Sprint starting LTE 4G rollout in 2012

With Verizon leading the charge, and AT&T following on, Sprint has just elaborated on their own plans to launch an LTE (Long Term Evolution) 4G network beginning next year.

Sprint plans to launch 4G LTE on its 1900 MHz spectrum by midyear 2012 and complete the network build-out by the end of 2013. By the end of 2013, Sprint’s 4G coverage footprint is expected to cover more than 250 million people.

LTE is often considered true 4G (or at least truer until we get full voice-over-LTE), with theoretical downloads speeds of 50 Mbps or more. Given the availability of proper chipsets that allow for both thin devices and long battery life, Apple is rumored to be considering an LTE iPhone for 2012 as well.

Source: Sprint

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  • does anyone know if this will mean that sprint lte phones will be able to roam on verizon lte or at&t lte networks like sprint cdma can roam on verizon cdma?
    If so shouldn't we be looking forward to a future with exceptional 4G coverage? Like if you combine them all shouldn't we always be able to get great connections assuming they are not all exactly in the exact same spot. Like san francisco may suck for AT&T's lte but it won't matter cause maybe Sprints will be good and when an AT&T customer signal goes bad they jump to the Sprint LTE?
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