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Sprint has been steadily rolling out 4G LTE coverage to markets across the country, presenting new clusters every month or so. This month's list is significantly longer than usual. We're not looking at a couple dozen here, but 70. These areas are spread all throughout the country, but many of them are concentrated in the South, with new locations in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.

Sprint's new LTE markets:

  • Albertville, AL
  • Birmingham, AL
  • Daphne/Fairhope/Foley, AL
  • Decatur, AL
  • Florence/Muscle Shoals, AL
  • Huntsville, AL
  • Tuscaloosa, AL
  • El Dorado/Magnolia, AR
  • Little Rock, AR
  • Searcy, AR
  • San Diego, CA
  • Destin, FL
  • Lake City, FL   
  • Orlando, FL
  • Panama City/Lynn Haven/Panama City Beach, FL
  • Sebastian/Vero Beach, FL
  • The Villages, FL
  • Albany, GA
  • Augusta, GA
  • Brunswick, GA
  • Columbus, GA
  • LaGrange, GA
  • Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Boise City, ID
  • Twin Falls, ID
  • Ottawa, IL
  • The Quad Cities (Bettendorf, IA;Davenport, IA; Rock Island, IL; Moline, IL; and East Moline, IL)
  • Michigan City, IN
  • Danville, KY
  • London, KY
  • Louisville, KY
  • Richmond/Berea, KY
  • Somerset, KY
  • Abbeville, LA
  • Crowley, LA
  • New Iberia, LA
  • Shreveport/Bossier City, LA
  • Kalamazoo/Portage, MI
  • Muskegon/Norton Shores, MI
  • Traverse City, MI
  • Branson, MO
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Gulfport/Biloxi/Pascagoula, MS
  • Starkville, MS
  • Hickory/Lenoir/Morganton, NC                  
  • Jacksonville, NC
  • Roanoke Rapids, NC
  • Fargo, ND
  • Amsterdam, NY
  • Gloversville, NY
  • Jamestown/Dunkirk/Fredonia, NY
  • Schenectady/Troy, NY
  • Salem, OH
  • Bartlesville, OK
  • Columbia, SC
  • Gaffney, SC
  • Orangeburg, SC
  • Sumter, SC
  • Cookeville, TN
  • Big Spring, TX
  • El Paso, TX
  • Lubbock, TX
  • St. Thomas/St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Bremerton, WA
  • Pullman, WA
  • Appleton, WI
  • Green Bay, WI
  • Madison, WI
  • Manitowoc, WI
  • Racine, WI

Between the LTE rollouts and the introduction of Spark, Sprint is gradually becoming a better place to be. Unfortunately, there are many of us living in areas that are still not on the list. Maybe next time.

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.

  • Scott

    I've only had LTE in Columbia SC on Verizon for over 2 years.

  • Daniel Bobke

    I know everyone loves to complain about Sprint and that they are behind on LTE coverage...same complaints every time there is a post about Sprint (specifically from Verizon customers). However, it won't be long until all the carriers have roughly equal coverage around the country and then what will people have to whine about? I agree that they should have gone with LTE to begin with, but they are going in the right direction. If I were a Verizon customer, I would be complaining about how they are shafting me on a DAILY basis with the cost of my service. And that doesn't seem to be changing any time soon...

    • Ray Sunghwa Woo

      At my office, Sprint is the only carrier that can't get any LTE signal. Their voice line is okay. LTE is horrible and my office is just few miles away from LA downtown.

      • Hendrick

        I had the same issues and now I am able to get 30+ MB down during peak hours

    • Sorian

      I would have to agree with Ray Sunghwa Woo, I have been with Sprint for years (before 2000). While they have been making in-roads to getting their network better, their service is still lacking. When they upgraded the towers around where I work, the connection for everything had to be re-calibrated and are still telling us that the network traffic is too high.

