Sprint's LTE cells have been popping up a lot lately, and today they're spreading like the blazes -- the carrier just flicked the (official) switch on its faster network in 22 new cities. The focus is primarily on southern locales like Baton Rouge, Miami, New Orleans and Tampa, although the expansion includes cooler climates like Lansing, Napa and Raleigh. The company is also teasing future rollouts for 13 more cities in Michigan, Texas and Washington state. If you want to know whether or not you'll see the coveted 4G symbol this summer, Sprint has the full details after the break.
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Stay Connected This Summer: Sprint 4G LTE Expands into 22 New Cities
New customers eager to try Sprint's powerful 4G LTE with Truly UnlimitedSM plans can save $100 instantly when you switch to Sprint and sign a new two-year agreement
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), June 17, 2013 - Sprint (NYSE:S) today announced the availability of its all-new 4G LTE network in 22 new cities, just in time for the official start of summer. Customers in "hotspots" such as Miami, New Orleans, Raleigh, N.C., and Tampa, Fla., are now able to download videos, access the Internet and send photos with greater speed and reliability thanks to the power of Sprint 4G LTE.
Additionally, new customers switching to Sprint can save up to $100 on any smartphone with a new two-year service agreement and activation and a qualifying plan.
Today, Sprint is launching 4G LTE in:
Baton Rouge, La.
Fond du Lac, Wis.
Lansing/East Lansing, Mich.
St. Cloud, Minn.
St. Joseph/Benton Harbor, Mich.
Sprint already offers 4G LTE in other top summer destinations like Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and San Juan, Puerto Rico. With today's announcement, Sprint offers 4G LTE service in 110 markets nationwide and expects to provide 200 million people with LTE by the end of 2013.
"Today's announcement means that more Americans will experience the speed and power of Sprint 4G LTE," said Bob Azzi, senior vice president-Network, Sprint. "Sprint is committed to delivering the latest technology through a nationwide LTE buildout, and providing new cell sites that are more compact and energy efficient. Our network build with new 3G and 4G LTE not only provides improved wireless service, it is also expected to reduce Sprint's total energy demand and the company's carbon footprint."
As Sprint turns on new cell equipment across the country, customers are seeing better coverage, improved network reliability and voice quality on 3G and discovering LTE signals in cities that haven't officially been announced, including Washington, D.C., New York and San Francisco.
Sprint today is also announcing that more places will be getting LTE in the coming months. These cities include:
Grand Rapids, Mich.
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Battle Creek, Mich.
Corpus Christi, Texas
Eagle Pass, Texas
Marshfield/Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
Mount Pleasant, Mich.
Oak Harbor, Wash.
Watertown/Fort Atkinson, Wis.
As more people use wireless data at home, work and on the go, Sprint's all-new 4G LTE allows wireless users to accomplish more things with less time such as sharing photos, streaming videos or downloading large files, all in minutes. According to management consulting firm Chetan Sharma Consulting, mobile data is expected to comprise 99 percent of the global mobile traffic by 2014. To meet these growing demands of data users, Sprint has deployed "Network Vision" to build an all-new network with an updated 3G network and new 4G LTE network.
Additionally, Sprint has greatly improved the customer experience over the past several years. According to the 2013 American Customer Satisfaction Index, Sprint is the most improved company in customer satisfaction, across all 47 industries, over the last five years. When you combine Sprint's top-notch customer service with one of Sprint's powerful 4G LTE devices – such as Kyocera Torque, HTC One or Samsung Galaxy S® 4 – and a Sprint Everything Data plan, it's easy to see that Sprint is the best choice in wireless.
The Sprint 4G LTE network is also offered through its industry-leading prepaid brands, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA, as well as Sprint Emerging & Wholesale Solutions, which offer wholesale 4G LTE service to Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs).
For the most up-to-date details on Sprint's 4G LTE portfolio and rollout, visit www.sprint.com/network.