Jan 05 AT 5:05 PM Anthony Domanico 15 Comments

Sprint details first markets to get LTE by the middle of 2012


Sprint has outlined a rather aggressive LTE rollout strategy, with implementation set to begin in the middle of 2012 and be completed by the end of 2013. With this LTE rollout, Sprint has also promised vast improvements to their 3G network, which has suffered miserably since the iPhone was released on Sprint a few months ago.

Though we knew LTE was coming early this year, we have had no details on which markets would be first to experience Sprint’s next-gen network until today. Sprint took to the Twitters to announce that Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio would be the first four markets live on LTE. Furthermore, these markets would also be the first to receive the full 3G network upgrades.

As a Sprint customer, I’m excited to see Sprint ditching WiMax and adopting LTE, which offers impressive (and, perhaps excessive) speeds for a smartphone, with AT&T’s network topping out around 65 mbps download speeds. Hopefully before Sprint’s network goes live, handset makers will figure out a way to greatly improve battery life on LTE networks, which is a bit less than abysmal in its current state.

Via: The Verge

Source: Sprint Twitter

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  • triangle

    The more interesting thing that Dan Hesse said today was that Sprint was looking to implement LTE on the 800Mhz spectrum that they have and combine it with the spectrum they have at 1900Mhz to create a 10×10 configuration. That would allow it to have a similar reach and in-building penetration of the Verizon and AT&T LTE networks, while also giving it the same spectrum depth as those networks.

    • CTown

      While that does sound really good, I’m wondering if pricing will be the same as their 4G plans are now! After all Sprint, Wimax and LTE are both 4G right (according to your commericals)?!

  • Johnathan Prochaska

    Very Nice! It’s good to see Sprint realize it still has a chance if it goes all out and adopt the prevailing technology. Good news for Sprint customers as well as everyone else!

  • nrorm

    This is nice, but it would be good to see that they had more markets in more of the nation. I realize that these are population centers and that rolling out LTE isn’t going to be easy, but this isn’t the best news for those of us that are thousands of miles from these cities—and I’m not in the sticks! halfway between Boston and Hartford

  • Fulaman

    Why not the Tech Capital of the world first? the San Fran Bay area? where you have silicon valley. This is utter fail on Sprints part.

  • userx

    Too Little, Too late.

  • Nathan D.

    Sweet, customer who are going to Sprint later this year will have an easier pill to swallow

  • txbluesman

    As a Sprint customer and in the Dallas area, this is great news! Can’t wait for some LTE…..bring it!

  • http://www.neilcalvin.com Neil Calvin

    ATL what what?

    No, but seriously, that excites me. I might be ditching Magenta for this XD

  • yankeesusa

    This is awesome news. I hope they continue with florida. Verizon has florida covered already, even in my hometown. Even if they only started with orlando I would be happy. Can’t wait. Maybe by then htc will have an lte superphone with a quadcore processor.

  • Richard Yarrell

    Question is where are the eastcoast cities and how long we must wait. Nobody wants a wimax or 3g Galaxy Nexus….

    • squiddy20

      Who’s this “we” you speak of? Last I remember, you ditched Sprint for Verizon. You left your “legendary”, “unbeatable” Evo 3D, the phone you said would be “Sprint’s flagship device well into 2012″, for the Galaxy Nexus. What a joke.

  • Paul Atreides

    Hope this is implemented in the Tri-state area not much longer after these.

  • yankeesusa

    Although once their 3g finally gets upgraded to the way it used to be which was 1.5 to 3mbps on some days a quad core 3g phone wouldn’t be bad especially on the battery saving issue. But a nexus wouldn’t be the same without lte. Hopefully sprints lte phones will be better at conserving battery after watching att and verizon do their thing. I’m looking forward to an lte quad core evo phone otherwise I may choose nexus. I just don’t like the not having removable memory.

  • Mancream Sandwich

    Hope they have switches that allow to move from LTE to 3G or Edge. Its important because if they go to data caps later this year for new customers (but let the older ones keep grandfathered unlimited), the overages will be ridiculous.