Sprint adds 9 new LTE cities to its to-do list

The carrier says it's beginning work on delivering LTE to nine more markets, including the Twin Cities.

4G LTE phones like the Optimus G will soon surf faster speeds in more cities. Josh Miller/CNET

Sprint is building out its 4G LTE network little by little, today listing nine more markets to get LTE treatment.

The areas are:

  • Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.
  • Fort Smith, Ark.
  • Ardmore, Okla.
  • Oakland/Fremont/Hayward, Calif.
  • Eau Claire, Wis.
  • Key West, Fla.
  • Bloomington, Ind.
  • Michigan City/La Porte, Ind.
  • McAllen/Edinburg/Mission, Texas

Minnesota's Twin Cities center is the largest of the bunch, with several key traffic areas also accounted for. Speaking from local experience, the San Francisco Bay Area cities of Oakland, Fremont, and Hayward are significant, high-population coverage areas, though Sprint has skipped the much more populous cities of San Francisco and San Jose.

LTE is still some weeks to months off, though customers in those areas may start seeing LTE speeds before the official launch.

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Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.

 

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