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Sprint Expands Spark to New Markets, Provides Access to Virgin Mobile Prepaid Customers

Sprint certainly isn’t resting on its laurels this CES. In addition to the new Framily Plan, the carrier announced today that it’s expanding the footprint of Spark, Sprint’s tri-band 4G LTE solution that aims to improve speeds in congested markets.

Spark works by leveraging Sprint’s three spectrums – the 800MHz, 1.9GHz, and 2.5GHz band – to dramatically increase wireless capacity. The carrier says users of supported devices like the HTC One Max and upcoming LG G Flex could see download speeds up to 60Mbps.

The Lone Star State is clearly the focus of today’s expanded coverage. Here’s a list of newly-supported cities:

  • Austin, Texas
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Houston, Texas
  • San Antonio, Texas

In addition to the expansion, Sprint said Virgin Mobile prepaid customers on the company’s Broadband2Go plans will be able to take advantage of Spark. Plans start at $5 per day, with monthly options ranging from $25 for 1.5GB to $55 for 6GB. Only the Netgear Mingle hotspot will be compatible at launch, but neither company ruled out support for future devices down the road.

Via: Sprint
  • SetNick

    I think its funny how some try to bash new technology. Not everyone can afford to keep Verizon Wireless…My bill was cut in half by switching to Sprint and with two kids under 4, I need all the pennies I can save.

  • kfath1978

    How about you get your 3g/4g working first…. service is awful here in columbus ohio.

  • Tony G.

    Texas Texas yeehaw!

  • D Nice

    One word! Desperation

    • Chris

      Or it’s called advancing in technology or getting with the times.

      • StuckOnVerizonForever

        No matter what sprint does.,they will always suck

        • Chris

          Because of their past or rural areas that still have crappy reception ?.

          • StuckOnVerizonForever

            Everything, they havent done anything to help

      • D Nice

        You tell that to all my buddies that are pissed with Sprint as of now because of there coverage and lack of LTE. All jokes aside they really suck. My brother lives in a medium size city with a population of around 300,000 people, he has had sprint for over 10 years. When we talk we experience nothing but dropped calls. He barely can load Google music or Google maps. They have credit his account so much over the past two years that it could have paid his ETF two times over. Just Google reviews of Sprint and their coverage as well as customer service… end of discussion.

      • D Nice

        I’m even humble enough to admit they are not bad in all markets, in fact the service may be impeccable in certain areas. However I hear nothing but bad things about Sprint ALL THE TIME. I have Face Book friends from all over the country with different wireless service. You are sure to see on a daily basis a F bomb being dropped because of their service.

  • George264

    So how is this in real life scenarios, is it any good?

    • Chris

      Depends on location

  • Michael


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