Sprint turns on LTE in areas of San Francisco, New York City and DC

By on February 19, 2013, 9:00 AM

A spokesperson for Sprint has revealed the carrier has turned on 4G LTE service in parts of San Francisco, New York City and Washington, DC. The company started flipping the switch in San Francisco about a month ago although coverage still remains spotty according to Engadget.

Sprint’s Kelly Schlageter told The Verge that deployment is just beginning in San Francisco and that coverage is hard to describe because sites generally aren’t contiguous. The spokesperson said there are some sites on air in and around San Francisco, kind of like popcorn. We are also told that other parts of New York State now have LTE service in addition to some cities in Florida like Jacksonville, Miami and Tampa.

Sprint announced 58 new areas of 4G LTE coverage late last month but the wireless provider is holding off on making any official announcements about expanded coverage until the infrastructure is built up enough to provide customers with a consistent level of service.

The slow, unannounced rollout is designed to let Sprint customers access the service in a few test areas. Schlageter said that rather than deploying a site, testing the equipment then turning it off until launch, they are leaving it on for customers to use wherever they find it.

Sprint recently said during an earnings call that they had fallen behind their initial rollout target for near-nationwide 4G LTE by the end of this year. The company now expects to hit this goal by early 2014, covering 250 million people when it’s all said and done.




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Blkfx1 Blkfx1 said:

Luckily for me, I live in one of these 'test areas'. I was able to grab 4G for the first time the other day. It was amazing to finally get what I pay for every month.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

Here in South Africa we can't even spell '4G LTE'. Just kidding. We also have test areas but the speeds not that impressive just yet.

MilwaukeeMike said:

Luckily for me, I live in one of these 'test areas'. I was able to grab 4G for the first time the other day. It was amazing to finally get what I pay for every month.

And let me guess... you were disconnected within minutes? I can't speak to Sprint's LTE service, but their Wi-Max was a joke. Speeds in Chicago were about 6Mpbs if you could stay connected long enough to use it.

Blkfx1 Blkfx1 said:

And let me guess... you were disconnected within minutes? I can't speak to Sprint's LTE service, but their Wi-Max was a joke. Speeds in Chicago were about 6Mpbs if you could stay connected long enough to use it.

Actually, It's been on pretty consistently where I live. Well, at least every time I turn off my Wifi 4G does connect. However, I am using Sprint's LTE service not Wi-Max. When I did a speed test I was getting a consistent 2.5Mpbs Download and 1.5Mpbs Upload.

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