SprintSprint today put out a nice little recap of its network progress in 2012, the year we finally saw it start to roll out its LTE network (and start to stick a fork in its old Wimax line).

The big strokes: 49 markets are now live, with a total of 150 "in the coming months." Some 70 markets have seen improved 3G service. You should see better signal strength for phone calls and data, and fewer dropped calls. Voice quality has improved. And data speeds are faster. Of course, you have to be in one of those improved markets, but progress comes one step at a time, we suppose.

But the more important part, we suppose, is that Sprint's teasing upcoming LTE roll-outs. We've got that full list after the break.

Source: Sprint

Here's the list of cities in which Sprint will be turning on LTE. (Again, "in the coming months." We really hate that phrase.)

  • Abbeville, La.
  • Beaumont/Port Arthur, Texas
  • Blytheville, Ark
  • Brainerd, Minn.
  • Bridgeport/Stamford/Norwalk, Conn.
  • Brownsville/Harlingen, Texas
  • Crowley, La.
  • Dalton, Ga.
  • Duluth, Minn.
  • Dunn, N.C.
  • Durham/Chapel Hill, N.C.
  • Eau Claire, Wisc.
  • Greenwood, S.C.
  • La Cross, Wis.
  • Jackson, Tenn.
  • Lafayette, La.
  • Lawton, Okla.
  • Little Rock/North Little Rock/Conway, Ark.
  • Mankato/North Mankato, Minn.
  • Muskogee, Okla.
  • New Haven/Milford, Conn.
  • New Iberia, La.
  • North Wilkesboro, N.C.
  • Oklahoma City
  • Palm Coast, Fla.
  • Pine Bluff, Ark.
  • Ponca City, Okla.
  • Raleigh/Cary, N.C.
  • San Jose/Sunnyvale/Santa Clara, Calif.
  • Salinas, Calif.
  • Santa Cruz/Watsonville, Calif.
  • Searcy, Ark.
  • Springfield, Mass.
  • St. Cloud, Minn.
  • Stillwater, Okla.
     
 
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mccub says:

Wonder if Raleigh/Cary, NC also includes the entire triangle: Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill. It would be a shame if it doesn't, especially with the tech companies in RTP.

mccub says:

Just looked at the source release from Sprint and it includes many more cities than listed in this post (including Durham/Chapel Hill). Looks like Phil didn't get one column of cities copied.

Crap. Fixed. :|

radgatt says:

It probably doesn't. I'd be surprised if it did.

BigDinCA says:

"Grab a napkin, homie - you just got served."

- Howard Wolowitz, c. 2007

gnmitchell says:

I sure hope Sprint hurries up their LTE roll out in Florida!! Connectivity, speeds, spotty coverage areas have definitely gotten worse here in the Orlando area...

wburbage says:

We were down at Disney a couple weeks back and I was picking up LTE while in EPCOT, so it can't be that far way for you guys. I was trying to save every ounce of juice in my battery so I turned it off before I thought of doing a speed test.

wildcat4lyfe says:

It's far away enough that I live near Universal Studios and haven't seen an inkling of LTE. I went to Pembroke Pines a few weeks ago and they have LTE but not Miami or Fort Lauderdale. What gives?

yankeesusa says:

Was epcot the only place you got lte? When not on lte how was your 3g speed?

flugelboy says:

I'm in Tampa Bay. A friend of mine in the Westchase area has LTE near his house for about a 2 mile radius. I haven't seen anything though. Hopefully it's soon because the 3g service seems to be getting worse around here.

05 TypeS DC5 says:

they have been saying since march that Tampa was going to get LTE this year. I eventually gave up waiting. I've had an account since 04 but after evo4g service really started to get bad. Sprint listed Tampa as having LTE by December 2012.

Yeah right......

Went to tmobile, I get 4g everywhere in Tampa, as far up as spring hill.

salpiche says:

Yes, it has!

fightcrazy says:

Sprint is pathetic. I dropped them like a bad habit.

jarobusa says:

Thanks for letting us know. We were all very curious about your situation...

Channan says:

True that. I came here to see if they were finally about to bring 4G into Louisiana (we got no WiMAX at all from them) and they're skipping the biggest cities. New Orleans and the surrounding cities have the highest population in the state, then Baton Rouge, then Shreveport. Each with hundreds of thousands of people. But they go for Abbeville, Crowley, and New Iberia which have 12,000, 13,000, and 30,000 respectively. My old neighborhood (near New Orleans) alone had 12,000 people. At least they're going to cover Lafayette which has about 120,000 people.

NYCHitman1 says:

You are forgetting one extremely important detail. Sprint didn't roll out WiMAX. Clearwire did. Sprint only hired them give provide their services. This time around, the roll out is going directly through Sprint. If you have 3G, you'll likely get LTE. How soon? I can't tell you that, but it will be there.

JobiWan144 says:

It takes a lot more time to cover 360,000 people than it does 12,000. You'll get it within a year, probably.

Kamin says:

@fightcrazy

High five my brother, high five.

Sprint is rolling out their LTE incredibly wrong, ignoring a lot of the top 25 markets initially is NOT a smart move.

