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Sprint: 100 More LTE Launches in Next Few Months
Prepares for Unflattering iPhone LTE Coverage Comparisons
by Karl Bode 02:24PM Tuesday Sep 11 2012
Sprint has issued a press statement insisting that the company is very close to launching 100 additional LTE markets. The timing of course is related to try and pre-empt the PR problems created by this week's launch of the iPhone, which include customers and the press comparing Sprint's LTE footprint (portions of 19 markets, mostly little) to Verizon's LTE footprint (371 markets). Fortunately for Sprint they won't be alone in coming up short, with AT&T's 60 markets also getting highlighted.

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According to Sprint, the markets that will show up in the next few months and include: Boston; Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Memphis, Tenn.; Miami; Nashville, Tenn.; New Orleans; New York; Philadelphia; and Washington, D.C.

Sprint currently offers LTE service in portions of 19 markets, though the majority of them are smaller markets scattered around Texas, Missouri, Georgia and Kansas. The carrier says they should have all current 3G markets upgraded to LTE technology by the end of 2013 as part of their massive multi-billion dollar network and cell site overhaul.

Granted Sprint has one advantage over Verizon: Sprint's still offering unlimited data over LTE, something that may or may not make a difference to many new iPhone owners.

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hamburglar_

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united state

Promises Promises...

"In the coming months"

inteller
Sociopaths always win.

join:2003-12-08
Tulsa, OK

i'd be interested if...

..Sprint hadn't sold its soul to the iPhone.

tiger72
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Re: i'd be interested if...

Frankly, I'm not sure how they can afford to commit $16billion to Apple alone, while also dedicating another few $billion for network modernization.
xenophon

join:2007-09-17

Re: i'd be interested if...

Apparently WallStreet likes what Sprint is doing. Stock is up and analysts are saying Sprint is worth more. They do have a good plan, they just need to prove they can deliver.

delusion ftl

@comcast.net

Re: i'd be interested if...

If you are looking at the last 6 months it's done fairly well, but long term Sprint stock has been roughly the same for 4 years, after it crashed from a decent ride in the 20's down to the mid to low single digits.
xenophon

join:2007-09-17

Re: i'd be interested if...

Just saying the market likes what Sprint is now doing. Of all of Sprint's options at this point, they are making good moves and so far is making the NV plan happen.

The plan is to have LTE to cover 130m pops by end of year and entire network by end of next year. So far they are on track.

Mike
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A story of a Sprint Epic

My neighbor had a Sprint Epic. LTE functioned about the same speed as 3G during the day. At like 3:30am is where LTE speeds existed. It might be unlimited, but it's already crippled.

Another broadband black hole Pittsburgh story.
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Dest
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Re: A story of a Sprint Epic

said by Mike:

My neighbor had a Sprint Epic. LTE functioned about the same speed as 3G during the day. At like 3:30am is where LTE speeds existed. It might be unlimited, but it's already crippled.

Another broadband black hole Pittsburgh story.

The EPIC work off WiMAX, not LTE... Sprint have not even launch LTE in Pittsburgh yet AFAIK

as to the WiMAX mess... although sprint definitely have responsibility, the operation/management side is mostly Clearwire's fault as they didn't have enough backhaul

sprintuser23

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Sprint LTE in Atlanta is a joke tool.. I've seen several spots where 4G lte is only slightly better or equal to 3g speeds. For the most part you seldom see 4G and when you do it's never there long.

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said by Mike:

My neighbor had a Sprint Epic. LTE functioned about the same speed as 3G during the day. At like 3:30am is where LTE speeds existed. It might be unlimited, but it's already crippled.

Another broadband black hole Pittsburgh story.

The Sprint Epic is a WiMAX phone, not LTE.

Don't confuse 4G as being only LTE on Sprint.
flyingjoey

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Jersey City, NJ

Ummm

Call me crazy, but those numbers seem pretty shitty... Am I missing something here?

