Sprint has quite the announcements here at CES 2014 today. They are announcing that Sprint Spark is launching in 6 new markets today. Those markets include Dallas, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Texas, as well as Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Sprint is promising that these markets will now see peak speeds of up 60mbps, which is now available in a total of 11 markets. Now remember peak speeds, isn’t what you’ll actually get. Based on network congestion, and how many people are on the network, you may get slower speeds.
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Additionally, Sprint Spark is making it’s way to Virgin Mobile USA, on the new Netgear Mingle Mobile Hotspot. This is the first US tri-band device that is designed for no-contract customers. It’s also going to be hitting Virgin mobile stores this quarter and will be available on Virgin Mobile’s competitive Broadband2Go no-contract plans. This includes daily service on Sprint’s 3G/4G LTE networks, for about $5 per day.
Sprint also confirmed that the LG G Flex will also be coming to their network very soon, which LG announced yesterday morning. It will be able to take full advantage of Sprint’s Spark network as well. There’s also the Netgear LTE Gateway 6100D, which brings the benefits of Sprint Spark’s improved in-building coverage to business and enterprise customers. It is a fixed wireless router designed to bring high data bandwidth and 24/7 connectivity to fit any business need.
Finally, Sprint made the new Framily plans official today. Which we heard a rumor about earlier today. it basically allows you to share an account ID with your friends and family to get a nice discount on your bill. Each extra line is $5 off. Plans start at $55/month for unlimited talk and text with 1GB of data, with options for 3GB of data and unlimited data. It’s pretty competitive with T-Mobile, much more competitive than what AT&T and Verizon have launched lately.