Sprint continues the slow process of rolling out 4G LTE to its subscribers across America. Its most notable new addition is the Chicago suburbs, but there are plenty more.
Customers in Addison, Bolingbrook, Des Plaines, Downers Grove, Kankakee, Rockford, Joliet, Naperville, Palatine, Plainfield, Ill., along with Gary, Ind. can access this telecom’s fastest data network yet. The carrier also plans to add downtown Chicago soon.
The carrier’s LTE service is already available in places like Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Kansas City, and San Antonio. Sprint is working to add service in over 100 new markets in the coming months.
Faster Is Better
Sprint says its 4G LTE service offers downloads speeds of 6-8 Mbps in real-world conditions, or uploads at 2-3 Mbps. Its previous 4G service, WiMAX, has download speeds of 3-6 Mbps, with uploads of about 1.5 Mbps The speed increase is one of the main reasons the telecom is making the switch.
This expensive process will likely go faster if Softbank successfully purchases this company.
Naturally, accessing this high-speed network requires a device that supports it. Starting earlier this year, Sprint began offering LTE-enabled smartphones and wireless hotspots.