Sprint lights up Samsung Galaxy S4 with Spark

A new version of Samsung's flagship smartphone joins the carrier with triband LTE support.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 joins the HTC One Max and others as Sprint Spark supporters. Jessica Dolcourt/CNET

A refreshed version of Samsung's marquee Galaxy S4 smartphone is about to join Sprint's new Spark initiative, its triband LTE network.

The GS4 with Spark will look and act identically to other variations on sale in the US, except that this one is provisioned to hop between 800MHz, 1.9GHz and 2.5GHz network bands while delivering network data.

The device will trickle to Sprint's retail shops and distributors in "the next few weeks" for $200 on contract, joining the HTC One Max and LG G2 as Spark supporters. As with those, the Spark-y S4 is eligible for the Sprint One Up program.

Sprint's Spark network is planned to roll out to 100 metro areas over the next three years; it's currently turned on in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Tampa, FL.

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