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Sprint’s Spark LTE network expanded to 6 additional markets; data disabled during calls

Recently, Sprint launched their LTE service in 41 additional markets. Now, Sprint says that the company has launched their "Spark" service in six new markets: Oakland, Calif.; Orlando, Fla.; West Palm Beach, Fla.; Waukegan, Ill; Newark, N.J.; and Tacoma, Wash. Spark combines the company's 800 MHz, 1.9 GHz and 2.5 GHz LTE spectrum to offer speeds of 50-60 Mbps while bringing HD Voice to tri-band smartphones like the Galaxy S4 and S5 and the HTC One M8.
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May 8, 2014
Sprint Spark Network

Recently, Sprint launched their LTE service in 41 additional markets. In total, Sprint’s LTE network is now available in 443 cities, while its Spark service is active in 24 markets.

Now, Sprint says that the company has launched their “Spark” service in six new markets: Oakland, Calif.; Orlando, Fla.; West Palm Beach, Fla.; Waukegan, Ill; Newark, N.J.; and Tacoma, Wash. Spark combines the company’s 800 MHz, 1.9 GHz and 2.5 GHz LTE spectrum to offer speeds of 50-60 Mbps while bringing HD Voice to tri-band smartphones like the Galaxy S4 and S5 and the HTC One M8.

Consumer Reports has confirmed that Sprint’s Spark network in working in limited markets like Seattle, San Francisco, and New York. Unfortunately, those using the Spark network cannot access any over-the-air data services when in the middle of a phone call. Many of Sprint’s 4G LTE smartphones are equipped with a separate LTE antenna that lets you send and receive data while using Sprint’s CDMA network for voice calls.