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According to a recent study, email, social networking and web browsing – all through your phone’s network, like 4G LTE – remains to be the top three types of applications that consumers use on their smartphone.*


Sprint today turned on 4G LTE service in 34 more cities with our expanding all-new 4G network. With our groundbreaking Sprint Unlimited Guarantee, Sprint customers can get unlimited talk, text and data while on the Sprint network guaranteed for the life of the line of service.

New 4G LTE markets in September

  • Alexandria, La.
  • Allegan, Mich.
  • Amarillo, Texas
  • Anniston/Oxford, Ala.
  • Bay City, Mich.
  • Beaumont/Port Arthur, Texas
  • Bedford, Pa.
  • Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Del Rio, Texas
  • Enid, Okla.
  • Fort Atkinson, Wis.
  • Greenville, Miss.
  • Houma/Bayou Cane/Thibodaux, La.
  • Juniata and Mifflin counties, Pa.
  • Kinston, N.C.
  • Lake Charles, La.
  • Lawton, Okla.
  • Longview, Texas
  • Lufkin, Texas
  • Lumberton, N.C.
  • Macon, Ga.
  • Marshfield/Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
  • Midland, Texas
  • Monroe, Mich.
  • Montgomery, Ala.
  • Muskogee, Okla.
  • Oklahoma City
  • Ruston, La.
  • Salem, Ore.
  • San Angelo, Texas
  • Sheboygan, Wis.
  • Stillwater, Okla.
  • Victoria, Texas
  • Whitewater, Wis.


For a complete list of Sprint’s 4G markets, click here.

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The Nextel National Network (iDEN) shut down on June 30, 2013.

If you have a device that operated exclusively on the Nextel National Network (iDEN), this means:

  • Your Nextel (iDEN) devices no longer can make calls, including 9-1-1 calls
  • Your Nextel (iDEN) lines have been cancelled
  • Your Nextel (iDEN) phone number(s) will be lost and you cannot move that number to another carrier.
  • You may lose contacts, pictures or other data stored on your Nextel devices

If you desire to resume service with Sprint on devices that operate on the Nationwide Sprint Network, please contact us  as follows: 

Business customers:

Contact your Sprint representative or Dedicated Care specialist or call 800-927-2199

Personal customers:

Visit your local Sprint store or call 855-881-5353 today!  (add find a store link)

NOTE:  If you have a PowerSource device (ic402, ic502, ic602, ic902) , the push-to-talk feature stopped working at shutdown; the device, however, will continue to make and receive voice phone calls over the Nationwide Sprint Network.  As this is an older technology, we encourage PowerSource customers to move to the Sprint CDMA network.  Also PowerSource devices are no longer supported by Service and Repair and as of 6.30.13  you are unable to manage your PowerSource device via online account management tools.

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The more recent blog for the iDEN network shut down is located here.

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The Nextel National Network (iDEN) will shut down on June 30, 2013, starting at 12:01AM. If you have a device that operates exclusively on the Nextel National Network (iDEN), this means:

  • Beginning at 12:01AM on June 30, your Nextel (iDEN) devices will not be able to make calls, including 9-1-1 calls
  • You will lose your existing phone numbers if you take no action before June 30, 2013. As a result, you will not be able to transfer your current phone numbers to Sprint devices or devices with an alternative wireless carrier
  • You may lose contacts, pictures or other data stored on your Nextel devices All remaining Nextel/iDEN devices will be deactivated on June 30, 2013.

If you have a PowerSource device (ic402, ic502, ic602, ic902) , the push-to-talk feature will stop working on June 30, 2013; the device, however, will continue to make and receive voice phone calls over the Nationwide Sprint Network.  As this is an older technology, we encourage PowerSource customers to move to the Sprint CDMA network.  Also PowerSource devices are no longer supported by Service and Repair and after the network shutdown on 6/30/2013.  Customers will be unable to manage their PowerSource devices via online account management tools.

Don’t wait — When changing phones, the phone number moves to the new phone when the phone is activated.

When you move to CDMA after June 21, we may not be able to ship the CDMA phone in time to have it activated and working before we  shutdown the Nextel  iDEN network.   It takes up to 5 business days to process and ship the order.

Ordering an activated  phone guarantees that your phone number  will move to the CDMA phone before June 30 and you will not loose it.

Business customers take action!

Contact your Sprint representative or Dedicated Care specialist or call 800-927-2199 today to discuss the generous device offers and migration assistance that we can provide to ease your transition to the Nationwide Sprint Network.

Personal customers

Visit your local Sprint store or call 855-881-5353 today! Our goal is to make your transition as easy as possible.

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It’s crunch time for undecided iDEN/Nextel customer with less than 30 days until the Nextel Network shutdown set for June 30, 2013. If a you do nothing to proactively move your line prior to12:01 am on June 30 your phone will no longer work - including 911 calling, you will lose their phone/PTT numbers and your line will automatically be cancelled.

If a you want to keep their phone number -- either staying with Sprint or move to another carrier -- it’s important you take action NOW and NOT wait until the last week of June as it can take several days to fully complete the move.

We recommend placing migration orders no later than 3pm on Friday, 6 /21 to ensure you will have enough time to:

1. Receive any shipped order/new devices and accessories

2. Charge the new equipment batteries

3. Process the network change/swap

4. Set up and program the new phone voicemail, data, contacts, other preferred settings,  etc.

At the end of the month there can be unexpected shipping delays, longer call or store wait times, or temporary outages of in stock device choices which also add to the urgency of moving as soon as possible.

IMPORTANT: if you want to keep your phone number should ensure that you are completely moved off iDEN by Friday, 6/28 and therefore avoid the 6/29-30 weekend iDEN network cancellation activities.

Note:  PowerSource customers who have the hybrid devices (ic402, ic502, ic802, and ic902) that combine a Sprint CDMA voice/data  with Nextel push-to-talk will not be cancelled at shutdown as these customer can continue to use their current device  post 6/30 just without the PTT service.   If you have PowerSource devices,* the push-to-talk feature will no longer work; however, these devices will retain their voice and data capabilities.

We urge you to contact your Sprint Sales Representative or Dedicated Care Specialist or call 800-927-2199 today to discuss our generous device offers and migration assistance that we can provide to ease your transition.

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Hello Los Angeles. And Charlotte. And Memphis.

Sprint 4G LTE now is available in 21 more markets, including Los Angeles, Contra Costa County, Calif., Charlotte, N.C., Norfolk, Va., and Memphis, Tenn.

“Today more Americans are using smartphones and tablets to consume entertainment, GPS and applications than ever before,” said Bob Azzi, senior vice president-Network, Sprint. “In fact, in 2012, Sprint achieved annual smartphone sales of nearly 20 million. All this requires improved network reliability and speed. Sprint’s customers will experience immediate benefits on the 4G LTE network when they stream videos, socialize, play games and interact with thousands of apps using our unlimited data plans.”

Sprint continues to bring a better wireless experience to more customers across the country as it builds out its all-new 3G and 4G LTE network.  4G LTE from Sprint now is available in 88 markets.

Switch to Sprint

Through May 9th, customers switching their number to Sprint from another carrier can save up to $100 on any smartphone with a new two-year service agreement and qualifying plan.

