This is the list of communities in the United States in which there is at least one tower of Sprint/Clear 4G service currently active. These are frequently referred to as "Unannounced Cities." There are more than 400 communities in which Sprint now has some basic 4G service, but does not officially acknowledge. Some of these connections may not be full speed 4G, as not all tower locations have had their backhaul upgraded. Peformance reults vary widely.
I started going through the Clear map every couple of days scanning for new service to pop up. I created a Facebook page where I post live updates of new towers as they are discovered. You can subscribe at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sprint-4G-Rollout-Updates/257896107561168 and get the latest information!
I just got off the phone with a clear rep, and he said that lihue and puhi on the island of Kauai in Hawaii have 4g right now. He also said that they are building towers and updating the 3g towers so that everyone from Kekaha to Princeville will have access to 4g if they have the phones to connect in a couple of months.
Quick question, how come in Cincinnati I get about 8-9 megs download on 4g, and in Lexington it tops out about 3-4 megs?
It could be a couple of things. Number one, are you comparing apples to apples? Is that the speed you are averaging in both cities when you have the same amount of bars on your signal indicator?
If so, the short answer is likely backhaul. The connection from the tower to the internet is backhaul. Clearwire is running around slamming one tower of service in every CMA (Cellular Market Area). They didn't necessarily upgrade the backhaul when they turned on these service areas in Unnannounced Cities. Or as I see it called in other Message Boards, "Protection Sites." In places where they did a real rollout (i.e. Cincinnati), they upgraded all the backhaul to support high bandwidth, high volume traffic.
Another issue in these "protection site" service areas, is that the coverage may not have all their antennas installed as they would for full service, and they are not fully tuend and pointed over the area to optimize coverage. IN a place like Lexington where there is a lot of dense foliage and rolling hills, not giving the extra attention to signal pointing and additional antennas can have a drastic impact on service level quality.
Unfortunately, this tower in Lexington was just an item on a check list to get complete for Clearwire to protect it's license with the FCC in that CMA. There was virtually no thought given to a level for quality of service for Sprint customers. In fact, there wasn't much thought given at all!
I live in one of the unannounced cities & or protection site called Torrington, ct. Just one tower about 3 miles or so away from my house. Its been 3 days since i found this spot in my house for the sprint mifi 4082 hotspot set on 4g only. It works 24 hours a day. The device does not shut of when its gets hot either. I get between 82-92 dbms at 2 bars 100% of the time. Mostly at the 82-86dbm range. This spot taped to my glass on the side door "extra door not in use" facing the tower on a hill. Indoor coverage away from the door is non-existant. If i move the device 6 inches from this spot the signal goes to yellow. Whch means 0 bars no dbm's. If this works out i am cancelling my wired internet. The signal works throughout the house with multible devices running at the same time "blu-ray & x-box live desktop pc ect.". For a site that doesn't exist i am not complaining. No throttling detected either. I am hitting 5gb of usage as of my 3rd day testing this connection as my only wireless modem in my house. Speedtest have been around 3mb to 5mb during the day to up to 10mb at night "after 9:00pm before 7:00am" download. About .3 to .5 mb upload 24 hours.
I've driven all over supposed (live) spots in Detroit. NONE of them are 4G on my Epic.
Detroit is the 6th largest metropolitan area in the nation. Sprint just doesn't care.
Nobody lives in the city of Detroit, it's a higher population desinty in the sub-urbs, and yet, the plan is to roll out urban first.
nice sprint. That's using your brains. Way to charge extra for your paying customers then never release 4G.
I can't even get over 100kbps in a full 5 bar signal area. Tech support can't fix it.
Sprints just useless, I swear. Can't wait until my contract ends. Many many years of being a Sprint customer. Never again.
FYI, you might want to read this thread http://community.sprint.com/baw/thread/77352?start=0&tstart=0 before you cancel your wireline service, if you're using 5GB in 3 days, the overages at $50/GB will add up pretty quick!
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