Sprint has been through a lot this year. Some of it has been good, but most of the news coming out of Sprint has not been pleasant. That being said they have never given up and are still doing their best to improve their network and their general outlook in the tech community. Today’s news is proof that Sprint still has some fight left in 2015. Sprint will soon officially announce the expansion of its Sprint Spark service into 18 new cities across the country. The cities of Buffalo-Niagara Falls, New York, Corpus Cristi, Texas, Toledo, Ohio, Warrensburg, Missouri, Green Bay and Madison, Wisconsin, Pueblo, Colorado, Salisbury, Maryland, Walla Walla, Washington and Sherman/Denison and Wichita Falls Texas to name a few will receive Sprint Spark LTE service on select devices.
Sprint Spark is designed to switch between Sprint’s 800MHz, 1.9GHz, and 2.5GHz cellular bands, depending on where you are located and what you’re doing on your phone at that particular time. Because Sprint Spark jumps from bandwidth to bandwidth choosing the strongest, and best signal Spark is said to reach 50 Mbps, which is better the average LTE speed of about 20 Mbps. Sprint started this service back in 2013 and before the 18 new cities it was only available in 149 cities across the United States. When Sprint Spark was first launched in 2013, only a handful of devices could utilize the service like the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Samsung Galaxy Mega. Today this device list has grown and now includes the Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, LG G4 and the HTC One M9 among others.
This is welcome news for Sprint, which has to deal with its CEO fighting other CEO’s on Twitter and losing its spot as the nation’s 3rd largest wireless communications provider. Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure even talked about pulling the plug on unlimited data in the future to save money. All these pieces of information came before the biggest piece of bad news, which was they were bleeding money in the struggle to improve and gain ground on its rivals. So because of that parent company SoftBank from Japan had to step in and assure investors that Sprint was on firm footing, and they were still going to back them financially. So while this might only be a small piece of good news in what is turning into an ocean of bad, Sprint will gladly take it.