Sprint to roll out 4G LTE service to 100 additional cities

Yesterday, Sprint announced plans to expand its LTE network to encompass an additional 100 markets in the next few months. As one might expect, major markets like Chicago and New York City are on the list, but there are also a good number of mid-size and even smaller-sized cities that are getting the LTE love from Sprint.

With the iPhone 5 unveiling just one day away, there isn't that much that we don't already know about what Apple has in store for us. One of the long-rumored features of the iPhone 5 has been that it will come with 4G LTE support, and to that end, Sprint customers are in luck. And given that Sprint was the last major U.S. carrier to get access to the iPhone, it's about time those loyal Sprint subscribers got a little bit of good fortune.

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Yesterday, Sprint announced plans to expand its LTE network to encompass an additional 100 markets in the next few months. As one might expect, major markets like Chicago and New York City are on the list, but a good number of mid-size and even smaller-sized cities are also getting the LTE love from Sprint.

As it stands now, Sprint's 4G LTE service is only available in 19 areas, including Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and surrounding cities.

Sprint's press release reads in part:

With Network Vision, customers can expect to benefit from an updated 3G network and new 4G LTE network, enabling expanded coverage, improved network reliability, better voice quality, and faster data speeds as the improvements are rolled out across the country.

As part of its overall network strategy, Sprint is also doing a complete overhaul of its 3G infrastructure so that customers can enjoy better wireless signal strength, in-building coverage, and fewer dropped/blocked calls. These enhancements are now available to customers in several markets across the country, with significant deployment in Baltimore, Boston and Washington, D.C., and will continue to improve in the weeks and months ahead.

Hit the break for a list of the 100 cities where 4G LTE construction has begun.

Aguadilla-Isabela-San Sebastian, Puerto Rico

•          Albermarle, N.C.

•          Asheville, N.C.

•          Athens, Texas

•          Austin, Texas

•          Barnstable Town (Hyannis/Midcape), Md.

•          Baton Rouge, La.

•          Boston

•          Cambridge-Newton-Framingham, Mass.

•          Charlotte, N.C.

•          Chicago

•          Clarksville, Tenn.

•          Cleveland, Tenn.

•          CoamoPuerto Rico

•          College Station, Texas

•          Columbia, Tenn.

•          Columbus, Ind.

•          Cookeville, Tenn.

•          Crossville, Tenn.

•          Daytona Beach-Deltona-Ormond Beach, Fla.

•          Fayetteville, N.C.

•          Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

•          Gary, Ind.

•          Goldsboro, N.C.

•          Greenville, Tenn.

•          GuayamaPuerto Rico

•          Hammond, La.

•          Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, N.C.

•          Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, La.

•          Hutchinson, Kan.

•          Indianapolis

•          Jacksonville, Fla.

•          Jonesboro, Ark.

•          Kankakee-Bradley-Bourbonnais, Ill.

•          Kerrville, Texas

•          Kingsport-Bristol, Tenn.

•          Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla.

•          Lancaster, S.C.

•          Lawrence, Kan.

•          Lincolnton, S.C.

•          Los Angeles

•          Lumberton, N.C.

•          Marion, Ind.

•          McPherson, Kan.

•          Memphis, Tenn.

•          Miami

•          Michigan City-La Porte, Ill.

•          Morristown, Tenn.

•          MyagezPuerto Rico

•          Nashville, Tenn.

•          New Orleans

•          New York

•          Norfolk, Va.

•          Ocala, Fla.

•          Ocean Pines, Md.

•          Orlando, Fla.

•          Ottawa-Streator, Ill.

•          Palatka, Fla.

•          Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Fla.

•          Palm Coast, Fla.

•          Peabody/Lawrence-Methuen/Gloucester, Mass.

•          Philadelphia

•          Ponce, Puerto Rico

•          Port St. Lucie, Fla.

•          Roanoke Rapids, N.C.

•          Rochelle, Ill.

•          Rockford, Ill.

•          Rocky Mount, N.C.

•          Salina, Kan.

•          Salisbury, Md.

•          Salisbury, N.C.

•          San German-Cabo RojoPuerto Rico

•          San Juan,  Puerto Rico

•          Sebastian-Vero Beach, Fla.

•          Sebring, Fla.

•          Shelby, N.C.

•          Sherman-Denison, Texas

•          South Bend, Ind.

•          Southern Pines-Pinehurst, N.C.

•          Springfield, Ma.

•          Statesville-Mooresville, S.C.

•          Tampa, Fla.

•          Topeka, Kan.

•          Tullahoma, Tenn.

•          Tupelo, Miss.

•          Warrensburg, Mo.

•          Warsaw, Ind.

•          Washington, D.C.

•          Waukegan-Lake County, Ill.

•          West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, Fla.

•          Wichita, Kan.

•          Wichita Falls, Texas

•          Worcester-Fitchburg-Leominster, Mass.

•          Yauco, Puerto Rico

via Sprint

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