Sprint launches LTE Plus network in 77 markets with speeds up to 100Mbps

By , Nov 18, 2015

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Sprint on Wednesday announced that it has flipped on the switch for its LTE Plus network in 77 major markets. The next-generation network is now available in several big cities across the United States, including Los Angeles, Dallas-Fort Worth, Orlando and Boston.

In a press release, Sprint CTO Dr. John Saw explains the benefits of LTE Plus over standard LTE, such as stronger and more reliable service, and of course faster speeds. Saw says the new technology is capable of peak speeds in excess of 100Mbps on compatible devices.

The Sprint network is hitting its stride. We’re seeing a significant improvement in performance resulting from our 800MHz and 2.5GHz build, our relentless focus on cell site optimization, and our targeted deployment of LTE Advanced features like carrier aggregation and beamforming.  As a result, we’re today unveiling the Sprint LTE Plus network.

LTE Plus, available today in 77 major markets, takes advantage of our rich triband spectrum portfolio, and it uses some of the world’s most advanced technologies in wireless such as carrier aggregation and antenna beamforming. Key benefits to our customers include:

  • Faster service with double the network capacity and speed, and peak speeds in excess of 100Mbps on capable devices
  • Stronger service with smart antenna technology that extends the cell signal further at 2.5GHz
  • More reliable service utilizing three bands of spectrum – 1.9GHz for broad coverage, 800MHz for better indoor service, and 2.5GHz for even faster data speeds

In honor of its LTE Plus launch, Sprint is offering what it says is the “biggest wireless deal in US history,”: 50% off AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile rate plans. It claims there are no tricks or gimmicks, and the carrier will pay up to $650 in early termination fees for all switchers.

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Since Sprint’s LTE Plus network uses LTE Advanced technology, it’s compatible with several newer handsets like the iPhone 6s, the HTC One A9, and the Samsung Galaxy S6. So it would seem if you live in one of the aforementioned markets, it may be worth revisiting Sprint.

Source: Sprint

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  • Morgan Freeman

    I am kind of surprised to see no comments here hating on Sprint by people who probably never even had them, or had them in a known low coverage area. Hmm..

    • chjode

      Ooh, can I be the first? I lived in Kansas City (home to Sprint’s HQ) and everyone complained about the crappy coverage and speed.

      • Morgan Freeman

        LOL yeah, it is quite ironic how the service isn’t that great there, isn’t it? Oh well, there are still plenty of places all across the country where it’s fantastic! 🙂

      • Manuel Molina

        Yeah, like in Tmobiles head quarters.

      • Farid Ahmed

        have my upvote sir

      • The Guy

        I travel a lot and I’m in Kansas City often… this is literally the one place where I get the best connection, over 5MB/s down even during peak times… seems you got a reply from one of those “never had them or low coverage area” guys, lol.

    • Manuel Molina

      I had sprint – they suck. This plan looks good though. Time to ditch T-Mobile after that 95 dollar unlimited plan bs

    • Minnesota Fats

      I was thinking about switching to Speint. I have an AT&T unlimited plan. I get great speeds at my part time job at Best Buy. However a Sprint customer came in the store and had 0 bars of service, right outside of Denver. I had 3 bars of LTE at 15 Mbps. Guess I will keep my plan!

    • therealjjohnson

      Sprint in Detroit it laughable.

  • Jayy

    Happy Boston is one of the first cities! I would test it right now, but I get 1-2 bars in my house.

  • Матт Реякіпѕ

    People who usually complain about Sprint think of the Sprint that was around before SoftBank bought them. T-Mobile wants people to believe it’s still the same Sprint because T-Mobile’s only good in urban areas. Which isn’t shocking they cater to urban people and it’s the best way to lie about the overall coverage. If you live outside of Urban areas, T-Mobile is the worst. And they know this and their only response is the same response they’ve used for the last 10 years “we are working to improve signal outside of the city limits”. They really aren’t though.

  • Kilo Watt

    100Mbs is useless if you don’t have a signal to actually use it. Sprint’s network blows in the Cincinnati market.

  • George

    T-Mobile should buy Sprint.

    • The Guy

      That would be utterly stupid, they’re completely different banded networks, one is GSM and the other CDMA… besides, Sprint would be the buying company since it has far more buying power.