Khidr says:

I so strongly agree. I'm in the Philly metro area, and not only is Sprint not listing it as coming soon, but they've rolled out a ton in tiny towns / cities all around the metro area. It's super aggravating to say the least.

Mo007 says:

Sprint sucks so bad now. I'm in Philly Suburbs and trust me I feel like I'm on 2g.
Philly was announced back in Sep-Oct I believe. But their rollout is much slower.
Here's what ATT and VZW did, they covered major markets first. Its just pathetic how they're rolling out their "not-now network"

jarobusa says:

How many towers do small cities require versus larger cites? Hint: <5 versus 100's.

Deutch says:

And how many subscribers are in those small towns versus larger cities? Hint: 100's versus 10,000's....

Too little too late.

McRoth says:

And STILL nothing in Ohio, let alone the Cleveland area! This is getting sad, they REALLY need to speed up this roll out, especially now that they have all that SoftBank money!

bkosh84 says:

I thought Cleveland was supposed to start in Q1 of 2013... I guess it got pushed back.. Again... If Cleveland doesn't have 4G by this time next year I'm probably cancelling my contract.. There is no reason to be bouncing around their coverage expansion like this.

pteezay says:

Yet still nothing in Ohio. Guess we only matter during elections :-(

Synycalwon says:

Wonder why there is absolutely nothing for the state of Alabama? Verizon has had LTE in every major city in the state for over a year already and AT&T a few as well! Ugh, I can't imagine being a Sprint customer in this state! Must.have.patience.of.a.Saint! :(

NYCHitman1 says:

Sprint has only been rolling out LTE for the last 6 months (if that long), and already they are up and running in 39 markets. I'd say that's quite impressive.

nextelfixer says:

Yeah, and all 39 markets don't add up to half the amount of people in the New York area. I'm sure that all 24 people in the Muskogee, Okla. market are ecstatic though.

ricankng787 says:

Still no mention of what they are doing in the Philadelphia market. They announced that the upgrading was starting in September, it has been abysmal since then. No improved data speeds, dropped calls, etc., I just want it to work and an appropriate timeline.

Sprint is making me hate my phone, when I could love it on another network (Galaxy S3).

ekt8750 says:

I live in the Philly market and we did get the enhanced 3G but it was knocked out when Sandy blew through and it's just getting back online. I too am starting to get pissed with no LTE

movielover76 says:

It might not be the only reason, but Sandy is going to slow down networks upgrades in the area, I live in NJ and T-mobile's upgrades have been delayed here too, they had a lot of equipment to fix in these areas after Sandy.

Even though it's much more practical to buy a LTE phone, when your carrier starts deploying LTE, so you don't wind up having to upgrade early and pay full price to get on LTE when they deploy it to your area. It's very frustrating having an LTE phone with no LTE network.
I had a thunderbolt on Verizon 3G for a year before they deployed 4G, it was very frustrating.

mak916 says:

Still nothing for Sacramento California the state capital. Both Verizon and AT&T have LTE here.

azwaxcats says:

I'm in Sacramento. I left 4G Evo for the 4G Evo LTE the day it was released and have been regretting it ever since. The new phone is great but going back to a 3G network has been brutal. It's like going back to the days of AOL Dial-up. It seriously limits the functionality of the phone. C'mon Sprint, I'm sure there are many more users like myself that are very unhappy.

steveholtam says:

In Sacramento as well. This roll-out is so random. Puerto Rico before Sacramento? Sacramento is a top 20 market! Nothing against other cities, but I've never even heard of a bunch of the towns on this latest upgrade list. Sprint, what are you doing?

hmmm says:

When Sprint makes these statements it is very possible the areas have LTE already. Like around Minneapolis for example. They have been turning sites on even though LTE isn't live yet. If you are curious about it I would suggest checking out s4gru.com and looking at the sensorly.com maps of your area.

It sucks having to wait but following Sprint's progress using those sites makes it a little more fun. And when we finally do get LTE, which we will this time unlike the Wimax promises, those other networks aren't going to matter. Verizon, AT&T (and T-mobile if unlimited data rather than a value plan is your thing) will have nothing of benefit to Sprint customers who have LTE.

Moose24 says:

Nothing in Alabama either. Thinking about switching to Verizon, they have 4G all over Alabama and it blows Sprint's 3G away.

BigDinCA says:

I'm pretty sure everyone's 4G blows everyone else's 3G away. Always.

movielover76 says:

Except for MetroPCS, their 4G is like 3G
T-mobie's HSPA+ also can be comparable to 4G LTE, and in many cases can beat Sprint LTE because Sprint's LTE is only a 5x5 deployment. Not 10x10 like AT&T, Verizon and eventually T-mobile's LTE deployment will be.

BigDinCA says:

You're correct, although I can't speak to the MetroPCS service.