The 21 new Sprint 4G LTE markets:

  • Albemarle, N.C.
  • Bloomington, Ind.
  • Charlotte, N.C.
  • Contra Costa County, Calif.
  • Denison, Texas
  • Greeneville, Tenn.
  • Joplin, Mo.
  • Kerrville, Texas
  • Lafayette, Ind.
  • Lincolnton, N.C.
  • Los Angeles
  • Mankato/North Mankato, Minn.
  • Memphis, Tenn.
  • Norfolk/Virginia Beach/Newport News, Va.
  • Palm Bay, Fla.
  • Port St. Lucie, Fla.
  • Rochelle, Ill.
  • Salisbury, N.C.
  • Shelby, N.C.
  • Tullahoma, Tenn.
  • West Palm Beach, Fla.

Many Sprint customers are discovering Sprint 4G LTE in cities that haven’t yet officially been announced, including Washington, D.C., New York and San Francisco.

Sprint has announced more than 170 markets where LTE will be available in the coming months, and is adding the following markets to that list today:

  • Fargo, N.D.
  • Orlando, Fla.
  • Portland, Ore.
  • Spokane, Wash.
  • Tallahassee, Fla.
  • Albertville, Ala.
  • Centralia, Wash.
  • Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
  • Durant, Okla.
  • El Paso, Texas
  • Enid, Okla.
  • Enterprise/Ozark, Ala.
  • Eugene/Springfield, Ore.
  • Faribault/Northfield, Minn.
  • Greenville, Miss.
  • Hattiesburg, Miss.
  • Jacksonville, Texas
  • Kennewick/Pasco/Richland, Wash.
  • LaGrange, Ga.
  • Longview, Texas
  • Longview, Wash.
  • Milledgeville, Ga.
  • Moses Lake, Wash.
  • Paducah, Ky.
  • Picayune, Miss.
  • Poplar Bluff, Mo.
  • Russellville, Ark.
  • Seaford, Del.
  • Sterling,  Ill.
  • Talladega/Sylacauga, Ala.
  • Tulsa, Okla.
  • Valdosta, Ga.
  • Wenatchee/East Wenatchee, Wash.
  • Yakima, Wash.

More information:

Updates - For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE portfolio and rollout, visit www.sprint.com/network.

Maps - For detailed 4G LTE maps, visit www.sprint.com/coverage. Customers are encouraged to check back often because the maps will be updated whenever coverage is enhanced.

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Are you finding LTE signals in your city where we haven’t launched LTE? If so, tell us about it.

We continue to make progress in bringing Sprint customers an all-new 4G LTE network, which will provide faster speeds for uploading photos, surfing the Web and streaming videos.

In some areas where Sprint has not yet officially launched LTE, it's possible that customers may encounter a part of the network that has been turned on for testing.

We enjoy seeing customers reach out to tell us about how much they like experiencing our 4G LTE.

So, if you’re in Los Angeles, we invite you discover and use LTE where you’re already finding it. Share where you are and your experience on Twitter using the #Discover4GLA hashtag. Keep in mind that any speeds, connection or coverage on our 4G LTE network prior to an official launch won’t necessarily be representative of what you  will see in that city at launch.

For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE portfolio, rollout and detailed 4G LTE maps, visit www.sprint.com/coverage. Customers are encouraged to check back often, as the maps will be updated whenever coverage is enhanced.

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“With today’s announcement, Sprint is enabling even more customers to sample the power of 4G LTE on their smartphones, tablets and wireless hotspots.”

Bob Azzi, senior vice president-Network, Sprint

Sprint customers in 67 markets now are experiencing faster speeds for uploading photos, surfing the Web and streaming videos.

We are launching 4G LTE in nine new areas as part of our efforts to bring a better wireless experience to more customers every day as we build out an all-new 3G and 4G LTE network.

“The network team continues to build and test the new network across the country, including areas like San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York,” said Bob Azzi, senior vice president-Network, Sprint. “Customers report they are already finding a 4G LTE signal in these places, and we look forward to providing even more reliable access to the data they need with our official launches.”

Sprint 4G LTE is launching in:

Altoona, Pa., Asheville, N.C., Columbus, Ind., Elkhart/Goshen, Ind., Hammond, La., La Crosse, Wis., San Juan, Puerto Rico, Statesville, N.C., and Temple, Texas.

Switch to Sprint

Customers in 4G LTE service areas will be able to use their smartphones – such as Samsung Galaxy S® III, Samsung Galaxy Note® II or LG Optimus G™ – to share a picture of their favorite band performing at a local arena or to check the Web for basketball scores with greater speed.

Through April 11, with Switch to Sprint save $100 instantly on the Samsung Galaxy S II or the Galaxy S III

Wireless Network News: Network Vision

Customers can expect to experience the following improvements once 3G upgrades and 4G LTE service come to their area:

•          Faster data speeds to enable instant Web access for news updates, HD viewing and game-playing, quicker video downloads and clearer video chats.

•          Better signal strength when accessing the Web.

•          Fewer dropped calls for peace of mind when talking to friends, family or colleagues.

More information:

For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE portfolio and rollout and detailed 4G LTE maps, providing coverage information right down to the address please visit www.sprint.com/coverage. Customers are encouraged to check back often, as the maps will be updated when coverage in these markets is enhanced.

    

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Add Boston, Austin, Fort Wayne, Ind., and western Puerto Rico to the expanding list of areas receiving Sprint 4G LTE service.

We are starting 2013 by building on the progress we made last year to introduce an all-new 4G LTE network. Sprint now offers service in 58 markets .

Wireless Network News: Network Vision

Faster speeds

With 4G LTE service from Sprint, wireless users can take full advantage of faster speeds to upload photos, surf the web and stream videos on their Sprint smartphone.

Sprint’s network build out, known as Network Vision, not only delivers 4G LTE but also is expected to provide 3G customers better wireless signal strength, in-building coverage, and fewer dropped/blocked calls. These 3G improvements are already available to customers in several cities across the country, such as Baltimore, Boston, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. All Sprint 3G customers in these areas, including the company’s prepaid customers on Assurance Wireless, Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile can expect to see better coverage and improved network reliability and voice quality once the improvements come to their areas. 

“Now our customers can keep track of their favorite local basketball, football and baseball teams with 4G LTE on their Sprint smartphones, tablets and mobile hotspots,” said Karen Paletta, regional vice president-Consumer Sales, Sprint.

4G LTE

Massachusetts

We are expanding 4G LTE service in the Bay State, bringing faster speeds for uploading photos, surfing the web and streaming homemade videos to residents in Boston

and Framingham, Mass.

In Massachusetts, Sprint 4G LTE also is available to customers in Barnstable/Hyannis/Mid-Cape, New Bedford/Fall River, and Peabody.

Texas

We are offering 4G LTE service in Austin and College Station/Bryan.

In Texas, Sprint also offers 4G LTE service in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, Granbury/Hood County, Huntsville, Wichita Falls and Waco.

  

Indiana

  

We are launching 4G LTE service in Fort Wayne. 

In Indiana, Sprint also offers 4G LTE to customers in Anderson, Gary, Indianapolis/Carmel, Muncie and South Bend/Mishawaka.

  

Puerto Rico

We have significantly improved 3G service in Puerto Rico and also expanded 4G LTE service to more customers – launching our new, faster data network in Aguadilla, Isabela, Cabo Rojo and Mayagüez. These cities are in addition to Ponce, Coamo and Guayama – which have offered 4G LTE since 2012.

