Sprint Launches LTE

Sprint turned on its all-new LTE network in 15 cities over the weekend. Sprint is using their PCS spectrum (1.9 GHz) for FD-LTE and has five devices that can use it, the HTC EVO 4G LTE ($199.99); LG Viper 4G LTE ($99.99); Samsung Galaxy Nexus ($199.99); Samsung Galaxy S III ($199.99 for 16GB version); and Sierra Wireless 4G LTE Tri-Fi Hotspot, which supports LTE, WiMAX and 3G ($99.99). Sprint has LTE coverage maps for more detailed coverage information.

Sprint said the following areas now have LTE coverage:

  • Atlanta
  • Athens, Ga.
  • Calhoun, Ga.
  • Carrollton, Ga.
  • Newnan, Ga.
  • Rome, Ga.
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Granbury-Hood County, Texas
  • Houston
  • Huntsville, Texas
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Waco, Texas
  • Kansas City, Mo.-Kan.
  • St. Joseph, Mo.

Sprint talks up its unlimited data plan, a feature neither AT&T nor Verizon offer. Sprint’s Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, Anytime includes unlimited data, texting and calling to and from any mobile phone in America while on the Sprint network, starting at $79.99 per month for smartphones.

Sprint expects to cover 123 million POPs with LTE by year-end, and 250 million POPs with LTE by the end of 2013. Verizon’s LTE network, which launched in December 2012, covers two-thirds of the U.S. population, and the company plans to cover 260 million POPs with LTE by year-end. AT&T’s LTE network, which launched in September 2011, now covers more than 74 million POPs and AT&T expects to cover around 150 million POPs by year-end.

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