    • Darryl Doak

      You know I used to make your argument when I was on Sprint. I'd always say "Pretty soon it'll be great and we'll be head to head with Verizon and AT&T. You'll see!" I said that for the past three years, I'm a 12 year ex Sprint customer. Then it dawned on me that paying $200+ for a 50-200Kbps connection on my new HTC One was stupid. Their LTE is horrible in Seattle WA. I had five LTE towers around that I knew of and when I'd connect I'd get 2 Mbps connections. Meanwhile I'd get a 10 Mbps connection on my 4 year old Galaxy S 4G on T-Mobile. It got so bad that I'd have to make a hotspot out of my FOUR YEAR OLD T-Mobile phone to browse the internet on my One. How bout the matter of where my family traveled to Waikiki this summer and Disneyland last summer and in both locations not only did they have no LTE, their 3G EVDO network didn't work at all and I had to again make a T-Mobile hotspot just to send Hangouts messages. So your situation isn't the same as everyone's and you can't rightfully call us all whiners. Some areas are worse than others. Luckily your situation is better because I paid $1200+tax in ETF to leave Sprint with 4 lines. Even through the initial loss of approx $1300 in cash just to walk away from Sprint I couldn't be happier now. Now I can't in good conscience refer anyone to Sprint or any of Sprints MVNO prepaid carriers. At least with more expensive carriers you'll pay $40 more per month for a great network instead of saving $40 per month and having no usable network at all. How is it stupid to pay more when Sprint doesn't actually have a working nationwide network? I know, I've tested their network out as I traveled. I'm happier now and I'll never look back.

      • Milind

        I'm still with Sprint. In Atlanta, where the coverage is supposedly good. Speeds on my phone when I have 4G LTE connection is consistently slower than on my son's Nexus 4 on T-Mobile. When I'm on 3G, it's laughable. I'll hang around a little longer and then I'll just give it a pass. If T-Mobile ever brings down the cost of the 1st and 2nd lines, I'd be out like a rocket.

        • Freak4Dell

          It's $80 for the first two lines on T-Mobile, or $120 if you want unlimited high speed data on both lines. Sprint is $150. It's doubtful T-Mobile will bring the cost down even more, because they're already the cheapest by a good amount.

          • g3treal

            What is this, a T-Mobile commercial?

          • Freak4Dell

            If you want to call a short presentation of facts by an unassociated 3rd party a commercial, then sure.

        • Tim Wright

          LTE in Atlanta past consistent I'll contest to that and thats all around and in Atlanta (with exceptions to the downtown area )

      • GiantJay

        The greater Sacramento Valley still has slow 3g. Very lucky to pull anywhere near 1 Mbps anywhere around here. Usually speeds below 400 kbps. Every other carrier has had LTE for years here, T-Mobile early this year.

      • HopelesslyFaithful

        well i was getting 45 Mbps down and 15 Mbps up yesterday in Aurora IL on band 41 so no slow speed here

    • anehlo

      I'm on Sprint and get LTE in San Francisco and the speeds are horrible (1.34 mbps on my last speed test, but I usually average around 3 mbps with the occasionally rare 5 or 6 mbps). So, even when Sprint does expand its LTE service to most of the U.S., I'm not sure that the complaining would stop. I can't wait for my contract to expire so I can move to another carrier. Not sure what it is with Sprint, but their service just seems to get worse and worse.

      • frankb

        Thought i was the only 1 lol i hate my service usually 1 bar since i nade the dumb decision to upgrade instead of being done with it might as well use straight talk

    • mistercow4u

      There's only one problem with your logic: you are assuming that there isn't any more technological upgrades after LTE. Sprint has always been slow with rollouts. It's true, eventually all carriers will have the same LTE coverage, but by the time Sprint gets there, the other carriers will already be pushing LTE advanced.

      I'm in the Bay Area where the Network Vision is mostly completed. 3G speeds are still horrid. Average was somewhere around 150 - 400 kbps. 4G was intermittent at best and even then it averaged about 5 mbps. Switched to Tmobile last month on their $30 plan. Couldn't be happier.

  • MS

    4G is useless if people can't get a stable connection. I can barely get a 3G in San Francisco.

    • Hendrick

      San Francisco has not launched yet, just the East Bay

      • MS

        It's there. Go to http://shop2.sprint.com/en/stores/popups/4G_coverage_popup.shtml and they have maps on all of the 4G locations. I get a 4G signal and walk a couple of blocks and then it drops to 3G and takes a while to register to the network when it bounces back and forth.

        • guest

          that says nothing about LTE...

          • MS

            You're joking right? When was the last time you signed up for 3G LTE?

          • Stiggy

            Last time I was on sprint. Ta da boom tish

  • Ray Sunghwa Woo

    I really think they should fix the signal is major cities first than launching towers in smaller cities where only dozens of people use. Their LTE is still like non-existent in LA.

