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Sprint to deploy 4G LTE service in 279 New York City subway stations

Sprint will be giving the millions of daily New York City subway system commuters a better way to keep in touch with their smartphone. The carrier plans to deploy 4G LTE service in 279 underground New York City subway stations. The project is expected to be completed by 2017.

In a statement, Sprint's Scott Santi, its Regional Vice President, Network, said:

Our deployment includes the use of 1.9GHz and 800MHz spectrum in each station. And we're deploying 2.5GHz in select high-traffic stations in Midtown and Queens for even faster data speeds at those stations.

He added that at the moment, Sprint has 4G service in 83 NYC subway stations, which he claims "significantly" surpasses the rollout from rivals Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile

Source: Sprint

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  • Sprint and 4G LTE don't belong in the same sentence Check out my new YouTube channel for tech reviews!
  • Lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • Depends where you are.. In Washington DC I now get constant 40+mbps throughout the city. ( compared to the 2mbps I got 2 years ago).. They are making strides Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lol the nearest Sprint lte tower to me is over 1 hr away but let's put it in the subway where there are so many people it will be unusable anyway. Oh wait. It's the Sprint network. It's unusable from the start. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You do realize that there are more people that ride the NYC subway everyday than live in your city right? That's 4.6 Million people. Additionally, the service in the subways is actually excellent.
  • I think that's what he was saying. So many people ride the subway that there won't be enough bandwidth for everyone.
  • Ugh I wish these Sprint haters wouldn't post something irrelevant and incorrect and never reply to the people that reply to them lol
  • Let me say I can't wait to get my Lady off of Sprint. The service is horrible and we live in NY. Posted via the ACA on NEXUS 6
  • Sprint to deploy 56k modems in 279 subway stations Posted via the Android Central App
  • I laughed Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Nice Posted via the Android Central App
  • http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/a/1430994181 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Wow.. That's crazy
  • People love to hate Sprint because they let their network get bad during the upgrades, but they never give them credit for their upgrades. Sure, it's slow, but they're rebuilding the entire thing. In complete areas they are starting to come in at number 1 or tied for number 1 more and more. Sprint can't announce improvements without someone saying that it doesn't matter how much they improve, they still have the same network they used to have. In some areas that's true, but in any area where they've completed the improvements, it simply is not.
  • Anyone can cherry pick and the places where you do some outrageous speed test. Move around your city and perform speed test. "a fanboy, DAT that sh...I don't like"
  • I can repeat the test results in a few different places around my city. Anywhere B41 CA has been deployed. I can also get 2-3Mbit results at my house where it doesn't matter because I have WiFi. In general, I get 10-20Mbps most places in the city and surrounding areas.
  • Here in NYC they stink! Forth worth must not have that many people straining their weak network. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yup Posted via the ACA on NEXUS 6
  • I hit 122 at wal mart lol.. almost a mile away from said tower lol
  • I mean... you're not wrong.. Nexus 5 | AT&T
    Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • only Company I know of that sells modems still = frontier
    soz Sprint haters, my 100 mb connection is on another level from yours :/
  • Sprint actually has decent coverage and way better lte speeds than att. So this is a good move for them.
  • Can i have some of what your smoking? To be fair, it really depends on where you are so in your experience you might be right Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's actually happening in more places :) ATT is falling behind.. WAY behind, look at roometrics reports for 2H 2015 lol
  • In Washington DC I get >40mbps throughout the city now.. Which is where I spend most of my time.. So it's perfect for me.. It's all location based Posted via the Android Central App
  • Perhaps in your area. Not near me. Posted via the Android Central App
  • This guy lives in the twilight zone Check out my new YouTube channel for tech reviews!
  • Perhaps your hate towards Sprint makes you irrelevant to the ones who live in markets where Sprint has shown major improvement. I bet you also think what is reported on S4GRU is a fairy tale too.
  • Ikr? Where I work we have alot of people switching. It's rural and sprint has amazing coverage and spark in our little town. You'd be amazed how many people I switch from verizon/att. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I was impressed the other day when my train started to head underground and I was still able to remote into my work computer and email aa needed file to a coworker. Speeds were pretty good and I received service each time the train stopped at a station. Between Brooklyn and Rockefeller there were maybe two stations I didn't have a signal.
  • The tin can network gives faster data and voice speeds over Sprint. Posted via The Next Big Thing. My Samsung Galaxy Note 5!
  • I swear I'll never understand how people can hate a company like it killed there dog or something.... Words can't describe some of the people in this thread Posted via the Android Central App
