Sprint is slowly expanding its 4G LTE network to better compete with AT&T and Verizon.
Today Sprint announced it now has a 4G LTE network in Baltimore, Maryland; Gainesville, Georgia; Manhattan/Junction City, Kansas; and Sedalia, Missouri. The four cites now have access to higher speeds on Sprint, assuming customers have a phone that works on the network. Phones in Sprint’s 4G LTE include the Galaxy S III, Photon Q 4G LTE, or the HTC EVO 4G LTE.
With the announcement, Sprint now has 4G LTE in a total of 19 cities across the U.S. Most of those cities are in the Midwest and East Coast. Sprint seems content to roll out its faster network in relatively smaller markets before bringing it to larger markets. While Sprint included larger cities like Dallas, Atlanta, and Houston in the first rollout, the carrier still has no 4G LTE in larger markets in the Northeast or on the West Coast.
We know Sprint recently tested some 4G LTE equipment in San Francisco, but we don’t know when it will arrive in Silicon Valley. Other big cites that lack Sprint’s 4G LTE network include New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Seattle.
Verizon already has a massive 4G LTE network, and AT&T is building out its network relatively slowly. Both carriers had a lengthy head start on Sprint. We’d like to see Sprint roll out their network faster than it is right now and we’re sure Sprint would love to move faster as well.
In addition to the 4G LTE roll out, Sprint also announced new 3G service in Baltimore, Boston, and Washington, D.C. today. The new 3G network offers “an exceptionally clear signal, better in-building coverage and fewer dropped/blocked calls.”