Sprint somehow managed to miss the LTE train, but to its credit, the #3 carrier in the US has been working hard to catch up with Verizon and AT&T. Sprint’s ambitious plan is to deploy 4G LTE networks across the nation by early 2014 and have roaming agreements in place for the markets that it won’t cover. The rollout plan is called Network Vision, and if you’re interested in learning more, I recommend this excellent article from Extreme Tech.
Sprint has been selling hard its 4G LTE devices (like the Galaxy S3 or the EVO 4G LTE) for months now, even though the carrier hasn’t fire up any 4G LTE network just yet. Or has it? Sprint 4G rollout specialist site S4GRU (yes, there are such sites) reports that the first 4G LTE network from Sprint is already up and running in Kansas City, KS. That’s a little ahead of schedule, as Sprint announced that the first five markets (Kansas City, San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, and Atlanta) will be fired up on July 15.
It’s not only KC Sprint customers that got lucky – reports suggest that surrounding areas, such as St. Joseph, MO and Manhattan, KS have also got the LTE green light. S4GRU says that more sites are expected to come online each week until the market is fully covered. Also, residents in the other four markets in Texas and Georgia can expect to get blazing 4G LTE speeds any time now.
Any resident of Kansas City or the surrounding areas reading us? How’s the fresh 4G LTE down there?