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Sprint’s LTE rollout continues on its painfully slow pace. While the carrier now boasts 4G coverage in 340 markets, there are still many glaring holes in its metropolitan city footprint.

Sprint continues to add new small cities and towns to its LTE footprint by the dozen, but two of the largest and most tech-focused cities in the country, San Francisco and Seattle, still haven’t seen a lick of LTE coverage. This is getting embarrassing.

On Monday, Sprint said it has rolled out LTE in 40 new markets (you can see the full list here), including some sizable cities like Milwaukee, Salt Lake City and Providence, R.I. The carrier is now bragging about a footprint encompassing 340 markets, but that boast is open to interpretation. For instance, in its list of cities, Sprint counts the borough of Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and Brooklyn/The Bronx as four separate markets, while most of us tend to think of them as one city New York.

And while Sprint has done an admirable job of bringing LTE to smaller towns like Del Rio, Texas, and Racine, Wis., it’s still absent from many major metropolitan cities, including Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Denver, Detroit and even the country’s capital Washington, D.C. Sprint has stopped releasing figures for total population covered, which would likely make it painfully obvious how far behind its competitors the company is.

  1. Since the upgrade has been done on tower by tower basis, even markets with LTE coverage are not universally covered. Their coverage map for my town shows LTE coverage, but my phone only shows 3G. A talk with the local store indicates that only one tower has been upgraded, but evidently that is enough to claim coverage for the whole area.

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  2. Nothing in Sacramento California either.

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  3. Taking tech support calls for Sprint it’s painfully obvious they have no clue. When we see calls from certain markets undergoing “Network Vision” we cringe. I’m in a market where AT&T and Verizon have upgraded to 4G with no issues and I can’t wait to see how Sprint screws it up in this area when they start upgrading here.

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  4. I am a sprint customer in Seattle and can verify how painful it is to not have LTE on my iphone. Received a text from sprint saying LTE launching in my area, but turns out they were talking about a city 30 mi away. I have Verizon LTE on my iPad and speeds here are great. It is nice to have multiple network providers like this, however starting to think about moving away from Sprint if their speeds don’t improve.

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  5. Still not in my area.

    I am glad I switched (5 lines) to T-Mobile earlier this month. Sprint was good to me (customer service-wise) but I was paying bunches for data and not getting it. When my corp discount kicks in I will have save about $140 each month. (i paid up front for my phones and didnt get anything special).

    Just for a test, i have my data turned off on my phone and only turn it on when i need data and have no WiFi. So far in 2 weeks I have used less than 3MB.

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  6. ANTONIO SANCHEZ Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    SPRINT REALLY SUCKS !!!.
    DROP THEM DEAD THEY ARE WORTHLESS.
    THEY LIED AND CHEAT , CHARGING YOU FOR 4G WHEN THEY DO NOT EVEN HAVE 3G.
    SUCKS, IT IS A RIPP OFF…

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  7. What’s the holdup? I want to get on WirelessNWifi’s High Limit mobile plan, which uses Sprint’s LTE network. They need to get cracking.

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