After nearly a year of soaking rural and suburban locations with 4G, Sprint is finally starting to extend its reach to some major cities. Having wrapped up test runs in a handful of areas, the carrier is now officially offering LTE in 21 additional markets, including Los Angeles, CA, Charlotte, NC, Virginia Beach, VA, Memphis, TN and West Palm Beach, FL. What's more, the Now Network revealed plans to bring its new high-speed offerings to more than 170 additional markets in the months ahead. Some of the cities on its docket include Orlando, FL, Portland, OR, El Paso, TX, Tulsa, OK and Spokane, WA. Didn't see your hometown name-checked here? Check out the press release after the break for the full list.
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Sprint Announces Availability of 4G LTE in 21 New Markets
Today, customers in areas such as Los Angeles, Charlotte, N.C., and Memphis, Tenn., will benefit from an all-new 4G LTE experience with Truly UnlimitedSM 4G LTE plans from Sprint
Power data users across the country are discovering 4G LTE in more and more places
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), April 18, 2013 - Sprint (NYSE:S) today announced the availability of its all-new 4G LTE network to customers in 21 more markets, including Los Angeles, Contra Costa County, Calif., Charlotte, N.C., Norfolk, Va., and Memphis, Tenn. With the Sprint 4G LTE network, customers in the following areas will be able to experience faster speeds for uploading photos, surfing the Web, and streaming videos. And now 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:
Contra Costa County, Calif.
Mankato/North Mankato, Minn.
Norfolk/Virginia Beach/Newport News, Va.
Palm Bay, Fla.
Port St. Lucie, Fla.
West Palm Beach, Fla.
"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. 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:
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
El Paso, Texas
Moses Lake, Wash.
Poplar Bluff, Mo.
Wenatchee/East Wenatchee, Wash.
Sprint offers a wide range of 4G LTE devices, including the Sprint Force, Samsung Galaxy Note® II and Kyocera Torque. Sprint expects to continue its smartphone success throughout 2013 with the launch of HTC One® on April 19, Samsung Galaxy S® 4 in the second quarter, and the BlackBerry® Q10 smartphone later this year. The selection of devices, an improving 3G and 4G LTE network experience and Sprint's Everything Data plans – including Any Mobile, AnytimeSM, unlimited Web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint Network – makes Sprint the best choice in wireless.
Sprint introduced its all-new 4G LTE network in July 2012 and now offers service in 88 markets nationwide and on Sprint's no contract brands, Virgin Mobile USA and Boost Mobile. Virgin Mobile offers the Galaxy Victory™ 4G LTE, from Samsung with its No-Contract Beyond Talk unlimited data and messaging plans, starting at $35/month. Boost Mobile offers HTC One SV and Boost Force on its no-contract $55 Android Monthly Unlimited with Shrinking Payments plan.
Also, Sprint Emerging & Wholesale Solutions is helping Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) compete and take market share by being the first major carrier in the United States to offer wholesale 4G LTE service and a wide range of handsets, data cards, hotspots and tablets that answer the MVNO market need for high-speed, high-capacity video, data and voice services.
For the most up-to-date details on Sprint's 4G LTE portfolio and rollout, visit www.sprint.com/network. 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.