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Sprint is continuing to bump up consumers across the country to relatively faster speeds. Today it has announced the arrival of 41 new 4G LTE markets, including Long Island, Minneapolis, and Phoenix. This brings the total number of cities up to 443. To see if your town is one of them, give this list a skim.

Sprint Spark has also expanded to six new areas: Oakland, CA; Orlando, FL; West Palm Beach, FL; Waukegan, Ill; Newark, NJ; and Tacoma, WA. This expansion brings the total number of sparky places up to 24. Sprint customers here should enjoy peak speeds of up to 60Mbps, as long as they have one of the fourteen devices that are currently compatible. This year's flagships such as the Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8 are included, along with the Nexus 5. Look for future devices to have support as well.

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For more details, here's the full press release.

Sprint Accelerates Progress on America’s Newest Network, Delivering Faster 4G LTE Speeds to 225 Million People and 41 New Cities

Sprint Spark Delivers Powerful Peak Wireless Speeds of 60Mbps in Six More Cities

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), April 29, 2014 - Sprint (NYSE:S) today announced that its all-new network offers 4G LTE service in 41 more cities. Sprint 4G LTE now covers more than 225 million people and remains on track to cover 250 million by mid-year. Sprint Spark™, an enhanced LTE service delivering peak wireless speeds of 60Mbps, is available in six new cities, and is expected to cover 100 million people by year-end.

4G LTE data speeds are now available to more customers in such locations as Long Island, N.Y., Minneapolis, and Phoenix. Customers in Newark, N.J.; Oakland, Calif.; Orlando, Fla.; Tacoma, Wash.; Waukegan, Ill.; and West Palm Beach, Fla. will also now benefit from even faster data speeds with the availability of Sprint Spark.

“We’re making great progress on Network Vision and customers are pleased with the faster data speeds and crystal clear voice calls,” said John Saw, chief network officer at Sprint. “Today our network is delivering significantly better service. Furthermore, it’s a strong foundation for tomorrow – a time will ultimately come when customer demands for bandwidth, and technology changes with 4G and beyond, will require the kind of platform we now have in place.”

Sprint Spark is an enhanced LTE service that’s built for data and designed to deliver peak wireless speeds of 60Mbps today on capable devices, with the potential for speeds three times as fast by late next year.1 Sprint offers 14 Sprint Spark-enabled devices, including the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S® 5 and HTC One (M8). With its unique combination of network technologies, spectrum capacity and tri-band devices, Sprint Spark is designed to greatly improve the performance of video and other bandwidth-intensive applications. It enables stutter-free video chat on-the-go and mobile gaming that leaves lag behind.

Sprint’s all-new network also includes HD Voice in many cities today, with nationwide availability expected by mid-year. HD Voice is a new Sprint standard for crystal-clear voice calls. It provides a fuller, more natural-sounding voice, plus noise-cancelling technology that virtually eliminates background noise from places like a busy road or crowded restaurant. 2

Sprint 4G LTE is available in 443 cities. Sprint Spark is available in the following 24 cities: Austin, Texas; Baltimore; Chicago; Dallas; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Fort Worth, Texas; Houston; Jacksonville, Fla.; Kansas City, Kan./Mo.; Los Angeles; Miami; New York; Newark, N.J.; Oakland, Calif.; Orlando, Fla.; Philadelphia; Provo, Utah; Salt Lake City; San Antonio; Tacoma, Wash.; Tampa, Fla.; Trenton, N.J.; Waukegan, Ill.; and West Palm Beach, Fla.

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.

  • Chris

    Man if spark was to double their normal LTE speeds, it'd give like...10Mbps!!! Whooooooooooaaaa

    • Corey Watford

      LOL meanwhile im hear on att only clocking 30-55mbps

    • thakrisp

      and to think thats why im leaving in about a week. my contract cant be up quick enough. meanwhile t mobile is averaging 14 MBs in my area

      • emptygodfather

        Same! Convinced the wife to switch...yea that's what happens when you're married...

        • Chris

          I let my wife stay on ATT haha.

      • Chris

        Great choice

    • Matthew Fry

      T-Mobile LTE was blazingly fast after the first 2 weeks they installed it, like 40Mb/20Mb. Now I get the ultra-fast 5Mb/3Mb. Yeehaw

      • Chris

        I still get 20-30 on tmobile. I've seen above 30 a couple times when it was new, but now that seems to be the max. Average is like 28 tho.