Sprint continues to show significant progress in the build out of its all-new 4G LTE network – reaching more customers every day. In addition to the Boston area, today Sprint launched 4G LTE service in: Austin, Texas; College Station/Bryan, Texas; Columbia, Tenn.; Emporia, Kan.; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Gettysburg, Pa.; and Western Puerto Rico (including Aguadilla, Isabela, Cabo Rojo, Mayagüez).

    

More information

Please visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE for the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE portfolio and rollout.

For detailed 4G LTE maps, providing coverage information right down to the address, please visit www.sprint.com/coverage.

Sprint Network Vision Information Center

i Anderson, Ind.; Atlanta; Athens, Ga.; Austin, Texas; Baltimore; Barnstable/Hyannis/Mid-Cape, Mass.; Boston; Bryan/College Station, Texas; Calhoun, Ga.; Carrollton, Ga.; Chicago/Naperville/Joliet, Ill.; Clark County, Va./Jefferson County, W.Va.; Columbia, Tenn.; Dallas; Emporia, Kan.; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Fort Worth, Texas; Framingham, Mass.; Franklin County, Pa.; Gainesville, Ga.; Gary, Ind.; Gettysburg, Pa.; Granbury/Hood County, Texas; Hagerstown, Md./Martinsburg, W.Va.; Harrisburg/Carlisle/Hershey, Pa.; Harrisonburg, Va.; Houston; Huntsville, Texas; Hutchinson, Kan.; Indianapolis/Carmel, Ind.; Kankakee/Bradley/Bourbonnais, Ill.; Kansas City, Kan./Mo.; Lawrence, Kan.; Manhattan/Junction City, Kan.; McPherson, Kan.; Muncie, Ind.; New Bedford/Fall River, Mass.; Newnan, Ga.; Peabody, Mass.; Rockford, Ill.; Rome, Ga.; Salina, Kan.; San Antonio; Santa Rosa/Petaluma, Calif.; Sedalia, Mo.; Shenandoah/Page Counties, Va.; South Bend/Mishawaka, Ind.; Southern PR: Ponce/Coamo/Guayama, Puerto Rico; St. Joseph, Mo.; Topeka, Kan.; Vallejo/Fairfield, Calif.; Waco, Texas; Waukegan/Lake County, Ill.; Western PR: Aguadilla/Isabela/Cabo Rojo/Mayagüez, Puerto Rico; Wichita Falls, Texas; Wichita, Kan.; Winchester, Va.; York/Hanover, Pa.

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“We’re committed to providing improved 3G and 4G LTE as quickly as possible, and keeping our customers informed as to when and where they can experience the new network’s superior performance and speed. Our customers depend on their mobile devices as their primary source of communication, business connectivity and entertainment. We’re delivering all of that functionality at a very competitive price.”

-          Bob Azzi, senior vice president-Network, Sprint.

As we start a new year Sprint is continuing a push to deliver an enhanced top-tier network experience for our customers. The 4G LTE network build is progressing in 28 additional cities within the Sprint nationwide 3G footprint.

 

This is part of an overall effort with the goal of increasing efficiency and enhancing network coverage, call quality and data speeds for customers across the United States.

Work has begun on the 4G LTE network in the following additional areas:

•          Albany, GA

•          Anderson, SC

•          Bay City, MI

•          Branson, MO

•          Bremerton/Silverdale, WA

•          Columbus, GA

•          Columbus, MS

•          Decatur, AL

•          Florence/Muscle Shoals, AL

•          Gadsden, AL

•          Gaffney, SC

•          Gettysburg, PA

•          Glasgow, KY

•          Homosassa Springs, FL

•          Hot Springs, AR

•          Lake City, FL

•          Lake Havasu City/Kingman, AZ

•          Midland, MI

•          Nacogdoches, TX

•          Opelousas/Eunice, LA

•          Oxford, MS

•          Paris, TX

•          Pittsfield, MA

•          Saginaw, MI

•          Spartanburg, SC

•          The Villages, FL

•          Waycross, GA

•          Winona, MN

During the pre-launch phase, Sprint customers with capable devices may begin to see 4G LTE coverage in these areas and are welcome to use the network even before it officially launches. Through the initiative we call Network Vision, voice quality is enhanced and Sprint customers in upgraded areas are seeing better performance on their smartphones, mobile broadband connection cards and mobile hotspots when using the Sprint 4G LTE and 3G networks.

Sprint plans to announce commercial availability of 4G LTE in these cities in the coming months, followed by continued enhancements in coverage, performance and reliability. Ultimately, Sprint’s 4G LTE coverage is expected to largely match the existing nationwide 3G footprint.

Faster data speeds and other improvements

Customers can expect to experience the following performance improvements once the 4G LTE and 3G upgrades come to their areas:

•          Faster data speeds that enable instant Web access for news updates, HD viewing and game-playing, quicker video downloads and clear video chats.

•          Better signal strength when making a call or using the Web.

•          Fewer dropped calls for peace of mind when talking to friends, family or colleagues.

•          Improved voice quality and less static or background noise when making phone calls.

Sprint has announced nearly 200 markets where Sprint 4G LTE is on its way, including Boston; Charlotte, N.C.; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Memphis, Tenn.; Miami; Nashville, Tenn.; New Orleans; New York; Philadelphia; and Washington, D.C. To find out more about which markets currently have Sprint 4G LTE and which markets are coming next, please visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE.

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“With the network investments we made in 2012 and as the only national wireless carrier to offer truly unlimited 4G LTE data plans, we continue to offer better value than our competitors. But our commitment to an exceptional wireless experience doesn’t stop there. We are an aggressive path to complete the rollout of Network Vision, and we expect to accelerate this momentum in 2013.”

  • Bob Azzi, senior vice president-Network, Sprint

We have been sharing updates throughout the year as we have introduced 4G LTE and brought 3G network upgrades. In 2012, Sprint has made a significant investment in our wireless network for our customers.

Here are a few quick facts:

•          49 markets covered to date with 4G LTE.

•          In the coming months, nearly 150 more markets, including 36 announced today, will enjoy 4G LTE.

•          Sprint also has implemented 3G service improvements in more than 70 markets, from Asheville, N.C., to Philadelphia and from Hudson, N.Y., to Santa Barbara, Calif.

With this network initiative, voice quality is enhanced and Sprint customers in upgraded areas are seeing better performance on their smartphones, mobile broadband connection cards and mobile hotspots when using the Sprint 4G LTE and 3G networks. Customers can expect to experience the following performance improvements:

•          Faster data speeds that enable instant Web access for news updates, HD viewing and game-playing, quicker video downloads and clear video chats.

•          Better signal strength when making a call or using the Web.

•          Fewer dropped calls for peace of mind when talking to friends, family or colleagues.

•          Improved voice quality and less static or background noise when making phone calls.

Sprint has launched 4G LTE in 49 markets, including Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and Baltimore. Sites are on-air and implementation is under way in hundreds more.

