During Sprint's earnings call today, they also announced that they have launched their LTE network in another 41 markets. This brings their LTE coverage to roughly 225 million people. However, they don't have that many customers – Verizon only has about half that many. Sprint also announced that Spark is available in 6 more cities. For those that are unaware, Sprint Spark is their higher speed LTE network that runs on three different bands. By running on three different bands, we can get around 60mbps. Now this is real life usage, not theoretical speeds. In a Sprint Spark market I got around 55mbps on the Galaxy S5 not too long ago. Which is pretty damn good, if you ask me. Sprint also hopes to up that speed to around 300mbps in the next year or so when it has blanketed the entire US.
Sprint Spark is now available in 24 cities; Austin, Texas; Baltimore; Chicago; Dallas; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Fort Worth, Texas; Houston; Jacksonville, Fla.; Kansas City, Kan./Mo.; Los Angeles; Miami; New York; Newark, N.J.; Oakland, Calif.; Orlando, Fla.; Philadelphia; Provo, Utah; Salt Lake City; San Antonio; Tacoma, Wash.; Tampa, Fla.; Trenton, N.J.; Waukegan, Ill.; and West Palm Beach, Fla. And more are coming online every day. For those interested, we have Sprint's entire press release from this announcement down below. How many of you are enjoying some of Sprint Spark now? Let us know in the comments below.
Sprint Spark Delivers Powerful Peak Wireless Speeds of 60Mbps in Six More Cities
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), April 29, 2014 – Sprint (NYSE:S) today announced that its all-new network offers 4G LTE service in 41 more cities. Sprint 4G LTE now covers more than 225 million people and remains on track to cover 250 million by mid-year. Sprint Sparkâ„¢, an enhanced LTE service delivering peak wireless speeds of 60Mbps, is available in six new cities, and is expected to cover 100 million people by year-end.
4G LTE data speeds are now available to more customers in such locations as Long Island, N.Y., Minneapolis, and Phoenix. Customers in Newark, N.J.; Oakland, Calif.; Orlando, Fla.; Tacoma, Wash.; Waukegan, Ill.; and West Palm Beach, Fla. will also now benefit from even faster data speeds with the availability of Sprint Spark.
"We're making great progress on Network Vision and customers are pleased with the faster data speeds and crystal clear voice calls," said John Saw, chief network officer at Sprint. "Today our network is delivering significantly better service. Furthermore, it's a strong foundation for tomorrow – a time will ultimately come when customer demands for bandwidth, and technology changes with 4G and beyond, will require the kind of platform we now have in place."
Sprint Spark is an enhanced LTE service that's built for data and designed to deliver peak wireless speeds of 60Mbps today on capable devices, with the potential for speeds three times as fast by late next year.1 Sprint offers 14 Sprint Spark-enabled devices, including the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S® 5 and HTC One (M8). With its unique combination of network technologies, spectrum capacity and tri-band devices, Sprint Spark is designed to greatly improve the performance of video and other bandwidth-intensive applications. It enables stutter-free video chat on-the-go and mobile gaming that leaves lag behind.
Sprint's all-new network also includes HD Voice in many cities today, with nationwide availability expected by mid-year. HD Voice is a new Sprint standard for crystal-clear voice calls. It provides a fuller, more natural-sounding voice, plus noise-cancelling technology that virtually eliminates background noise from places like a busy road or crowded restaurant. 2
Sprint 4G LTE is available in 443 cities. Sprint Spark is available in the following 24 cities: Austin, Texas; Baltimore; Chicago; Dallas; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Fort Worth, Texas; Houston; Jacksonville, Fla.; Kansas City, Kan./Mo.; Los Angeles; Miami; New York; Newark, N.J.; Oakland, Calif.; Orlando, Fla.; Philadelphia; Provo, Utah; Salt Lake City; San Antonio; Tacoma, Wash.; Tampa, Fla.; Trenton, N.J.; Waukegan, Ill.; and West Palm Beach, Fla.
Sprint Framily Plan and Virgin Mobile Broadband2Go
Innovation at Sprint is not limited to advances with the network. Customers with Sprint Spark-enabled devices can select the new Sprint FramilySM Plan – a pricing program available to new and existing customers. The more people added to the group, up to 10 phone lines, the greater the savings for everyone on the plan. Build a group of at least seven people and everyone gets unlimited talk, text and 1GB of data for $25 per month per line (pricing excludes taxes and surcharges). For only $20 per month per line, Sprint Framily Plan members can buy up to unlimited data, and they are eligible for a new phone every year. Unlimited features are while on the Sprint network.
Customers of Sprint's prepaid brands – including Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA – also benefit from the enhancements to the 3G, 4G LTE and Sprint Spark services. Both brands offer a number of 4G LTE devices and Virgin Mobile now offers the NETGEAR® Mingleâ„¢ Mobile Hotspot, the first Sprint Spark device available for U.S. prepaid customers.