Sprint Nextel, the United States’ third largest mobile operator by subscribers, has confirmed that it inaugurated commercial Long Term Evolution (LTE) services on 15 July 2012 as per its previously announced schedule, with a total of 15 cities initially receiving coverage. The locations are: Atlanta, Athens, Calhoun, Carrollton, Newnan and Rome (all Georgia); Dallas, Fort Worth, Granbury-Hood County, Houston, Huntsville, San Antonio and Waco (all Texas) and Kansas City and St. Joseph (Missouri). The operator notes that Waco was not originally scheduled for LTE connectivity this month, but was afforded 4G status on account of the company’s ‘accelerated build schedule’.
Bob Azzi, senior vice president of Sprint’s Network division, commented: ‘Sprint and our vendors have been deploying Network Vision sites all across the country for the last several months and we are thrilled to deliver our new network to our customers today in and around Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, San Antonio and Waco. This new network is performing extremely well and customers should find it consistent, reliable and really fast’.
To date Sprint has introduced five LTE-capable devices, including the HTC Evo 4G LTE, LG Viper, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Samsung Galaxy S III and a Sierra Wireless Tri-Fi Hotspot router, which supports Sprint’s LTE and CDMA200 1xEV-DO networks and Clearwire’s mobile WiMAX system; all devices are priced at under USD200, and are compatible with Sprint’s ‘Everything Data’ plan which offers unlimited data, SMS and mobile calls from USD79.99 per month.