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Sprint Expands 4G LTE Network to 20 New Markets, Spark to 20 Cities

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Sprint’s 4G LTE network keeps on growing. Today, the wireless carrier announced that it’s bringing LTE to 20 new markets. Also, Sprint said it plans to expand Spark and HD Voice to Provo, Utah, and Trenton, N.J., later this year.

The expansion should help Sprint reach its LTE coverage goal of 250 million people by mid-year, and the wider availability of Sprint Spark – 20 cities after today’s additions – will certainly make its revamped prepaid plans with Spark access more appealing.

Here’s the list of newly-covered cities:

  • Bakersfield, Calif.
  • Bridgeport/Stamford/Norwalk, Conn.
  • El Centro, Calif.
  • Hot Springs, Ark.
  • Kenosha, Wis.
  • Lancaster, Pa.
  • Mason City, Iowa
  • Myrtle Beach, S.C.
  • Nogales, Ariz.
  • Ocean City, N.J.
  • Omaha, Neb.
  • Peoria, Ill.
  • Prov/Orem, Utah
  • Sarasota/Bradenton, Fla.
  • Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
  • Shawnee, Okla.
  • Trenton/Ewing, N.J.
  • Visalia/Porterille, Calif.
  • Willimantic, Conn.
  • Zanesville, Ohio
Via: Sprint
  • Phil

    The ignorance of these comments I’m reading is unparalleled.T-Mobile and their lte development is an absolute joke!

  • Maximus

    I’m probably the only person rooting for Sprint. The tech they’re using is state-of-the-art, but their management seems to be horrible. I hope they do well soon…but not before to stock drops below $5/share again so I can go nuts. With a big cash influx, they could actually blow the others away.

    • Phil

      Very true they could and likely will blow the big 2 (at&t and verizon) outta the water in the near future.The sprint management is already changing customers service is still lacking but improving! Notice sprint has done away with annual upgrades and a few other perks they used to offer? They are restructuring their entire company within getting wise and doing away with the things that have cost them big money in the past.I too would have bought stock in sprint if I could have foreseen these changes lol

  • Blue Sun

    I never knew that “Calife” was an abbreviation for a state. I guess I learned something today.

    • Kyle Wiggers

      Thanks for pointing that out. Fixed.

  • R2deetard

    I am really getting fed up with Sprint. The Cincinnati area was supposed to get LTE at the end of 2012, still nothing.

    • sagisarius

      Yeah, I’m in Minneapolis, and still nothing, but they keep adding it to small towns and calling them “markets”. I think Sprint ran out of money and is on the edge of going under.

  • T4rd

    Pretty sure Sprint is dead last in LTE coverage now that T-Mobile is switching all of their EDGE coverage over to LTE?

    • Ralph Bretz

      That’s going to take over a year to accomplish. It’s not like they can just flip a switch. It will be a roll out process also.

      • T4rd

        I knew it wasn’t immediate, but I thought T-Mobile said it would be completed by the end of this year and 50% completion was imminent.

        • Ralph Bretz

          I wish. That would be nice.I can’t find the article I had read that gave date ranges but I hope you are correct. I’d love to leave Verizon but the only other carrier where I live to offer 4G is AT&T. Sprint has rolled out to surrounding regions but I only here bad things about their coverage. Now I’m reading about a Sprint/T-Mobile merger….that scares me.

  • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

    This is sad, considering how fast T-Mobile was able to deploy their LTE network.

    • Jack Keating

      you know what else is sad? the fact that T-Mobile’s parent company wants out of the US market. Buyout or merge is inevitable for magenta

      • yankeesusa

        How is that sad? Its business. For now those on tmobile can enjoy the great speed, pricing and increase in coverage. A merger isn’t as bad as people think.

  • Eric Hare

    Ew… Sprint.

  • Tone

    So that makes it a total of 21 markets now?

    • PoisonApple31

      I think they’ll always be building out their network, never finishing an actual phase. This way they can tell customers “we are working on it” when their calls and data drop.

    • sagisarius

      “markets”

    • CHRIS42060

      No they have a ton of markets…… They are just not really any big cities. Their LTE network probably doesn’t cover many Americans. They’ve managed to building an LTE network they can market as “we have xxx LTE cities!” and use as little bandwidth as possible.

      • Nicholas Armondo Martinez

        I feel as though they’re using as low as possible of bandwidth. They claim these markets as launched, when they really aren’t launched. To me, it’s false advertisement. If only the law could get involved.

      • michael arazan

        They just started LTE here in St.Louis for the past 6 months and they are still not finished, being KC MO is their HQ I can’t believe it took them this long to branch out here.