They need to finish Spark (triband) rollout They are saying they will be finished with LTE rollout by end of year but it's 1900LTE only. They have a long way to go to get triband Spark completed (800/1900/2500). Works very well in completed Spark areas but they need 100% of sites completed, not 70% within a market. When Spark is truly complete, will then be in good shape. Am typically getting 15-30M with peaks to 60 between home/work, which is entirely Spark area. 800 voice also helps a lot, now works in deep underground garages at home/work.
Re: They need to finish Spark (triband) rollout How about getting LTE finished first before doing Spark. We have Sprint here and besides on having less coverage than at&t and Verizon has, it's all 3G. "Unlimited" 3G data is useless to me especially when you top it off with less coverage. Until then Sprint isn't getting anyone to switch form at&t or Verizon in my area.
Re: They need to finish Spark (triband) rollout Covers 254 million people. Please, a majority of NYS isn't covered and it's not a small state. Everyone knows their network is the worst, unless they are saying 1 Mbps is 4G, because in my area it is for Sprint...
I just speedtest my kids Photon 4G and a whopping 126kps on an "upgraded" tower. Good thing I only pay $3 a month, otherwise I would be disappointed.. I used to have Ting, but it wasn't worth it because the network is only good for voice and an occasional text.
Re: They need to finish Spark (triband) rollout Even if true the US population is 314 million Verizon covers 97% or 304 million. When Sprint and T-Mobile are just GIVING at&t and Verizon 50-70 million potential customers it's no wonder they don't worry about competing with either.
Re: They need to finish Spark (triband) rollout
said by pjsutton:Um, no. I have a Spark-enabled phone (LG G2) and am in a Spark market (L.A.). At home I'm lucky to get 1 mbps over Spark-enabled LTE. 1/2 mile away I had 5/6 bars (again on Spark LTE) and webpages were timing out a lot and my banks' app refused to even connect. I finally got a speed test to complete - 0.25 mbps down and 1.9 mbps up. Isn't this new Spark network awesome?!
"Everyone" who says their network is the worst are comparing it to the old network.
Re: They need to finish Spark (triband) rollout Softbank and Hesse only wanted you to believe that. The same as they want everyone to think at Sprint-TMO USA will make VZW and AT&T Mobility change. When in fact Hesse does NOT want lower prices, guess what that means, every gets a rate hike that would be on TMO currently- since those customers are generally without a contract.
Softbank would be better to sell this company off and get their money back before they bleed anymore. They're too slow at building anything let alone being an actual carrier to compete.
Re: New merger bid for T-Mobile US competing with expected Sprint bid Holy frack. Iliad wants T-Mobile? That would be freaking amazing. Iliad is known for absolutely capsizing both the wireline and wireless markets in France. They've destroyed the incumbents by offering services at less than half the price. It would be so, so amazing if they ended up in control of T-Mobile. They would be in it for the long haul and present serious, massive competition in the US market.
Re: sprint needs a huge price cut
said by mackey:^^This! That's the problem that Sprint has now, a bunch of MVNO's on a network that wasn't so good to begin with. And now with LTE and spark kicking off without added backhaul is giving the customers that are willing to pay hell at this point.
NOOOOOO! The network (even "Spark" LTE) is slow enough now (just speed tested at 251 kbps) any serious subscriber add will collapse it completely
Re: Time for trench coat Dan!
said by IPPlanMan:ditch the ads altogether when they actually have a decent network to sell.. $$ spend on the network $$ Sprint doesn't ONLY have to buy backhaul from telcos. It can buy from cable companies or anyone else, hell, even google fiber.. (texas)
Dan, ditch the talking hamsters and bring back the Trench Coat ads.
trying to buy another company is not going to happen if they can't fix what they already have.