    • Mboogie

      Agreed. It's decent in parts of DC, but far from wide spread.

  • oesjmr

    Who would have guessed that Salem, OH would be the first Ohio town/city to get Sprint LTE? Now that public safety radio rebanding is pretty much finished across the state, I wouldn't be surprised to see more Ohio cities make the next list.

    • smikwily

      There is LTE for a larger chunk of the commute north from Columbus to Mansfield, as well as scattered LTE in Mansfield and Ashland, OH. It may not be announced or available all the time, but it is active and growing.

      Check out Sensorly's map for places it has showed some activity: http://www.sensorly.com/map

      • oesjmr

        I guess I meant official LTE. I'm in Columbus and see pockets of LTE here and there. I've been keeping an eye on the Sensorly map for a while now. LTE service drops about 100 feet from my house. Just my luck!

  • Robert Alex Kibler

    I've had LTE in rural northwest PA for two years now. I'd love for sprint and t-mo to merge and bring amazing signal/speeds all over the country.

    • Stiggy

      Because if there's one thing those carriers are known for, its great signal and data speed.

      • Robert Alex Kibler

        Sprint is known for having better signal than T-mo. Most of my region has great sprint signal, but terrible speed. And the areas where T-mo LTE is available, it's the fastest in the area.

  • Kevin Kohrman

    I have had Sprint LTE in Atlanta for 2 yrs now. There spectrum is expanding slowly :)

    • Hendrick

      Sprint LTE is available in many places and you can see new sites on air every day

  • Simon Belmont

    My friend came over this past weekend with his new LG G2 on Sprint and there's still no LTE in my area. What a shame, because WiMAX was actually strong and fast here when I was a customer (still is, I assume).

    Meanwhile, I'm pulling 35 Mbps+ on T-Mobile LTE. Good times for me.

    • emekaanyanwu

      My impression is that the first markets to get WiMax will be the last markets to get LTE. I remember reading something a while back about how Sprint had to deploy WiMax when they did or risk losing unused spectrum. At that time LTE wasn't fully standardized. So now all those early markets who were groundbreaking in terms of WiMax will likely stay stagnant while markets that had no 4G come online with LTE.

      • Simon Belmont

        That would make a lot of sense. My market was one of the first to get WiMAX, which would explain the slowness on the LTE deployment.

        The funny thing is, my friend gets decent LTE signal where he leaves, lower down in the same state (less than 25 minutes away from me). Kind of confounding, but it is what it is.

  • Whos_Askin /G

    LTE is in Richmond, va but not at my house, nor where I work and it's never been officially announced!

  • Defenestratus

    LOL "The Villages FL"

    AWESOME. So the retirees can download porn even faster! (It is the STD capital of Florida)

    • Andrew

      Yes, and the average age being 70+ Them old freaks get down!!!!

    • Gator352

      Man, I live just a few miles from the Villages in Leesburg. I get the LTE signal from them on my note 3 and pull in 18Mbps down at home and I'm quite happy. Been a Sprint user for 12 years and no plan on switching.
      I'm 42 but some of them blue hairs are sexy as hell! :)

  • Brad

    Cleveland had it in patches, but now those patches are off... I assume it's because they're getting ready to roll it out. Hopefully.

  • John Smith

    The quality of their "4G LTE" is utter and complete shit in Seattle, WA.
    I wish I could turn off LTE on my Galaxy S4 because it'll prefer to give me 1 or 2 bars of their shitty 4G (which is *completely* useless) instead of 6 bars for 3G.

    TLDR: In Seattle I actually prefer Sprint's 3G over their LTE service.

  • Mike

    Even after adding 70 more markets, Detroit doesn't make the cut..... wow

    • Freak4Dell

      Sprint has a habit of adding towns that nobody's ever heard of before. It allows them to say "we have 300 markets" without much effort. They can light up the one tower that serves all of 3 people and call it a market, or they can light up 50 towers in a large metro area. At the end of the day, they still get to call both a lit up market, so they go the easy route.

      • james

        I couldn't agree more . I travel from Michigan to Ohio frequently and in Ohio no city had LTE and the first city to get LTE is a town I never heard of. In Michigan the Detroit/Metro Detroit has no LTE but a fake LTE pops up on my Note 2 that pulls 0.04 mbps.

