After focusing its LTE rollout on small town America for months, Sprint is returning its attention to big cities. Boston and Austin join Chicago and Indianapolis as the latest cities to get the 4G upgrade.

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After spending the last six months boosting its small-town cred, Sprint is focusing more 4G attention on larger markets. On Monday it took its LTE network live in Boston and Austin, joining Chicago and Indianapolis, which Sprint turned on right before the Christmas holidays.

When Sprint first launched LTE this summer, it started with six large cities, but it quickly shifted its focus to smaller cities, towns and suburbs, getting 4G markets online as soon its Network Vision upgrade was complete. Sprint’s LTE network is now live in 58 cities, but most of them are small markets.

Sprint may be returning to the urban zones, but it isn’t abandoning the places in between. In addition to Boston and Austin, Sprint launched LTE in seven other areas: Bryan/College Station, Texas; Columbia, Tenn.; Emporia, Kan.; Farmington, Mass.; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Gettysburg, Pa.; and Western Puerto Rico (including Aguadilla, Isabela, Cabo Rojo, Mayagüez).

In fact, Sprint plans to double its current number of LTE markets in the coming months, targeting both big and small areas. Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., are all on the list, as are Kerrville, Texas, and Shelby, N.C.

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  1. Glad to see Sprint being a little more balanced in their investments.

    AT&T lost me as a customer by moving their urban markets from EDGE to 3G to 3G+ to LTE while we were still on the original EDGE they rolled out almost 10 years ago.

  2. Sprint has till this time next year to get LTE in my are or I dump my data plan. 3G is worthless.

  3. NYC has been ‘coming months’ for forever. Meanwhile I’ve been paying for ‘4G’ since last April with the ‘coming soon’ promise.

    Can’t wait until my plan is up. Going to get an unlocked Nexus and go to Tmobile’s $30 monthly plan and be rid of Sprint’s BS.

  4. Is Sprint going to put down its LTE network on the 800mhz spectrum that used to be Nextel’s.

    Because that is one really nice low Megahertz contiguous block of frequencies that not even Verizon or ATT have nationwide and could really mean something for Sprints bottom line and network over the coming years.

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