Sprint

Network improvements will also include HD Voice in the coming weeks

Sprint announced today that its new network, dubbed Sprint Spark, is available in another two U.S. cities. The new network, which takes advantage of three different blocks of spectrum to increase speeds, offers theoretical throughput of up to 60mbps if you have a Spark-capable device. Today's expansion to Philadelphia and Baltimore brings the total number of Sprint Spark cities up to a whopping 14 across the country, although Sprint claims it will hit 100 cities with Spark in the next three years.

In the coming weeks, these two new Sprint Spark markets will also be upgrade to utilize HD Voice. Just like Spark, HD Voice requires a capable handset (and in this case both ends of the call need a capable handset), but if you do have the right phone you'll notice a dramatic improvement in audio quality. Both Sprint Spark and HD Voice are great initiatives for increasing data speeds and call quality, and provided it can roll out the features quickly they can be a great selling point of the Now Network.

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I can't wait to get my s5 so I can be able to utilize these upgrades...sprint shows Philadelphia love alot thx

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kendroid66 says:

Let's hope the S5 is worth getting!

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Amir47 says:

he's a Samsung sheeple. as long as it's a samsung he'll get it

NoNexus says:

I haven't seen that but ok

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DWR_31 says:

Come on August. Full upgrade availability and I'm going straight for device financing.

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Deke218 says:

So sorry. Didn't you hear. There won't be a Sprint come August.

NoNexus says:

No.

Either T mobile will not exist or neither will and they will be re-branded. The reason I say that is simple. DT is going to keep the international Tmo and they are not going to re-brand. Softbank will want to eventually go international so it is either Sprint or total re-brand.

For me I'm sure it will aslong as the camera is superb...and the music player has better quality pushing out to my vmoda headphones lol

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kendroid66 says:

I'm afraid there going to go bigger. ...hard to manage

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I doubt that the physical size will get much bigger. The screen also may be up to 5.2, but I don't they will massively change size, if at all.

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NoNexus says:

Yeah if the screen gets bigger, the phone will not. Like the Note 3 did

If they go bigger because of on screen buttons that's fine because let's say rumors are true,5.2 is basically the same because no physical home button...anything bigger is to much I believe

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martinezmaa says:

Does anyone have a Spark capable device that lives in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area? Have you seen an improvement over their LTE service? Sprint (or should I say...Crawl?) has such spotty service in the DFW metroplex. I am seriously considering jumping over to T-Mo when they receive the new S5.

Holy cow, was just in DFW, Farmers Branch, and it was ridiculous. I had LTE "spark" speeds of .15 Mbps. I have never seen it that bad with LTE, of course on Sprint 3G that's par for the course. Has me questioning if it can that bad then maybe this Network Vision thing isn't going to be as great as advertised. All comes down to local, local local coverage as always.

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droidhead_1 says:

I'm in Chicago and I get speeds ranging from 1mb to 50mb down.

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Is that the city proper? Haven't seen anything close to 50 in the suburbs.

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ashraf1190 says:

Finally now have to wait for Google to update the nexus 5 for spark.

UndeadNexus says:

Meh, I just got my MSL, changed my band priorities and connected to Spark. Strangely enough, I managed to connect to Spark here in San Bernardino, CA

ashraf1190 says:

On nexus 5? and how did you know you were connected I did the same and didn't see my phone connecting to band41 or band26

UndeadNexus says:

I went to the engineering screen and it said I was connected to Band 41.

kendroid66 says:

They really need to work on the build quality of their phones...... If they don't I won't be buying the s5

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droidhead_1 says:

What? Sprint doesn't build devices?

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carraser891 says:

I guess 2 new spark cities per month is better than no LTE rollout at all...

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DaFonZisBack says:

Spark sucks

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MERCDROID says:

Trolololol

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DroidOn says:

Can someone post a list of Sprint Spark-capable phone makes/models?

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Amir47 says:

HTC ONE Maxx
Galaxy Mega
LG G2
Nexus 5
S4 mini

DroidOn says:

Thank you.

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Phillycat says:

There is a new version of the s4 that is spark compatible too.

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Amir47 says:

not out yet so no point listing it

James Stone says:

You for got the Samsung S4T

rawvega says:

LG Flex too

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Amir47 says:

Nobody is buying a damn LG Flex

MERCDROID says:

How do you know?

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MrJazz says:

Spanky.

paulw3 says:

I wonder if they will have a interconnect for HD voice or will it be On Net only as it is here in New Zealand. ??

