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A quick heads up for folks out in Kansas City, that from today Sprint is launching its Spark LTE service in your neighborhood. With theoretical data speeds of up to 60Mbps on supported devices, Sprint promises that customers across its hometown will see a "noticeable difference" in their data speeds in the coming months. 

Of course, with Sprint Spark, also comes the Sprint Spark data indicator in place of the regular old 3G/4G. And it sure does spin a lot. Kansas City becomes the 12th market to launch Sprint Spark, and while theoretically you should be able to get up to 60Mbps download speeds, our own experience so far has been somewhat more reserved. 

Head on past the break for the full press release. 

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), January 30, 2014 - Sprint (NYSE:S) is bringing its hometown of Kansas City better coverage, improved call quality and faster data speeds, as well as Sprint SparkTM, a super-high-speed network capability supporting advanced services and futuristic applications. Sprint customers with Sprint Spark-enabled devices in such local areas as Brookside, The Legends, downtown and Overland Park will begin to see a noticeable difference in data speeds during the next several months.

Sprint Spark, launching today in the Kansas City area, currently is available in 11 other markets and is planned for about 100 of America’s largest cities during the next three years. The network capability delivers unrivaled wireless peak data speeds of up to 60Mbps today and potential speeds three times that fast by late 2015.1

“Sprint Spark is a revolutionary combination of capabilities unmatched by any other wireless provider,” said Sprint CEO Dan Hesse. “We plan to bring the most advanced wireless technologies in the world to our hometown.”

This capability builds on Network Vision, the initiative to bring an all-new 4G LTE and 3G network to Sprint customers across the country. This effort to re-engineer the Sprint network is nearly complete in the Kansas City metro area. Many customers already are noticing improvements, and more are expected to enjoy this improved experience as enhancements reach the key cell towers in the areas where they most frequently use Sprint service. In fact, a recent Root Metrics report revealed that Sprint was second to none in call performance as measured by blocked and dropped calls in the Kansas City area.

The remarkable wireless data speeds enabled by Sprint Spark are of particular importance for business customers and are expected to help stimulate the local economy by helping attract more businesses, especially startup ventures, to Kansas City.

“We’re already seeing the Kansas City entrepreneur community benefiting from Sprint’s commitment to innovation and startup development through the Sprint Accelerator in the Crossroads space,” said Bob Marcusse, president and CEO of the Kansas City Area Development Council. “Now, that same innovative spirit is being tapped to deliver Sprint Spark. It’s important because Sprint Spark will deliver superior wireless service and data speeds, which is vitally important to attracting entrepreneurs, startups and new businesses to Kansas City.”

As part of the all-new network build, Sprint also has begun to deploy High Definition (HD) Voice in Kansas City, a new Sprint standard for voice quality. HD Voice is a next-generation technology for mobile phones where background noise is virtually eliminated and sound quality is dramatically enhanced.2 The HD Voice rollout should be complete nationwide by mid-2014.

Sprint Framily Plan

Innovation at Sprint is not limited to advances with the network. Customers with Sprint Spark-enabled devices can select the new Sprint Framily Plan – a pricing program that lets consumers decide who they consider family. The Sprint Framily Plan is available to new and existing customers. The more people added to the group, up to 10 phone lines, the greater the savings for everyone on the plan. Because each account can be billed separately, customers can choose who is in their group.

For one line of service, new Sprint customers pay $55 per month per line for unlimited talk, text and 1GB of data. For each additional new Sprint customer who joins the Framily group, the cost per person goes down $5 a month up to a maximum monthly discount of $30 per line. Build a group of at least seven people and everyone gets unlimited talk, text and 1GB of data while on the Sprint network for $25 per month per line (pricing excludes taxes and surcharges).

All members of the group can customize their plan to meet personalized, unique needs. For only $20 per month per line, Framily members can buy up to unlimited data, and they are eligible to get a new phone every year. Plan members can share the savings without the hassle of sharing a bill or sharing data. Unlimited features are while on the Sprint network.

Sprint Spark

Sprint announced Sprint Spark in October 2013, demonstrating live 1Gbps (gigabit-per-second) over-the-air speed at its lab near Silicon Valley, California.

Sprint Spark is a unique combination of network technologies, spectrum capacity and devices capable of seamless transition from one spectrum band to another. Together, these capabilities support a new generation of online gaming, virtual reality, advanced cloud services and other applications requiring high bandwidth.

These amazing speeds are possible because of the rollout of Sprint’s Network Vision program, a complete upgrade of the 3G network and deployment of 4G LTE, which also benefits Sprint’s no-contract brands Boost Mobile, payLo and Virgin Mobile USA. As part of that program, Sprint is redeploying its 800MHz spectrum for LTE and 3G, delivering improved in-building coverage for voice and data. Sprint expects the rollout of Network Vision to be largely complete by mid-2014.

Devices

Sprint Spark comes to life for customers via their devices. Building on Network Vision’s multimode capability, Sprint Spark is designed to accommodate all of Sprint’s spectrum bands on a single device. These tri-band smartphones are designed to give users the best experience depending on such factors as location or type of application. All of the new Sprint branded smartphones introduced are expected to have tri-band capability, thereby enabling a Sprint Spark experience.

In addition to Kansas City, Sprint Spark is available in the following markets:

Austin, Texas
Chicago
Dallas
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Fort Worth, Texas
Houston
Los Angeles
Miami
New York
San Antonio, Texas
Tampa, Fla.

For more information about Sprint Spark, visit Sprint.com/faster. There you’ll find videos and other useful information on how Sprint Spark brings to life a new wave of applications and innovations.

