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Sprint wants everyone to know about its tri-band LTE network that could potentially reach speeds of 50 - 60 Mbps, so it gave it a catchy name - Sprint Spark. Once the rollout is complete, this could be the largest LTE network in the US in terms of spectrum usage. But that's the future. Right now, the network is available in only a handful of cities (Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Tampa), and even fewer phones are currently set to tap into it (okay, just one). Fortunately, a couple of handsets will soon receive the OTA they need to make the leap.

OTA1

OTA2

OTA3

The MK1 and MK2 software updates provide the Galaxy Mega and the Galaxy S4 Mini with access to Sprint's faster LTE bands. Unlike the two Samsung devices, the HTC One Max already ships with support for these bands enabled out of the box, so its OTA just provides vague "LTE UI Enhancements."

Put bluntly, this update won't affect all that many people just yet. But if you live in one of the aforementioned cities and happen to own one of these specific devices, browsing using Sprint's data network should become gradually less painful soon enough.

Source: Sprint [1], [2], [3], [4]

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.

  • gk1984

    My HTC One feels like an abandoned stepchild now... I know hardware support for multiband LTE isn't there, but they knew it was coming long before releasing this flagship... They could have included it to be ready for launch.

    • Dkoellerwx

      The specifications for Band 26 and Band 41 were not available when the HTC ONE was released. HTC and Sprint could not have included either without those specifications. Band 26 was not in testing until this Spring.

      • gk1984

        Thanks. I didn't know this. I feel less bad now, but it's still inconvenient... Too bad they couldn't have included it.

  • Jason Grieshaber

    I enabled these bands on my G2 and can get 50mb down when band 41 is available.

    • greinstein

      How do you enable?

  • nandre

    G2 and Nexus 5 support tri-band

    • greinstein

      How can you enable? Thanks

      • Matthew Grey

        Obtain your MSL then call ##DATA#. Click LTE, edit and enable all bands.

        • nandre

          This is for G2. Nexus 5 is *#*#3282#*#* > LTE > Enable

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  • Fifth313ment

    I don't know how they plan to do 50Mb down when on normal 4G LTE 1900Mhz they could barely do 2Mb! They say we have Spark here in South Florida but their normal LTE hovers around 1-2Mb and sometimes it will burst at 6Mb! And many towers simply broadcast LTE but have no throughput whatsoever requiring you to disable LTE if you have to use data. Sprint is a joke. I switched to T-Mobile last week and I get 10-15Mb on HSPDA+ and even faster on LTE! So much better than the 3G LTE speeds on Sprint. Spark, Sprint needs a friggin lightning bolt to complete.

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  • jake

    To enable tri-band do this... dialing *#*#3282#*#* > Under LTE > Goto Edit > Enter MSL code (Get from Sprint Support)> Enable Band 26 & Band 41 > Reboot Works for me on the N5

  • Albie Frates

    As I commented earlier on a different post, and, after reading these articles and then the comments, I must be living in a wormhole. I have a Mega 6.3 and I'm with Sprint. I also am fortunate to live in an area of Southern Cal that has full-blown 4G-LTE. I got the "spark" update today, saw the spinning icon and couldn't care less about it. What I do care about is the enhanced speed I'm seeing as I go through the day. I have to admit that the speed I'm getting is phenomenal. At times, it rivals my FIOS WiFi at home. On cellular, YouTube loads quick, webpages pop right up and I have very little to no lag. I've been in the Android world since 2009 and have had several top tier phones both with Verizon and Sprint. To say the least, I'm extremely happy with both the Mega and Sprint. Oh yeh, when the bill comes due...I'm even happier still.

  • cjd1280

    How do I enable on a s4 mini? Can someone explain to me as if I was a monkey or a young child.