Markets slated to receive LTE in the coming months are:

  • Abbeville, La.           
  • Beaumont/Port Arthur, Texas
  • Blytheville, Ark.
  • Brainerd, Minn.
  • Bridgeport/Stamford/Norwalk, Conn.
  • Brownsville/Harlingen, Texas
  • Crowley, La.
  • Dalton, Ga.
  • Duluth, Minn.
  • Dunn, N.C.
  • Durham/Chapel Hill, N.C.
  • Eau Claire, Wisc.
  • Greenwood, S.C.
  • Jackson, Tenn.
  • La Crosse, Wisc.
  • Lafayette, La.
  • Lawton, Okla.
  • Little Rock/North Little Rock/Conway, Ark.
  • Mankato/North Mankato, Minn.
  • Muskogee, Okla.
  • New Haven/Milford, Conn.
  • New Iberia, La.
  • North Wilkesboro, N.C.
  • Oklahoma City
  • Palm Coast, Fla.
  • Pine Bluff, Ark.
  • Ponca City, Okla.
  • Raleigh/Cary, N.C.
  • Rochester, Minn.
  • Salinas, Calif.
  • San Jose/Sunnyvale/Santa Clara, Calif.
  • Santa Cruz/Watsonville, Calif.
  • Springfield, Mass.
  • Searcy, Ark.
  • St. Cloud, Minn.
  • Stillwater, Okla.

Updates available:

  • For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE portfolio and rollout, please visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE.
  • For detailed 4G LTE maps, providing coverage information right down to the address, please visit www.sprint.com/coverage. Customers are encouraged to check back often, as the maps will be updated when coverage in these markets is enhanced.

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We are continuing to make progress with the rollout of our all-new, high-speed data network. Sprint is delivering its 4G LTE network to customers in six new markets.

Beginning today, customers in the following cities/counties can access 4G LTE service from Sprint: 

  • Indianapolis/Carmel, Ind.
  • Santa Rosa/Petaluma, Calif.
  • Vallejo/Fairfield, Calif.
  • Southern Puerto Rico (including Ponce, Coamo and Guayama)
  • York/Hanover, Pa.
  • Franklin County, Pa.
  • Sprint also enhanced 4G LTE coverage around Shenandoah County, Va., and introduced 4G LTE to the neighboring Page County, Va.

“Just in time for the holidays, we are bringing 4G LTE to even more Sprint customers. We strive to deliver a top-notch network experience, and customers in these newly launched areas will see 4G LTE service get better and better in the weeks and months ahead to reach even more places where they live, work and play. Customers should find Sprint 4G LTE consistent, reliable and fast.”

  • Bob Azzi, senior vice president-Network, Sprint

Sprint introduced its all-new 4G LTE network in July 2012 and now offers service in nearly 50 markets . The 4G LTE network build is under way in more than 115 cities within the existing Sprint nationwide 3G footprint, including Boston; Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago; Los Angeles; New Orleans; New York; Philadelphia; San Francisco; and Washington, D.C. We know that a strong, robust wireless network is increasingly important to you, so you can access emails quickly, upload photos/videos to friends and family, and routinely check in with social networks on your smartphone – such as Samsung Galaxy S® III, Samsung Galaxy Victory™ 4G LTE or HTC EVO™ 4G LTE.

The power of 4G LTE combined with an Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM, which includes unlimited Web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint Network, brings power, speed and value to our customers.

The network buildout not only brings 4G LTE but should also give 3G customers better wireless signal strength, in-building coverage and fewer dropped/blocked calls.

For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE portfolio and rollout, please visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE. For detailed 4G LTE maps, providing coverage information right down to the address, please visit www.sprint.com/coverage. Customers are encouraged to check back often, as the maps will be updated when coverage in these markets is enhanced.


Anderson, Ind.; Atlanta; Athens, Ga.; Baltimore; Barnstable/Hyannis/Mid-Cape, Mass.; Calhoun, Ga.; Carrollton, Ga.; Chicago/Naperville/Joliet, Ill.; Clark County, Va./Jefferson County, W.Va.; Columbus, Ind.; Dallas; Franklin County, Pa.; Fort Worth, Texas; Gainesville, Ga.; Gary, Ind.; Granbury/Hood County, Texas; Hagerstown, Md./Martinsburg, W.Va.; Harrisburg/Carlisle/Hersey, Pa.; Harrisonburg, Va.; Houston; Huntsville, Texas; Hutchinson, Kan.; Indianapolis/Carmel, Ind.; Kansas City, Kan./Mo.; Kankakee/Bradley/Bourbonnais, Ill.; Lawrence, Kan.; Manhattan/Junction City, Kan.; McPherson, Kan.; Muncie, Ind.; Newnan, Ga.; New Bedford/Fall River, Mass.; Page County, Pa.; Peabody, Mass.; Rockford, Ill.; Rome, Ga.; Salina, Kan.; San Antonio; Santa Rosa/Petaluma, Calif.; Sedalia, Mo.; Shenandoah County, Va.; South Bend/Mishawaka, Ind.; St. Joseph, Mo.; Topeka, Kan.; Waco, Texas; Waukegan/Lake County, Ill.; Wichita, Kan.; Wichita Falls, Texas; Winchester, Va.; and Yauco/Ponce/Coamo/Santa Isabel/Guayama, Puerto Rico.

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“Now even more Chicagoans can experience 4G LTE on their smartphones, tablets and wireless modems.”

  • Kimberly Green-Kerr, regional vice president-Business Sales, Sprint

More customers in the metropolitan Chicago area will have access to Sprint high-speed 4G LTE service.

“In the Windy City area, customers will find that 4G LTE is available downtown and in more places around the metropolitan area,” said Kimberly Green-Kerr, regional vice president-Business Sales, Sprint. “And, we continue to invest in and make improvements to Sprint’s 3G network in the Chicago area so customers can expect to experience fewer dropped and/or blocked calls as they reach out to their friends and family this holiday season.”

Quick Facts:

  • Sprint introduced its all-new 4G LTE network in July 2012.
  • Sprint 4G LTE now offers service in 49 markets.
  • Sprint’s network build out, known as Network Vision, not only delivers 4G LTE but also is expected to provide 3G customers better wireless signal strength, in-building coverage, and fewer dropped/blocked calls.
  • For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE portfolio and rollout, please visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE

Earlier in 2012, Sprint announced the availability of 4G LTE to Illinois customers in Addison, Bolingbrook, Des Plaines, Downers Grove, Kankakee, Waukegan-Lake County, Rockford, Joliet, Naperville, Palatine and Plainfield, along with Gary, Ind.

“The demand for smartphones continues to increase and therefore a strong network is more important than ever this holiday season,” said Kevin Gleason, vice president-Consumer Sales, Sprint. “Our 4G LTE network in the Chicago area will enable our customers to access emails quickly, upload photos and videos, and keep in touch with colleagues while spending time with the family.”

Sprint’s network buildout, known as Network Vision, not only delivers 4G LTE but also is expected to provide 3G customers better wireless signal strength, in-building coverage, and fewer dropped/blocked calls. These 3G improvements are already available to customers in several cities across the country, such as Baltimore, Boston, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. All Sprint 3G customers in these areas, including the company’s prepaid customers on Assurance Wireless, Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile, can expect to see better coverage and improved network reliability and voice quality once the improvements come to their areas.

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You still have time to experience Sprint 4G LTE on the latest Samsung devices this holiday season at one of our mall kiosks.

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Our Sprint Mall Tour is underway in Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas and Houston. So far, nearly 40 thousand people have taken us up on the offer to try out our all-new 4G LTE network on our featured Samsung devices, including Samsung Galaxy S® III, Samsung Victory™ 4G LTE, Galaxy Tab® 2 10.1 and Samsung Galaxy Note® II, just in time for holiday shopping.

There’s still time to visit a mall kiosk and discover why Sprint 4G LTE on a Sprint LTE device makes the perfect gift for anyone on your list. The tour continues through the first week of January and features Sprint Brand Ambassadors to answer questions about the high-speed of our Sprint 4G LTE network. You can find us at the following locations.

