Sprint flips the switch on Spark in 17 new markets

Sprint announced today that it has flipped the switch on Spark in 17 new markets. Spark is the branded name of Sprint's enhanced 4G LTE service, which the carrier says can currently bring wireless speeds of 50-60 Mbps.

Below is a list of the new markets covered starting today:

  • Bay City, MI
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Columbus, OH
  • Denver, CO
  • Flint, MI
  • Henderson, NC
  • Midland, MI
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
  • Mount Vernon, OH
  • New Philadelphia, OH
  • Ogden, UT
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Saginaw, MI
  • Seattle, WA
  • Sheboygen, WI
  • Tffin, OH
  • Youngstown, OH

The addition of these markets bring Sprint's Spark coverage up to a total of 46 markets across the U.S.

If you're wondering if you can take advantage of this service, Sprint says that it currently offers 38 Sprint Spark-enabled devices.

Are you a Sprint customer in one of these new markets? Have you seen increased LTE speeds yet? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Sprint

Dan Thorp-Lancaster
  • Yeah here in Cleveland! We are Flippin Fast! Lol and ready for "Lebron Week" Posted via the Android Central App
  • I waited forever for LTE. Stuck around. Got it. It was okay. Dropped calls on Lake ave... Switched to T-mo. Blazing fast. Though, if they have a good deal on the subsidized n6... I'd consider it. "can you port this sprint number back?" haha
  • I got tired of waiting. Went to T-Mobile and I get LTE everywhere I go in Eastern MA. No more dropping to slow 3G. Posted via Android Central App
  • Except inside any building anywhere.
  • Better than sprint ever got me Posted via Android Central App
  • You should test drive them again, with LTE (finally) on their Low Band 800mhz spectrum, LTE penetration indoors is no longer an issue! I can't remember the last time I saw 3G on my phone! It is at least as good as VZW/ATT since about 6 months ago here in Raleigh.
  • I only left 3 months ago.
    Their low frequency band is not live in Boston. Posted via Android Central App
  • In Dayton Ohio the LTE penetration for Sprint is horrid. In my office, and home, my phone jumps from 1 bar LTE to 1 bar 3G over and over, killing my battery. Step outside and I have 4 bars LTE. Very frustrating.
  • Amir47, Maybe you should check again. In the past few months, 800 LTE has been going live all over the US, except near the international borders. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I drop calls and full signal on 90E, LTE is complete hit and miss in Lakewood... I'm tired of waiting. Debating though, as I am up for an upgrade. Would really like to just jump to Verizon, but since I've been with Sprint for 15yrs, there is loyalty there.
  • You have 3 years on how long I had 'em. But I went to T-mo and haven't looked back... It sucked by my dad's house in Lodi, but... wifi calling, eh?
  • Loyalty to a corporation? Wow! Just wow! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Little further south in Marietta and I'll be a happy camper. ;-) Posted via Android Central App via my Sprint Tab 3 LTE.
  • What markets already had it? Posted via Android Central App
  • Houston Texas checking in and still pulling down 50mbps and 20mbps up! Posted via my "Material Design Modded" Sprint LG G2.
  • What part of H Town, I haven't seen speeds anywhere near that in NW Houston..
  • What speeds do you get? Posted via Android Central App
  • less than 10 up and down.
  • Do you have a spark enabled phone? If not then that sounds about par for the course on a single band Sprint LTE phone
  • I'm in SW Houston. Posted via my "Material Design Modded" Sprint LG G2.
  • I summon forth NoNexus from the pits of the Internet to tell his personal story of Sprint Service with Spark. Also to talk about a Note 4 if he has one.
  • I live in rural Lake County Florida and I have Spark here. It's almost faster than my Netgear AC 1900 on wifi.
  • Lol
  • I miss that dude. Where'd he go?
  • And the tower near my home in the DC suburbs is still 3G despite what their coverage map says.
  • Yeah, Sprint is a joke. I got tired of seeing announcements for flipping the switch on regular LTE in markets no where near me and went to tmobile.
  • Can't we get a better Sprint pic for stories like this??
  • Haha seems like they've been using this one for yearssssss
  • I've lived in a city that is "Spark enabled" with a device that is "Spark enabled" for a year and my signal strength hasn't changed. Was bad, and is still bad. Sprint Spark is a joke. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You clearly don't know what sprint spark is. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hell yeah my area. But I bet it's like 35% of the towers.
  • While I am not usually a Sprint basher, I think they should have 4G service at the Denver airport before they claim it is a Spark market.
  • Airports are rough, and always will be. I routinely dropped to HSPA on AT&T at O'Hare. Posted from my Nexus 5, behind seven proxies
  • LTE for me at Logan Airport and Newark Airport (whatever it's called) with T-Mobile Posted via Android Central App
  • .
  • Problem there is that Denver International is nowhere near Denver proper. It's further away from Denver than most of the Denver Metro Area suburbs (Littleton, Lonetree, Thornton, etc). DIA is out in the middle of nowhere...so much so that it probably shouldn't be "Denver International" LOL. Anyway, "Denver" being covered would not imply "DIA" be covered in this case. But I agree it would be nice to have semi-decent coverage at DIA.