Although, technically speaking, T-Mobile's HSPA+ network is considered 4G, even though it is based off of 3G network architecture. More importantly, I should have been more specific in that I was referring to the 3G that most everyone thinks about when you say 3G. Meaning pretty much every device made over the last 5 years can use it. That isn't the case with HSPA+.

movielover76 says:

Granted, I know HSPA+ is technically considered 4G, but I guess the fact that it's based on 3G technology has me in the FauxG camp, In my mind I still consider HSPA+ to be 3.75G or something. Even though I'm a t-mobile user myself and it is very fast.

It's my problem with accepting the redefinition of 4G. That's the problem when technical and marketing terms mix. :)

BigDinCA says:

I agree 1000%.

return_0 says:

Every phone made over the last 5 years can use 3G... except the OG iPhone, which had 2G lol... :)

VDub2174 says:

Come on Bucks County, PA LTE!!

unitedflow says:

When is Milwaukee getting lte?

Lack of 4G in the MKE market, with no expected launch date announced, is why I ported to Verizon a couple weeks ago. I now enjoy mobile data speeds that are almost as fast as my wi-fi at home.

Cubfan says:

Pathetic as usual.

crowrb29 says:

Whatever happened to Grand Rapids MI

pinch55 says:

I'm in GR too, they rolled out wimax early now no lte love. My contract is up in June, big might get a new customer.

Look at those cities. I see banjos on the porch playing the theme song from deliverance. Sheesh
Lets get the larger cities first

bluebandit97 says:

I live in South central KS (Hutchinson) and we got LTE awhile back. I will tell you, if you have't got it yet, it's worth the wait. Sprint has always been second to Alltel/Verizon around here and when LTE flipped on, it was like Christmas!

gijoe12345w says:

Why is Eau Claire the first city in Wisconsin to get LTE.. give Appleton and Green Bay some LTE love.

henderjr says:

LaCrosse is on the list too! :-)

hdawg5000 says:

Madison? Milwaukee?

snobrdr2324 says:

http://s4gru.com/index.php?/topic/212-network-visionlte-deployment-runni...

That is a good place to keep up to date on sprint's plans for your area.

The problem is Denver, where I live, isn't even planned. How can they be rolling out to these small towns and miss the large cities, their LTE plan makes no sense.

richardodn says:

At least here in Denver we have some WiMax coverage. I've got my E4GT with 4G at my house and downtown. Hopefully I'll know more about Sprint's plans when the upgrade eligibility for our phones starts in late summer.

BigDinCA says:

Here's the full list:

Abbeville, La. - Beaumont/Port Arthur, Texas
Blytheville, Ark. - Brainerd, Minn.
Bridgeport/Stamford/Norwalk, Conn. - Brownsville/Harlingen, Texas
Crowley, La. - Dalton, Ga.
Duluth, Minn. - Dunn, N.C.
Durham/Chapel Hill, N.C. - Eau Claire, Wisc.
Greenwood, S.C. - Jackson, Tenn.
La Crosse, Wisc. - Lafayette, La.
Lawton, Okla. - Little Rock/N.Little Rock/Conway, Ark.
Mankato/North Mankato, Minn. - Muskogee, Okla.
New Haven/Milford, Conn. - New Iberia, La.
North Wilkesboro, N.C. - Oklahoma City
Palm Coast, Fla. - Pine Bluff, Ark.
Ponca City, Okla. - Raleigh/Cary, N.C.
Rochester, Minn. - Salinas, Calif.
San Jose/Sunnyvale/Santa Clara, Calif. - Santa Cruz/Watsonville, Calif.
Springfield, Mass. - Searcy, Ark.
St. Cloud, Minn. - Stillwater, Okla.

Charisma#WN says:

About two months ago I received a printed mailer from Sprint to its Premier members. It announced 4G LTE availability in my area. Very proudly. I knew what that meant:they were trying to keep me from jumping to another carrier already with LTE. So I immediately reviewed my options, thought about the 3 years without serviceable 3G, thought about the two successive phones with Sprint 4G that I purchased with never the first signal, and the overriding thing, terrible phone usability on voice. So I switched after 20 years and billings of $224 per month for four users. I found immediate relief from our phone ills and smart phone ills with company V****** and a lower cost. So I wish Sprint no harm and hope they prosper. But I can only say they deceived me deliberately over all those years and that they continue to do so. And of course, No, my area is NOT ON THIS DAMNED LIST.

QMaverick says:

Weird, according to s4gru, the Cleveland, OH area is on the next wave of roll-outs. I've also seen my 3G speeds hitting 1.5 Mbps in the evening (which is nice).

I've also been told by store reps (I know, grain of salt) that the tower work here has already started to get us ready for the roll-out, and we're expected to have LTE no later than March (but probably sooner).

I know that last bit is anecdotal at best, but the network activity I've been seeing is abnormal and would seem to indicate that SOMETHING is going on.

trooper54 says:

San Diego would be nice, but at this rate Cricket will have 4g here before sprint does...

