News by Andrew Kameka on Monday June 16, 2014.
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Sprint has announced that it has reached roaming agreements with 12 rural and regional carriers that will make their devices capable of accessing s Sprint's 4G LTE network. The roaming agreements should improve coverage outside of major metropolitan areas when subscribers travel into areas where those operators have yet to build 4G networks. The carriers might otherwise not have the capital to invest in LTE, but a deal with Sprint makes that possible. Sprint's network will now be accessible to customers on 12 networks, including:
- SouthernLINC Wireless, covering 127,000 square miles and 18 million people in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida
- nTelos, covering 66,000 square miles and 6.1 million people in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Kentucky (previously announced)
- C Spire Wireless, covering over 61,700 square miles and approximately 5.5 million people in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Tennessee
- Nex-Tech Wireless, covering 35,000 square miles and 286,000 people in Kansas and Colorado
- Flat Wireless, covering over 29,000 square miles and 2.1 million people in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona
- SI Wireless dba MobileNation, covering 10,000 square miles and 830,000 people in Tennessee and Kentucky
- Inland Cellular, covering 9,000 square miles and 297,000 people in Idaho and Washington
- Illinois Valley Cellular, covering 5,500 square miles and 250,000 people in Illinois
- Carolina West Wireless, covering 3,100 square miles and 585,500 people in North Carolina
- James Valley Telecommunications, covering 4,000 square miles and 45,000 people in South Dakota
- VTel Wireless, covering 791 square miles and 60,450 people in Vermont
- Phoenix Wireless, covering 800 square miles and 17,000 people in Maine
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.