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Sprint to Sell New Spark-Compatible Galaxy S4

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Dec 10, 2013, 3:42 PM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Dec 12, 2013, 1:02 PM

Sprint today said that it will begin offering a new version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 that is compatible with Sprint Spark. Spark is Sprint's tri-band LTE service that offers better performance. Right now, Spark is limited to Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Tampa right now, but will expand to 100 markets over the next year. The new version of the GS4 should become available over the course of the next few weeks. It will cost $199 with a new contract after a $50 mail-in rebate, or $25 per month with Sprint One Up. The existing GS4 that Sprint has been selling since April is not fully compatible with Spark.


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Dec 10, 2013, 4:42 PM

this is messed up

so your telling me the Galaxy S4 that i bought in July 1st is re released with chipset to allow sprint spark?
Yes, time and technology march on. Would it make you feel better if they slapped a different name on it?
It's technically the 2500 MHz antenna, not the chipset.

I believe the older model does support dual-band (800/1900) LTE, which is better than Sprint's many single-band (1900-only) LTE phones.

Spark is just Sprint's branding for tri-band LTE.


Dec 10, 2013, 4:36 PM

Both GS4?

How do you tell apart the old GS4 from the new?
The sku will be different
Andras888 said:
How do you tell apart the old GS4 from the new?

The model numbers are different.


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