Sprint Mall Tour Locations:

  • Atlanta, Georgia
    • Lenox Square – 3393 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30326 – Main level near Bloomingdale’s
    • Cumberland Mall – 1000 Cumberland Mall, Atlanta, GA 30339 – Lower level Sears Wing
    • North Point Mall – 1000 North Point Circle, Alpharetta, GA 30022 – Near the East Court
  • Baltimore, Maryland
    • Arundel Mills – 7000 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover, MD 21076 – Near Best Buy
    • The Mall of Columbia – 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044 – Center of the second floor
    • White Marsh – 8200 Perry Hall Boulevard, Nottingham, MD 21236 – Sears Wing near escalator
  • Dallas, Texas
    • The Parks at Arlington – 3811 South Cooper Street, Arlington, TX 76015 – Main mall entrance
    • Northeast Mall – 1101 Melbourne Road, Hurst, TX 76053 – Center court close to Santa display
    • Grapevine Mills – 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine, TX 76051 – Lower level near The Loft
  • Houston, Texas
    • Willowbrook Mall – 2000 Willowbrook Mall, Houston, TX 77070 – Center Court
    • Houston Galleria – 5085 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77056 – Lower level near Santa display
    • Baybrook Mall – 500 Baybrook Mall, Friendswood, TX 77546 – Near the main mall entrance

Complete the gift of a Sprint 4G LTE device with Sprint Truly UnlimitedSM nationwide data for smartphones to eliminate the worry, hassle and expense of overages, throttling and metering.

Sprint’s Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM includes unlimited data, texting and calling to and from any mobile phone in America while on the Sprint network, starting at just $79.99 per month for smartphones (pricing excludes taxes and surcharges).

We hope you will come out and visit us at one of our Sprint Mall Tour kiosks. We look forward to showing you the latest Samsung devices and the power of Sprint 4G LTE. Go to Sprint.com/4GLTE to learn more.

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We invited you to experience 4G LTE first hand during the Sprint Mobile Tour that took place September through mid-November in San Antonio, Texas; Houston, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; and Baltimore, Maryland. With an estimated 244,240 visitors to our tour stops, many of you took us up on the offer.

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The mobile tour gave visitors the opportunity to test Sprint 4G LTE on the Samsung Galaxy S III and featured Sprint Brand Ambassadors to answer questions about our network.

Visitors to our tour responded well to the overall experience and our Sprint Brand Ambassadors captured some of their feedback.

A visitor to one of the Houston tour stops said, “Clearly, Sprint has the better value. With the price of unlimited data, I have to switch back to Sprint.”

Sprint Brand Ambassadors were also very pleased with the overall success of the tour.

“Those who visited the Sprint Mobile Tour were highly impressed with the speed of the new 4G LTE network. They have found that our Truly UnlimitedSM data plans paired with the quality of our 4G LTE network creates the perfect combination,” said Sprint Brand Ambassador, Melanie Cox.

Sprint continues working hard to bring customers an all-new network. The Sprint 4G LTE network build is available in 32 metropolitan areas and under way in more than 115 additional cities within the existing nationwide Sprint 3G footprint. We expect that we will have nationwide LTE coverage by the end of 2013.

The Sprint Mobile Tour is being followed by our Sprint Mall Tour, which will give you the opportunity to try out our all-new 4G LTE network on our featured Samsung devices, including Samsung Galaxy S® III, Samsung Victory™ 4G LTE, Galaxy Tab® 2 10.1 and Samsung Galaxy Note® II, in time for your holiday shopping. Sprint 4G LTE with Sprint Truly UnlimitedSM on a Sprint LTE device makes the perfect gift for anyone on your list.

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We continue to make progress with the rollout of our all-new, high-speed data network. Today, Sprint is delivering 4G LTE to 11 new cities and counties.

Sprint introduced its all-new 4G LTE network in July 2012 and now offers service in 43 markets[1].  The 4G LTE network build is under way in more than 115 cities within the existing Sprint nationwide 3G footprint, including Boston; Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; New Orleans; New York; Philadelphia; San Francisco; and Washington, D.C.

“We are pleased to deliver our new 4G LTE network to more Sprint customers. Whether someone uses 4G LTE for personal or professional needs, they will find that Sprint’s new 4G LTE network is performing extremely well. Customers should find it consistent, reliable and fast.”

  • Bob Azzi, senior vice president-Network, Sprint.


Wireless Network News: Network Vision


New cities and counties

With this most recent expansion, Sprint 4G LTE will light up in the following areas, with coverage continuing to expand in these areas in the coming weeks and months:

  • Anderson, Ind.
  • Clarke County, Va./Jefferson County, W.Va.
  • Harrisburg/Carlisle/Hershey, Pa.
  • Hagerstown, Md./Martinsburg, W.Va.
  • Harrisonburg, Va.
  • Muncie, Ind.
  • Peabody, Mass.
  • Salina, Kan.
  • Shenandoah County, Va.
  • South Bend/Mishawaka, Ind.
  • Winchester, Va.

Other improvements with Network Vision

Sprint’s network build out program, known as Network Vision, not only brings 4G LTE. It also should give 3G customers better:

  • Wireless signal strength
  • In-building coverage
  • Fewer dropped/blocked calls

These 3G improvements are already available to customers in several cities across the country, such as Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. All Sprint 3G customers in these areas, including the company’s prepaid customers on Assurance Wireless, Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile, can expect to see better coverage, improved network reliability and voice quality once the improvements come to their areas.

More information:

For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE portfolio and rollout, please visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE.

For detailed 4G LTE maps, providing coverage information right down to the address, please visit http://www.sprint.com/coverage. Customers are encouraged to check back often, as the maps will be updated when coverage in these markets is enhanced. For more information on when Network Vision will be hitting your neighborhood, visit http://sprint.com/network

[1]Anderson, Ind.; Atlanta; Athens, Ga.; Baltimore, Md.; Barnstable/Hyannis/Mid-Cape, Mass.; Calhoun, Ga.; Carrollton, Ga.; Chicago/Naperville/Joliet, Ill.; Clarke County, Va./Jefferson County, W.Va.; Gainesville, Ga.; Dallas; Fort Worth, Texas; Gary, Ind.; Granbury/Hood County, Texas; Hagerstown, Md./Martinsburg, W.Va.; Harrisburg/Carlisle/Hershey, Pa.; Harrisonburg, Va.; Houston; Huntsville, Texas; Hutchinson, Kan.; Lawrence, Kan.; Kankakee/Bradley/Bourbonnais, Ill.; Kansas City, Mo.-Kan.; McPherson, Kan.;  Manhattan/Junction City, Kan.; Muncie, Ind.; New Bedford/Fall River, Mass.; Newnan, Ga.; Peabody, Mass.; Rockford, Ill.; Rome, Ga.; Salina, Kan.; San Antonio, Texas; Sedalia, Mo.; Shenandoah County, Va.; South Bend/Mishawaka, Ind.; St. Joseph, Mo.; Topeka, Kan.; Waco, Texas; Waukegan/Lake County, Ill.; Wichita, Kan.; Wichita Falls, Texas; Winchester, Va.

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“We’re committed to providing improved 3G and 4G LTE as quickly as possible, and keeping our customers informed as to when and where they can experience the new network’s superior performance and speed.”

