First I do not like to throw numbers around but since Sprint doesn't mind doing it neither will I. I've been a sprint customer for 10 years I just received the iPhone 5 and I work in the Hanover Md area (I guess consided the Baltimore Market), I look on Sprint's LTE coverage map and I'm well within coverage area but no matter where I go to in the city my phone doesn't connect to LTE (Is it the phone or the network). I've traveled throughout the entire coverage map with exception to Downtown Baltimore and received no LTE signal. I'm curious to know what tactics are being used to determine where coverage is. I excepted the fact 2 years ago that I will use any smartphone on Sprint's network like a basic landline just to make calls and text even though im being charged a data premium for data I can't use because I wont try to get use to the 200kb data speeds, but in being the adventurist I decided to get a "LTE" capable phone to see what direction the network is headed but cannot find the network which isn't doing anything to restore confidence. I know that Sprint will say that we're deploying a new network, we're in the infancy stage, towers are being updated weekly, things will get better with time , and show me there network vision presentation but it's not fair to "advertise" and sell products for a network that doesn't exsist in the real world. It was probably easier for Seal Team 6 to find Bin Laden than it is to find a Sprint LTE signal. I look at this like meeting a pretty lady at a bar she like's me we go to my place I tell her I'm working with 10 inches than she finds out I'm more like .5 inches and I respond to her that in the "Coming Months" it will get bigger.
Yes I did a profile update and it works now but its super spotty I get the best reception in Arundel Mills parking lot by the Bookstore but if I walk 10 steps away towards Maryland Live Casino it goes out again so maybe its some type of Paranormal Activity ghost blocking the signal, but when working I get 8 mbps down 3 mbps up.
The reason you're getting 8 mbps down and 3mbps up is because you have low signal, you should see 37 mbps down and 18 mbps up (peak) when you have full LTE signal on an unloaded tower. Baltimore is currently at 42% completion and will likely reach 100% around March 2013.