Nov 14 AT 12:41 PM Taylor Wimberly 18 Comments

4G LTE with no contracts coming soon to Sprint brands

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Early this year Sprint revealed that they would eventually bring 4G LTE to their pre-paid brands, and now it appears the launch is imminent. A trusted source sent us a picture of a Boost Mobile poster that advertises 4G LTE, and we were told the service is also coming to Virgin Mobile. Both Boost and Virgin currently offer 4G WiMAX service, but 4G LTE will offer a more reliable connection and much faster speeds.

Boost and Virgin already offer no-contract, “unlimited” plans with prices ranging from $35-55, so we would expect something similar for their 4G LTE plans. MetroPCS currently offers pre-paid 4G LTE service with plans starting at $40, and we expect Sprint’s brands to be competitive.

Sprint has one of the smallest 4G LTE networks, but they plan to add over 100 new markets in the coming months. Sprint has announced more than 125 cities where Sprint 4G LTE is on its way, including Boston; Charlotte, N.C.; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Memphis, Tenn.; Miami; Nashville, Tenn.; New Orleans; New York; Philadelphia; and Washington, D.C. To find out more about which markets currently have Sprint 4G LTE and which markets are coming next, please visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE.

We love to see more carriers offer pre-paid 4G LTE service, but it will be nice when they support unlocked devices. If you are going to roll with Boost or Virgin, then you will have to purchase a locked phone from them. They normally carry older Sprint phones, so just look at Sprint’s current 4G LTE device lineup for an idea of what’s coming to Boost and Virgin.

How many of you are interested in pre-paid 4G LTE service?

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  • http://goo.gl/tQ2E wwJOSHdo

    Oh my! That would be awesome for folks like me in KCMO that have 4G LTE! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcKmisujJH4

    • Muslims are terrorists

      Nexus 4 doesnt have LTE. $hit phone

  • blitz118

    This would be good, but Sprint’s LTE networks is so sparse that the majority of the time you will be stuck on their very slow 3G network.

    • honourbound68

      ya.. how about getting 4g EARLIER to the rest of the country much like Verizon did with their LTE plans before adding LTE to their no contract brands?

  • co.ag.2005

    I would love this for MVNO’s that operate on AT&T. Until then, HSPA+ will have to do.

    • co.ag.2005

      also, this is a great move forward for all pre-paids. Way to go!

    • ibap

      Have you checked consumercellular.com lately?

      • Yeswap

        I don’t see the appeal of Consumer Cellular. Twice as expensive as other AT&T MVNOs like Straight Talk or Airvoice. I’ve heard customer support is good but not worth it at those prices.

  • duffguy123

    I’m currently with Sprint and my gosh are they slow. I’m talking < 100 kbps, sometimes dial up speeds.

    I definitely pay more than what I get. The only reason I'm holding out is for LTE in the Phoenix market where I'm at.

    According to a site I'm following, the earliest deployment for LTE for Phoenix is in December/January.

    My contract is up Dec 2012 so if I hear no update I'm going prepaid.

    If I do get LTE unlimited you can bet I'm going to make up for the data I've not been using because of the slow speeds.

    • co.ag.2005

      go prepaid and never look back! T-Mo and AT&T HSPA+ service will feel like LTE to you compared to those Sprint speeds.

    • RLL

      Can you tell me what site you are following regarding LTE for Phoenix in December/January?

  • docsparks

    HA. Sprint ripped me off for 2 years when the EVO came out with their non-exsistant 4G Service that never entered Detroit.

    Sprint will NEVER , EVER be a company worth supporting.
    Seriously, I hope they get eaten alive in budget cuts, loss of sales, and overall #fail

    Save your money. My dialup is faster than their fly by night 2/3/4G service.

    Sprint you couldnt pay me enough money to use your half-assed service with poorest customer support possible, ComSprint or SprintCast (Sprint+Comcast=cant get any worse)

    Fuck you Sprint & Fuck you Dan.

  • alejandro trujillo

    yes thank god san antonio texas was one of the pilot cities for lte. i already have awesome 3g coverage here in san antonio. so yeah i think i hope the samsung galaxy s2 coming out this week has lte but i doubt it.

  • MisterLee

    Sprint needs to worry about getting LTE for their own contract network first!!! Their 3G service makes me want to kill a newborn kitten! lol I’m a masochist i’m stuck with them for another year…

  • No Contract Phones

    Very nice blog, I need some knowledge related to Unlimited Wireless Plan.

  • melan26

    Sweet, will contact friend about this.

  • juan

    Yes this sucks I have the sll 4g in indianapolis and it is always stuck on slow asssssssss 3g so guys dont get to exited it is what it is cheap so you get.cheap service

  • Somebody

    Sprint LTE in South Florida is awesome! Their 3G is getting better, also, because people are onboarding to LTE.