Sprint launches Sprint Spark, switches on LTE in 70 new markets

Sprint launches Sprint Spark, switches on LTE in 70 new markets

Sprint has announced the launch of Sprint Spark, a new network capability to reach higher LTE speeds, as well as the launch of LTE in more markets. Spark uses three spectrum frequencies in order to reach LTE speeds of up to 60Mbps. The carrier said that their 3G network had seen major upgrades in 2013, and both 3G and LTE networks will soon have better voice and data coverage in buildings, according to their press release:

These advances are made possible because of the continued rollout of Sprint’s Network Vision program in 2013, which includes a complete upgrade of the 3G network and deployment of 4G LTE. As part of that program, Sprint is redeploying its 800MHz spectrum for LTE and 3G with the goal of delivering improved in-building coverage for voice and data.

Sprint also announced the addition today of 70 LTE markets, including Green Bay, Wisonson, Orlando, Florida, and San Diego, California. This means that Sprint LTE now covers 300 markets. Sprint is also rolling out their HD Voice capabilities on their network, hoping to give phone calls more clarity than they've previously had.

If you're a Sprint customer, have you seen any of these improvements, or has LTE just been switched on in your area? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Sprint

Joseph Keller

Joseph Keller is a news reporter for iMore. He's also chilling out and having a sandwich.

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There are 5 comments. Add yours.

asuperstarr says:

Wow! That is great. It making the company more appealing with better coverage.

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bostoneagle104 says:

Unfortunately, iPhones are not Spark capable. Hopefully the iPhone 6 will be.

Becjr says:

That sound great an all, but I'd think Sprint would have to have internal antenna relays to improve signal strength indoors. Technology is mysterious magic!

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Derrick4Real says:

My sprint is worse now than before. dropped calls all the time. I hope they improve but where i'm at in LA it's worse. my tower has been on the fritz for over a month. Sprint's not fixed it. I still get dropped calls. That said i don't have an lte phone. But my 3G is crap.

cburke1982 says:

LTE in STL! It is wicked fast in my house, the real test will be at work in an old thick brick building. I was lucky to get 2 bars/dots next to a window on 3G. Here's to hoping its improved!

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