11 new cities and counties get Sprint 4G LTE

We’ve been hearing an awful lot about Sprint adding target cities to its list for 4G LTE launches by the end of this year and for early next year, but very little actual launches have taken place. Welp, we can finally silence that noise as Sprint has finally started to launch 4G LTE for more cities.

Today’s launches aren’t “sexy” cities, per se, but we’re never mad at progress of any sort. As many as 11 different cities and counties will be getting treatment today, and a lot of it is concentrated on the east coast (particularly in Indiana and Virginia).

Folks in Anderson, Ind.; Clarke County, Va.; Jefferson County, W.Va.; Harrisburg/Carlisle/Hershey, Pa.; Hagerstown, Md.; Martinsburg, W.Va; Harrisonburg, Va.; Muncie, Ind.; Peabody, Mass.; Salina, Kan.; Shenandoah County, Va.; South Bend/Mishawaka, Ind.; Winchester, Va.

It’ll be important for Sprint to get the ball moving a little faster as we head into 2013 as Verizon and AT&T have outpaced the Now Network in terms of LTE launches. Whatever the reason may be for its pace they Sprint still feels like it can cover most of its customers with 4G LTE by the end of next year.

That goal will certainly need to be taken seriously as we doubt Sprint will want to suffer the same mistake it did in 2010 when it launched an onslaught of WiMax phones with very little coverage to show for it. You can thank Clearwire and its empty coffers for that debacle.

On the contrary, Sprint’s LTE rollout is said to be funded in full with its own cash and assets so we should have no worries heading into 2013. For now, though, we’re just happy that a few more of you will be able to  turn your phones, tablets and hotspot devices on to see a nice 4G LTE icon greeting you in the notification bar starting today. Read on for full press details.

Sprint 4G LTE Lights Up in 11 New Cities and Counties in Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia

The all-new, high-speed data network rollout expands into Harrisburg, Pa., South Bend-Mishawaka, Ind., Muncie, Ind., Salina, Kan., and more

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), November 26, 2012 – Today, Sprint (NYSE:S) announced that it is delivering the speed, power and value of its all-new 4G LTE network to customers in 11 new cities/counties, including Harrisburg, Pa., South Bend/Mishawaka, Ind., Muncie, Ind., Peabody, Mass., and Salina, Kan.

Customers in these areas will be able to use their smartphones  such as Samsung Galaxy S® III, Samsung Galaxy Victory™ 4G LTE or HTC EVO™ 4G LTE  to share a picture, download a video, or check the Web with greater speed and reliability. When you combine the power of 4G LTE with an Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM, which includes unlimited Web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint Network, Sprint becomes the best choice in wireless.

With today’s expansion, Sprint 4G LTE will light up in the following areas, with coverage continuing to expand in these areas in the coming weeks and months:

  • Anderson, Ind.
  • Clarke County, Va./Jefferson County, W.Va.
  • Harrisburg/Carlisle/Hershey, Pa.
  • Hagerstown, Md./Martinsburg, W.Va.
  • Harrisonburg, Va.
  • Muncie, Ind.
  • Peabody, Mass.
  • Salina, Kan.
  • Shenandoah County, Va.
  • South Bend/Mishawaka, Ind.
  • Winchester, Va.

“We are pleased to deliver our new 4G LTE network to more Sprint customers,” said Bob Azzi, senior vice president-Network, Sprint. “Whether someone uses 4G LTE for personal or professional needs, they will find that Sprint’s new 4G LTE network is performing extremely well. Customers should find it consistent, reliable and fast.”

Sprint’s network buildout program, known as Network Vision, not only brings 4G LTE but should also give 3G customers better wireless signal strength, in-building coverage, and fewer dropped/blocked calls. These 3G improvements are already available to customers in several cities across the country, such as Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. All Sprint 3G customers in these areas, including the company’s prepaid customers on Assurance Wireless, Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile, can expect to see better coverage, improved network reliability and voice quality once the improvements come to their areas.

Sprint introduced its all-new 4G LTE network in July 2012 and now offers service in 43 marketsi. For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE portfolio and rollout, please visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE. For detailed 4G LTE maps, providing coverage information right down to the address, please visitwww.sprint.com/coverage. Customers are encouraged to check back often, as the maps will be updated when coverage in these markets is enhanced.

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served nearly 56 million customers at the end of the third quarter of 2012 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint No. 1 among all national carriers in customer satisfaction and most improved, across all 47 industries, during the last four years. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in both its 2011 and 2012 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company.

iAnderson, Ind.; Atlanta; Athens, Ga.; Baltimore, Md.; Barnstable/Hyannis/Mid-Cape, Mass.; Calhoun, Ga.; Carrollton, Ga.; Chicago/Naperville/Joliet, Ill.; Clarke County, Va./Jefferson County, W.Va.; Gainesville, Ga.; Dallas; Fort Worth, Texas; Gary, Ind.; Granbury/Hood County, Texas; Hagerstown, Md./Martinsburg, W.Va.; Harrisburg/Carlisle/Hershey, Pa.; Harrisonburg, Va.; Houston; Huntsville, Texas; Hutchinson, Kan.; Lawrence, Kan.; Kankakee/Bradley/Bourbonnais, Ill.; Kansas City, Mo.-Kan.; McPherson, Kan.; Manhattan/Junction City, Kan.; Muncie, Ind.; New Bedford/Fall River, Mass.; Newnan, Ga.; Peabody, Mass.; Rockford, Ill.; Rome, Ga.; Salina, Kan.; San Antonio, Texas; Sedalia, Mo.; Shenandoah County, Va.; South Bend/Mishawaka, Ind.; St. Joseph, Mo.; Topeka, Kan.; Waco, Texas; Waukegan/Lake County, Ill.; Wichita, Kan.; Wichita Falls, Texas; Winchester, Va.

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