  • Incredible, we don't even have 4G and Sheboygan, WI is getting spark?
  • Huge Sprint market. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Freaking Sheboygan gets Spark?! Geeez. How about some love for the capital?! Rocking the Note 4
  • On a somewhat related note, I love when people from northern WI say "Sheebooyygan". Always makes me smile :)
  • If only they can spark their rollout ~My $0.02~
  • Does this filter down to prepaid carriers like Virgin Mobile?
  • yes
  • damn, no York Pa yet, :(
  • York, PA has had LTE for a long time now lol.
  • Your list of 16 excluded Columbus OH. Wondering what happened... :) Posted via Android Central App on my HP TouchPad (Schizoid PAC-ROM 4.2.2)
  • Henderson, NC hehehehe
  • For @El Platenero above. Tried posting under his post asking what other Spark Markets as a "reply," but I guess posted wrong spot. Anyway, these are some of the other Spark Markets. Not sure if list is complete.
  • O-H!
  • n-o haha
  • I-O!
    I live in Columbus and just ran a test... 54.45/13.77!! Damn! Posted via the Android Central App
  • It doesn't count when you are on wifi. Posted via Android Central App
  • Not wifi, brah! Hate on sprint all you want but this is legit!!
    When I got home I ran the test again (after turning wifi off) and got 20.51/6.27 with only 2 bars.... BOOM!
    Oh and I'm on unlimited... Can you VZW/AT&T/Un-Carrier apologists claim those speeds and unlimited?
  • I laugh at everyone that hates on Sprint, no matter where I go here in Texas I'm good, my only ongoing concern is large events at stadiums, malls, etc... still no service in these events. I do understand hundreds of people pulling on a few towers.
  • Well, still none in West Michigan. Guess I can continue with the plan to go with cricket in 2 months. Posted via the Android Central App
  • As I sit here on the west side of Denver in the Federal Center with a 3g signal.... Isn't the Federal Government one of Sprints biggest customers? Wouldn't you think they might want to upgrade the Sprint experience at the second largest Federal site outside of DC? Guess now. Hell, Sprint hasn't even listed Denver as a LTE city, yet...
  • Used to be not anymore ~My $0.02~
  • Funny thing...they recently completed rolling out LTE (not spark) for Washington dc (and NOVA). No clue when we'll get spark....
  • Finally Columbus is on the map Posted via Android Central App
  • In middle TN on verizon I get 12-15 up :/ not bad Posted via Nexus 7 2013 or verizon Galaxy S5 or maybe one day through my moto 360
  • Boston still not on the list.... Posted via Android Central App
  • Which really frustrates me. I get. 4G reliably in the Boston area while driving but indoors drops to 3G (but I go to wifi then). No low band, no Spark for bean town. But as a big data user, who else offers unlimited for this price? Posted via Android Central App
  • In Denver Colorado hitting these blazing 3G speeds.. That's weird that they are saying that Denver is a spark market when they haven't even labeled it as an LTE market yet. Posted via Android Central App
  • Depends where in Denver. All carriers do this. They say their is live in a particular area but it's only partially live. Posted via Android Central App
  • I find the lack of LTE and the big announcement of Spark funny, too. I'll at least be honest, I get 4g in more and more places around Denver, but there are definitely some 3g only areas. Mainly the 8 hours I spend a day at work...
  • Getting around 24 down and 7 up in Cincinnati Ohio Posted via the Android Central App
  • Sheboygan, WI.... Posted via Android Central App
  • They always screw detroit. Shit we just TRULY started getting LTE last year. And that was after being told 4g was coming soon since the galaxy s1. Lol wonder how long we'll have to wait to get anything around here. And almost everybody I know has sprint. Lol midland and bay city? That's the middle of fucking nowhere what a joke.
  • I live in Canton Area, I average around 18 Mbps Dwn and 8 Mbps up. But in Livonia area I use to see around 30Mbps dwn and 15Mbps up. That`s was back couple years ago in Livonia area.
  • Bruuuuh I'm saying the same thing! Detroit always last behing Saginaw and flint! Like wtf Posted via Android Central App
  • Just what I need for Seattle! Posted via my Nexus 5
  • What no Nashville agggh Posted via Nexus 7 2013 or verizon Galaxy S5 or maybe one day through my moto 360
  • I just moved from an area where Sprint was good to an area where I fully understand all the complaints many have. That said, glad to see Spark moving along, hope they expand their LTE to the area I live in now since it is available a couple towns over. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Sprint is for suckers.
  • Who want great service and a good price. I understand many have crappy service, but that goes for all carriers. If you live in a good area it is a nice alternative.
  • Nope that doesn't apply to vzw or AT&T but they're evil Posted via Android Central App
  • Vzw is reliable I've been all over the country and almost always have at least 3g and have only dropped 3 calls in the last 5 years. AT&T on the other hand, only works where no one is but is priced like they own all the towers. Posted via Android Central App
