Sprint Turns on 4G LTE Network in 15 Cities
July 17, 2012 10:42 AM
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Coverage is limited to Texas, Georgia, Kansas, and Missourri
It may not be the nation's largest LTE network, but it's a start. Sprint Nextel Corp. (
late Monday that it had powered up the first branches of its LTE network. America's third largest carrier joins AT&T, Inc. (
) and Verizon Wireless (a joint venture between Verizon Communications Inc. (
) and Vodafone Group Plc. (
)) in embracing the most popular next generation communications standard.
The initial coverage regions for Sprint include:
Fort Worth, Tex.
Granbury-Hood County, Tex.
San Antonio, Tex.
Kansas City, Mo.-Kan.
St. Joseph, Mo.
Sprint started the 4G race ahead of Verizon and AT&T, launching a WiMAX network
in Sept. 2008
. At the time, Sprint could brag that it was the nation's fastest carrier in some regions, and it looked to profit-take off that lead, charging its 4G customers a $10-per-month "high-speed data" fee.
But in Dec. 2010 Verizon
unleashed its response
. Unlike Sprint's network, Verizon's used LTE, a rival standard that enjoyed some technical advantages over WiMAX. Quickly it bumped coverage to over 200 million Americans. It was followed in
Sept. 2011 by AT&T
, whose network covered less people, but
was shown to be faster
in independent testing.
Catching wind of the upcoming AT&T LTE rollout, Sprint in July 2011
committed to an LTE rollout
. Sprint's original plan was to supplement ground-based coverage with a satellite LTE offering, but those plans took a hit when partner LightSquared was accused of
crippling GPS interference
to try to gloss over the glaring technical flaws. LightSquared subsequently
, and Sprint was left navigating the LTE waters on its own.
Sprint offers several LTE-capable handsets, including the EVO 4G LTE from
HTC Corp. (
) and the Galaxy S III.
Today Sprint desparately needs some sort of a boost. It was found to be
the slowest carrier
in recent speed tests. And it's still charging the same old $10 WiMAX fees for many Android smartphone users. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it's
bleeding customers by the bucket-full
Verizon's LTE coverage is approaching 260 million Americans and 300+ cities. AT&T's effort is at about 80 million Americans and 50 cities. Sprint hopes to cover 250 million Americans with LTE by the end of 2013.
In other words, Sprint is about a year behind Verizon. However, it's also the only carrier with
no data caps or data overage fees
, so if it can live up to its ambitious roll-out, it could once again provide a compelling alternative to America's top two carriers -- Verizon and AT&T -- as it did back in the heyday of its WiMAX era.
Sprint's highest profile LTE compatible handset is the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich-powered
Galaxy S III
, which launched
on June 21
, courtesy of Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd.'s (
). That was followed by the white-edition HTC EVO 4G LTE, which went on sale on Sunday, priced at $199.99 USD, after an initial launch on June 2.
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7/17/2012 11:37:16 AM
The EVO 4G was supposed to be released on May 18, but actually came out around June 2 (according to the web, and that is consistent with when I remember getting mine). Definitely before the Galaxy S III, though
7/17/2012 11:40:24 AM
Nexus and Viper were still out in April and both LTE though.
"Intel is investing heavily (think gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours) in resources to create an Intel host controllers spec in order to speed time to market of the USB 3.0 technology." -- Intel blogger Nick Knupffer
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