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floydb1982

join:2004-08-25
Kent, WA
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Sprint Voice & 3G coverage is being drastically reduced


Here is an earlier Sprint USA coverage map

Here is the current Sprint coverage map

This is the coverage last December

And this is the coverage now
Click for full size
Here is the current data (2G and 3G) coverage available in Montana
As is plainly visible, Sprint no longer has contracts in many areas with other providers to allow use of their networks and towers as if they belonged to Sprint.

What does this mean in a simple, easy-to-understand explanation? Let me zoom in a bit to an area.

For simple voice calls this means that the state of Montana is now 100% roaming, rather than being seamlessly integrated into the Sprint network via contracts with the carriers who actually have towers in that state.

I don't like that one bit at all.

Here is the current data (2G and 3G) coverage available in Montana as shown above.

Notice especially that there is now no ability to use Sprint Data at all in the state of Montana.

Oddly enough I do not see a corresponding reduction in the cost of the service.

Seriously, though, we need some answers on this vast reduction in services from some fairly high level folks at Sprint.

When a provider I have used for over a decade suddenly reduces the normal coverage area by roughly 70% nationwide, I feel that the customers not only need an explanation, but deserve an explanation.

If nothing else, this sort of massive reduction in coverage for services we are paying for, and expect to work, should be able to trigger the ability to leave Sprint with no ETF since the services no longer work in vast areas of the country where they are needed and expected to work, and worked quite well in the past


Jack_in_VA
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join:2007-11-26
North, VA
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3 edits
I still have Sprint coverage so this doesn't effect me at all.

See coverage maps below updated 7/22/13.

Sprint voice:




Sprint Data: red dots 4G, Purple 3G




Sprint Direct Connect:




Page source: Click link below

Sprint source page


swintec
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Alfred, ME
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reply to floydb1982
Why are you using coverage maps from back in 2011? Anyways, your first two maps simply show that, in many areas, Sprint now shows roaming coverage as gray and not green which could make people believe that sprints native coverage was all green which it wasnt.

For a local example, central and northern maine show as green but anything above mid-central maine, was always roaming. the 2nd map actually shows that now instead of making it green to look like native sprint coverage.

Also, some time ago when Alltel sold to Verizon most of their coverage area became roaming for sprint. Alltel always used to be considered native coverage but after the sale, it simply became regular roaming, but i think AT&T actually got a lot of the old alltel areas in the midwest.
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decifal

join:2007-03-10
Bon Aqua, TN
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reply to floydb1982
With you using the 2011 maps for the "updated" ones I have to wonder.. Are you attempting to bash sprint for some reason?


Jack_in_VA
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said by decifal:

With you using the 2011 maps for the "updated" ones I have to wonder.. Are you attempting to bash sprint for some reason?

I posted the latest Sprint 7/22/13 maps under his 2011 maps. I have to agree about the intent.

decifal

join:2007-03-10
Bon Aqua, TN
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said by Jack_in_VA:

said by decifal:

With you using the 2011 maps for the "updated" ones I have to wonder.. Are you attempting to bash sprint for some reason?

I posted the latest Sprint 7/22/13 maps under his 2011 maps. I have to agree about the intent.

lol, heck, I went to www.sprint.com and looked myself!..


dib22

join:2002-01-27
Kansas City, MO
reply to swintec
said by swintec:

Why are you using coverage maps from back in 2011?

heh the date for the "old maps" he cuts off, the date for the "now" maps is 2011...

decifal

join:2007-03-10
Bon Aqua, TN
kudos:1
reply to floydb1982
KNow whats cool? I just checked my home location for services and when I clicked the DATA tab, it shows LTE in my area!!! Its in the fair signal strength, but i'm still in it!!


dib22

join:2002-01-27
Kansas City, MO
reply to floydb1982
said by floydb1982:

Seriously, though, we need some answers on this vast reduction in services from some fairly high level folks at Sprint.

Until Cows and Bulk Wheat needs cell phone service montana will remain underserved by all the major carriers


xrayman

join:2008-12-09
Kansas City
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The OP must think we are a bunch of the normal sheep that populate much of the social media.


nonymous
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join:2003-09-08
Glendale, AZ
reply to floydb1982
With all the changes in the cell arena I doubt anyone knows what will happen a couple years from now. Sprint most likely will lose some roaming in the next few years. Will they get new roaming agreements to replace them or maybe build out some areas?
Son with Softbank is third place in Japan and their coverage from some reading in Japan is third place.
Think is Japan seems to be even a harder market to enter and a good old boy network with long traditions of kickbacks and easy jobs as payback for retired government officials. thus the big two there have distinct advantages period.
Here we will have to wait and see if Son can or wants to make some real changes or just marketing BS. I am betting he wants changes. However, for the next couple of years no Sprint has not drastically lost coverage anywhere except a few smaller select areas. Plus network vision if and how quickly rolled out will drastically help Sprints native foot print.
So to me I will re-access in a couple years if stay with Sprint or move to another carrier. For now no the footprint has not changed as the OP is implying.