Yeah, don't hold your breath!

jiggytimejay says:

If sprint doesn't get LTE in new york city by January/February am out

barkomatic says:

It's completely ridiculous that Spring hasn't even mentioned NYC in its plans. I suppose we are just an unimportant market for them--being the biggest city in the country.

bumpandrun says:

You could always move to North Wilkesboro, a town that even Nascar abandoned..LOL

BigDinCA says:

What are you talking about? NYC was in the first set of markets. Go to sensorly.com and check the maps. It looks like the Bronx is covered north to Yonkers and there is LTE hitting Manhattan, moving south along the Hudson down to the Upper West Side. There is also some activity near Times Square and Grand Central, as well as the beginning stages on Long Island, around Brooklyn and Prospect Park. But guess what? It's a big city! So expecting to see it completed in just a few months is ludicrous. The same holds true for Atlanta and Dallas and Houston and L.A. So when you see all of these small towns getting it, remember that it takes a fraction of the time and the manpower to complete those areas. The 16% that has been completed in NYC (according to S4GRU) is enough to cover about half the population of Kansas.

EeZeEpEe says:

Maybe so but it was never "officially announced" in a press release or anything. Those are probably all test sites.

snobum says:

The sites themselves aren't officially active, but the rollout was announced by Sprint for NYC months ago.

http://newsroom.sprint.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=2382

BigDinCA says:

I think they're well past the point of "at some point, in the next year" announcements. They announce these areas "in the coming months" because deployment is getting close to 40% or so (when they normally announce that a market is officially a 4G market), or it's a small enough market that they feel they can get there within a few months. NYC is only around 16% complete and I don't think they get to 40-50% in the next month or two. But it sounds like you might be more irritated with the fact that New York didn't get an official press release, so you should go to the Sprint website and search their press releases. They did announce New York as an LTE city "in the coming months" back in September. And calling 16% completion a bunch of "test sites" may be true for Salinas, CA, where that amounts to 4 towers (not meant to offend - I've been there many times and it's a great place, just small), I don't think that would be the case for New York.

NYCHitman1 says:

Someone that finally knows what they are talking about! Good grief. The amount of misinformed folk around here is a bit ridiculous.

cjmedina says:

San Diego is still waiting

BigDinCA says:

What is so funny here is that the people who do have LTE now don't comment or complain about the pace of the roll-out. People who don't have it yet have a dozen reasons why they should have gotten it before anyone else did. The "Verizon and AT&T are way better - I'm leaving" comment gets thrown out a lot as well. I can remember Verizon and AT&T folks complaining about the same things over the last couple of years (and even now, honestly). But now they're the greatest thing since canned peaches? Please. Sprint is late to the game, that is all. Verizon had a 2 year jump on them and AT&T had one as well, though not quite 2 years. I'm sure Verizon was ahead of Sprint after their first six months, but I would expect that since they have more resources. What I do know is that they didn't cover 87% of the US after 2 weeks. Nobody does. These things take time to complete, like it or not. And they have to start somewhere. If it happened to be where you live then you're stoked. If it wasn't, then you complain about the fact that you've been a loyal customer and are getting screwed, as if Sprint scheduled their updates based on any one individual subscribers location.

For me at least, all I care about is progress. As long as I can see that progress is being made on a daily basis, and I do see that, then I'm ok with it. I know that I will get it in my area soon enough. I also know that it will never be soon enough for a lot of people.

popologuy says:

Mmmmm, canned peaches! With Spam!

cowboys2000 says:

I would also add/offer:

Would you rather Sprint rush deployment BEFORE it was ready (from a network standpoint)?

I'm in the Houston Market and LTE is "all or nothing" for us (the three members of my family with LTE devices an Iphone 5S, a SGIII and an EVO LTE)then drops down to 3G. I have politelty called and have been told Houston was a "soft" launch meaning, not complete coverage for the entire market. It just happens that the 3 towers near my home are having issues with the upgrade. Near my work, wife's work and church, coverage is much better. Not great, but better.

My point is that many people want LTE so bad to consume as much data as possible on those unlimted plans, yet if they get LTE 'later" they complain about it. I can see the complaints about slower 3G when Network Vision was supposed to make it much better than it has always been (slower than ATT, VZW and even T Mobile).

NYCHitman1 says:

Ding ding ding ding ding!

moises1204 says:

Again, "in the coming months." well in the coming moths sounds better than in the next year, so in about 12 to 24 months i be getting LTE in Dorchester ma!! YEAY!!!looking foward to it. oh i be on tmobile network in the mean time! you know save little extra cash in the process.

Nick040489 says:

You forgot Lawton, OK. I'm excited to get it here lol

popologuy says:

Lawton! The metropolis of the Red River! Gateway to Ft Sill!

But I would prefer Los Angeles....

tim242 says:

OMFG shut up with the Sprint isn't in my city yet OMG! I hate Sprint as much as the next person. However, use common sense. There's a lot that goes into deploying a network in a city. They can't just flip the switch.

and exactly how much time have they had to deploy it?? TONS. So I think its completely reasonable for people to get up in arms considering its not in most of the top 25 markets. Very much glad NOT to be on Sprint! Slackers...

