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Sprint Lights Up LTE in 41 New Cities, Spark in Another 6

The enhanced 4G LTE network from Sprint, named Sprint Spark, along with the company’s regular LTE network, have been lit up in a few new cities this morning. In fact, 41 new cities will now have Sprint LTE, while another 6 will be able to enjoy Spark. The carrier states that Sprint Spark is expected to cover roughly 100 million Americans by the end of 2014, while its regular 4G LTE network is also growing steadily. 

As of the this morning, Sprint’s 4G LTE network is at 443 cities strong, right behind AT&T and Verizon who each sit around 500 markets. According to Sprint’s chief network officer, John Saw, “a time will ultimately come when customer demands for bandwidth, and technology changes with 4G and beyond, will require the kind of platform we now have in place.”

Here is a handful of the new LTE Markets (full list):

  • Long Island, N.Y.
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Newark, N.J.
  • Oakland, Calif.
  • Orlando, Fla.
  • Tacoma, Wash.
  • Waukegan, Ill.
  • West Palm Beach, FL

Here are the 26 Sprint Spark cities:

  • Austin, Texas
  • Baltimore
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Houston
  • Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Kansas City, Kan./Mo.
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • New York
  • Newark, N.J.
  • Oakland, Calif.
  • Orlando, Fla.
  • Philadelphia
  • Provo, Utah
  • Salt Lake City
  • San Antonio
  • Tacoma, Wash.
  • Tampa, Fla.
  • Trenton, N.J.
  • Waukegan, Ill.
  • West Palm Beach, Fla.

Sprint states that its enhanced Spark network is designed to deliver peak wireless speeds of 60Mbps today on capable devices, with the potential for speeds three times as fast by late next year.

Via: Sprint
  • lonestaroc

    in Houston TX ive seen improvements.. I have an m8 and notice the improvement already. it might be spark or just the general lte updates. idk not complaining. Things are looking better network wise with sprint

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  • Tacoma and not Seattle! really?

  • frankyblike

    Still nothing for San Jose the 10th biggest city in the country.

    get it together sprint.

  • Peter Stover

    What about that update? In WPB with N5 and still get intermittent data. “Data connection lost” every time I use navigation.

  • virginia662

    my Aunty Arianna got a nearly new silver
    Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab by working part time off of a macbook air. try this

  • BobButtons

    Keep avoiding WI like the plague and I’ll keep being okay avoiding your service.

  • Hershel

    No spark love for PDX?

  • Bad if you live in Colorado, there still seems to be absolutely no sign of 4G lte in Aurora and Denver..

    • Hershel

      too many pot heads making the air smokey

      • Touché Hershel, lol still no excuse for Sprint to not have any 4G lte out. Unless they’re high and can’t quite figure out how to get their job done

      • michael arazan

        You mean to many potheads running microwaves, for their hotpockets, interfering with the signals

    • RoboFloorbangr

      They are poping up around colorado. Im up in henderson and i have LTE. My friend is by the aurora mall and have LTE

  • DC_Guy

    “LTE”? Ha ha good one Sprint. BTW I find it hilarious that you named your company SPRINT considering your data speeds even on “LTE”. Consider changing your name to something more appropriate, like Turtle maybe.

    • Hershel

      my speeds are just fine when I’m on LTE

      • t3lancer2007

        That’s probably because you don’t know any better. It was a world of difference between Sprint LTE and TMobile LTE in Austin.

        • Jack Keating

          I get 15-20mbps consistently over Sprint’s LTE network on my N5, no drops either.

          • anehlo

            I used to get 3 mbps max in San Francisco on my N5. Most of the time, I’d get sub 1 mbps. Moved my N5 to T-Mo and got at least 10 mbps consistently.

            In any case, from what I’ve read in the comments, fast speeds on Sprint are the exception rather than the rule.

          • James Hill

            I get about 40 on Verizon.

          • anehlo

            You got 40 in San Francisco? My work phone is an HTC One on Verizon. Just did a speed test in North Beach – 4.95 mbps download (ironically, got 11 mbps upload). On my T-Mobile device, just got 30.4 mbps download, but most of the time, I get around 10 on T-Mo.

            Verizon is definitely better than T-Mobile with overall coverage, but not THAT much better in my experience. But for sure, when I don’t have coverage on T-Mo, I certainly have it for Verizon.

  • Gato Mafioso

    Can’t believe it took Phoenix and Tucson this long to get LTE.

  • Nicholas Ruiz

    Still no LTE in Orange County California. Glad I’m not on Sprint but that’s crazy

    • Daniel Maginnis

      Santa ana/anaheim is listed on full list

      • Nicholas Ruiz

        True. South Orange County needs more love. ATT and Verizon are all over here. Since the beginning, actually.

  • Ian

    Get ’em Sprint! Need that competition.

  • jbernste03

    Lies, I live in Baltimore with an S5…. i still only get 3G in about 99% of the city.

    • Ian

      Impressive that as of this morning you traversed the entire city!

      • snobrdr2324

        Sprint doesn’t flip the switch on LTE then immediately announce the market. The LTE network is usually up and running weeks before they announce it.

        • Ian

          Agreed. Unless you work for Sprint’s LTE rollout team neither of us can really comment on the availability of service in a market under test. I hypothesize that it’s likely in the weeks leading up to the announcement the LTE network went up and down and was not available to all customers. I was more trying to poke fun at the accusation that Sprint is being disingenuous based on the usage data of one person that claims to frequent the entire city regularly. 🙂


      • dontsaystupidthings

        Baltimore can be traversed in only a few minutes. It’s not that big of a city. Also, the other guy below is right, they just don’t turn the towers on right when they make the announcement. They are up for weeks leading to the official announcement… Oh and BTW I can confirm that Sprint reception is Baltimore still sucks. And in case you were wondering I have traversed the city a few times since this morning.

  • TopXKiller

    Good if u live in FL