 

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Sprint Spark is coming home to Kansas City, launching today

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Sprint coverage and data speeds are pretty good in Chapel Hill, NC. I've never had a dropped call here, and the 4g is a minimum of 5mbps.

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I have the same experience here in Wichita, KS. Decent 4G speed (peaked at 11 Mbps, usually around 5) inside a metal hangar, and haven't had a dropped call yet.

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After all this time KC is Getting Spark and already had LTE, and they just barely started rolling out LTE here in St.Louis. It took them over a year and a half to get LTE to St.Louis City and County and it's only in a few areas so far. What up with that?

If Sprint spark comes to my area I would think about going back. Only issue is I would have to get a spark capable phone. So for now I'm happy with tmobile and their lte speeds

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Besides, Tmo is deploying Wideband LTE which will be just as good if not better than Spark.

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I dont understand... Kansas City is a shitty place. Why are they always getting the fastest data connections installed before everyone else? i.e. google fiber.

1. It's home to sprint headquarters.
2. We are experiencing a huge tech boom, that may lead us to being the next silicone Valley.

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watch your fucking mouth... besides i might be reading into your name too much but if you are from buffalo NY don't talk about shitty places.

Wow apparently you like making statements about places you know nothing about. I wouldn't imagine calling you an ignorant moron because of one statement you've made.

The reason for that is Overland Park,KS is headquarters of Sprint, hence the reason KS would get the new speeds now instead of last..

Don't phones need an update from sprint to be able to connect to the Spark Network?

I'm in the LA Market and have enabled bands 26 and 41 on my Nexus 5 but have not been able to connect with them.

I do have some good 4G speeds... In Huntington Beach I get 20-26mbps AMD right now in Redondo I'm getting 19mbps,

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You're correct. The Spark update hasn't been released for the Nexus 5 yet. The G2 just got the update recently.

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I don't need 60, give me a consistent 5+ mbps with a decent back haul and I'd be happy.

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Sprint you are f*ckng up. Finish rolling out your sh!tty 4G LTE before you start rolling out your sh!tty Spark network. Wait a minute, you never finished rolling out your sh!tty WiMax FauxG network. If any of Sprints 4G gets 100% rollout it will be a miracle. And this is coming from an 8 year Sprint user that still has Sprint, and has never had 4G in Roanoke VA. But I have been paying that "extra data" fee since they f*cked up WiMax. Complete BS!

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Sprint customers ranting! Funny stuff!!! Lmao!!!!

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Spark is nothing more than LTE on different bands. If you have a problem waiting for the service to get better in your area, then why do you keep renewing your contract? Unless you're one of those people that signed a 10 year contract.

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You make it sound like there are only a handful of people doing this update. OK guys, we are done with Dallas, let's move onto Detroit, then Boston. Oh wait, Sprint wants to upgrade Dallas again, guess those other cities have to get pushed back.

It is different people who get brought in to do this, it isn't one team. Going back and upgrading a city that is done isn't going to stop them from getting to other cities.

They have a plan of when to do things, do they stick to it, not 100%, but over time, they will get to other cities. Yes, other companies are doing it faster, and that is great for them. Sprint will get their upgrades done.

And in the end, if you don't like Sprint, move on to another carrier. It is your money, get what works best for you.

Your right and you know what else? It isn't just multiple Sprint teams, it is multiple companies doing the upgrades.

My area is done by another company...

I don't need 4G, but when it is advertised and promised like it's available to everyone, then it should be. Don't start working on another form of 4G when you haven't completed your other advertised 4G services. I live in an area that has 4G from every other company but Sprint. I still have Sprint because even without 4G my 3G gets the job done, when I'm not on WiFi. Sprint couldn't justify charging people for WiMax in areas that didn't have the service so they made it a data usage fee for everyone. Same sh!t is happening with their LTE and Spark. Just finish at least one of your services to cover more than 20% of the country.

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Then why don't you go away from mommy and daddy's plan. Start your own plan with a different carrier and start paying for rent instead of complaining like an idiot.

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Lol that's funny you make accusations the way you have. I'm 31 if you must know and haven't lived with mommy and daddy since I was 15. I've been with Sprint for 8 years since I left the local regional carrier. Both on my own plan, no mommy and daddy to pay my way like you want to believe. And I stay with sprint because it works consistently better and is cheaper than the other options. Oh yeah, thanks for being an asshole you fucking prick.

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Same thing here in Maryland. Barely any LTE, mostly 3G. They need to finish what they started before teasing everyone with the "Spark" BS!!

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Which phones are compatible with Spark (not that it matters since my area isn't on the list)?

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Off the top of my head, Samsung Galaxy Mega, Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, HTC One max, LG G2, Nexus 5 (after it gets an update), and the Samsung Galaxy S4T (if that's out yet).

S4T is out, I've activated a few this week. Also the g-flex will be spark capable.

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BOOST MOBILE is supposed to benefit from this...... lets see... hand me down phones... cannot bring your own phone. ... so that means I have to wait 2 to 3 years before I can use it.... (I am in Tampa bay area, I'm on the list, but it means nothing)

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You seem to complain about Boost on every other post. Why do you stick with them? Boost works great here in Modesto, Ca.

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I will complain if I want too... can't get a signal inside. ..I have been with Sprint for many many years...

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I read that you can enable Sprint Spark on a Nexus 5. Does anyone know if you can enable Spark on a Nexus 5 bought directly from Google?

Hmm...at least there was no cursing in the T-Mobile John Legere tone it down thread...

Sprint customers more likely to have potty mouths?

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