BigDinCA says:

I wonder if you were posting this on the Verizon and AT&T stories when they hit 6 months on their roll-outs. Because if Sprint is so bad (and you're not even with them so there's that) at rolling out LTE, then why are Verizon and AT&T and T-Mo still rolling their's out? What's that you say? Because it takes more than 6 months to do this kind of thing? Good answer. I know people who still don't have LTE on Verizon, which is strange since everyone here pretends that Verizon's LTE is covering every square inch of soil in this hemisphere. But that's ok, right? It can take everyone else 2-3 years to get LTE going and that makes perfect sense and is perfectly acceptable. But Sprint isn't allowed to because... I guess because you said so. And on top of that Sprint isn't just adding LTE, but installing equipment to make future upgrades easier and upgrading the 3G data and voice coverage as well.

Qaid_Ali says:

... waiting patiently for the South Florida market to get LTE

adler187 says:

I'm surprised that Rochester, MN is not on that list, since I've been see it light up 4G on my phone a couple times this week. Oh, well. I don't need it on some official list.

cygnusx8 says:

OMG! What about "insert some bumphuck town"? That's it I'm leaving Sprint!

Bruh-Man says:

Well, I'm staying with Sprint. Here in the North Dallas area 4G LTE is as abundant as "Gubmit" Cheese was. It is a 200% improvement than what we had before (on LTE devices). Hang in there and I'm certain you'll see the same in your city.

I live in the Denton area (No 4g) but work all over the DFW metroplex. your lucky that you have a good signal. I find sprint lte to be very spotty. such a sloppy roll-out.

GothamKnight says:

Hey Sprint, can you at least get 3G in Montebello Ca. let alone 4G? I get no bars at all, ever!

bumpandrun says:

This is the problem I'm seeing the most. In places where we don't have 4G 3G seems to be getting slower and slower. I can't even stream Google music on 3G any more, that is pathetic. I have to have the music physically on my phone. And yes, I have done a hard reset on my phone and haven't loaded back near as many apps.

BigDinCA says:

I think the problem you're having is due to the roll-out itself. 4G is all around you. Unfortunately it's not to you yet, but it's covering East LA, Downey, and S. El Monte. It's even popping up around Whittier. I know because I drive around there all the time for work. You actually have it on some spots on Atlantic and on Garfield, between the 5 and the 60. But the truth is that your 3G sucks while the deployment is happening right around you. It sucks a lot.

GothamKnight says:

Yup, when I drive from work to home, I get 4G almost the whole way from LAX to Montebello, but right after I get off the 60fwy I lose all bars and then lose all bars of 3G as well. I been with Sprint for 5 yrs now and I have always had horrible 3G in Montebello. #SMH

BigDinCA says:

I feel your pain. I live in Murrieta and service is great... except within 50 yards of my home. But they hooked me up with an Airave, so I'm better with the wait now.

ZDriver says:

What a joke. .. glad I switched to Verizon

onixblack says:

All I want is good 3G. That's it, I don't think I should be getting 15kb down on a 3G network, while outside, while walking.

At least it's UNLIMITED 15kb/s down though, right??

LOL.

jorgeix says:

I agree that people should stop complaining, instead start swiching. It's obvious that sprint people don't read the blogs and don't have a clue of what their customers need. Sprint hires the most incompetent people to run the company. The only way that they will listen to their customers is when it starts hurting them in their pockets. So instead of complaining just start switching carriers. I had 3 lines with sprint, now I only have one, two of my lines are now on verizon and the other line will be out of contract in 2 weeks so I will be porting it out to VZ. My bill will not increase much, but the quality of data and even voice is way superior. VZ tmobile and at&t have 4g coverage in almost all major markets by now; for sprint to catch up it may take them 2 years. If you don't mind paying for premium data and you get crap, then sprint is a good choice for you for the next 2-3 years, but if you want to get your money's worth, then there better choices for you no matter where you live and your bill will at worse stay the same or increase just a little but you will be much happier.

Cubfan says:

I switched to another carrier without LTE, which I couldn't care less about. I just want reasonable data speed. Sprint gave me regularly 100-200K (and most of the time under 100K) everywhere I went. That's just pitiful. I have NEVER gotten over 1meg on Sprint anywhere until the last month in Chicago when I got about 4. Then every time I went inside it was drop dead awful again. Last Sunday in Soldier field, my friends on Sprint couldn't even send or receive texts.

So now here I am with Straight Talk (no LTE) averaging over 2meg everywhere, and most bigger cities 5-6meg. I'm totally fine with that. If Sprint would simply take care of their 3g service that was killed by the iPhone idiots, they would be fine.

Instead, because of the iPhone debacle, their ETF rate nearly doubled, insurance is higher than every carrier, and their data speed now stinks. No wonder they're hemoraging customers. Only a fool would sign a 2-year contract with them at this point.

faceofbass says:

I can't believe Denver isn't on this list, When I bought my Note 2, A Sprint store employee said that we would get LTE at the end of the 1st qtr 2013...I'm sure he was just trying to make a sale :/

DaroneBowers says:

Los Angeles anybody?? I'm considering a move to Sprint, but I never see L.A. on these updates. Anyone have any input on this?

jorgeix says:

Nooooo, don't do that, you will regret it for the next 2 years. Any of the other 3 carriers I'm very sure has 4G coverage in LA by now. Check Tmobile, they have great data service even if it's not technically 4G, but 100s of times better than sprint.

lbe says:

Its fact any carrier is better than sprint atm. Their definition of "coming soon in the following months" is like half year+. I own a EVO LTE on sprint and nexus 4 on tmobile in NYC. Tmobile consistently get 8-10 mbps anywhere I go. While sprint barely gets 1 mbps if I am lucky. And when I go to Bronx where there are sporadic sprint lte tower I only get average of 3-4mbps standing right below the tower. So bascially its just retarded to sign a contract with sprint at this point. You will have much better experience with tmobile or any prepay company who use their towers.

