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Leak Shows Sprint Has Plans to Launch 21 4G LTE Markets on April 12


According to a recently leaked internal document, Sprint plans to light up a nice list of 4G LTE markets here in the U.S. on April 12. A total of 21 markets will have their switches flipped, bringing their grand total of active 4G markets to nearly 100 now. 

Below we have neatly listed out each city that should receive the green light sometime tomorrow.

New Markets:

  • Los Angeles and Contra Costa County, CA
  • Palm Bay, FL
  • Port St. Lucie, FL
  • West Palm Beach, FL
  • Bloomington, IN
  • Lafayette, IN
  • Rochelle, IL
  • Mankato, MN
  • Joplin, MS
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Shelby, NC
  • Albermarie, NC
  • Salisbury, NC
  • Lincolnton, NC
  • Memphis, TN
  • Greenville, TN
  • Tullahoma, TN
  • Denison, TX
  • Kerrville, TX
  • Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News, VA

Via: Phone Arena

  • John O’Connor

    Looking at sensorly it appears that at&t is lagging behind even sprint in lte deployment

  • JM

    Mankato, MN is now showing as having LTE coverage on Sprint’s Coverage Maps

  • Jorge Leal

    a friend of mine has started getting sporadic LTE in parts of Santa Ana over the last two weeks. I wonder if they’ve simply been testing the band and it’s part of the Los Angeles release.

  • No Miami… 🙁

  • James D

    Wonder what the status is on the Ft. Smith, AR rollout that was announced like 2 months ago? Would be nice to hear a status update!

  • well sprint do this well and maybe i wont leave you after all….

  • Doug Wing

    Rochelle IL gets LTE !!!!!! All 9 residents stand up and cheer.

  • Tim242

    What happened to that list of “in coming months” cities they announced 4 months ago? Their LTE launch is going about the same as the wimax launch. So glad I don’t work there anymore.

    • PhoenixPath

      I’m seeing announcements here almost every week…you want them daily?

      Is this a case of “Some people simply cannot be pleased?”

      • Tim242

        My point is that the list they put out before is not the list that is coming out now.

        • PhoenixPath

          Ah. Misunderstood. Apparently something on the list 4 months ago hasn’t made it out yet?

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  • Matthew Hipsher

    I have had Sprint 4G LTE in Va Beach and Chesapeake Va for 2 months now. Pretty solid coverage.

  • It’s been unofficially up here in parts of the San Fernando Valley since last November-ish. Sad part is that the 4G seems to reach the surrounding blocks except the one I live on hahaha. Hopefully that will change if it does go live tomorrow.

  • ChrisI

    F*ck yeah, Contra Costa County baby!!!! That’s me!!!! And I’m on Sprint, too, already. Will have to see what the signal strength is, because my “4G” on my E4GT is n/a in my house. If it’s good enough, I may stay with them and just get a new phone.

  • My roomate in Fayetteville, NC is getting LTE on his Sprint S3 on the north side of town. And still very spotty. But it seems to be coming soon. Sucks for him I have had LTE with Verizon for quite some time now. And the real kicker he is paying the $10 extra fee for 4G!

    • mercado79

      There’s no 4G fee. Any plan that has a smart phone on it, be it a Blackberry, iPhone 4S, Windows Phone, or Android requires it.

      • Tim242

        It was originally only charged on wimax phones. They only started charging all smartphones when wimax deployment was halted and all hell broke loose due to the charge

  • hkklife

    This is, what, almost exactly 2.5 years after VZW first lit up their LTE networkin launch markets? Still, it’s great to see Sprint pushing as hard as they can. Competition is ONLY a good thing nowadays. When VZW yanks my grandfathered unlimited plan I’ll have to do some serious homework to decide between T-Mo and Sprint.

  • Ray

    still not in vegas?

  • James Bucholtz

    There is a small area of “wimax” here in Kalamazoo, but they still advertise they offer 4g here. I think that’s what’s going to happen with the 4G LTE. They will give a small area of Kazoo this service, and claim it is covered.

  • Surprised me to see kerrville. My hometown has been neglected by ever carrier for years. Kinda makes sense I guess…most the town is Sprint only due to the fact no one else covers the outskirts as well as them. So maybe the investment wasn’t worth it for anyone else.

  • chris125

    Good to see them expanding. Wonder how fast TMO is going to expand once they start the ball rolling? Sprint may be in trouble

    • Dain Laguna

      sprint technically has more lte rolled out than they do.

      florida needs it bad however.

      • chris125

        I know they have more rolled out and sprint definitely needed it. Will be interesting to see what TMO can do especially if the metro merger goes through. I would switch if they beefed up their coverage for the unlimited data that verizon wants to take away. And unlocked phones.

    • Wes Jordan

      I’ve had TMo LTE in Newport News, VA since about Easter.

  • SUAVE21

    We need here in New London, Connecticut

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Joplin, MI … ummmm Timmy buddy… That’s MO for Missouri

    • Ian

      Lol…now he changed it to Joplin, MS

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        LOL. Tim had a long week

        • PhoenixPath

          Especially with the pending legal name-change and all… 😉

  • tyguy829

    how is detroit not on there still??

    • Tim242

      It’s a $hit hole?

      • elias iseid

        The city of detroit might be a shithole, but its suburbs are still in the top 10 populations in the country. Don’t forget that the Detroit suburbs are among the richest as well.

        Also, I’ve been getting 4G in auburn hills for the last 3/4 weeks now even though they never announced it.

        • Andries Menko

          I’ve noticed it showing 4G recently all over the place. I saw it in Rochester Hills, then in Troy, and this morning in Sterling Heights. Seems to be while traveling though.

          However, whenever I stop and try to run a speedtest or bring up a browser, it jumps right back to 3G.

          I’m thinking the upgrade is going to be REALLY soon in Oakland and Macomb County.

  • James Bucholtz

    I’m not aware of a city named “Joplin” anywhere in Michigan. :

    • Ian

      Now its in Mississippi 🙂

    • Austin Warren

      Its MO right?

      • Ian

        Mo markets mo problems?

        • Austin Warren

          Mo monnnnnney

          • michael arazan

            Joplin over St.louis? Seriously, KC is their HQ and they can’t light up St.louis>?

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  • thecharrr

    Still none here :<

  • Josh Flowers

    as long as it’s faster than their 4G version, “Wimax”, then more power to them. I’d take Sprint’s $80 everything plan anyday over Verizon. well, if i were ever to go Contract-Phone again.

    • Dain Laguna

      it is….its lte. the areas in salisbury that i have god reception in have seen an average of 20 down and 10 up with the ping times as less than 80 ms

  • Austin Warren

    Still won’t help their service.

    • Tim242

      True story bro.

      • Austin Warren

        The tru tru

    • Ian

      I’m sure customers in those markets will see an improvement. Baby steps.

      • Austin Warren

        Their customers are already brainwashed

        • Dain Laguna

          no. i just wanted to pay less.

          and if my market is receiving lte (already have it in some spots) and the service works well, what does it matter to you?

          • Austin Warren

            At least we know people with slow data.

          • Dain Laguna

            you do? who? stop trolling your own community