Having experienced some challenges resulting from the shutdown of Nextel network and a loss of a significant number of customers in the wake of T-Mobile’s aggressive marketing campaign, Sprint is back on its feet and calling for your attention. The carrier has announced its new ultra-fast LTE service called Sprint Spark. Taking advantage of 800 MHz, 1.9 GHz and 2.5 GHz bands, the Spark allows for continuous coverage at a peak speed of 50 to 60 Mbps. Sprint will bump the speed up to a mind-blowing 1 Gbps.
New tri-band phones coming to Sprint
On Wednesday (October 30th) the Sprint’s Spark service went live in five big cities, that is New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Tampa and Miami. Over the next three years Sprint will gradually introduce the service in as many as 100 major markets. It is estimated that 200 million people will be able to use Spark by the end of the year. Another 50 million users will gain access to the Spark by the end of 2014.
The “tri-band” connectivity will not be supported by all devices, though. The first phones fully compatible with the service will appear on Sprint’s offer on November 8th and will include the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, Galaxy Mega 6.3 and LG G2. The handsets are priced at $99.99, $199.99 and $199.99 on contract, respectively. All three phones also will be available on Sprint One Up for $19.59, $16.67 and $22.92 per month for the Galaxy Mega, Galaxy S4 Mini and LG G2. Support for the Spark will come via a software update.
Later on the year, Sprint will also launch the HTC One Max with support for the tri-band connection. The phone will cost $249.99 with a new contract or $25.00 per month with Sprint One Up.
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