Atm its at 14% in NYC I doubt it will be ready till summer 2013 at the pace they are upgrading those towers. And by that time my EVO LTE will be 1 year into contract living in under 1mbps of crappy evdo. If I had choose any other carrier I would have much better speed than I have now.I

BigDinCA says:

Don't listen to jorgeix, he's a disgruntled ex-Sprint customer. I'm all over L.A. and Orange Counties. And I live in Riverside County, so I see it all. I've gotten the LTE in and around L.A. and it's great. I have the EVO LTE and I don't have issues in buildings. I don't have issues dropping the 4G signal and my data speeds are usually above 15M, typically 18-20M. There is nothing in the OC or the IE yet, but the build-out has started in those places. But you don't have to listen to me either: go to sensorly.com and look at the maps. Go to some Sprint stores around those areas and check out the 4G for yourself on the store units. And remember that they're barely 1/3 complete with the L.A. roll-out so the coverage will only get better in the coming months. That shouldn't be your only reason in switching, obviously, but as for the 4G service on Sprint that's where you would be standing.

return_0 says:

Really? I have two friends, both of whom live in LA (I do too, but I don't use Sprint), and they only get 3G with Sprint, whether they're in the suburbs or downtown. I don't know what you're talking about.

BigDinCA says:

Oh, well let me explain: I'm talking about Los Angeles, CA and my experiences there with the LTE network. I get 4G from Woodland Hills and N. Hollywood all the way down to San Pedro. I get it in Glendale and Alhambra, Downey, Bellflower and even into Lakewood. That's what I was talking about. My experience. Sorry I didn't qualify my last post with "but disregard all of this, including your own experience, because return_0 has some friends who don't get 4G in L.A.". Maybe their phones are bad, maybe they don't have it enabled on their phones, maybe their phones are WiMax and not LTE, maybe they're in a spot that isn't covered, since only about 30% of the sites have been updated. I can only speculate. But I know what I have been getting all over LA County, and that's what I was talking about. Maybe you should have your friends join the site and they can give us some more info.

I wish that they would complete the roll-out in the Dallas market. 4G Coverage is spotty and cell reception is still horrible in Downtown Dallas. A shiny nickle says that TMO will be a faster rollout.

fatboypup says:

unfreaking believable i live in a huge city while my cousins in backwoods Minnesota have LTE? ..... comeone show some Phoenix love

Tonio21 says:

There is LTE in parts of where I live in MD that didn't get wimax at all. Also parts of va (mainly Alexandria) have 4G in certain areas, BUT, it's not officially rolled out yet. Same for DC from the looks of it. Go figure.

zero.efx says:

I don't get it... This is like getting a dead goldfish for Christmas and Sprint is promising once it finds all the Dragon Balls that the goldfish would be revived.

People chose Sprint. You knew what the difficulties that were at hand. You knew Clearwire defaulted on a payment last year, you knew Light squared was not going to to work out, you knew... You knew...

Yet you invested in the farm that has radiation leaking out from the well to your front porch.

People are like "But I've been with Sprint for 8 years!" tough.... Sorry, but tough. They don't pull up accounts like Santa and be like "Oh, Johnny was with us for 10 years give his area LTE."

You people knew about the wimax debacle. They already lied to you once, they'll continue to lie to you because they want your money and you give it to them. Oh you'll get LTE one day. Just no quicker than you'd hope for. So suck it up, buttercups.

techymarkbo says:

Tower in southern Raleigh at corner of 1010 and Hwy 401 is live. Turn em all on! Can't wait.

mr.holtz says:

Palm Coast... You serious? They've got a hospital and a few gas stations down there. What about St. Augustine / Jacksonville? There's a grand idea.

jaxpon2009 says:

Jacksonville,Daytona,Deltona,Ocala,Fort Lauderdale, Miami,Tampa,Palatka,West Palm Beach,Vero Beach,Lakeland,and more cities in Florida.
http://newsroom.sprint.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=2382

Wow, still nothing in Michigan... ahh well....

Mikey47 says:

Phil,

Next time you write an article on the Sprint rollout, you can save people a LOT of time if you copied all the "why don't we have LTE in X", "I'm leaving Sprint if we don't have LTE by Y", and "how can they rollout LTE in a town/city that has N people when Y has M times that many people and they haven't given any hints when we will get it" comments.

jarobusa says:

100% agree. Such bitch fest on any Sprint LTE news. Do you people cut and paste the same complaints?

No patience in this country. Everyone wants it now. Ridiculous.