Dest
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Re: Ummm

They are setting a lower expectation, in "most" cases users that actually get LTE right now are seeing faster result >10mbps, of course the network is not that loaded right now, so who knows what it will be like once more people started using LTE.

heck I get 8-10mbps on WiMax on certain tower near my office, when that chart only show 3-6mbps... of course some other tower I only get 1-3mbps...... so it really depends on the tower/load
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Re: Ummm

said by Dest:

They are setting a lower expectation, in "most" cases users that actually get LTE right now are seeing faster result >10mbps, of course the network is not that loaded right now, so who knows what it will be like once more people started using LTE.

heck I get 8-10mbps on WiMax on certain tower near my office, when that chart only show 3-6mbps... of course some other tower I only get 1-3mbps...... so it really depends on the tower/load

I've hit over 18Mb down on Wimax before. There is one specific tower that has awesome speed in the Rochester market. On my phone I average 11-12Mb down when connected to that tower, on my laptop using my air card I get 16-18Mb downstream. When in other areas I'm in the 8-10Mb range on both my phone and air card, or at least I was. I have an LTE phone, so no more wimax for me, and I haven't used the USB modem in a while in the general area.
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xenophon

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Which numbers, the average speed? VZW also markets lower numbers. I think VZW markets LTE at 6-10Mbps.

I can get 20Mbps+ on Sprint at times, but a smartphone doesn't really need more than a few Mbps. Latency matters more to smartphone apps once you get past a few Mbps...

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neftv

join:2000-10-01
Broomall, PA

Is this on 800Mhz band?

I read somewhere that Sprint is building their flavor of LTE on the 800 Mhz band. So when they say they build 100 more sites is this on that 800mhz band?
When all said and done with Sprint's 800mhz band LTE will this put them almost on equal coverage as Verizon's 700mhz band LTE?
xenophon

join:2007-09-17

Re: Is this on 800Mhz band?

They'll start 800Mhz LTE/voice rollout when retiring Nextel iDen next year. Sprint will have better coverage than today but VZW has more rural sites.

Dest
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Re: Is this on 800Mhz band?

All their current LTE phone right now don't support 800mhz LTE... I really doubt the current LTE phone will be able to use 800mhz when that get rolled out
xenophon

join:2007-09-17

Re: Is this on 800Mhz band?

Yeah, that does suck but most people who care about those things upgrade phones often anyway.
neftv

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Broomall, PA

Re: Is this on 800Mhz band?

So if I understand this right why would anyone want to get today's Sprint LTE phone if in the next year they will need to get a new phone. They will have to wait close to their two year contract date or early upgrade?
xenophon

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Re: Is this on 800Mhz band?

Yeah, newest phones will get 800/1900 voice/3G and 1900 LTE since LTE/800 isn't approved yet.
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said by Dest:

All their current LTE phone right now don't support 800mhz LTE... I really doubt the current LTE phone will be able to use 800mhz when that get rolled out

The EVOLTE and the GS3 do have the 800Mhz bands.

Even My old EVO3d supported the 800 Mhz band, plus they did have one other last year as well.

Paul
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Re: Is this on 800Mhz band?

All of the phones you've listed support ESMR 800 for CDMA 1xA.

Dest
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I clearly stated "800mhz LTE"

LTE using 800mhz, not CDMA 800. different Tech, CDMA for voice, LTE is the new 4G

EVO3D doesn't even support LTE, it uses WiMax (I'm using a Evo 3D)

AFAIK EVOLTE & GS3 support 1900mhz LTE only, and don't support 800mhz LTE
xenophon

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Re: Is this on 800Mhz band?

LTE on 800Mhz hasn't been approved yet, expected later this year. But at least new gen phones will get improved voice/3G coverage when Sprint starts 800 rollout. Would think 800 LTE phones will start to appear early next year.
NiteSn0w

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Re: Is this on 800Mhz band?

said by xenophon:

LTE on 800Mhz hasn't been approved yet, expected later this year. But at least new gen phones will get improved voice/3G coverage when Sprint starts 800 rollout. Would think 800 LTE phones will start to appear early next year.

Yes it has »www.sonlte.com/2012/05/29/sprint···-though/
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cry wolf, nobody cares

projected coverage is vaporware until it happens....
maybe sprint uses this as a marketing tool.. our footprint is expaning, no really.. look... in a few months...

Pfft!!!

Sprint needs to retrain their marketing people..