      • Simon Belmont

        I still pull 30-40+ on T-Mobile in my area. The average is probably around 25-30 Mbps, though. :)

        I compared it to my friend's Sprint LTE in the same area and he was pulling like 4-5Mbps. I actually felt bad after seeing his results versus mine. :(

        • knickly

          My Verizon LTE is only 2-3 down... I miss T-Mobile. I regret switching so much!
          Of course, there are a lot of places nearby where Verizon is pretty essential if you want a signal, and that's the only reason I switched.

          • Simon Belmont

            That's understandable. I know that's the main reason people have reservations about switching. I went from Sprint to T-Mobile almost a year ago and couldn't be happier. No regrets at all.

            Thankfully, T-Mobile continues to build out its network and they're planning to convert most of the 2G (EDGE) network to LTE in 2015, I think. Not bad.

        • blah

          Lol T Mobile the fastest 4G I get here is 3 mps.
          Verizon 10mps
          Sprint wait there is none.

      • dcdttu

        Even in Austin, where T-Mobile doesn't have a lot of bandwidth for LTE, I still get 15-30mbps consistently.

        • Matthew Fry

          SLC.

          • ProductFRED

            Meanwhile on my T-Mobile Note 3 (NYC). This was during the International Auto Show in the Javitz Center in Manhattan. It's a nightmare scenario for network engineers (the amount of people on one tower). Yet somehow T-Mobile manages to do with one band (or two [AWS=1700 + 2100 MHz]) what Sprint cannot do with three bands.

            I seriously think Sprint's LTE is just their 3G routed over LTE.

          • Matthew Fry

            Salt Lake Comic Con (the first one w/ 40k people) pretty much killed T-Mobile dead. I couldn't even send a text.

          • ProductFRED

            Yeah, I don't know how they pulled off 60 Mbps in a crowded conference center, but it was consistently 50-60 Mbps. On average in my neighborhood in Brooklyn, I get 20-40 Mbps (usually around 20-25).

          • Simon Belmont

            Ha. I went to the NYC auto show, too, last week and did a speed test and it was in that neighborhood, too.

            I went on a weekday, so I chalked it up to less network traffic at the show, but it's still really fast. Good auto show, by the way.

          • Simon Belmont

            You might want to blur out your location coordinates. I believe they're pretty precise.

            Then again, you might not care. Haha.

  • bearballz

    On my G2 I think I've topped out at 32mbps on Spark here in the Chicago area. Although most of the time it's 3-5 mbps.

    • dcdttu

      Unfortunately, the majority of the bandwidth is used to spin that god-awful Spark icon in the notification area.

  • Kevin Castillo

    The Nexus 5 can't access Spark until it Google releases an update to allow it. Supposedly, all you need to do is enable bands 26 and 41, but after rooting and enabling them my N5 still barely gets any LTE here in Miami. I don't get this

    • dcdttu

      My friends did the MS 150 between Houston and Austin. One had a T-Mobile N5, and the other had Sprint with their N5. The T-Mobile had lightning fast LTE in the cities, but when they were riding through the country; nothing.

      Ironically the Sprint phone had LTE almost everywhere in the country, but hardly ever got any when in the cities. Weird!

    • SprintKeepsLying

      That's because they're LYING. The only tower in "Miami" that has 800mhz is in the middle of nowhere in HOMESTEAD and it's for voice. There's no LTE on 800 or 2600 in Miami.

  • ProductFRED

    Here's the thing about Sprint (and Verizon):

    They use CDMA.

    CDMA sucks. I don't care how you spin it. I don't care if you tell me that it's more secure or has better call quality (HD Voice on T-Mobile would like to have a talk with you).

    The fact that I have to settle for phones that the carrier chooses to provide sucks. The fact that, even when Sprint unlocks a phone, it can't be used on any competitors' networks (they block US SIM cards).

    The fact that they don't use the same standard, GSM, as the rest of the world sucks.

    This is all besides the fact that their network is over-saturated with users and that they're prioritizing their LTE rollouts to areas where they are simply needed the least (small towns vs big cities).

    I am an ex-Sprint store employee (sales person and technician) and an ex-Sprint customer. Trust me, if you're on Sprint. LEAVE. If T-Mobile is good in your area jump to them. Even AT&T. You don't have to put up with Sprint's garbage network and their backwards policies.

    • Guest

      Agree 100%. I was using my Nexus 5 on Sprint, but with the csfb handoff issues (stuck on 3G in LTE areas), no simultaneous talk and data, no access to Spark that is currently available in Houston (but not on Nexus 5 yet), and generally everyday super slow speeds I yanked out that Sprint SIM card. Put in a pay as you go T-Mobile SIM and it fixes every single issue I listed above. Fast, efficient, and worth the extra $ to me who relies on mobile data for business. You can see below in first screenshot when I switched from Sprint to TMO, it's freakin hilarious... when I travel closer to Houston, I can get closer to 30mbps+ easy. It just makes the phone so much more responsive since nearly every app relies on data now. If you have Sprint, I highly recommend trying out TMO or AT&T if possible.

