Sprint’s 4G LTE network might already be up and running, according to leak

by: AdrianApril 18, 2012
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Even though we have known for a while that Sprint is planning to roll out its own 4G LTE network sometime this year, we didn’t suspect that the actual rollout is so advanced.

The freshest rumor on the matter comes from TechnoBuffalo.com, in the form of a leaked image, supposedly coming from the “inside”, suggesting that Sprint’s Network Vision campaign is in the final stages of implementation in several major (and a couple not so major) American cities.

Akron, Atlanta, Chicago, Fort Worth, Nashville, New York, Rialto and Stockton are the lucky eight cities on this shortlist, with Sprint’s 4G LTE network being in the works since late last year. Out of the eight, there could actually be one or two cities with 4G LTE already up and running, as Nashville, for example, appears in the “ready for testing” section of this leaked image, with a time stamp of January 18th, 2012.

That’s three months back and, while I can’t say I know how these testing processes usually work, I think that Sprint had enough time to work out all the technical kinks and have the network fully functional by now.

Of course, there’s no way to know how accurate this rumor really is, but you should keep in mind that Sprint will be releasing its first ever 4G LTE phone next week. The LG Viper is the device selected to carry this honor, and it’s not impossible for Sprint to serve us on the 22nd with two announcements, the official launch of the Viper, as well as the first city (or maybe cities) to have an up and running 4G LTE network.

Bets are on, guys! Which of these eight cities do you think will be the lucky number one to feature Sprint’s all-new 4G LTE network? Hit us with a comment below and let us know! Also, I would love to hear from those of you who live in or around the areas suspected to have a taste of LTE soon. Will you be buying a Sprint 4G phone immediately after the release? And if so, will you be going for the LG Viper, the Galaxy Nexus, or the HTC EVO?

  • This is no surprise. When they first rolled out WiMAX, it was available several months before officially announced for each market. If your city has been listed as upcoming for LTE, you’ll likely be able to get LTE as least in some parts of city long before the city is officially announced with available service. By the time Sprint LTE phones come out, at least some areas of the initial markets will likely be unofficially up an running.

  • Joe

    Im sorry…but im in orlando and had a sprint lte phone (samsung galaxy s2) since january, and i have 4g working down here. Is this news?

    • Krisat16

      Galaxy S2 has a wimax radio not lte

      • joremero

        that shows people’s ignorance (joe’s of course, not yours)

        • William

          yup. lol it’s a 4g but not lte 4g. plus the only place i have ever loved 4g wimax was in austin. i used to get like 10mbit/s over there. now all i get is like 2-3 if it even sticks.! lol im in fort worth area.

  • Ksexton1986

    I’m not surprised to see Fort Worth getting LTE soon after Dallas because they are neighbor cities!

    • WIlliam

      im super happy about that! lol i got two GS3’s shipping to me. im guessing they will be here tomorrow.

  • Ready for testing?

  • Incredulous

    WHAT?!?!?!?!? Akron, why not any of the big three Ohio cities, Columbus, the capital of the state, Cleveland, Cincinnati? Hello Sprint, ever heard of these cities. There is nothing in Akron. Seriously, Akron?

    • Loakes8742

      Akron isnt a small city u jerk, and we dont have 4G at all, cleveland and cinci do! So the fact that they r putting it here at all is awesome!! And everyone i know has sprint, and obviously they live in akron with me…so yeah, there is plenty in akron…plenty of people that pay for sprint and deserve some 4G!

      • DebR

        I agree. They have it around us, but not in the Akron area. I was promised it would be “any day now” when I got my 2 year contract, which, by the way, is up for renewal and I STILL don’t have 4G. Come on Sprint – live up to your promises to your customers.

      • Incredulous

        I just spent 3 weeks in Phoenix, no 4G at all, service was spotty at best, virtually none where I was staying in Chandler. I’m glad to be back in Columbus, THE CAPITAL of Ohio. Still amazed about Akron though. Let’s compare population; Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Phoenix metro areas. What 2-3 million people? Businesses, Columbus; major Chase Bank complex, Nationwide Insurance, Ohio State University. Cincinnati, a little company called Procter & Gamble, Kroger. Can’t say about Cleveland or Phoenix, but I’m sure the same would hold true. Akron, is Firestone still there? Is so, somebody paid a lot to get Sprint to put 4G LTE in Akron. So, before you go calling people names, do your research.

        • Well lets see in the greater cincinnati area we have UC, UK, GE, FORD, PNC…we have the 2nd largest bank in the US, Sunny Delight, Keebler, Cincinnati Childrens Hospital is #3 in the US…Cincinnati Zoo is top 10 in the US, Miami U, Totes, Jergens, United states Playing Card Company, AK Steel who is in the fortune 500, Cincinnati Bell, Comair airlines, Total Quality Logistics the 2nd largest freight brokerage firm in the US, Frisch’s, Gold Star Chili, Graeters Ice cream, Larosa’s, Penn Station East Coast Subs, Skyline Chili, Cedar fair…They are one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world. Operates Kings Island theme park (in Mason, Ohio),….Cincinnati is a great city filled with tons of Well known big business and franchises ….Do your research!

    • sprint.pcs

      Cleveland cinci and Columbus all have 4g for sprint already.Akron has the university of Akron that’s all sprint needs right there oh but AT&T and Verizon already have a market in Akron so sprint is trying to play catch up that’s why Akron

  • Browmm1983

    I think there will be some place haveing LTE up but Sprint will not tell us. When I got my 4g Wimax phone Sprint told me there are no service in my area go home bars are all the way up an excellent service of wimax. I will go to a Sprint and see if there phone hooks up to the LTE tower soon.

    • Browmm1983

      I will let you know if there LTE phone hooks up.

  • FrankinChicago

    I think that is true. I have some inside information regarding servers going to the company that runs the towers, *cough* Ericsson *cough*. They have been in place in Chicago for quite some time.If Sprint’s latest order update remains true, I will have my new Evo LTE on Thursday and will report back with an update..

  • Robo_kittie

    I’m in Chicago and just got my new EVO 4g LTE, but there is not a 4g LTE here. been running off of 3g and it Sucks!! This phone needs the support of a faster network. I am so disappointed and I miss my old EVO, which I was talked into by a sprint rep to trade in for the new one. I run my own business AND thus phone isn’t doing anything for me. 4g please come to Chicago quick!!

  • Yes, they have WiMAX – but the 4G LTE devices (HTC Evo 4G LTE, Samsung Galaxy S3) don’t have any WiMAX support. So the three major cities don’t have the LTE support, thus rendering the extra $11/month I’m paying for data, completely useless.

  • PDOFF1981

    why should we have to pay for 4g when its not around us in Columbus Ohio? Start charging me when I can connect to 4g Sprint.