VDub2174 says:

I didn't think they'd have Spark in Philly this quickly. I remember waiting for 4G LTE for the longest time and they just snuck it in there.....lol

Deke218 says:

Sprint has LTE? 4G LTE? You sure it's not just E?

btux81 says:

Hey VDub2174, I know exactly what you mean. I remember buying a Galaxy Nexus and a Viper LTE a couple years back in hopes of LTE being in the area sooner and it felt like it would never get here. Now I get LTE in Port Richmond/Wissinoming. It's not the best but it's definitely an improvement. I have a Nexus 5 and enabled Tri-band. I can't wait to get out of work today so I can test it out.

Amir47 says:

Still no Boston. Come on!!!!

sprof says:

Got this text from Sprint Jan 23rd. I'm in the Boston market.

SprintFreeMsg: Over the next month, the new network will be largely completed in your area.

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cgardnervt says:

Must be a slow news day for Android! :P

If sprint can upgrade they 3g that would help alot

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Whats the point most devices now days have LTE

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eahinrichsen says:

A major network upgrade on a major carrier in two major metro markets isn't exactly slow news day material.

MERCDROID says:

+1

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sprint4lyfe says:

There are Spark towers in Minneapolis area.

Ep3n3wp says:

I have a Nexus 5, and live in Orange County, Ca.(LA Market) and enabled the extra bands(26 and 41) not site if I get "Spark" but I get speeds up to 25.97Mbps....

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yankeesusa says:

I was hoping something better for spark. It's sad to see spark at these speeds. I get around 22mbps to 38mbps on T-Mobile LTE. I was hoping to come back to Sprint but it doesn't look promising.

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BB_Bmore says:

Oh hell yeah Baltimore! Time to upgrade!!

Mike

jabwtv says:

still no 4g LTE in Orange County,NY

NoNexus says:

I see we have blown past herp and went right to derp around here

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James Stone says:

Gotta love sprint... Shitty 3g network..never finished it..moved onto wimax and never fiinished it....then LTE..never finished it...now SPARK...hmm let me guess if this will ever be completed.... Whats next SPARK Advanced..

NoNexus says:

If you knew 1 tenth of what you actually believe, you could be dangerous.

Let me enlighten you. 3G is/was done, it is crappy but not so much for its time. Wimax was a half measure so that they would not lose the bandwidth. LTE was not ready so they could not deploy it instead. The LTE ran into its own issues, mostly that they realized that the 3G was crappy and needed everything replaced. This takes time. Everyone expects that it can be done in 3-4 years. It doesnt happen like that (not just the installation, but the getting of the equipment) Spark has come about because they added a new spectrum (a better one) which when deployed will take the strain off everyone. So even if you do not have a Spark device, you will see some increase on your phones bandwidth because Spark devices will be using the other band.

Spark and enhanced 3G is dependent on the LTE rollout, which will never move fast enough for consumers, but is going along pretty well.

Finally, LTE-A is next (could come in one of two flavors, not sure what they are using). Sprint will be in a prime position for LTE-A because they will have the newest network.

Did I miss anything?

James Stone says:

Yes...they have 14 markets that are "spark ready" while verizon has 400...so in 3-4years they will be at 1/4 of verizon now...... abandon ship..... Show me consistent speed test of any upgraded market...check out sprints own forum and see all of the data issues that exisit... So yes maybe in 4 years they will be better.......

NoNexus says:

Oh, again wrong.

When did Verizon get spark? Compare apples to apples. THere is no Spark on Verizon.

Spark is the addition of Spectrum bands to existing LTE. It is the creation of Sprint to market that new band.

Exactly nonexus ppl say anything to discredit sprint

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Amir47 says:

VZW does have multiple bands though

NoNexus says:

Everyone does, but not "spark". There is no real difference between the two, but Mr. Stone there seem to think there is some difference.

James Stone says:

I'm talking about general 4g coverage... At 4g speeds

NoNexus says:

Then your percentage is more in lines of Sprint having 60-70% of Verizons LTE footprint right now and not what you said which was 25% in 3-4 years.

BigDinCA says:

I can tell you what my experience is in Southern California. I get anywhere from 8 to 28MB. My area has an actual even been announced yet. My best friend, who couldn't wait another day for LTE to become official out here, switched to Verizon 3 months ago. He hasn't hit 10MB one time since he switched over. You can look all over these forums and find Verizon people who can't stand there 4G data speeds. All it really proves is that nobody's network is perfect, and service and speed really depends on where you are.

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bigmike09890 says:

Apparently Manayunk (in NW Philly) doesn't even get the old 4g. First world problems.

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