    • Brad Medlin

      I'll take my Verizon LTE....30-50 mbps down and 12-25mbps up..in the small town of Clemson

    • kamiller42

      Sounds like someone didn't score well on their job performance report.

      • ProductFRED

        Actually, no. I'm in my last year of college. I quit working at Sprint (2 or 3 years ago) because, besides the fact that my boss was a paranoid pothead bitch, she basically made me decide between college and a $10/hr job. They took 7 months to hire me despite telling me they were ready to hire me, so I was out a job for 7 months. Additionally, I didn't like that I was being told to screw over customers by immediately selling them the most expensive devices we had rather than actually listening to what they wanted/needed. Plus, my coworkers would regularly steal my sales/commission (receipts had to be entered under your account in the internal system).

        I was a Sprint customer before and after I worked in the store. I'm only pointing this out because you're insinuating that is due to the fact that I did a bad job; I actually brought in sales for them. The problem was the internal environment.

      • Mystery Man

        Doesn't change how shitty Sprint is

  • Nathan Stoltenberg

    Too bad they still haven't finished their rollout in their "existing" areas yet. At least three towers in the north DFW area along Hwy-121 are still getting 3G voice only, with limited-no data.

    "I apologize for the inconvenience you are experiencing and appreciate your patience. We have a network outage in the area you are inquiring about. Although there is no estimated repair time available, we are working diligently to correct the issue.

    The other tower is going through our Network Vision upgrade & I can see that it is causing you some problems. Sprint's Network Vision project improves coverage, voice and data capacity, and quality of service. Not only will you experience faster service, better coverage both indoors and outside, and higher capacity of usage you will also receive our services at the best price in the communications industry. We are launching LTE in more markets to provide more data capacity and faster service."

  • JayJay

    What a bunch of crap. I'm a longtime Sprint customer and their network is horrible. I live in a Spark city and I'm LUCKY if I get a good enough 3G signal sitting on my front porch to load a mobile website before the connection times out. Yet I can be on I-75 Alligator Alley in the middle of the Everglades and get a 42Mbps LTE signal. And yes, I have a Spark-compatible device. I'm leaving soon.

    • dcdttu

      My friends have the same issue in Austin. No LTE hardly anywhere in the city, but LTE galore in the middle of nowhere. WTF?

      (Course, the story is the exact opposite for me on T-Mobile, lolz)

  • John Smith

    CTRL-F -> Seattle -> 0 found. And just a few months ago they sent mass texts that 4G will be improved... pfff

  • Josh Jones

    Forget spark, they need to fix Indianapolis. I average 2mbps on LTE (when I even have a signal). I can't believe I left Verizon for this..

  • smithmanny

    Bring spark lte to Atlanta already! I barely get 3Mbps down here

  • cabbieBot

    The Nexus5 doesn't have Spark until the 4.4.3 update, which teased us all a few weeks ago from a message on Sprint's official website saying it was rolling out, which got pulled down after a few days. It was somewhat upsetting that us poor sprint folks are so close to having Spark but have to wait even longer now for them to fix the KTU8AF update.

  • DERP

    I can't wait until I get off of this damn carrier. Note 4 needs to comeout soon! All up and down south florida to Orlando florida, Sprint was horrible for me. Even on 4G it was slower than 3G. It's sad. Wonder what the hell they are doing with that 20 billion dollars they got from Softbank.

  • Kevin Trammell

    These are sprint speeds at my home in tampa. With spark. I work in oldsmar and my speeds vary between 32 to 35mbps and highest so far was 42. Here in central Florida sprint is just fine.

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    None near me so T-Mobile it was

  • Kerry Prochaska

    A few months ago I started to get 4G in my apartment in Edmonds, WA. I have to use a cell phone booster though or I get no bars or one bar at best as I walk through my small apartment. I was getting 4G in areas where I had never seen it before in the Seattle area. However that went away in a few weeks and network speeds went down to nil most likely because others in the area discovered this and started to saturate the 4G network. I have an app for measuring network signal strength and it usually shows -114db or lower. Sprint certainly doesn't really want to keep customers. I was hoping the Japanese buy-in would improve things but haven't seen it yet.

  • Blah

    Verizon and Sprint use CDMA for voice and 3G data.
    GSM for 4G.
    And for being crap CDMA Verizon still has the best network.
    T Mobile is crap at least here.
    Sprint is as well.
    AT&T is good until u can't send a txt or receive a call or make 1.