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Sprint Details First Tri-Band LTE Phones with 'Spark'

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Oct 30, 2013, 12:18 PM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Oct 30, 2013, 12:28 PM

Sprint today announced Sprint Spark, its next-generation networking technology that will make use of all three Sprint spectrum bands to boost mobile broadband speeds to 50-60Mbps. "Sprint Spark is a combination of advanced capabilities, like 1x, 2x and 3x carrier aggregation for speed, 8T8R for coverage, MIMO for capacity, TDD for spectral efficiency, together with the most advanced devices offering both tri-band capability and high-definition voice for the best possible customer experience," said Sprint CEO Dan Hesse. Sprint said it will deploy Spark in 100 of the country's largest cities over the course of the next three years, but five markets are launching Spark today: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Tampa and Miami. Sprint expects 100 million Americans will have Sprint Spark or 2.5GHz coverage by the end of 2014. Sprint Spark gives tri-band devices the ability to actively hand-off data sessions between its three spectrum bands. Sprint says this helps boost both speed and capacity. The devices first to include Sprint Spark are the Samsung Galaxy Mega and Galaxy S4 mini, and the LG G2. All three handsets will reach stores November 8. The two Samsung phones will receive a system update shortly after they go on sale that will activate their tri-band services, while the G2 will receive the same update in early 2014. The Mega will cost $199.99 with a contract or $19.59 per month with Sprint One Up; the GS4 Mini will cost $99.99 with a new contract or $16.67 per month with Sprint One Up; and the G2 will cost $199.99 with a new contract or $22.92 per month with Sprint One Up. Sprint also said that the HTC One max will be available "soon." It will cost $249.99 with a new contract or $25.00 per month with Sprint One Up.

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Nov 1, 2013, 3:12 PM

Sprint CEO is a Moron!

Let's see here....

Sprint's service does not exist in New York City....literally everyday I'm forced to look at blank white web pages that cannot load or indication that the service is unavailable; despite Sprint reps claiming for years that their service will be updated, it NEVER has happened.

Now, we're given the chance to ACTUALLY receive service that we've been paying for, but for an even more of an elevated price? Well, at this point Sprint has ZERO credibility, and honestly should not even be in business on the East Coast; is this the new tactic by the CEO....let's continue to rip off our customers in high hopes that they'll believe we're something more than we've already failed at for years?

Here's a word of advice....how ab...
Riot Jr.

Oct 31, 2013, 5:09 PM

Sounds like

A battery killer for me.

Oct 30, 2013, 3:57 PM

but not the Note 3

And yet the flagship Samsung Galaxy Note 3 can't take advantage of Spark since it's not tri-band. Shame on Samsung and Sprint.. 😡
Look in the field test menu on the Note 3, it has the bands in it, they're just currently disabled via Firmware, or even in the ##data menu, they're listed so i would not be surprised if Sprint turns em on later.

Oct 30, 2013, 1:36 PM

Oh please lmao...

These idiots can't even deploy LTE to a majority of the county and have the audacity to announce this??? Sprint always has good ideas but poorly executes them. T-Mobile will probably have LTE running over 600MHz before this project ever gets finished due to Sprint notorious backhaul issues.

Oct 30, 2013, 12:37 PM

and nexus 5

They just didnt want to give it away yet 😎
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