Sprint unleashed a slew of network announcements this morning at a press conference in Chicago, and for the most part, it's just the news you'd expect: more LTE, more Spark, and more HD voice.

The 28 markets aren't listed individually, but Seattle, Cleveland, and San Jose all saw expansions, and Sprint brought its LTE coverage count to 471 cities today. The company plans to cover 250 million people with its LTE network by mid-year, up from 225 million now. Sprint Spark also added some cities, including St. Louis, Winston-Salem (NC), and Greensboro (NC). The company announced in relation to the Spark expansion that deployment of 8T8R radio equipment would soon begin to take advantage of that big hunk of 2.5GHz spectrum Sprint acquired from ClearWire.

Nationwide availability of HD voice was Sprint's biggest announcement today, you know, if you care about that stuff, and the carrier currently supports 28 HD Voice-ready postpaid phones and an additional 33 prepaid ones. International Wi-Fi calling was announced, too, with support for more than 100 countries in the coming weeks.

Finally, Sprint tried a little bit of Uncarrier-ing with a new network satisfaction guarantee scheme, offering new subscribers (or current subscribers adding a new line) 30 days to try the network. If you're not happy, Sprint will refund the cost of your device and waive all service activation and activation charges within the first 30 days of your contract (presumably the ETF goes away too). This guarantee starts on June 27th.


David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Jephri

    Where did they get the idea of a free network trial from? Hmm...

    • Shane

      I think pretty much every carrier does this... it's just usually 14 days.

      • squiddy20

        What's sad is that several years ago, I think it used to be 30 days. Then some other carriers *cough Verizon and AT&T cough* changed it to 14 and that has since become the standard.

  • Brad

    glad to see cleveland is getting just as patchy of service since it's "official" as it did when it wasn't. :-

    • Sac Bunt Chris

      Can say the same for San Diego's LTE "coverage".

    • Evan Anderson

      Official launch just means 60-70% completion. Upgrades will continue for weeks to come.

      • You meant^^

        *years and years...

  • Eric Hoch

    Here's something I like about Android Police. This is a single story, while other sites would turn it into 5 or more.

    • Brad

      and speculate for a month and a half.

    • joser116

      To be fair, sometimes it's the exact opposite, and I like that, especially when AP makes multiple articles concerning a new Android release, each detailing a specific subject.

      • Brad

        Let's just all agree they're in the Goldilock's zone... Just Right.

  • Peter Oliver

    Sprint has quietly been making a lot of really nice moves over the last year. International wifi calling and texting is such a great idea. I hope they can acquire T-Mobile and use a lot of T-Mobile's ideas too. In the meantime they need to keep that network upgrade rolling along.

    • master94

      No. T-Mobile shouldn't merge into sprint

      • Peter Oliver

        T-Mobile is losing money like crazy. Sprint's new owners have deep deep pockets and a long-term vision to compete with wired broadband in America. You are crazy to not see how this it would be good for everyone if they merge. Sprint is not some evil company. They are one of the few carriers that loves integrating Google services, for example.

        • Brad

          That's the problem.. I love their policies and such, but they're too far behind the times with tech... I've toughed it out thus far, though.

          • Evan Anderson

            They only got behind when they decided to deploy WiMax instead of LTE. Prior to that, they had one of the best 3G networks in America.

          • Brad

            Yeah, but however many years that's been is lifetimes in the tech world.

          • Evan Anderson

            They are really doing well at catching back up though.

          • Brad

            Depends on the city... Cleveland's been neglected.

          • Evan Anderson

            Unfortunately some are behind. Some of that is due to factors outside of Sprint's control though.

        • Jay J. Blanco

          Tmobile is thinking long term and is going to surpass Sprint in customers by December 2k14

        • RTWright

          T-Mobile is coming around and all of their changes they've recently made that is starting to shake up the Carrier industry? Could all be lost in a blink of an eye if Sprint gets them and takes total control. I've yet to see a merger where it didn't make very dramatic changes once it was all settled. It could get very ugly real fast for both T-Mobile and Sprint. I'm on Sprint right now, I'd rather be on T-Mobile considering their stance they've taken in the industry. Sprint has been declining for a while now and after 4 years of being with them and dealing with the issues, I would love to go T-Mobile and support them.

    • Jbg

      You're probably one of the few people that id looking at the long term and not moaning about Sprint buying T-Mobile. Everyone also seems to be forgetting that Sprint also has lots of unused spectrum from Clearwire. I've give Sprint a few years when it starts to much or surpass the the bigger carriers. I know most people won't be willing to wait that long.

  • Kevin Kohrman

    I have FINALLY been receiving LTE on my S5 her in Atlanta and outer cities. Anywhere from 22-30 Mbps. Its a start.

    • earth

      What smartphone app needs more than 3Mbps? Answer, none. Sprint offers unlimited, ATT/VZW do not. Would rather have 3M unlimited than 100M with a 10GB cap.

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    Madera CA and San Joaquin CA on there?

  • http://twitter.com/jcunwired Jody Carbone

    Sprint 4G/LTE market choices puzzle me. Rural Virginia seems to have had no thought whatsoever. Luray and a small town near it, Stanley, have 4G even though their population is 1/4 of the home of the University of Virginia, which is still stuck at 3G with no updates being planned. Further, you have to look hard in Stanley for a full set of teeth, much less an ahhhPhone. Drives me crazy but I still stick with them, hoping one day to be on the list.

  • C B

    http://www.FramilyMeeting.com to share Sprint Framily IDs for collective savings. Because $25/mo for unlimited talk, text, and 1 GB data is about as good as any plan for most people.

  • http://www.daewootech.net Daewootech

    Meh I'm right smack in middle of the South Bay, willow glen to be specific, and the service has and still continues to be spotty at best, most 4G speed tests come back less than 3mbps, and even more unfortunate is that 3 is exciting for me when I actually do get it, because most times it's the usual 0.2-1.5 Mbps 3G speeds. Ibve been waiting for "4G" since my EVO 4G years ago, it's still "hey look I got 4G, neat!" Then I do a speediest immediately, and it drops to 1x

  • mja28

    Dekalb,IL is 100% LTE .I don't even use WiFi anymore . band 25 and some 26