Bob Azzi, senior vice president-Network, Sprint

We wanted to offer another update as our 4G LTE network build is progressing in nine additional cities within the Sprint nationwide 3G footprint.

Work has begun on the 4G LTE Network in the following additional areas:

 

•          Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.

•          Oakland/Fremont/Hayward, Calif.

•          Key West, Fla.

•          Fort Smith, Ark.

•          Michigan City/La Porte, Ind.

•          Bloomington, Ind.

•          Eau Claire, Wis.

•          Ardmore, Okla.

•          McAllen/Edinburg/Mission, Texas

Sprint has announced more than 125 cities where Sprint 4G LTE is on its way, including Boston; Charlotte, N.C.; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Memphis, Tenn.; Miami; Nashville, Tenn.; New Orleans; New York; Philadelphia; and Washington, D.C.

Sprint introduced its all-new 4G LTE network in July 2012 and currently offers service in 32 cities *. As part of its overall network strategy, Sprint is also doing a complete overhaul of its 3G infrastructure so that customers can enjoy better wireless signal strength, in-building coverage, and fewer dropped/blocked calls.

Wireless Network News: Network Vision

More information:


To find out more about which markets currently have Sprint 4G LTE and which markets are coming next, please visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE.

Press release: “Sprint Adding 4G LTE to Nine Additional Cities in Coming Months”

* Atlanta, Ga.; Athens, Ga.; Baltimore, Md.; Barnstable-Hyannis/Mid-Cape, Mass.; Calhoun, Ga.; Carrollton, Ga.; Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, Ill.; Gainesville, Ga.; Dallas; Fort Worth, Texas; Gary, Ind.; Granbury-Hood County, Texas; Houston; Huntsville, Texas; Hutchinson, Kan.; Lawrence, Kan.; Kankakee/Bradley/Bourbonnais, Ill.; Kansas City, Mo.-Kan.; McPherson, Kan.;  Manhattan/Junction City, Kan.; New Bedford/Fall River, Mass.; Newnan, Ga.; Rockford, Ill.; Rome, Ga.; San Antonio, Texas; Sedalia, Mo.; St. Joseph, Mo.-Kan.; Topeka, Kan.; Waco, Texas; Waukegan-Lake County, Ill.; Wichita, Kan.; Wichita Falls, Texas.

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There are new enhancements to www.sprint.com/coverage making it easier for you to view Sprint's network coverage, including Sprint 4G LTE. The new tool aims to help you by clearly showing Sprint 4G LTE,  Sprint 4G (WiMAX), 3G and roaming data coverage down to the street level.

Additionally, you are now given the opportunity to select a device while exploring network coverage. By selecting a device, coverage will be displayed based on that device.

Tab options (Voice, 4G, 3G & more, Direct Connect) will change to (Voice, Data and Direct Connect).

Data Tab: Coverage filter added in Legend (National View)

  • 4G coverage dot will represent both Sprint 4G (WiMAX) and Sprint 4G LTE coverage
  • Filter option under Data Coverage Legend heading added to allow you to see All, Sprint 4G LTE,  Sprint 4G or Other Coverage
    • For example, select Sprint 4G (WiMAX) coverage -only see the WiMAX footprint
    • New color added for Sprint 4G LTE and dots on the map indicate the markets launching/launched 

Device Selector provides capability for you to view coverage specific to a device

  • If not logged into your profile, you will have to opportunity to select a device to check coverage specific to it.
  • If you are logged in as the account holder, you will be able to select a device from your account

Check out the enhancements here.

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Thanks to recent 3G capacity upgrades from Sprint, residents of the Gateway City can clearly tell friends and family to “Meet Me in St. Louis” this spring, whether it’s for a baseball game, post-season college basketball game or a bike ride through Forest Park.

In the past 90 days, Sprint has implemented 32 network capacity upgrades in the St. Louis area, with 30 scheduled throughout Missouri for the next 90 days. Whether it’s St. Charles, Chesterfield, Creve Coeur or Kirkwood, Sprint customers in metro St. Louis should expect faster data speeds, fewer dropped calls and confidence that Sprint is committed to investing in Missouri and keeping pace with the ever-increasing demand for data.

So what exactly do these upgrades mean for customers? It means an even easier wireless experience. Want to catch the latest news on St. Louis’ favorite baseball team? Click on the Sprint ID ESPN pack in seconds to find out the latest. Want to watch the trailer for the new season of St. Louis’ own “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s”? Watch it on YouTube with ease.

Over the past year, Missouri has seen its Sprint 3G coverage increase by almost 15 percent, resulting in an improved wireless experience for the state, including voice, data and in-building solutions. These enhancements to the Sprint 3G network also should serve to bolster performance of the company’s no-contract brands, including devices operating on the Sprint network from Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA.

“Sprint has a strong and solid presence in St. Louis,” said Rob Bryant, regional vice president, consumer sales. “Not only do we employ hundreds of people throughout the state, but we’ve taken a leadership position with our enhanced wireless 3G network at Washington University. These latest 3G network enhancements only serve to solidify our substantial investment in St. Louis.”

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To find out more about local network upgrades in your area, just visit http://sprint.com/network

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There are several ways to check coverage. This is your one-stop-blog, putting all links at your fingertips.  Below are links to website pages for those interested in checking 3G/4G, voice, data, roaming and recent cell site growth. In addition, there are helpful tips, how parental controls and roaming work, types of searches available and how to check email in another country, to name a few.  Check it out

National Searches

Roaming

Community Forum

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A few weeks ago you asked in a blog comment, why is LTE faster?  I posted a quick reply, then went and did some research.  After checking with our network wizards - this is what I found out:

In simplest terms, LTE and WiMAX are capable of sending more bits of data in the same radio wave as EVDO, and both WiMAX and LTE allow for much larger pieces of spectrum, or bands, to be used.  Those two things, more data over larger bands, allow for the fourth generation of cellular networks to send very high rate data streams.

EVDO uses a 1.25 MHz band of frequency to communicate one way with a modulation scheme which allows 4 bits of data in an allocated piece of spectrum at a given time, commonly referred to as a symbol.  Today, LTE and WiMAX can use anywhere from 5 MHz to 20 MHz of frequency to communicate using a higher modulation scheme which allows 6 bits of data symbol.

Since LTE and WiMAX can send more bits and use larger amounts of radio frequency, they can send significantly more data to a device.

Spectral Efficiency Calculation

EVDO rA and QAM-16 modulation can push a theoretical 2.5 bits/sec/hz down the pipe for all users of that frequency slice.

1.25*10^6 * 2.5 = 3.125Megabits/ second.

LTE and WiMAX with QAM-64 modulation can push a theoretical 15 bits/sec/hz down the 20mhz pipe with 10x10 MIMO antenna arrays:

15*20*10^6 = 300Megabits / second.

Today, LTE and WiMAX networks use 2x2 and 4x4 MIMO antennas, and the modulation efficiency is effected by numerous environmental factors.  These impact the real-world experience so that it will always be less than the theoretical capabilities of the technology.  Citi recently did a study showing approximately 0.8 b/s/hz for EVDO rev A and 2.6 b/s/hz for LTE; a 300% improvement in spectral efficiency using real world experiences.

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Whether they support big brother Harbaugh or little brother Harbaugh, visitors to Indianapolis for the NFL championship game will find a Circle City lit up with 3G network enhancements from Sprint.

