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The release is expected to happen over "the coming months"

Only days before the iPhone 5's release, Sprint has announced that it's expanding its 4G LTE to more than 100 cities throughout 2012. 
Sprint started rolling out its 4G LTE service on July 15. Currently, Sprint offers 4G LTE connectivity in 19 cities in the United States, including Houston; Atlanta; Baltimore; Dallas; Athens, Georgia; Calhoun, Georgia; Carrollton, Georgia; Newnan, Georgia; Rome, Georgia; Fort Worth, Texas; Gainesville, Georgia; Granbury-Hood County, Texas; Huntsville, Texas; Kansas City, Montana/Kansas City, Kansas; Manhattan/Junction City, Kansas; San Antonio, Texas; Sedalia, Montana; Waco, Texas and St. Joseph, Montana. 
The new 4G LTE offerings will now spread further across the U.S., entering cities like Boston, Chicago and New Orleans. 
"We are committed to delivering a cutting-edge network as quickly as possible, one that provides a greater level of reliability and speed to our 3G and 4G customers," said Bob Azzi, senior vice president of Network for Sprint. "We know our customers depend on their mobile devices as their primary source of communication, business, connectivity and entertainment. We want to deliver a network that delivers mobile access, productivity and entertainment at a highly competitive price point."
Sprint's complete list of cities to receive the 4G LTE network in the coming months can be found here.
Sprint, which obtained the iPhone for the first time last fall when the iPhone 4S was released, could likely be preparing for the iPhone 5’s release in two days. The iPhone 5 is the first Apple smartphone to have 4G LTE connectivity. 

Source: Sprint

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Bye bye Sprint
By mcnabney on 9/10/2012 5:54:13 PM , Rating: 2
Sprint was dumb enough to sign a huge deal with Apple requiring them to buy tens of billions of dollars in iPhones, whether they get sold to customers or not. The problem is that it will be really really really really hard to sell iPhones with LTE when they don't have much of an LTE network to go with the phones.

And that list of 'cities' that Sprint says it will provide LTE includes a whole nine cities with a population over 250k. Most of them are small towns like Salina, KS or Rocky Mount, NC.

RE: Bye bye Sprint
By euclidean on 9/10/2012 10:52:54 PM , Rating: 1
Disagree. While yes, they're pretty far behind Verizon, Sprint just jumped ahead of AT&T in LTE converage. Yes, they are still taking their time to get there, but companies generally release based on customer base, to get closer to that magic 90-94% coverage in the least amount of cost/time.

RE: Bye bye Sprint
By Myrandex on 9/11/2012 9:08:06 AM , Rating: 2
I don't see them as being above AT&T in LTE coverage. Perhaps that's because not a single location in Ohio is shown on that list, but yea AT&T's LTE network is working nice and fast for me.

RE: Bye bye Sprint
By mcnabney on 9/11/2012 9:15:08 AM , Rating: 2
You can't compare what Sprint promises by EOY with what AT&T can meagerly deliver now. Apples and Oranges.

I also suspect the footprint in some of these cities might be tiny. For example - Sprint is HQ'd in Kansas City, but their LTE footprint barely covers half of the city. They can claim that they are providing LTE in KC, but when half the city is dark - that is going to cause serious fallout and returns. Especially with the iPhone, because it doesn't have Wimax - when there is no LTE the customer is stuck with Sprint's extremely slow and bogged down EVDO.

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