  • *their Check out my new YouTube channel for tech reviews!
  • Shut up
  • Yeah Charlie, that's what happened and (lost signal, as train goes by).... pregnant in 8 weeks. Ralph (Lost signal again) is mad about it. ... missing the part that Sam is talking about the dog, and Ralph is mad because the dog got out... Posted via Android Central App
  • Huh? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Sprint has good coverage where they have towers and 4g is good where they have 4g throughout the USA. This I know because I travel all over the USA. I also have Verizon which is better on coverage, however, Verizon is much more expensive. Including taxes, unlimited Sprint $66 and Verizon $143.00 with 20 gigs of data. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That price on Sprint dissapears in about 3 days (other than for existing customers). With Sprint's only individual plan being $70 it is really hard to recommend them over Project Fi or T-mobile for $30-$60. Most people don't need unlimited data.
  • But the $70 plan now comes with tethering data allotment, which they used to charge before. If you were buying the tethering option, then the new price will be better for you.
  • Ugh....hmm... wait a s....uh..... Well at least my bill is cheap. Posted via Android Central App
  • Sprint might not be the best choice for many but in most major cities Sprint is decent and in New York they are actually pretty good and now they'll be one of the best in the subway. People can laugh and make fun but those people that have Sprint and have decent lte signal and speed are laughing too because their saving money. I don't have Sprint for my personal line but my wife does and it's still a decent service depending on where you live. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Sprint is garbage period! It's CDMA! Need I say more? They can't even piggy back on Verizon's signal any more. They fell to the number four position for a reason. Ever try to resell a Sprint phone? They command 60 percent resell of the major carrier devices, including T-Mobile. They are spiraling downward. Even the people who work in their stores will tell you they won't pay for Sprint service. They use Verizon and AT&T. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Good, then don't use them lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • CDMA is used for 3g and below (including calls) on sprint. It uses the same technology for lte as all the other GSM carriers. Your point has no merit. Maybe it would 3 years ago. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Except sprint IS 3 years ago. Check out my new YouTube channel for tech reviews!
  • Only one problem with the resell issue, as most devices sold over the past year and a half will work on other networks....
  • Welp, that's your opinion. Dearly noted though*sarcasm*
  • Shhhh...you'll make their heads explode Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yeah, Sprint is really good where I live (Philly), and they'd probably be my second choice if T-Mobile didn't meet my needs so well. That said, much like T-Mo, Sprint service gets reeeally dodgy when you get out of the metro area.
  • Where in New York are you? I live in Queens and work in Manhattan and they sucked mostly everywhere I went. I've been with T-Mobile now for 2 months.... Excellent service!! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Maybe they should focus on making their service better above ground before they venture underground
  • Absolutely! Posted via the Android Central App
  • not!
  • They are making massive strides... In Washington DC I now get >40mbps constantly throughout the city when I used to get ~10 on their lte Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's the problem, they can't. So now they're going underground lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • This is good news as Sprint is a major part of Project Fi.
  • Sprint has been deploying a second carrier on Band 41 and Band 25. Pretty clear its faster than all other carriers where its available. Example https://twitter.com/coolmac23/status/651614355725897729
  • *where* You forgot no Posted via the Android Central App
  • Well it's actually in many places where it's not even announced, like here? lol Pop of 450k, I've hit 122 with Sprint. Your anti-Sprint comment is blindingly arrogant.
  • band 25 was their initial LTE deployment. you're thinking of Band 26. (SMR 800) Nexus 5 | AT&T
    Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • So still no service in the subway...
  • Are they deploying in 279 additional stations, or are they including the 83 previously deployed sites as part of what they are "going to be" deploying? Not that it matters, since I don't use Sprint and don't live in NYC, but I'm just curious how much hype they're adding with their choice in words. Posted via the Android Central App powered by Droid Turbo
  • When I left them last year they only had 3g on the Boston subway
  • Yeah.. lol Last year.
  • Let the ignorant-2012network sprint hating begin lol
  • The 2015 sprint network isn't any better and in some cases it got worse. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Well.. you can not be further from the truth. As this years gone on, the network has improved and ltea is starting to pop up.. lmao Posted via the Android Central App
  • Nope. Houston went under construction in 2013, got worse in 2014 when the network vendor contracts were dropped, i left the company 1st quarter 2014 and just checked on my fellow ex coworkers 2 weeks ago. They were complaining so much they were cursing. Half of them are worried for their jobs due to the network getting worse and the customer base dropping even further. They were asking me for help getting interviews at my new place, thats pretty terrible when they even see the store closures enivitable.