Sprint LTE rolls out to more cities
Sprint LTE now available in San Francisco, New York City and Washington D.C.
Sprint just turned on its LTE network in a few more cities (expanding on the 58 markets it already reaches) including parts of San Francisco, New York City and Washington, D.C. The mini roll out also incorporates a few other areas of N.Y., as well as some cities in Fla. including Jacksonville, Miami and Tampa.
As The Verge reports, Sprint's LTE service has been switching on in neighborhoods throughout San Francisco over the past month. But according to Engadget, coverage is still spotty (the tech site observed this while testing devices across the city). The Verge reported Sprint spokesperson Kelly Schlageter stating the following:
"Deployment is just the beginning in San Francisco. Coverage area is somewhat hard to describe at this stage because sites generally aren't contiguous. There are sites on air and around SF, kind of like popcorn."
The expansion news isn't huge, as Sprint already serves up LTE in 58 markets as of January 2013. The wireless carrier doesn't plan on making an official announcement of its new coverage until it can appease the majority of its subscribers. Or, as Schlageter put it "a density of sites to indicate that our customers should consistently have a great 4G LTE experience."
Still, even without a big, official launch from Sprint, customers on the network can enjoy the full range of of what's currently available. It could also help the company work out those spotty areas and any other found glitches with its network in the interim.
Not sure if you have Sprint's 4G LTE coverage yet in your own neighborhood? You can check the company's specific LTE locations via the maps on Sprint's site. The company is reportedly on track to hit 250 million customers by 2014.
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