  • Cannot speak to att but you can find entry of dead zones on verizon. All carriers have holes. Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • Happy Tmo customer for 18mo's now, travel all over Ct, no problems with their network. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yes! Finally Sacramento!
  • Interestingly enough, in DC and nearby I get 4g, a bit further away in the suburbs where I live, I get shitty 3g. Then I go to some place lame, in the middle of no where, like Charles Town, WV and I have sprint spark.
  • Really? Agents say my area is 4g but there's no 4g signal. Lmao! USMC 97
  • Rocking my one LTE Bar here in the Dallas - Ft. Worth area.
  • In new philadelphia oh and faster I got is 17 down and 3 up on spark with g3. Does something need to be turned on to get faster. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I got 55Mbps once on a speed test in an earlier market. The thing is on a mobile phone 5Mbps or 500Mbps doesn't really seem to matter to me. As long as a streaming video doesn't buffer I don't care how fast it is since that will be my most demanding task. I work in Minneapolis so I'll run a few tests tomorrow.
  • still waiting for Honolulu to be up n running LTE....sigh....giving them till Feb. then will take my business to Verizon or Tmobile.
  • Sprint spark coverage is still way to spotty. I'm in south Florida which was one of the first places to get it and it's still a mess. But I have gotten 50 down before. Posted via Android Central App
  • I'm surprised more people aren't complaining about the fact that Spark enabled phones (at least the Galaxy S5) don't allow simultaneous voice and data. The GS3 somehow allowed simultaneous voice and data over 3G on Sprint which I didn't even think was possible. And the Note 2 allowed for simultaneous voice and data using LTE. But the GS5... No dice. I asked a Sprint Rep and they said it was because of Spark. I'll take regular LTE speeds and simultaneous voice and data over Spark and no simultaneous voice and data all day. I thought everyone else would too but I guess Sprint users are used to not having that feature. I'm also on at&t so I'm very accustomed to being able to Google something during a call. Plus, the Moto 360 loses a lot of its functionality during a phone call cause of this. Laaame.
  • I used to work at Sprint as tech support and I was told that they will be looking to bring it back, just wont see it anytime soon. I never knew how much I used it until it was gone, but I'm used to not having it now.
  • Everything with Sprint is "not anytime soon". Posted via the Android Central App
  • Reading your comment makes ne happy I'm not using my S4 on Sprint! 12yrs I've had a cellphone, and I've never, ever considered being a customer of Sprint! Posted via the Android Central App
  • I live in Atlanta - which still isn't a Spark! market. Yet, right outside my office in NE Atlanta I get 50+ down and 12 up. Heck, inside my office is still 30/10. I think they must still be testing it here, but this has been going on since mid-Summer.
  • theyve been "testing" Atlanta since the Spark launched. I live in the Marietta area and I get 5 up and down but some places I can hit around 30 down. what part of Atlanta do you see the 50+?
  • They've had Spark in my area for a while now and I've never seen it light up on my phone. Their LTE services sucks most of the time. As soon as my contract is up, bye bye Sprint.
  • I assume Cleveland includes Akron and Canton, since they broke out Dover/New Philadelphia separately.
  • I assume Cleveland includes Akron and Canton, since they broke out Dover/New Philadelphia separately.
  • B4 Spark I was getting between 9-14Mbps. Now, I get 1-3 mbps (using Speedtest). I work right next to the Sprint Campus, and hope you all fair better than me. I never have gotten many dropped calls so yeah meee
  • I get crap speeds with Sprint. I have a 4GLTE phone and pay premium content prices but get no 4G LTE love or anything close to those speeds. Here's the reality: 0.56mbs download
    0.83mbs upload That's what I get for $96 per month for 2 lines on their Framily Plan with a Galaxy S4 and Evo 4G LTE. We've been waiting 3 years.
  • ^^^Proud Sprint customer^^^ Lol!!!!! Posted via the Android Central App
  • As a former 15 year victim of Sh!t-I mean Sprint, here's what I know: "Reliable 1XRTT Data" - sh!t
    "Fast EVDO speeds" - sh!t
    "Super fast WiMax" - sh!t
    "Lightning fast LTE - sh!t
    "Ultra Fast Spark" - ?? (probably sh!t, why change now?) I was finally tired of putting up with all of their sh!t and I left for TMO. Saved from the lies and abuse of the worst mobile company ever, I can now say: TMO 2G (1-2Mbps) - Faster than Sprint LTE
    TMO 4G (5-12Mbps) - 10x faster than Sprint LTE
    TMO 4G LTE (15-40Mbps) - 30x faster than Sprint LTE So yeah, if I was betting ON Sh!t-I mean Sprint, I'd go ALL IN on "sh!t" and would win the hand, cause betting on "good" or anything better is a sure loss. And now for my customary.. F&@# YOU Sprint!! Dan Hessucks I'll see you in hell! >:( Posted via the Android Central App
  • That sucks for you bro. Where I live Sprint has decent speeds and great service. There are a few spots but all carriers have em. Especially the lower two being Sprint and Tmobile
  • I have a Sprint 'Spark' phone, and travel all over the US where LTE 4G is widely available, including at my home and my office. It's never fast ... rarely better than 3G. It's all hype. It's also cheap, and that's why I stay, grandfathered in on a sweet deal that I figure is fairly valued for the poor network performance I get in return.