July 16, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
Sprint fans, welcome to world of 4G. Sure, you may have been representing hard for WiMax for a while, but that’s a dead end that has peaked in many regards. Sprint is moving forward with LTE for its 4G plans, and the network has just launched in a few cities.
The 4G LTE era at Sprint officially started on July 15, though users in some cities have been reporting seeing 4G since mid June. The cities that have official support at the moment are: Atlanta, Georgia; Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio, Texas; and Kansas City, Missouri. Customers on the outskirts and surrounding areas of these markets may see coverage as well.
It’s been a little over 24 hours since the network became official, but there are reports on a few forums of people pulling down anywhere from 5 to 18 Mbps download speeds. Keep in mind that’s to be expected as the network is very young and not taxed as heavily as more mature, populated networks. We won’t know how fast – and more important, how consistent, stable, and ubiquitous – Sprint’s 4G LTE will be for quite some time. For now, it’s just good to see that the Now Network is finally underway with its LTE availability.
An LTE-compatible device is necessary to access Sprint’s new network, so only people with the HTC EVO 4G LTE, LG Viper, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, or Samsung Galaxy S III can experience LTE. Sprint will be rolling out in more markets before the close of the year, so we’ll be sure to update you as things progress.
Here’s the complete list of other cities that launched today
- Athens, Ga.
- Calhoun, Ga.
- Carrollton, Ga.
- Newnan, Ga.
- Rome, Ga.
- Fort Worth, Texas
- Granbury-Hood County, Texas
- Huntsville, Texas
- San Antonio, Texas
- Waco, Texas
- Kansas City, Mo.-Kan.
- St. Joseph, Mo.