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It's been nine months since Sprint first announced plans to launch its 4G LTE network, but as of yesterday, that network is officially live. Sprint celebrated that fact with a press release today, and in it the carrier has revealed that its LTE service is live in the five markets that it previously announced as well as several cities surrounding those areas. In total, Sprint says that its LTE network is now live in 15 U.S. cities. Here's the full list:

  • Atlanta
  • Athens, Ga.
  • Calhoun, Ga.
  • Carrollton, Ga.
  • Newnan, Ga.
  • Rome, Ga.
  • Dallas
  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Granbury-Hood County, Texas
  • Houston
  • Huntsville, Texas
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Waco, Texas
  • Kansas City, Mo.-Kan.
  • St. Joseph, Mo.

For Sprint customers not located in one of those markets, the Now Network says that it plans to launch its 4G LTE network in additional areas in the second half of 2012. It also expects to have "largely completed" its nationwide LTE network by the end of 2013. For now, though, the 15 cities listed above are part of a pretty exclusive club. Enjoy it, folks! As part of your celebration, why not hop into the comments section below and tell us what kind of speeds you're getting on the newly-activated Sprint LTE network?

Sprint 4G LTE Launch Extends to 15 Cities Throughout Portions of Georgia, Kansas, Missouri and Texas

The all-new, high-speed data network rollout – known as Network Vision – spreads to communities surrounding Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and San Antonio and is also now available in Waco, Texas

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), July 16, 2012 - Sprint (NYSE:S), the first national wireless carrier to introduce 4G service in 2008, today announced that it is delivering the speed and power of an all-new 4G LTE network to 15 cities surrounding the Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and San Antonio markets. Because of an accelerated build schedule for the Network Vision program, Sprint will also launch a 4G LTE network for residents in and around Waco, Texas.

“Sprint and our vendors have been deploying Network Vision sites all across the country for the last several months and we are thrilled to deliver our new network to our customers today in and around Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, San Antonio and Waco,” said Bob Azzi, senior vice president-Network, Sprint. “This new network is performing extremely well and customers should find it consistent, reliable and really fast.”

Today, Sprint 4G LTE coverage can be found in the following areas and will continue to expand in the coming months:

Atlanta

Athens, Ga.

Calhoun, Ga.

Carrollton, Ga.

Newnan, Ga.

Rome, Ga.

Dallas

Fort Worth, Texas

Granbury-Hood County, Texas

Houston

Huntsville, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Waco, Texas

Kansas City, Mo.-Kan.

St. Joseph, Mo.

For detailed 4G LTE maps, providing coverage information right down to the address, please visit www.sprint.com/coverage. Customers are encouraged to check back often, as the maps will be updated when coverage in these markets is enhanced.

Sprint plans to launch additional 4G LTE markets in the second half of 2012, which will be announced later this year. By the end of 2013, Sprint expects to have largely completed the build out of its all-new 4G LTE nationwide network – with an all-new enhanced 3G network – covering 250 million people across the United States.

Network Vision Means an All-New 3G & 4G Network

To better meet the growing voice and data demands of wireless customers, Sprint is building an all-new, nationwide 3G and 4G LTE network through the Network Vision program. Whether a Sprint customer is using a smartphone to share a picture or to check the Web, Sprint 4G LTE will make it faster.

Coupling the speed of 4G LTE with the industry’s only truly unlimited data plan for smartphones makes Sprint the best choice in wireless.* Additionally, the new network will provide significant enhancements to Sprint 3G service once the improvements are completed.

Customers are expected to experience better signal strength, fewer dropped/blocked calls, faster data speeds, expanded coverage and better overall performance as the improvements roll out across the country. Sprint has a history of innovation, as it was the first national wireless carrier to offer 4G service with the launch of the Sprint 4G (WiMAX) network in 2008.

The launch of these 15 cities demonstrates the continued commitment by Sprint to invest in its network through Network Vision. For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE portfolio and rollout, please visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE.

The Wireless Industry’s Most Customer-Friendly Data Plans

In today’s competitive wireless market, the value of unlimited has never been more apparent. Sprint’s Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM includes unlimited data, texting and calling to and from any mobile phone in America while on the Sprint network, starting at just $79.99 per month for smartphones (pricing excludes taxes and surcharges).

Sprint continues the trend of delivering value to customers through its portfolio of 4G LTE-capable devices and unlimited data experience with Sprint Everything Data plans. Sprint has already launched five 4G LTE-capable devices for less than $200 – HTC EVO™ 4G LTE ($199.99); LG Viper™ 4G LTE ($99.99); Samsung Galaxy Nexus ($199.99); Samsung Galaxy S® III ($199.99 for 16GB version); and Sierra Wireless™ 4G LTE Tri-Fi Hotspot, the nation’s first to support 4G LTE, 4G WiMAX and 3G ($99.99) (all pricing excludes taxes).

During the past several years, Sprint has been working hard to deliver the best customer experience. Recently, the American Customer Satisfaction Index ranked Sprint No. 1 among all national carriers and most improved in customer satisfaction, across all 47 industries, during the last four years.