To prepare for the expected 150,000 visitors to the city, Sprint has:

    Activated two COWs (Cells on Wheels) outside Lucas Oil Stadium;

    Activated two COWs to Super Bowl Village;

    Activated one COW at the University of Indianapolis NFC practice facility;

    Added capacity to 21 CDMA sites and seven iDEN sites around downtown and surrounding area hotels, including a major capacity upgrade inside the stadium.

Additionally, Sprint has implemented 52 network capacity upgrades throughout the Indianapolis market in the past 90 days, with 46 additional enhancements planned for the next 20 days. The upgrades encompass all aspects of a customer’s wireless experience, including voice, data and in-building solutions.

So what does this really mean for Sprint customers and football fans? In a word: Everything. It should mean faster data speeds, so you can access Sprint Navigation faster and find the nearest team pep rally. It should mean fewer dropped calls so you can call friends to gloat over the game’s final score. It means confidence that Sprint is committed to investing in Indiana and keeping pace with the ever-increasing demand for data. These enhancements to the Sprint 3G Network also should serve to bolster performance of the company’s no-contract brands, including devices from Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA.

“Indianapolis is often called the Crossroads of America, but in the next few weeks, it will be the destination for thousands of media, fans and celebrities,” said Kevin Gleason, regional vice president, Sprint retail sales. “Sprint has been proactively planning for this influx for months so our customers can enjoy their time here focused on fun and football.”

Sprint’s focus, meanwhile, has been on a program called Network Vision. Nationwide, Sprint is overhauling its entire network and replacing existing equipment with the newest, most advanced equipment available in the industry through the Network Vision program.

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To see what coverage improvements are in your neighborhood, just visit http://network.sprint.com/

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In 2010, Sprint announced Network Vision, a several year multibillion dollar effort overhauling our entire network with the newest, most advanced equipment available in the industry. Network Vision is planned to consolidate multiple network technologies into one seamless network with the goal of increasing efficiency and enhancing network coverage, call quality and data speeds for customers.  In 2011 we continued executing on Network Vision, clearing several hurdles and getting ready for an exciting 2012 rollout.  What's Network Vision going to do?  You can see in this video a brief overview of how it'll work:

In 2011, we doubled our capital investment on the current network, making tens of thousands of capacity upgrades to support customers smartphone and data use, from San Francisco, Oregon and Seattle to Las Vegas and Maine!

"With the network investments we made in 2011 and as the only national wireless carrier to offer truly unlimited data plans while on the Sprint network, we continue to offer better value than Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T.” said Bob Azzi, SVP – Network, Sprint. “But our commitment to an exceptional wireless experience doesn’t stop there. Sprint's on an aggressive path to roll out Network Vision, and in collaboration with our partners, have already achieved many significant milestones that offer improved customer experience on the Sprint 3G network, and we expect to maintain and even accelerate this momentum in 2012.”

Throughout 2011, Sprint achieved a number of significant milestones in the deployment of Network Vision. We are on track to offer LTE devices by mid-year 2012 and complete the majority of our Network Vision rollout in 2013. We will make additional announcements about the timing of LTE markets and devices early next year. Milestones include:

•          Completed development and integration of back-office systems to support the new base stations to ensure a seamless rollout

•          Finished lab testing of all components of the Network Vision platform, eliminating most technical risksof the program and validating rapid LTE deployment schedule

Launched Sprint Direct Connect® on CDMA and introduced three devices, allowing our iDEN customers to move to a truly mobile data experience with a comparable platinum push-to-talk experience

•          Launched first multi-modal base station in Branchburg, N.J., and validated improved 3G data performance metrics, such as voice quality, drops and blocks and data speeds

•          Launched first cluster of cell sites in Kankakee, Ill. and completing field integration testing

Read more about Network Vision - find out:

What is Network Vision?

What will Network Vision actually do?

Keep up with the Network Vision Blog Posts - follow the Network Vision tag on the site!

We're looking forward to an exciting 2012 and I'm looking forward to sharing with you details about new markets going online, how the new technology works and what you can expect when Network Vision makes it to your market.  Check http://sprint.com/network for your area upgrades.

-- Will

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Sprint customers in from Bellingham to Tacoma to Baker Bay and in Seattle can have happy holidays this year with increased 3G coverage just in time for holiday shopping, festive parties and family get-togethers.

In the past 90 days, Sprint has implemented 89 network capacity upgrades throughout the Seattle area, with 87 additional enhancements planned for the next 90 days. The upgrades encompass all aspects of a customer’s wireless experience, including voice, data and in-building solutions.

So what does this really mean for Sprint customers? In a word: Everything. It means faster data speeds, so you can download Google Music Store on your HTC EVO™ 3D and hear the latest free song of the day. It means fewer dropped calls so you can call grandma to wish her Merry Christmas. It means confidence that Sprint is committed to investing in Washington and keeping pace with the ever-increasing demand for data. These enhancements to the Sprint 3G Network also serve to bolster performance of the company’s no-contract brands, including devices from Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA.

“What more could you ask for this time of year?” said Jennifer Clark, Sprint’s director of business sales for Washington. “Not only can our customers in west Washington get a great wireless experience, they can also get it without worrying about cost, thanks to Sprint’s unlimited plans. These upgrades are an important step in our overall Network Vision plan.”

You can read more about Network Vision, or visit http://sprint.com/coverage to find out what's improving in your neighborhood!

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In the past 90 days, Sprint has implemented 12 network capacity upgrades throughout the Maine/Vermont/New Hampshire area, with 30 additional enhancements planned for the next 90 days. The upgrades encompass all aspects of a customer’s wireless experience, including voice, data and in-building solutions.

So what does this really mean for Sprint customers? In a word: Everything. It means faster data speeds, so you can download Google Music Store on your HTC EVO™ 3D and hear the latest free song of the day. It means fewer dropped calls so you can call grandma to wish her Merry Christmas. It means confidence that Sprint is committed to investing in northern New England and keeping pace with the ever-increasing demand for data. These enhancements to the Sprint 3G Network also serve to bolster performance of the company’s no-contract brands, including devices from Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA.

“Not only are these network upgrades perfectly timed for the holiday season, but everyone can have peace of mind as they hit the roads and make their way to the slopes this ski season,” said Laura McLaughlin, director of Retail Sales – New England, Sprint. “Our customers – whether they are tourists, residents or voters in the New Hampshire primary – can enjoy a seamless wireless experience at an easily affordable price. Sprint’s unlimited plans allow customers to use their devices without worrying about costs. It’s the best gift we could give them this holiday season.”

To find out more about specific upgrades in your location, just visit http://sprint.com/network

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In the past 90 days, Sprint has implemented 65 network capacity upgrades        throughout Oregon, with 84 additional enhancements planned for the next        90 days. The upgrades encompass all aspects of a customer’s wireless        experience, including voice, data and in-building solutions.

So what does this really mean for Sprint customers? In a word:        Everything. It means faster data speeds, so you can download Google        Music Store on your HTC EVO™ 3D and hear the latest free song of the        day. It means fewer dropped calls so you can call grandma to wish her        Merry Christmas. It means confidence that Sprint is committed to        investing in Oregon and keeping pace with the ever-increasing demand for        data. These enhancements to the Sprint 3G Network also serve to bolster        performance of the company’s no-contract brands, including devices from Boost        Mobile and Virgin        Mobile USA.

“Oregonians love their wireless devices, and with these network        improvements, they will be able to use them freely, without worrying        about slow data speeds or dropped calls,” said Jennifer Clark, Sprint’s        director of business sales for Oregon. “That, coupled with Sprint’s        unlimited plans, makes it a win-win for Sprint customers in Oregon.”

