Many wondered whether Sprint could compete in a next-generation market when it was the first carrier to roll out 4G service in the form of Clearwire’s beleaguered WiMax network.
Clearly, they couldn’t – and it’s cost them, in time, subscribers, and money.
Still, they haven’t wasted too much time since dialing down the WiMax investments and engineering their own LTE rollout, even if that rollout hasn’t made much sense to outside observers. With today’s announcement of some 70 additions to their LTE list, Sprint can boast a coverage map of 300 or so American towns and cities.
Despite the new coverage, there are still many major metropolitan areas where you’ll find LTE from AT&T, Verizion, and sometimes even T-Mobile, but not Sprint.
We covered this fall’s earlier launch of the carrier’s new Spark service, which leverages three LTE frequencies in order to provide ‘next-generation’ speeds for mobile devices that can handle hooking up to that many cell signals at one time (limited, for the moment, to a handful). Of course, given that Sprint has been hitting last place in bandwidth tests recently, perhaps it’s something they should push a little harder.
Currently, you can try Sprint Spark out in just five cities.