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 56 million customers at the end of the first quarter of 2012 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint No. 1 among all national carriers and most improved in customer satisfaction across all industries during the last four years. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in its 2011 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

*Sprint is the only national carrier with no throttling, metering or overages, all while on the Sprint network. Sprint customers can enjoy an unlimited data experience with Sprint Everything Data plans. See sprint.com/unlimited for details.


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Cameron Lovell Haven't Been Able to test them yet
Jose Rodrigues Lte on us sucks here in Canada I get 25 30mbps download and same upload
Adam Risher YES When it works. I am north of ATL, When the 4G comes on I get speeds up to 12mbs. It doesn't stay on long before switching back to 3g, even when I have full signal. HTC EVO 4G LTE
Blaine Izquierdo Well all I can say is that here in fort worth,tx we r getting about 10 to14 download and 12 upload not bad for a network that just went live a day ago.
Mark Belkowski sprint sucks and always will. i dealt with their horrid service for 6 years.
Jabin George its horrible. sprint still sucks, and yes im still a sprint user. step up sprint.
Eduardo Ordaz I depends the 4G is not even rolled out yet just wait until its gotten actually up. But wouldnt know though I am not on sprint but could have switched to their network they have the unlimited thing Verizon is expensive.
Guillermo Perez-Arguello Mark, you're an idiot. Sprint will never be bought. They might buy someone, but hesse made it clear. Lol verizon, so that my unlimited 4g lte gets capped at 4g, lol I did 4gb yesterday alone... Not going to make it a habit Sprint! Just testing!
Guillermo Perez-Arguello I love my lte, can't wait for the rest of the bitching, whining people to get lte sooooo they can stfu
Mark Belkowski i hope verizon buys them out.
Guillermo Perez-Arguello Very much so, I get 12-20mbits down, and 4-13mbits up
Jason Talley The speeds might be good now, but let's revisit the issue in 2 years when most people have converted to a lte phone and they have had time to update most of the network.
Steph Ogunduyilemi Got in Maryland. Works great. But 3g still sucks
Nicholas Ford I'd like to know why Baltimore was dropped from the launch group...
Joseph Kitchen Hate on haters
Vlad Valentine McBride I am more impressed with AT&T coverage
Ethan Shrago Why can't people be happy with consistent 10 mbps? You're lucky to have that. My dad has terrible speeds on Verizon's 3g. Sprints 3g is actually better than Verizon. And btw, you get what you pay for. You're paying a very affordable price. Don't complain about service.!!
Bill Thomas Verizon all the way!!!!!
Rasik Aryal I live near dc and the 4g coverage is pretty nice..I get around 10 mbps regularly
Nathan Bryant I find it funny and dumb that some people are posting negative about sprint LTE & mentioning their Wimax phone... two completely different things. And if its not in your area, as they just started rolling it out then, the hell are you complaining for? It just started rolling out. I guess people expect things overnight.
Gerardo Ortega I need LTE in los Angeles area.
Ricardo Guzman T•Mobile FTW!!!!
Kyle MacDonald Cochran I works really well in KC. It has consistently beats Verizon 4g in speeds!
Bryce Yamamoto Users have reported speeds as low as 5mbps all the way up to 33mbps (with screenshots).
John Weber E4gt doesn't get lte, Eric. :p
Jason Downs A big city like Detroit you would think Sprint would have it. Hell we never even got WiMAX , sprint needs to get it together because now metro has a totally unlimited calls and 4g data with no cap or no throttle down for $70 / month. Thats where I am going!!!
Douglas Prevo Tell you when LTE gets to Vermont... 2 sq miles in 2020, guaranteed.
Tony Abiama LTE in Atlanta is super spotty, I picked it up here and there at home which is kinda rural. When driving into the city today I rarely even hit 4G. Now I'm sitting at my desk at work with absolutely no 4G in an area where I thought I would definitely get it. I'm trying to be patient but its slightly annoying.
Andrew Veale The epic 4g touch is WiMAX... Not lte...
Kevin Moore The only LTE network i can rely on is Verizons. Sprints is way too slow and i cant get constant speeds with AT&T
Eunice C Holland I wouldn't know about this because I have T-mobile and I will not change companies anytime soon. I am very happy with my Galaxy S II (:
Julio Batista Before even asking that question, how about putting their 4g services in areas that would actually go well with your question. For the life of me, how do they not have 4g at the Jersey shore?!!
Eric Richardson im typing this on the epic 4g touch and 4G SUCKS ON SPRINT. never get it anywhere
Sam Rodriguez I live in Dallas and its decent coverage. A lot time faster then their regular 3g. But Im with Verizon now and I'm loads time happier now!
Joel Neil If Sprint could have gotten text messages within the same hour to me, then I would probably still be with them. Network is way too overloaded.
Abram Wenevermet Dennis Sprint is trash.
Brandon Schecter LTE is non-existent in midtown Atlanta. They just covered the suburbs or something
Mario Vujic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJkpiaZ8HN0&feature=plcp
Dillon Winningham Sprint is hands down horrible.
Cory Musselman Wouldn't know. Not even remotely near one. C'mon, just put it in Pittsburgh and Central PA, Sprint. C'mon.




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