Previously, Sprint had confirmed that they will be rolling out LTE services across five cities, including Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and San Antonio on July 15th, but seems like one of the Sprint’s initial launch market got lucky.
The network isn’t supposed to be launching until July 15th, but Sprint has decided to go ahead and roll out 4G LTE service across Kansas City. The network is treating Kansas City with an early launch, and as a result it has stopped blocking access to 4G LTE service. Other four cities haven’t been given the same treatment, and the network is expected to roll out in next few days.
Customers owning 4G LTE devices from Sprint, including the HTC EVO 4G LTE, Samsung Galaxy Nexus and LG Viper 4G LTE, can check if 4G LTE network is active on their device. So far, users from Kansas City who are having 4G LTE supported devices, but have been communicating with Sprint’s 3G network since launch are able to access 4G LTE high speed data network.
Users from Kansas City area using Sprint’s network and having 4G LTE devices should now be able to access internet at extraordinary speed, but since the network is new and open to all, people will be excited about this new thing and speeds may not be in par with the video which showed device pulling down data at speeds that were 25 times faster than a normal 3G connection, nevertheless the speed should be pretty impressive.
The carrier hasn’t yet confirmed which cities are next in the queue, but a leak suggests that Akron, Chicago, Fort Worth, Nashville, New York, Rialto and Stockton might be next in line, neither of which is confirmed. Once Sprint 4G LTE goes live, it will be servicing over a million customers in the United States.
There aren’t many choices of 4G LTE devices to choose from on Sprint at this point in time. Apple iPhone 5 will be launching this fall and we hope 4G LTE services will go live in few more cities by then.