Sprint Adds 2 New Cities To Receive Future 4G LTE Rollout This Year


Sprint announced today, the newest cities who will be first in line to enjoy their future 4G LTE rollout with the additions of Baltimore (where 2 Phandroid writers currently reside) and Kansas City, who will be joining in on the festivities. These 2 new cities are the latest cities to have been officially announced along with others like Atlanta, Dalls, Houston and San Antonio also scheduled to receive 4G LTE sometime during the middle of this year.

The first LTE devices to take advantage of this new network will be the much anticipated Samsung Galaxy Nexus as well as the LG Viper 4G LTE. Sprint also mentioned that these cities can also expect improved 3G coverage. You can find Sprint’s full press release down below. Anyone in these cities notice better coverage or improved 3G speeds on Sprint?

Baltimore and Kansas City Sprint Customers to Benefit from 4G LTE and 3G Enhancements in 2012

Sprint adds to the list of cities to benefit from new and improved network technology by mid-year

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), February 08, 2012 – Sprint (NYSE: S) today announced that Baltimore and Kansas City are expected to receive 4G LTE and upgraded 3G service by mid-2012. Sprint recently announced that 4G LTE and enhanced 3G service are also expected by mid-2012 in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. Sprint 4G LTE will enable faster speeds for data applications, and the enhanced 3G service promises better signal strength, faster data speeds, expanded coverage and better in-building performance.

The launch of these large metropolitan areas demonstrates the continued commitment by Sprint to invest in its network through Network Vision. Sprint customers in these areas will soon enjoy ultra-fast data speeds and improved 3G voice quality. Whether a Sprint customer is using a smartphone to share a video of a double overtime game between the Kansas Jayhawks and Missouri Tigers or a Baltimore chef is checking the Web via a mobile hotspot for a new way to serve crabcakes, Sprint 4G LTE will make it easier. And, when someone makes an important voice call, they can expect to find a clearer connection and a stronger signal in more areas.

“Sprint is investing in its CDMA network and delivering on our commitment to ensure customers experience superior wireless voice and data service at an unbeatable value,” said Bob Azzi, Sprint senior vice president-Network. “We continue to deploy multi-mode base stations across Sprint’s nationwide cell sites and are expecting improvements in voice quality, signal density and data speeds. Today’s good news demonstrates the phenomenal progress that our teams are making toward implementing this new technology.”

The initial devices already announced to run on 4G LTE will be Galaxy Nexus™, boasting a pure Google™ experience, LG Viper™ 4G LTE with eco-friendly features, and Sierra Wireless™ Tri-Network Hotspot, a 3G, 4G and 4G LTE mobile hotspot. More information is available at www.sprint.com/4glte.

Sprint has been a 4G innovator since first launching the technology in 2008. Sprint has launched more than 25 4G-enabled smartphones, USB connection cards, notebook/netbook products, mobile hotspots and routers. Sprint offers a proven, reliable 4G experience for millions of customers compared to other national wireless carriers. Additionally, Sprint is a leader in value, with Sprint Everything plans with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM, including unlimited data, texting and calling to and from any mobile phone in America while on the Sprint network. With Sprint’s unlimited data plans, customers don’t have to worry about throttling or data overage charges on their monthly bill as they might with tiered data plans from other carriers.

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Announce a damn release date already!

    1. i got tired of waiting i just got mine from verizon a couple days ago 

      1. Have fun paying for it!

      2. I’m okay with waiting, especially if it ends up being an upgraded version.

        1. Well if sprints network becomes better than verizon and still keeps unlimited data i would hope verizon responds if not when my contract is up speint will be finishing their lte rollout and i will swich

          1. I live in Houston, so I don’t have to wait long for LTE! yay

      3. does it run as expected? The sprint guy at the core store swore up and down they were different phones and it wouldn’t work on sprints network. (inb4 he’s an idiot, I know that) just curious

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  2. Bring on Phoenix! 

  3. I was hoping they would go to non-wimax areas first.

    Please throw Tulsa a bone!

  4. No love for Seattle? We are a major market, goddamnit!

  5. Thankfully, I have the EVO 3D so by the time my contract is up LTE should be hitting my area. I’m actually very happy with when I purchased my cell phone considering how far LTE is for a lot of Sprint users.

  6. What about some LTE for Denver dammit!

  7. I live in Silver Spring, MD. I’m closer to DC than I am Baltimore, I’m wondering should I just wait for DC to get the LTE goodness.

  8. Bring LTE TO BIG D!

  9. Im a sprint user for now, and Im fed up with the rediculously slow 3g speeds I’ve been getting, and 4g is only good outside. Im jumping ship when my contract is up in a few months. I’ll suck it up and pay for verizon until sprint gets its speeds up.

    1.  If your contract isn’t up for a couple of months, you might as well stick around for the GNex release.

      1. Yeah, I was about fed up with the Sprint’s speeds but the GNex is so close, I might stick it out a little longer…

      2. Why would you “hold out” for the GNex right now? Its a great phone, but by the time it comes out, the GSIII (or a couple other big phones) will be only a few weeks behind

        1. While it may seem stupid, I want to test out the ‘Google Experience’. I don’t want to wait for OEMs to get their shit together in order to release updates. I rather Google be working on it than say.. HTC, LG, Moto, or Samsung.

          1. The nexus line doesnt Always get the greatest updates (ie. ICS on the Nexus s) but i get what your goin for

        2. Plus, I love AOSP.

  10. Glad to hear this as I’m just south of Baltimore, though I might still go to AT&T for the Galaxy Note.  

  11. bring on Boston or Lowell, MA

  12. So what sprint is building there own LTE network cause if there waiting for lightsquared they may as well hang it up cause i don’t see there 4G network getting built anytime soon.

  13. No love for Arrakis Sprint?!

  14. Im in the heart of baltimore and im definately stoked to try out some LTE. But as far as a Gnex, no way would I upgrade to a phone that will be 6-9 months outdated by the time it hits sprint. There will be atleast 2 phones announced that will be better. I have 2 upgrades this year and im not wasting them.

  15. Sprint coverage in Springfield, MO is awful. I get around 50-130 kbps down on “3G”, and I always lose coverage in the middle of town! I get 1-3 bars throughout most of the city. We have Wimax, which I bet most people don’t know about because its coverage is about a quarter-mile radius downtown. They always say that they’re upgrading the network, but I’ve finally accepted that they aren’t talking about Springfield’s network.

  16. Wow! This brings them up to like 8 cities! By the end of 2012, they will cover nearly 8% of America! Nice work Sprint!
    (so glad i left them last month)

    1. I can’t even be mad.

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