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xenophon

join:2007-09-17

Re: cry wolf, nobody cares

So are you saying they should not mention anything when they are actually deploying?
rmrper

join:2006-06-13
Wylie, TX

Re: cry wolf, nobody cares

Although they are deploying, the coverage is very little compared to what their coverage map shows. LTE service is very spotty here in DFW even though they claim they should be mostly done here by the end of the year. The entire 3 zip code area where I live and work (suburbs) is supposed to have 4G service according to the map, but it isn't live yet. A lot of us were annoyed at the annoucement that LTE is live here in DFW in late July only to find out it will be much closer to the end of the year before most areas are actually turned on. I've gotten LTE service on my phone in a couple of places so far (closer to downtown Dallas) but that's it.
NiteSn0w

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Re: cry wolf, nobody cares

The coverage marked out on the map is likely what they expect to exist when the market is complete. I doubt they're going to have someone update the map every time a tower is completed and accepted.

Jayri

@cox.net

Oklahoma City

I guess Oklahoma City is not going to get LTE from sprint. I don't want to get LTE from AT&T or Verizon with their data plans.
Oedipus

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Re: Oklahoma City

said by Jayri :

I guess Oklahoma City is not going to get LTE from sprint. I don't want to get LTE from AT&T or Verizon with their data plans.

Not sure how you came to that conclusion. Just because it's not on the schedule yet doesn't mean OKC wont get it eventually.

Dest
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it will be in OC, just probably in the 3rd/4th round at this point

First round are the cities already have LTE, 2nd/3rd round seem to be the one on this 100 cities list

3rd/4th seem to be the rest

»s4gru.com/index.php?/blog/1/entr···e-state/

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If you can get Sprint 3G in OK City now, you'll get Sprint LTE by the end of 2013 ... Sprints says entire footprint will have it by then
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chlen
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Sprint works at reasonable price

Look, for al the bitching and moaning... Sprint is the only alternative to the money grubbing bastards.

Coverage is great because at the end of the day if there is no Sprint you use your minutes on VZ roaming which does not cost extra, and nobody uses up their minutes.

Mobile to any mobile is free.

3G is fine and I rooted and tether my phone to all sort of devices and go through gigs per month with no issues or extra charges.

After my corporate discount my brother and I pay 120 combined, taxes and fees included. You cant beat that price.

TMO has no coverage here that is reliable.

People are bitching that Sprint is not Verizon, but they dont want the Verizon crap, well tough shit.

My work phone is VZ and it is awesome, 4G and everything, but I dont pay for it.

For me Sprint has 3G that is usable for browsing and Pandora, and at the right price. Sprint also has some of the best phone line-ups.

I am no fanboy but understand the market and prices. ATT is shit on all fronts and VZ is good but expensive.

Sprint used to be terrible but they turned the company around and they are easy to deal with now, and are a real alternative to ATT and VZ.

TMO doesnt count.
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JamesPC

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Re: Sprint works at reasonable price

said by chlen:

Look, for al the bitching and moaning... Sprint is the only alternative to the money grubbing bastards.

Coverage is great because at the end of the day if there is no Sprint you use your minutes on VZ roaming which does not cost extra, and nobody uses up their minutes.

Mobile to any mobile is free.

3G is fine and I rooted and tether my phone to all sort of devices and go through gigs per month with no issues or extra charges.

After my corporate discount my brother and I pay 120 combined, taxes and fees included. You cant beat that price.

TMO has no coverage here that is reliable.

People are bitching that Sprint is not Verizon, but they dont want the Verizon crap, well tough shit.

My work phone is VZ and it is awesome, 4G and everything, but I dont pay for it.

For me Sprint has 3G that is usable for browsing and Pandora, and at the right price. Sprint also has some of the best phone line-ups.

I am no fanboy but understand the market and prices. ATT is shit on all fronts and VZ is good but expensive.

Sprint used to be terrible but they turned the company around and they are easy to deal with now, and are a real alternative to ATT and VZ.

TMO doesnt count.

Fully agree. Tethered right now, with about 140kb/s download on sprint 3g. Also, I must admit during peak times it slows to around 50kb/s - 80kb/s.

jetav8r7

@spcsdns.net

okc lte

Okc is getting LTE . They already getting the gear installed into the switch.
Prespd

join:2004-03-10
Wyoming, MI

And then there are the unofficial LTE markets

And then there are the unofficial launch markets like here in the SF Bay area. Hard to find a signal, but i grabbed one here in Cupertino.
Jipa219

join:2000-08-02
Wilkes Barre, PA

Sprint 4G

Hey, I'm still spending $10 a month for the 4G they promised 2 years ago. I'm not signing another contract till I know for sure.