Compared to Verizon and AT&T, Sprint's network leaves much to be desired in terms of both data speeds and coverage. This isn't the result of a lack of effort, though, as the Kansas-based company has steadily rolled out LTE to new markets throughout the summer. Today the company has announced the availability of 4G LTE in 34 new markets, bringing the total number from 151 up to 185. Sprint customers throughout the South, Midwest, North Carolina, Oregon, and Pennsylvania should now have a new reason to smile.
There was a time not long ago that you couldn't even get AT&T-compatible Straight Talk SIMs due to a mysterious shortage. Well, things have certainly turned around. Straight Talk has just started listing 4G LTE service for AT&T devices. You can break free from the traditional carriers, save some money, and still keep your LTE data. That's a deal.
Straight Talk offers monthly plans starting at $45 with "unlimited" data.
Verizon got the jump on everyone with LTE, but AT&T has been doing its best to catch up. The carrier's newly announced upgrade plans should get it a fair way toward that goal. Ma Bell is flipping the switch on 5 new LTE markets and 8 expansions this very day, but the rate of the rollout is going to pick up for the rest of the year. AT&T plans to launch at least 50 new markets before January 1st.
Yes, it has finally happened. Verizon Wireless, fashionably late to the party, has let slip the date you can swing by and get the HTC One. The big day is August 22nd, and the phone will cost $199.99 with a 2-year contract. The device will be available online and in stores on that date.
— Verizon Wireless (@VZWnews) August 16, 2013
Think of Sprint as the Little Engine That Could. It's tinkered with 4G perhaps longer than any of America's other major carriers, but it has little to show for it. There are large swaths of the country that don't have LTE coverage and the speeds aren't necessarily that fast in the areas that do. Still, those of us on Sprint's network must hold on to hope. The company is hard at work, and today they've announced the availability of 4G LTE in 41 new markets.
AT&T is rapidly expanding its 4G LTE availability, pumping billions into the effort as it seeks to upgrade most of its network. Now the cellular provider has introduced zippier speeds to the the eight new markets listed below, along with five additional expansions. The new markets are concentrated predominantly in Alabama, California, and a couple states in the Northeast.
- Greenville, AL
- Troy, AL
- Madera-Chowchilla, CA
- Merced, CA
- Vallejo-Vacaville, CA
- New London County, CT
- Sussex County, DE
- Columbia, MO
The five new expansions are spread all across the country, including locations on the both coasts and one state in between.
I just recently made the jump to an HTC One, but my last two phones were real stinkers. It's with this bad taste in my mouth that I am glad to see things improving on the budget end of things. US Cellular is debuting the ZTE Imperial, a Android 4.1 handset that doesn't make me hold my nose while reading its spec sheet. It comes with a 1.2 GHz dal-core processor, a 5MP rear-facing camera, and a front-facing camera for video chatting.
Sprint may have gambled wrong with 4G WiMAX several years ago, but the company is coming around. It announced today the addition of 22 new cities to its 4G LTE network. Sprint customers in these areas have been waiting for a while, but they can now enjoy their new speeds just in time for summer.
Verizon managed to gobble up national licenses to a wide swath of the 700MHz Block C spectrum a few years back, and it is this slice of electromagnetism the carrier used to deploy its 4G LTE network. That's not Verizon's only plan of attack, though. It has also been putting together a second spectrum range running on AWS. Well, this space is almost ready, and the Galaxy S4 is going to be the first device to access it.