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Sprint Adds 34 New 4G LTE Markets, Totaling 185 Across the Country


This morning, Sprint announced that it had turned on 34 new 4G LTE markets across the country, bringing their total to 185. It’s mostly smaller markets, but you will see Sprint LTE in spots like Oklahoma City (OK), Corpus Christi (TX), Port Arthur (TX), and Salem (OR).

While this is an improvement and good news for Sprint customers, with Verizon pushing past the 500 market mark, and AT&T eclipsing 400, you can see how far Sprint has to go to compete. Even T-Mobile is lighting them up faster than we can keep track of these days. 

Here is the list of newbies:

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Via:  Sprint

  • Zombiest

    Still no Arizona. Come on Sprint I’ve sat on two 4G capable phones for almost 4 years now.

  • Ronaldo

    In the area I live in you either make a deal with the devil and sign a contract with VZW or go with Sprint. I love the idea of T-Mobile but their coverage area here only covers about 4 square blocks. So I wait for Sprint 4G implementation to reach me…

  • Chippah

    Sprint is $80 bucks PER device unlimited.
    with 80% LESS coverage than Verizon..

  • Blue Sun

    Sprint employees must not know the abbreviation for Texas.

  • CHRIS42060

    Outstanding! Now I can get blazing fast LTE speeds around 5mbps in more places….. /s

    • My LTE speeds are about 1.2 at best but that is IF i can even stay connected, most of the time Im reverted back to 3G

      • CHRIS42060

        I am usually around 5. Some Sunday mornings at 5am, when the sky is clear, there is no wind, I hold my phone at exactly a 10 degree angle, I hold it lightly using no more than 3 psi of pressure, and the sunrise is at exactly 6:11 am I can hit around 10. Those moments are rare though.

  • Gnex

    But can you load a webpage on their network? lol

    • CHRIS42060

      You can. You just have to be patient.

  • Armus

    Sprint added 4g to Montgomery…. One tower that no one is in range of. What a load of crap.

  • sagisarius

    I think they’re using the term “markets” quite liberally here. Where I live, there just adding it to small towns near the city, and not doing anything in the city… which seems to be what they’ve been doing for a while. I’m starting to think Sprint is having some serious problems.

    • CHRIS42060

      I have said from the beginning they are adding smaller places so they can try and catch up in terms of number of “markets,” but don’t have to spend as much money on actually building bandwidth.

      • sagisarius

        Oh, wow, I bet you’re right! That would explain it.

        • Bryce

          It’s not correct. They are equally deploying nationwide. Availability of backhaul is the problem. Companies like AT&T, Verizon, Time Warner, and other big cable companies are taking forever to get fiber to Sprint’s 39,000 cell sites nationwide. Some areas are moving faster than others so they get launched first. Another reason is that small towns tend to have less towers usually 10 or less. Large cities can have hundreds of towers. This means that it takes more time for LTE to become noticeable. It won’t be really good until about 80%. Usually Sprint announces cities at about 40% completion, which works against them because coverage isn’t as ubiquitous as it should be. I’d rather they announce at 80% completion, but that would mean that they would bleed customers and launch markets less frequently.

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  • Dj Arkitech

    I live in Indy left Verizon for Sprint. Verizon simple COSTS too much. That said, their 4g is FAST. I was getting 13mbps from the day the turned it on. Sprint I was getting 6 mbps consistent. 8 MAX at my house. Plus their LTE(at least in indy) is EXTREMELY spotty. There a spot on the highway(no bridges, buildings, etc, just open space) when I literally lose service COMPLETELY when I drive past it. It’s not a dead zone because T-Mo and VZW never gave me that problem. T-Mobile’s HSPA+ SUCKS where I live, I get 1-2mbps. BUT their LTE pushes out about 11mbps on a consistent basis. Comparable to Verizon. The bigger problem is that when I live Indy, until I get to my destination, T-Mobile’s network is barely good enough for calls let along ANY type of data traffic.

  • joedinkle

    Sprint is awful. Avoid at all cost. I’m dropping them as soon as the Nexus 5 arrives in the mail.

  • Doesnt do any good. They officially have LTE in Nashville TN now but they are decommissioning the Nextel towers and not putting any new ones up so the system fails. I was told by a support supervisor last week they are sorry about the extra dropped calls and lack of download speeds but due to the less towers they will just continue to be more overloaded. She went on to not give a damn about how much I pay and such. Big picture, less towers and more load on their network. AWESOME!

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Can you hear me now?

  • Justtyn Hutcheson

    They have a long way to go to be competitive. The rumors about their pricing for their upgrade/lease plan (heck, they are even bold enough to call it what it is) are at least interesting. However, both Sprint and T-Mobile are still very much the underdogs in this race. When Verizon and AT&T start offering discounts (or, the return of unlimited lolololol), we’ll know they have made a real impact. Before that happens, the net subs on both need to trend towards a significant slow-down though, and I personally don’t see that happening anytime soon.

    • SpaceJIMM

      They have a long way to go in that because Sprint has ignored their infrastructure for so long, they even have to upgrade their 3G along with LTE. I am a current Verizon customer and I am rooting for them. After the shutdown of Nextel, Sprint will be able to reclaim that spectrum and use it for their LTE build out. I am excited for them and I hope they can close the gap.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        Their mistake was backing WiMax instead of holding out for LTE like Verizon did. Their 3G infrastructure was updated to handle 3G & WiMax signals, but needs to be updated again to handle the 3G & LTE signals. CDMA and LTE hardware is incompatible, so an intermediary software such as eHRPD must be implemented to use LTE signals on a purely CDMA-based tower. Otherwise, they must add pure LTE hardware, which will greatly reduce the load on their CDMA system, which may be what they are doing. It is a fairly sound strategy in theory, but in practice has been less than stellar, if you listen to internet commenters at least. Verizon went the software-based direction, which seems to be working well for them now, however they will eventually need to replace the CDMA equipment entirely, most likely when they move to VoLTE or LTE-A (pure speculation on my part, but it is a fairly logical step).

  • charles rogers

    Hmm. Well if they keep this oklahoma rollout going maybe one day i CAN leave verizon! It’s interesting that they Enid and Lawton but not Tulsa.

    • duke69111

      Tulsa already has 4G LTE from Sprint.

      • charles rogers

        Oh haha, well that explains everything!

  • StuckOnVerizonForever

    They still suck

  • Guest

    So glad I dumped them for VZW. Sprint still doesn’t know that Arizona exists.

  • ddevito


    I’m two weeks in with T-Mobile after dumping my so-called “Nexus” on Verizon and enjoying my REAL Nexus. No complaints thus far.

    • Jordan

      I made the switch from Verizon to T-Mobile and all i can say is, you really get what you pay for… Absolute awful service.

      • Reggie Wallace

        My data speeds are faster than ATT/Verizon and of course Sprint…and I’m on T-mobile. I guess what I’m getting what I paid for is a fantastic cheap deal with more reliable data than some other carriers… T-Mobile FTW

  • Nexus_FrEak