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Sprint brings Spark and HD Voice to Jacksonville and Salt Lake City

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Sprint has announced that their Sprint Spark network improvements have spread to two new cities. Jacksonville, Florida and Salt Lake City, Utah are the recipient of the upgrades, so folks in those cities should be looking forward to improved network reliability and overall speed improvements. It also brings HD Voice for higher quality phone calls.

Of course, you won’t be seeing those improvements unless your device has the radios necessary for Spark, a club which only includes a few select devices at the moment. If you don’t have an LG G Flex, Nexus 5, Samsung Galaxy Mega, HTC One Max, Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, LG G2 or a smattering of Sprint’s latest hotspots, you’re a bit out of luck (though a forthcoming smartphone upgrade would take care of that no problem).

To date, Sprint has spread 4G LTE to 382 cities, and expects to cover 250 million people with it by the end of the year. As for these Spark upgrades, the list now consists of 16 locations:

  • Austin, TX
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Chicago, IL
  • Dallas TX
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Forth Worth, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Miami, FL
  • New York City, NY
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Tampa, FL

It’s no secret Sprint got off to a bit of a slow start when it comes to their network upgrades compared to the big guys, but the most we can ask for right now is that they’re making any progress at all. Be sure to give it a whirl on your Spark-compatible device if you have one.

[via Sprint]




  • B2L

    Sprint has drastically improved here in Salt Lake City over the past few months, it’s really odd seeing constant download speeds of 20-40mbps. Plus, my Galaxy S4 just got Kitkat 4.4.2 yesterday, I couldn’t be happier.

    • earth

      Sprint has been getting a lot of justified bashing lately but they really are expanding the network significantly every month. Another advantage of Spark is that it uses 800Mhz so you get better indoor coverage.

      • Terrell L Washington

        800 lte has barely launched and is not wide spread anywhere except houston.

        • earth

          Point is Spark uses 800 and they will get entire network on it. 800 voice is out there more broadly, with 800LTE following.

  • mmark27

    “but the most we can ask for right now is that they’re making any progress at all.”

    They are making huge progress across the country. Head over to S4GRU.com to get the real story and progress despite their officially launched areas. Also, this: http://goo.gl/eiR9Aq

  • http://3oclockam.blogspot.com emawkc

    HD voice works on a LOT of non-Spark handsets. It’s really noticeable when you hear it.

  • Paul Guy

    I’m confused, when I got here there were four comments, and no one is vehemently raging about Sprint yet. What has the internet come to!

    • B2L

      It’s strange how much things can change. Six months ago I absolutely hated Sprint and couldn’t wait for my contract to expire. Now, I’m actually considering extending my contract. They have really stepped up their game.

      • earth

        Yeah, the LTE coverage is rapidly growing and 800 voice fills in the gaps. 800LTE to follow. Is a matter of time that bashing turns to Tmobile as they don’t have anything outside cities. My dad has no voice Tmob signal, yet Sprint LTE already there.

  • Christian S

    woohooo I’m in jacksonville!

    • SpaceGhost09

      Go jags, I’m from orange park, currently living in San Diego though

    • KlausWillSeeYouNow

      Woohoo, I have T-Mobile! ;-)

  • chuckles87

    i cant wait to see how spark works out. i just made the jump to sprint from t-mobile.