        • Jergens

          The LTE in Detroit was spotty but pulling 3-20 Mbps up until September or so. Then it inexplicably slowed down to a ridiculous sub-3G speed like you are seeing now. It's ridiculous that we pay $10/month for "premium data" service or whatever and this is what we get.

    • Stiggy

      Funny story, WiMax in Detroit isn't terrible. No one was ever on the network so I remember getting about 4-7 down and about 2 up. Enough for some light web browsing and pulling up weather at Tigers games. That being said, Vzw and Att still casually dump on that.

    • Loon313

      Ugh. No Detroit and their 3G speeds are awful. Honestly thinking about switching to metro pcs once I have the money!

  • Looking4signal

    I have Sprint and there is LTE in Dallas area... But I seldom get 4G service and forget about getting any kind of signal inside a large building. It just doesn't happen. My gym is smack in the middle of three towers and no 4G in the parking lot and 3G is intermittent. Sprint may be rolling out there network... But they need to fix their 4G LTE service in the areas that supposedly have it so existing customers will recommend it. Right now is never recommend Sprint.

  • HopelesslyFaithful

    Well i am rocking out my Sprint LTE with band 25 ranging from 3-15Mbps down and 3-12Mbps up and rocking out on band 41 with an awesome 20-45Mbps down with 3-14 Mbps up. (assuming anything above -110 dBm, which isn't that hard)

    Pulled over 30 GB already so all you whining bitches can STFU because i can't get that any where else.

    • gadgetlover98034

      Where do you live?

      • HopelesslyFaithful

        chicagoland ish area

    • Tim Garner

      You're the reason everyone else's experience with Sprint is miserablee, andI hope you understand that you're a piece of shit. It's a cellphone network not a Internet service. You're an idiot for even stating that.

  • http://petervideos.com/ Peter Mansour

    garbage

  • wjrandon

    Sick of the Sprint lies -- left for T-Mobile when the Nexus 4 launched. I'm never going back.

  • http://RonaldMatters.com/ RONALDMATTERS.COM

    Population in Cookeville, TN is 30,000 and Sprint wants to freakin' BRAG about it when major cities they announced this time last year are STILL struggling?!

  • Stiggy

    The thing that pisses me off the most is the one in the Virgin Islands. Greedy bastards put up one 4g tower there then call it a market because there is no one there that uses Sprint.

    Meanwhile, proper networks are turning on AWS networks, so that I can buzz around Chicago with 80 down. My bill is only 10 more a month than with Sprint.

  • Slick

    I don't know what to say to Sprint except for thanks! In little Marysville/Linda, California we now have 4G. I don't know if my complaints were heard or they really are upgrading the small cities and towns first.

  • Matthew Fry

    Still avoiding Utah I see....

  • RRockstar

    Sprint doesn't even have a functional 3G network. If you ask when you will get 4G they say, "we have to tear everything out and start from scratch." really? is that an admission that your network is completely unusable? Sprint is such a joke.

  • rob

    why does SPRINT sell 4G PHONES and cant provide 4G service? I was a customer of sprint for 15yrs until, I got a galaxy s4 from them. Horrible service phone always looking for 4g service which sprint did not provide. I let them know about about the problem. They couldnt tell me when 4g service would be available in my area. I left and went with T-mobile couldnt be happier..Harry ending after all......

  • Donald Oakes

    Danville KY? lol I live less than a mile from Centre, and I get 1-2 bars regular coverage and dropping calls faster than a double handful of pennies. Verizon (on roam)is king in Danville, hell even AT&T has better signal!

  • crystal

    Shoot, I'd be thrilled if I got good 3G service. My service at home in West Tenn is almost nonexistent.

  • MarRich

    The 4G city expansion list is not accurate. They listed The Villages, Florida and we can't even get more than a bar or two strength let alone good service. What is wrong in this area, if you were suppose to have 4G up and running?

  • SRS

    It's coming. I live in Columbus Ohio and have terrible 3G with spotty LTE. Was in Aurora Ohio today and had 23 download and almost 8 up. It's coming. Been a loyal sprint customer for years with the hopes of one day seeing a speed test along those lines.

  • Simone Clark

    Sprint need to hurry up and get 4LTE in my area,I'm so upset about still have 3G.,it's so SLOW and certain place can not get my calls or make one.

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