Cubfan says:

Umm, I do believe Sprint calls itself the Now Network. Just curious how long you think we should wait?

cerebasan says:

Wow you dont have LTE in your city? I don't have LTE on Sprint in my whole STATE! Welcome to Iowa folks. Des Moines never got wimax, who knows when or if we'll get LTE.

kamiller42 says:

The coverage in my area is better. The problem now is network congestion. The network is slow.

Must add caveat to the coverage report. I used to have very good Wimax signal at work, in the building. I receive LTE outside the building, but none inside and barely 3G.

bigtymer7680 says:

Dammit!! I'm over here in Fresno, CA and no LTE?! Just yesterday I was driving down the street and they were putting up a new tower. Gotta admit, I got a little excited thinking that Sprint was going to hook us up. Nevermind.

I live in the Portland area and not on the list. They do indicate on their site of considerable 3g upgrades in the area. I hope at least to some degree they are taking advantage of the truck rolls and at least doing some of the initial prep at the same time for LTE. Too much CSFT on my part?

ArtVandelay says:

I've been EXTREMELY patient with Sprint but this is getting annoying. 2.2 million people in the Portland Metro area and I'm getting as low as 10kpbs on 3G..ridiculous. 15 years of loyalty is starting to wear thin.

If you're not on Sprint or already have LTE why in the f#@k are you even commenting on this thread.

BigDinCA says:

^ THIS! ^

joeyv8082 says:

Soooooo any word on Ohio, specifically Cleveland? I would like to some day use my upgrade for an Lte phone, but cant justify paying the premium internet with out lte. My ns4g on ole wimaxx is serving me ok for now, but man are there some cool phones out there.

Splash84 says:

We are in the Sprint lover capital of Kansas City but it is the only place I get LTE and even that is spotty. Like many, there is a limit to how long I will wait and I'm thinking contracts coming up and maybe big red isn't so bad...

By the time Sprint captures the main markets they won't have any customers left. Why renew with them.

return_0 says:

You're in Kansas City? Lucky, you get Google Fiber...

isseyphresh says:

Still no 4g for Metro Detroit area huh...smh...Thank you Sprint... You just me feel even better about canceling my contract and grabbing a Nexus 4... LOVING T-Mobile DATA SPEEDS!

Have to agree, 20-29Mbps on T-Mobile HSPA+42 is incredible for me and actually FASTER than people who actually HAVE Sprint LTE. Can't wait for our HSPA+42 to be a fallback for our LTE Advance next year and beyond. - )

virtualkyr says:

2 weeks ago, we started our migration away from Sprint.

I've been a customer since 2000. Over time, Sprint has done away with all the perks that came with being a long time customer. Couple that with the extra $10/mo 4g data fee, when there is no 4g in the area, and I've simply got no compelling reason to stay.

We have 5 lines, and moved 2 to Verizon. The 4g LTE is amazing. The call signal strength is great. Coverage is excellent.I've been impressed. As the rest of our phones come out of contract we will move over.

jaxpon2009 says:

News Releases

10 September 2012
Sprint 4G LTE Available in More Than 100 Additional Cities in the Coming Months
From Los Angeles to Chicago to New York – Sprint’s cutting-edge network will offer customers high-speed 4G LTE, enhanced 3G service and the only Truly UnlimitedSM 4G LTE data plans from a national carrier

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), September 10, 2012 - Continuing its aggressive momentum in delivering a top-tier network experience for customers, Sprint (NYSE:S) announced today that the 4G LTE network build is under way in more than 100 additional cities within its existing nationwide 3G footprint. Some of the major metropolitan areas in which Sprint 4G LTE is expected to be available in the coming months are Boston; Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Memphis, Tenn.; Miami; Nashville, Tenn.; New Orleans; New York; Philadelphia; and Washington, D.C.

“We are committed to delivering a cutting-edge network as quickly as possible, one that provides a greater level of reliability and speed to our 3G and 4G customers,” said Bob Azzi, senior vice president-Network, Sprint. “We know our customers depend on their mobile devices as their primary source of communication, business connectivity and entertainment. We want to deliver a network that delivers mobile access, productivity and entertainment at a highly competitive price point.”

The 4G LTE Network build is under way in the following areas:

