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  • Takato November 23, 2012 - 10:36 am #59688 Reply

    Does anyone here own an LTE capable sprint phone? I got an email from sprint a few days ago saying LTE was coming to the dc area soon and I just upgraded my phone from an Evo to the Galaxy s3 so I was wondering if anyone here is seeing LTE in this area. I know Baltimore has it already and it is pretty fast.

    JamesEFC November 23, 2012 - 10:52 am #59692 Reply

    I recently acquired an LTE-capable Sprint phone. Last week I was driving outside of Baltimore (Severna Park-area) and looked down at a stoplight and my phone had an LTE connection. I did a quick internet search to see how fast it was and I can attest that it was blazing fast. Roughly equivalent to my home wi-fi speed, I would guess.

    Unfortunately, I never saw that connection again but I have high hopes that it will someday soon appear when I am in Arlington.


    1234 November 23, 2012 - 5:55 pm #59695 Reply

    To the people with Sprint as their mobile provider: do you have bad coverage in Clarendon? Inside or out? I have zero coverage inside of Galaxy Hut, and in other places within a couple blocks.

    I have a 4G (WiMAX) phone, but I never turn the 4G on because it’s a hit or miss. I only noticed it working in Ballston and outside of Courthouse.

    bikeme November 23, 2012 - 10:49 pm #59696 Reply

    No one gets coverage in galaxy hut. Why? Because its a cool place to hang out and enjoy, not look at your phone the whole time you’re there.

    1234 November 24, 2012 - 12:32 pm #59699 Reply

    Thanks for contributing something positive to this thread.

    Captain_Obvious November 24, 2012 - 1:27 pm #59700 Reply

    yea galaxy hut is awesome, everyone wears hipster hats.  Even saw 1 guy wearing a train conductor hat, he wasn’t wearing overalls though so I figured he forgot to take the hat off when he left the trainyard.

    Arlingtoon November 25, 2012 - 10:01 am #59703 Reply

    I just checked on the Sprint coverage map, which depicts “3G and more” and “4G LTE”.  It shows no coverage at all for “4G LTE”, but ubiquitous coverage for “3G and more”.  Looks as though they haven’t even started their build-out yet.

    Hope this helps.

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 4 months ago by  Arlingtoon.
    spaghetti November 26, 2012 - 10:44 am #59724 Reply

    As of November 12, 28% of Sprint’s LTE site coverage in the DC area had been completed according to this website. Sprint usually launches LTE coverage at 30-40% site completion.

    Estimated launch has been November 2012, but I would imagine it will launch before 2013.

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 4 months ago by  spaghetti.
    Takato November 26, 2012 - 12:52 pm #59736 Reply

    I’ve read that a lot of people get LTE on and off around downtown dc but nothing solid, I get my phone in the mail today so I will check it out and see what the coverage is actually like.

    Rick November 26, 2012 - 9:52 pm #59775 Reply

    You can sniff around town with this link, select the data tab and then drag around to see where the orange (LTE) is. Sprint is getting rid of their wimax and iDEN networks gradually and going to LTE, so the wimax coverage certainly won’t get better. I have a Sprint 3G device with the new direct connect and have mostly positive things to say about coverage around here in general. I get miserable service in Whitlows, even near the windows, but I rarely make it into Galaxy Hut.

    R. Griffon November 26, 2012 - 11:35 pm #59776 Reply

    Excellent link Rick.

    According to their map you’re out of luck for LTE in this area.  FWIW I’ve got a 4G mobile hotspot and have always found the coverage to be crap.  I can’t really get any in Clarendon, and can only get 4G sitting on a window sill in a highrise in Rosslyn as often as not.  3G speeds are like the old modem days.  I think I’m gonna turn mine in for a Verizon unit – I hear their data coverage is MUCH better.


    Captain_Obvious said:

    yea galaxy hut is awesome, everyone wears hipster hats.  Even saw 1 guy wearing a train conductor hat, he wasn't wearing overalls though so I figured he forgot to take the hat off when he left the trainyard.

    Maybe he’s just a Beiber fan.

    Rick November 27, 2012 - 12:00 am #59777 Reply

    It’s one of those things where if you’re outside with a good view of the sky you might get it, but Sprint can’t PROMISE it works, so it says no 4G.

    henrymurphy October 21, 2013 - 2:57 am #91946 Reply

    I assumed you are already using 4G, but as they said LTE is the fastest connection specially for mobile devices. However, LTE sometimes only have a rates like for 4G connection, and 4G usually only enhanced with 3G network. If you get LTE don’t expect that you have the right speed of connection, as if many people also uses it, it will be just as fast as 4G.

    Henry Murphy
    “works for Khristian Howell Distribution Center for iPad Cases.”

    CrystalMikey October 21, 2013 - 8:09 am #91947 Reply

    Girlfriend is on Sprint and just got a LTE-capable phone.  Seems to be pretty spotty, but she does pick it up every once in a while.

    thebrickwall22 October 22, 2013 - 3:38 pm #92147 Reply

    I’m near N Glebe and Lee Hwy right now and have Sprint 4G coverage.  I’m getting 13.5 Mbps download and 5,03 Mbps upload. I also have it at work in Alexandria near the Eisenhower Metro.  It’s pretty consistent for me.

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