, it was a mess in Chicago

  • Thaddeus Dannar

    Sprint you developed and tested your 4G LTE in the Phoenix valley almost 2 years ago now. Why are there still only 2 towers in the entire valley?

    • Robert Scheib

      There is actually a lot more. Look up Phoenix on sensorly.com LTE is live on the west side, downtown and, part of the east side around the 101 between the 202

      • Thaddeus Dannar

        Strange I'm in multiple of these area's regularly and I've only seen it come up on my phone once and that was in Glendale. Maybe I need to pay more attention.

  • SEJ326

    The abbreviation for Connecticut is CT, not CN.

    • HopelesslyFaithful

      maybe the 51st state?

      • jeffrey6283

        This just in, China is the 51st state... or, the more likely scenario, China adds 50 provinces.

        • Fifth313ment

          No joke...

    • PamelaLibrarian

      He fixed it, thanks.

  • Matthew Fry

    Utah still remains un-LTE-d by Sprint. I'm starting to think they don't like us.

  • Fadakar

    FINALLY, ANAHEIM, IT'S HERE. YES. YES. YEEEEEEEES.

  • AFinz

    WOO! Easley, SC. I may have another contender to fight Verizon afterall. Hopefully. Will have to see in real world tests. I wish TMo would get their shit together and put a tower up.

  • Greg

    Has there even been one New Jersey town covered yet?? Give me a break. You got till the end of 2013 to get me 4G Sprint or it is adios

    • JD

      I live in NYC and i just switched from Sprint to T-Mobile less than a month ago, I honestly suggest everyone do the same. T-Mobile is just a much better carrier in my experience.

      Faster data pretty much everywhere (I pull 21mbps down on LTE at my place in NYC), cheaper prices, and all the advantages of GSM like being able to swap phones (SIMs) whenever you want and quickly recovering signal when going from no signal, to getting signal back. T-Mobile also has the HD Voice and awesome international roaming if that appeals to you.

  • Fifth313ment

    Sprint blows! In South Florida their LTE service is everywhere but it's slower than dirt, when it actually works. Some towers you can have a perfect LTE signal and no throughput, others get a max of 1-4MB down and half of that up. On average you get 1MB which is a 3G speed? WTF?!

    5TH

  • Kevin Kohrman

    I put my Sprint GS3 up against my friends iPhone 5S with ATT. Sprint had a faster speed 16.85 Dwn . His was 12 and he was very surprised. I have been pleased with them for 12 years.

  • squiddy20

    I live about 20 miles south of DC and I've hit quite a few pockets of LTE even though Sprint hasn't announced my area.

  • biggerguysf

    I call "shenanigans" on Sprint for saying that they have rolled out 4g/LTE to all of these markets when in actuality, an occasional 4G status is all you get. I'm speaking from experience here in the most-wired of cities, San Francisco, and my GS3 says 3G.

  • Felipe Restrepo

    I think Sprint should be honest to customers and not promise 4G coverage in three months everytime they are asked that question. They should allow customers an option to get out of contract without a fine, specially when there is no signal at the customers residence. I don't understand why this company is in such a mess. How come T mobile is expanding better?

    • iharts0ny

      Well T-Mobile received about $4 billion on a failed deal with AT&T last year. That money is now being used to expand. I'm sure if Sprint came up on $4 billion they too would expand a little quicker. Not to mention Sprint spent about $20 billion on getting the iPhone a couple years ago. I think their pockets are still hurting.

      • Felipe Restrepo

        I heard that T mobile has been wiring cities with fiber optics for a while in order to expand their network. So apparently Sprint neglected this task of wiring cities with fiber optics and now are playing catch up. I heard Sprint is trying new technologies to catch up faster. They do have some tools to be the leader, but they have to make it work.

      • andy

        Well u also have to consider that t-mobile's network is not a true 4g network, its still a 3g network that is as fast or faster than some 4g networks. Thus, they were able to do a full rollout of their so called 4g faster than sprint because all they had to do was upgrade their 3g network. The proof of this is on their phones, my parent have t-mobile and when they dont get 4g they automatically are transfered to the 2g (edege) network instead of back to 3g like sprint, verizon, and att. And thats because in reality they are still on a 3g network. So when no 4g siganal also no 3g.

        • iharts0ny

          Well T-Mobile does have 4GLTE but yes most of their 4G is HSPA+. Even then Sprint should still be in a better position with their 4G roll out then T-Mobile. Not to mention Sprint 3G is like 2G Edge anyways.

  • andy

    I live in buckeye Arizona and as of 12-6-13 ive been picking up 4g lte in the downtown (oldtow) Buckeye area. but NOT in uptowown area around watson rd and i-10. Altough i work at jackrabbit trails rd and I-10 and i also get it there. Its sort of not fullt deployed yet though. Because the coverage map on the sprint website still doesnt show 4g available for the buckeye area, but ive been picking it up since december began therefore, not much longer for full deployment in the valley of the sun!!!!