Aguadilla-Isabela-San Sebastian, Puerto Rico
Albermarle, N.C.
Anderson, Ind.
Asheville, N.C.
Athens, Tenn.
Athens, Texas
Austin, Texas
Barnstable Town (Hyannis/Midcape), Mass.
Baton Rouge, La.
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Md.
Boston
Cambridge-Newton-Framingham, Mass.
Charlotte, N.C.
Chattanooga, Tenn.
Chicago
Clarksville, Tenn.
Cleveland, Tenn.
Coamo, Puerto Rico
College Station, Texas
Columbia, Tenn.
Columbus, Ind.
Cookeville, Tenn.
Crossville, Tenn.
Daytona Beach-Deltona-Ormond Beach, Fla.
Elkhart-Goshen, Ind.
Fayetteville, N.C.
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, Fla.
Gainesville, Fla.
Gary, Ind.
Goldsboro, N.C.
Greenville, N.C.
Greeneville, Tenn.
Guayama, Puerto Rico
Hammond, La.
Harriman, Tenn.
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, N.C.
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, La.
Hutchinson, Kan.
Indianapolis-Carmel, Ind.
Jacksonville, Fla.
Johnson City, Tenn.
Jonesboro, Ark.
Kankakee-Bradley-Bourbonnais, Ill.
Kerrville, Texas
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, Texas
Kingsport-Bristol, Tenn.
Kinston, N.C.
Knoxville, Tenn.
Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla.
Lancaster, S.C.
Lawrence, Kan.
Lincolnton, N.C.
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, Calif.
Lumberton, N.C.
McPherson, Kan.
Memphis, Tenn.
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Fla.
Morgan City, La.
Morristown, Tenn.
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
Muncie, Ind.
Nashville, Tenn.
New Orleans
New York-White Plains-Wayne, N.Y.
Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News, Va.
Ocala, Fla.
Ocean Pines, Md.
Palatka, Fla.
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Fla.
Peabody/Lawrence-Methuen/Gloucester, Mass.
Philadelphia
Ponce, Puerto Rico
Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Roanoke Rapids, N.C.
Rochelle, Ill.
Rockford, Ill.
Rocky Mount, N.C.
Salina, Kan.
Salisbury, Md.
Salisbury, N.C.
San German-Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Sebastian-Vero Beach, Fla.
Sevierville, Tenn.
Shelby, N.C.
Southern Pines-Pinehurst, N.C.
Springfield, Mass.
Statesville-Mooresville, N.C.
St. Thomas, USVI
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla.
Topeka, Kan.
Tullahoma, Tenn.
Tupelo, Miss.
Warrensburg, Mo.
Washington, D.C.-Arlington-Alexandria, Va.
Waukegan-Lake County, Ill.
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, Fla.
Wichita, Kan.
Wichita Falls, Texas
Wilson, N.C.
Worcester-Fitchburg-Leominster, Mass.
Yauco, Puerto Rico

Sh3ngLong says:

I wish someone can sort this list out by State, then by City. I get a headache looking for all the cities in my state.

knishknosh says:

i live in austin and in the few and scattered pockets 4g we have here i get speeds of less than 1 mbps on my gs3. was faster on wimax.

Corky Peavy says:

I too have been seeing little cells where there is 4g Service, but usually it's very slow. However I have occasionally seen cells that live up to the promise of LTE, mainly around the airport in the last week. But even there, it's sometimes very slow, and other times it gets ~ 23 Mbits.

mbrasher says:

No San Diego still!!!

Well, at least we've got the great weather...wait it's raining outside, CRAP.

konaman01 says:

Loyal Sprint customer for 15 years, i think im done with them. Omaha, neb has been completely overlooked all a long. I mean seriously, Verizon has 4G throughout most of the state, most towns under 25000 in pop. The Omaha/Lincoln corridor (yes im including you Council Bluffs, Ia) is over 500000. They just keep telling us it will be in the next quarter. You can tell a pig its a dog but it still oinks. Stop telling people things and just start delivering Sprint. Enough of my rant, hello big red.

nathy321 says:

He forgot to include New York which was previously listed in the coming months

Pigman says:

Still no Cincinnati.

*yawns* Sprint. The Anyday Now Network. As much as Verizon sucks. As much as they are tools about letting their customers do whatever they want with OUR hardware. As expensive as they are. They still have the best network out there.

KJ78 says:

I remember when Sprint was far and away the best cellular provider a little over 10 years ago when I first subscribed. Great phones, great service. Then Sprint purchased Nextel and everything started a downhill slide. The Sprint Nextel "merger" will go down as one of the worst corporate acquisitions in history.

Really? St. Cloud, Duluth, Mankato, and Brainerd? Why no Minneapolis/St. Paul?

dtreo says:

Because Paul Bunyan is a Sprint shareholder. And he carries a large axe. And has an ox. So, that helps.

rperez720 says:

What about Hartford Connecticut. ..its the stste capital and no word... I hope we get it too and not the neighboring towns.

DrGonzo48 says:

After paying the "smart phone" (i.e. 4G) fee for two years and never seeing any sign of 4G service I came to my senses and dumped Sprint. My town (Albuquerque) isn't on the list and the best info I've gotten is mid 2014, while at their stores they tell you first quarter 2013 - right. If they still have unlimited data I can always switch back in a couple of years.

Angle1555 says:

Was in Port Canaveral, FL a few days ago and I had 4G, shocked the hell out of me.. but it was in and out, but hey.. have to start somewhere..

LTE is already being deployed in fla. my brother gets good lte speeds in olpalocka fl. my sprint rep(i work with wireless phones) also told me that when sprint get about 55% done they will say that the city now has 4g lte. if you stay in miami miami beach plam beach try seeing if u get 4g any where.

hshendon says:

Really?! So many of these small-time markets before Denver, CO? Sheesh.

vbctv says:

According to employees at the Sprints stores in Cleveland Ohio area and even Best Buy's. Cleveland is suppose to have LTE by end of December, early January at the latest.