Sprint

Sprint's making the jump from Wimax to LTE in 2012 (well, Wimax will keep working for some time), and CEO Dan Hesse just annouced the first markets for the new brand of 4G. They are:

  • Atlanta
  • Dallas
  • Houston
  • San Antonio

Not a bad start, at least if you're in one of those cities. For everybody else, let's hope for a fast rollout -- and some device announcements.

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Sprint announces its first four LTE markets

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Listen.. Keep Your Unlimited Data Plans! You have no idea how many people found out after spending $800.00 - $900.00 on the Nexus that they now also have to have the $80.00 a month 10 gig Data Plan on Verizon just so they can use their phone normally on the 4G LTE Network.. Plus at least the $40.00 a month 450 Min Calling Plan.. add Insurance @ $7.00 a month and basic 250 text plan at $5.00 and you are at $132.00 a month + Taxes ! x 12 months = $1,584.00 ! and if you bought the phone off contract ? add another $800.00 ( Phone + Tax & Accessories ) we are talking $2,400.00 for the first year and around $4,000.00 after 2yrs.. Really? for a Telephone?? Crunch the Numbers and it gets scary.. I am Blessed to be grandfather in on Verizon's Unlimited Data Plan.. That why I say Keep Yours.

Blazing~!.. On My 1,300 mhz GummyCharged Droid Charge.. Window Shopping the Quad-Core Superphones next week at CES 2012..

This will be interesting. So will the new 2012 phones be wimax or LTE?

I am up for a new phone in middle of 2012. Something tells me I might not be upgrading as soon as I had hoped.

this is good news, but who can use it if there are no sprint lte phones available yet? lol

and who the hell cares about texas?!?!?!?! How about New York?? LA?? Chicago?? 75% in one state is just stupid :p

I care about Texas....

Houston and Dallas are top 6 markets, son.

In plus, I live in Dallas, so thats definitely a big PLUS too :D

I'll take a guess. They want to do this in smaller areas FIRST to test the waters. It will get to NYC and other areas soon enough.

That's exactly what I was thinking. Get the bugs out first, then push it to the large markets. Right now it doesn't matter since they don't have the LTE phones out yet anyway. But, once they're out, they'd better have the large markets in place and ready to go...or else.

I get 4g in my house so I'm not so worried. Lets hope they get it fast in my SF area and also with lte phones too. Possibly galaxy nexus??

Weak. I live in San Diego...bought the first 4G device they released on the release date (EVO 4G). Have since bought the EVO 3D, Nexus S 4G, and Galaxy SII.

For a year and a half we have been paying the extra $10 per month for this service. For the first several months it was actually billed as 4G service charge....then later when enough of us complained who were in cities without this service..Sprint changed it to a "premium data" charge, despite having the Simply Everything plan.

How lame is it that a city as large as San Diego has zero 4G coverage from Sprint and we've been getting milked for nearly 1.5 years to help fund it.

Step it up Sprint!

+1. Hey, you can get WIMAX in National City, what more do you want?! They have until September to turn on LTE in SD or I'm over to Verizon.

Feel your pain living in Phoenix. Pretty much the same situation. Sprint is just turning the knife in the wound it threw salt on here because Clearwire was using Phoenix as it's testing ground.

Texas happens to hold 2 of the top 6 markets in the US. (Dallas and Houston) -- Not to mention they're rapidly growing, population and industrially.

Collectively these two markets cover more than just NYC or LA.

EDIT: Oh! And I almost forgot, these cities, though highly urban areas, don't have the skyscraper density NYC does.

Signal isn't as impaired or sketchy as it would be up there...

The main AT&T HQ is in Dallas, AT&T Mobility HQ is in Atlanta. Most likely, Sprint is poking a (metaphorical) stick in their eye with 2 of those cities.

I feel your pain.....i live in Wichita, which is about 2-1/2 hours from KC and we never even got wimax......I am tired of paying for high end devices and never to get to get the most out of them. I love Sprints pricing but their starting to make me think about going to ugly red.

I feel your pain.....i live in Wichita, which is about 2-1/2 hours from KC and we never even got wimax......I am tired of paying for high end devices and never to get to get the most out of them. I love Sprints pricing but their starting to make me think about going to ugly red.

I feel your pain.....i live in Wichita, which is about 2-1/2 hours from KC and we never even got wimax......I am tired of paying for high end devices and never to get to get the most out of them. I love Sprints pricing but their starting to make me think about going to ugly red. I could have sworn Wichita was the biggest city in Kansas.

what If I have a phone that doesn't support 4lte, are they gona give discounts for new phones for 4G lte? . or are we are stuck with the old wimax.

I highly doubt they would. They probably will do something similar to what At&t did when they upgraded to LTE from their fauxG HSPA+.

“For everybody else, let's hope for a fast rollout -- and some device announcements.” I can't wait for that.

Okay so I have a question. Does this allow me out of my contract without ETF? I have argued with Sprint for the longest time about this and they have been so rude and I really just want out but I don't want to pay the etf fee. I'm not to screw sprint over but I want out and I think its just better.

You go Sprint. I don't know why everyones complaining why LTE is not in their neck of the woods yet, when there is no LTE phones on Sprint yet to utilize it anyway. At least they are trying to get ahead before they release LTE phones.

Because there are those of us who ALREADY LIVE in an area that never got WiMax. It is "unfair" that they would start LTE in areas that already have WiMax.

And it is not like some of us that have no WiMax are living "nowhere", many of us are in big markets..... my area is 1.5 million people.

Texas is the 2nd most populated state in the US, behind only California. . That is why it gets so much attention. The land is more flat, and easier to build out networks.

@ Prince: The easiest way to get out of a Sprint Contract, is to change your billing address to somewhere where they have no coverage. They may require a faxed piece of mail with that address on it, though. It worked for me. But, having an alternate address was easy for me. May not be for you.

I'm in Dallas, and am sitting on an upgrade... Looking forward to this, but the building penetration had better be an improvement, or I'm not interested.

I have a feeling that the "Triad" of NC will be soon after that rollout. (We were some of their guinea pigs for WiMax when it started out)
Of course, with no LTE devices, it's a moot point

Personally, I am happy with my WiMax Motorola Photon right now. It will take a while before they get LTE up and going, and even longer to get the bugs worked out once it is up. In the meantime, there are not many people on WiMax,and many of those will undoubtedly jump ship to get the latest greatest LTE phones as soon as they come out, leading to even fewer WiMax users to clog up my airways.

I think WiMax will be the way to go for at least the next year and a half or two if you are in a city that has it.

Ugh! I can't even get anything better than 3G in Dayton. Will they be giving us LTE or just upgrading all of their WiMax towers? Fortunately, my contract is about up with Sprint. So, I will probably be switching carriers. I really want the Samsung Note and also LTE, I am tired of being ripped off by Sprint for the high speed that I don't get and may never get. When I bought my Epic I was told, and believed that I was paying extra $10 a month for the 4G that the Epic 4G is all about. Fantasy, I know, now!
Sprint, you will be history for me in a few months. Now, where should I go?

all i can say is where is the love for the sillicon valley and the bay area over here in cali freakin sprint.. dont get me wrong sprint your service is great where i live but you got to start all your shit here this is home of the tech..besides Asia. ok i understand san antonio and dallas but atlanta and houston you gots to be kidding me right i mean over the san francisco bay area..well get your shit straight sprint...

My question is... What makes Texas so special? I mean, you would think Detroit would be a great market to premier lte...especially since we never had any kind of 4g...ever!