      • George

        Sprint is a dying company. Nobody even considers them when they think about getting a phone plan.

      • The Guy

        Considering they’ve grown more in the past 2 years than in the past 10, you make absolutely zero sense. Do you know anything about how a business works? Please stop.

      • George

        Lmao, you must have some personal connection with the company.

      • The Guy

        Yes, it’s called cellular service just like the other millions of users… and thanks for proving my point boy, lol.

  • Jayy

    I’m on sprint, I just did a speed test near the Boston Public Library with 5 bars

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      • The Guy

        A few post down from yours, another sprint guy near Atlanta put yours to shame, lol. Looks like you need to find new service.

      • This is t lte+ this is regular old Verizon.

      • The Guy

        And the other guy is using just regular old Sprint… whats your point? He murdered you with regular LTE sprint, imagine when hes able to get this new speed, lol.

      • no he wasn’t, sprint upgraded, look at his old speed test

      • The Guy

        You’re looking at the wrong guy, lol

      • Daryl augystin right? His posts contain multiple tests which also include an older one which was extremely slow.

    • The Guy

      And we know this is Sprint how? You need to go to your results page and open the one you want to show so we can verify service and location down to lat and long.

      • Jayy

        And here’s the speedtest page from that test

      • The Guy

        According to your Lat/Long, you were across the street from the library, you sir are a liar, hehe. Thanks for clearing that up, I was joking about the liar comment, the lat/long is not perfect.

      • Jayy

        lol well I was actually across the street from the library, and not directly in front. didn’t think it mattered to clarify on that. So I guess it that lat/long is perfect lol

  • Gary Iciano

    What about if I have the iPhone 6s Plus the going to pay off my phone just to joing them??

  • AnoNymouz

    Every night around 2:30 am I would lose signal. Makes sense that they were upgrading towers here. Just ran a speed test and I usually get like 12 Mbps up and like 7 Mbps down. I work in a steel mill company and reception is never the greatest but it’s been good so far and I usually get 1 to 2 bars.

  • khmi

    Sprint has vastly improved there network over the last 12-18 months here in the Bay Area. Fast LTE pretty much everywhere. They need to improve there rural coverage though. If I leave the metro area, the data is back to what I remember them being, super slow 3G.

  • M2

    I can’t find a list of the 13 phones. Every site has the same “press release” from sprint. Looks like this used to be sprint spark so I am assuming the 6plus works with the new tech.

  • Ron G

    My wife and sister are on Sprint and the data speeds suck in NYC. They get good signal for calls but LTE is spotty even though the coverage map says all of NYC is covered. I have T-mobile and my data speeds blow them away.

  • daryl augustin

    Pretty decent speeds here about an hour north of Atlanta

  • Unknow Unknow

    When supposed sprint learn that their service is incapable of run 3,4or lte speeds

  • Jack H. Dunk

    Sprint’s Terrible Corporate Management Team Sent me a false statement letter stating that they are working hard on upgrading their network but they are actually not doing what they’re supposed to do like Changing their business model to provide customers their actual network deployment and network outage info from their internal system tools and to listen to their customers like they used to back in the old days. instead they lied to me about their service and we need to start a protest community campaign against sprint and their board of directors to take them out of business for making false excuses to their loyal customers

  • Jack H. Dunk

    GET A LIFE SPRINT STOP SENDING YOUR DUMB WARNING EMAIL NOTICES TO THE PERSONS NAME WHO PAYS THE BILL ON FILE AND START SENDING THEM TO THE ACCOUNT OWNER’S EMAIL ADDRESS BECAUSE WHAT YOU’RE DOING IS A BREACH OF CONTRACT AND START BEING INTERESTED IN LEASING ONTO OUTDOOR DAS SYSTEMS IN RURAL AREAS WITH DENSE SEASONAL TOURIST POPULATION BECAUSE WE ARE SICK AND TIRED OF YOU TERMINATING OUR ACCOUNTS FOR COMPLAINING ABOUT YOUR TERRIBLE CORPORATE LEADERSHIP AND YOU’RE GOING TO GO PERMANENTLY OUT OF BUSINESS IF YOU WON’T GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER