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Sprint Announces First Major Markets to Receive 4G LTE in 2012


Bob Azzi, senior vice president – Network, Sprint

“Within the first half of 2012, Sprint customers should experience first-hand the wide-reaching improvements we have made in terms of boosting voice and data quality. With advanced smartphones and sophisticated wireless modems, our customers are using more and more mobile data, and one of our top priorities is to provide the best technology possible to improve our customers’ experience.”

Our customers in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio are expected to be among the first to benefit from 4G LTE and improved 3G coverage in the first half of 2012.

Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO, made this announcement at the annual Citigroup Entertainment, Media and Telecommunications Conference.

We have been sharing information in recent months about our overall network strategy known as Network Vision. The launch of these metropolitan areas marks the next step in this strategy.

Sprint customers can expect to enjoy ultra-fast data speeds, improved 3G voice and data quality, and stronger in-building signal penetration providing a more reliable wireless experience. Whether a Sprint customer is on a smartphone streaming video, browsing the Web with a mobile hotspot, or making a voice call to someone across the country, everyone in the upgraded areas is expected to benefit from the advanced 3G/4G LTE network.

We promise to share more information about these plans as we move forward. Please check back here on Community, follow @Sprint on Twitter or visit our Facebook page so you can receive those updates.

Here are answers to at least some initial questions that some of our customers might have:

LTE Phones and data cards

We plan to launch CDMA/LTE devices midyear, with up to 15 devices expected in 2012, including handsets, tablets and data cards.

WiMAX devices

Many Sprint customers already have been enjoying 4G with phones such as Samsung Epic 4G Touch and HTC EVO 3D, which operate on our WiMAX network. 

Sprint remains committed to our WiMAX customers and plans to sell WiMAX devices with two-year contracts through 2012. Dual-mode WiMAX devices that also operate on the CDMA network are expected to get the benefits of Network Vision associated with Sprint’s 3G service, but they will not operate on Sprint’s LTE network.

More information:

Press Release: Sprint Announces First Major Markets to Receive 4G LTE in 2012