To see the coverage or capacity of the Sprint EVDO network in your area of Oregon has been updated, just visit http://sprint.com/network and check the street-level maps!

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We’ve seen the commercials: “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” Well, maybe not anymore. With Sprint (NYSE: S) enhancing 3G network coverage around Las Vegas, customers there will be able to communicate (i.e. confess) to friends all the fun (i.e. misdeeds) they’re having during the holiday season, from shopping to festive parties to glittery stage shows.

In the past 90 days, Sprint has implemented 63 network capacity upgrades – including a new tower along Oso Blanco Road – throughout the Las Vegas region, with 52 additional enhancements planned for the next 90 days. The upgrades encompass all aspects of a customer’s wireless experience, including voice, data and in-building solutions. So if you’re a tourist planning to ring in the New Year in Vegas, be assured (i.e. forewarned) that your Sprint 3G network is designed to send your cute (i.e. embarrassing) PictureMail™ faster, connect to OpenTable easier and call your ex clearly to brag about your fun night.

“These enhancements will not only benefit our customers who live here,” said Kerry McGonigal, Sprint Business Sales Director, “but they will also benefit the throngs of tourists who come here every day for fun, conventions and relaxation. Sprint’s unlimited plans combined with the enhanced coverage should make our customers’ wireless experience even more enjoyable, from the U.S. 95 corridor to Sunrise Manor to McCarran International Airport.”

So what does this really mean for Sprint customers? In a word: Everything. It means faster data speeds and fewer dropped calls. It means confidence that Sprint is committed to investing in Las Vegas and keeping pace with the ever-increasing demand for data.

To see more about the network improvements in your neighborhood, visit http://sprint.com/network and look up your address, or your next vacation destiation!

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In the past 90 days, Sprint has implemented 130 network capacity upgrades throughout the Bay Area, with an additional 62 enhancements planned for the next 90 days. The upgrades – from San Francisco to Oakland to Palo Alto – encompass all aspects of a customer’s wireless experience, including voice, data and in-building solutions. In the East Bay, enhanced areas include Berkeley, Hayward, Walnut Creek, Dublin, Livermore and Fairfield. In the North Bay, it reaches out to San Rafael, Santa Rosa and Napa. And in the South Bay, additional enhancements should benefit customers in Redwood City, San Mateo, Millbrae and Palo Alto.

“Not only can customers in the Bay Area enjoy a better network experience, they can do so without worrying about their bill,” said Christopher Brydon, Northern California Area Director, Sprint. “With Sprint’s unlimited plans and the recent network improvements, customers can use their devices the way they were intended – unencumbered.”

So what does this really mean for Sprint customers? In a word: Everything. It means better signal strength so you can access virtually whatever you need whenever you need it. It means faster data speeds, so you can download Google Music Store on your HTC EVO™ 3D and hear the latest free song of the day. It means fewer dropped calls so you can call grandma to wish her Merry Christmas. It means confidence that Sprint is committed to investing in San Francisco and keeping pace with the ever-increasing demand for data with its Network Vision plan.

Want to see more about the coverage improvements in San Francisco, or your area?  Visit http://network.sprint.com/ and get detailed maps of current and future upgrades to the Sprint Nationwide Network!

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In the past 90 days, Sprint has implemented 26 network capacity upgrades – including a new tower in Fort Drum – throughout upper central New York, with 31 additional enhancements planned for the next 90 days. The upgrades encompass all aspects of a customer’s wireless experience, including voice, data and in-building solutions.

"As a leading provider of nationwide 3G services, we realize that today’s smartphone and tablet devices are only as good as the network on which they operate,” said Sprint Regional Vice President Keith Dardis. “As demonstrated by this latest round of network enhancements, Sprint remains dedicated to increasing network coverage and capacity for our customers in Central New York.”

So what does this really mean for Sprint customers? In a word: Everything. It means faster data speeds, so you can download Google Music Store on your HTC EVO™ 3D and hear the latest free song of the day. It means fewer dropped calls so you can call grandma to wish her Merry Christmas. It means confidence that Sprint is committed to investing in New York and keeping pace with the ever-increasing demand for data.

Sprint is overhauling its entire network and replacing existing equipment with the newest, most advanced equipment available in the industry through a program called Network Vision.

Curious what towers were upgraded?  Interested in what's going on in your neck of the woods?  Visit http://network.sprint.com/ for the latest plans and completed upgrades to the Sprint Nationwide Network!

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In the past 90 days, Sprint has implemented 40 41! network capacity upgrades throughout Hawaii, including 26 in Honolulu alone as the area prepares for events surrounding the 70th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. The upgrades encompass all aspects of a customer’s wireless experience, including voice, data and in-building solutions.

“With today’s ability to do more things on the go, from watching videos to sharing pictures and checking directions, customers in Hawaii are relying more on their smartphones and mobile applications than ever before,” said Bryan Ito, business sales manager, Sprint Hawaii. “The enhanced network coverage in Hawaii, coupled with Sprint’s unlimited plans, is making it easier and more affordable for customers to stay connected at home or on-the-go.”

So what does this really mean for Sprint customers? In a word: Everything. It means better signal strength so you can access virtually whatever you need whenever you need it. It means faster data speeds, so you can download Google Music Store on your HTC EVO ™ 3D and hear the free song of the day. It means fewer dropped calls so you can call grandma to wish her “Mele Kalikimaka.” It means confidence that Sprint is handling increased data demands not only with these recent upgrades but with its Network Vision plan.

Curious what Network Improvements are coming to your neighborhood?Visit http://sprint.com/network and find out what we're doing to make your wireless experience better!

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Interested in more?  Read the original article on Sprint Newsroom!

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Sprint has recently taken on a new initiative to keep customers in the loop about service and coverage developments. www.sprint.com/network allows customers to track 3G network improvements within the past 6 months, as well as see planned upgrades for the next 6 months.  The 4  major improvements illustrated by the Sprint network site are: voice  upgrades, data capacity upgrades, data speed upgrades and new towers. This site allows you to see the 3G network improvements we have made in the last six months and planned 3G upgrades in the next six months in a specific market or around a particular address or ZIP code. The tool also helps show a very important dimension of improvements - capacity. Capacity improvements can have a direct impact on your experience on our network – enabling faster data connections and improved call quality.

We invite you to visit the site and check out the improvements Sprint is making in your area. Not all towers require an upgrade and are shown. Only towers on the Sprint 3G network and Nationwide Sprint Network are reflected.

So, what does all this mean to you?  You'll see

  • Voice upgrades: You’re more likely to get clearer calls with fewer dropped connections.
  • Data capacity upgrades: You’re more likely to get a fast data connection, even when many people are connecting at the same time.
  • Data speed upgrades: You’re more likely to get faster consistent data speeds for uploads, downloads and web surfing on your mobile device.
  • New towers: You’ll get expanded coverage and roam less, which means you’ll have better battery life, too.

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Some of you have asked about increasing coverage.  Capacity and coverage  are not always correlated. With the exception of “new towers”, these  enhancements are not likely to improve coverage. However, customer  experience within our current coverage should be improved.    Network Vision and LTE rollout is not (yet) shown on this map -- as we get closer to deploy dates, we will be enhancing the maps to show these new network improvements.   As always, stay tuned to the Network and Coverage blog for more information.