News by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday October 30, 2013.
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Sprint customers displeased with their smartphones not enjoying 4G LTE services as fast as friends on other networks may be happy to know that the carrier is set to debut its "Sprint Spark" tri-band 4G that should greatly improve speed on new devices in some areas.
On November 8, Sprint will begin selling smartphones that will eventually support Spark, an enhanced LTE technology that reaches peak speeds of 50 to 60 Megabits per second. Sprint says that it's technically feasible to deliver speeds as high as 2Gbps, but it's a long way from achieving that; 2Gbps is just the theoretical cap of where it could eventually end up. The technology uses three different bands of spectrum - 800 MHz, 1.9 GHz, and 2.5 GHz - to deliver better indoor coverage, faster speeds, and more reliable service in densely populated areas. It's expected to greatly improve Sprint's 4G LTE service everywhere it arrives.
Of course, Spark and those blazing fast speeds won't be coming to most people any time soon. Though Sprint plans to have Spark in 100 markets over the next three years, the November launch dates will only include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, and Tampa. Furthermore, the compatible phones that go on sale beginning November 8 will not deliver tri-band service until a post-release software update arrives to make them able to browse on multiple bands.
The following Sprint smartphones will be able to access Sprint Spark:
- Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mini
- Samsung Galaxy Mega
- LG G2
- HTC One Max (coming later this year)
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.