Leaked documents purportedly from Sam's Club indicate that Sprint's preparing for a bevy of LTE-based phone launches this month. The Verge notes that Sam's Club should get the Sprint LTE version of the Galaxy Nexus on April 22, though it's unlikely you'll have a network to run it on. The Sprint Galaxy Nexus is expected to be identical to the Verizon version with two differences: it will support Google Wallet (you'll recall Verizon didn't want it competing with their own payment platform) and it will be roughly 300MHz faster (1.5GHz). More officially, Sprint has announced that the LG Viper will be available for pre-order on April 12th for $100 -- with a two-year contract. As it stands, Sprint's biggest selling point at LTE launch will be their offering of truly unlimited data -- though it's still not clear that offer will survive the year
I may have missed it, but I don't remember seeing that Sprint has turned up any markets yet on LTE. I know they plan on doing that, but until they have a few dozen markets turned up with LTE, why would you buy an LTE phone on Sprint?
June/July are probably the planned 'official' announced dates. They already have many LTE sites up and running. No different than the initial WiMAX rollout. When Sprint first did WiMAX many sites were up and running many months before a market was 'officially' announced. Those who are in the initial summer markets likely will get LTE at least for some sites when the phones come out. When the market is announced, most sites should be up and running. At least this was the case with WiMAX.
I suspect sites near me have been upgraded as I'm getting highest speeds ever seen for 3G and WiMAX.
Something is going on with WiMAX as performance has also improved. I'm more often getting 12Mbps, which is apparently the most Epic Touch can do. Maybe they've adjusted the way backhaul is managed between Sprint and Clearwire.
I typically get 3-6 Mbps on Sprint's WiMAX which is fine for a cell phone.
I've seen people bragging about getting 40 Mbps on Verizon's network before but really, who gives a shit about 40 Mbps on a cell phone? What the hell are you going to do with a 40 Mbps connection with a 5 GB cap?
Even if you manage to find a way to use that speed on a cellphone, you only have 15 minutes to enjoy it before you hit your pathetically low bandwidth cap for the month.
All the wireless companies are highway robbers but Verizon and AT&T with those tiny caps take it to the extreme.
With all the price gouging that's going on in the wireless sector it makes cable television and Internet look like the deal of the century.