If you're one of the many who just can't wait to get their hands on the next LTE-compatible HTC EVO, then you're probably interested in finding out exactly what Sprint's LTE plans look like for the next 1-2 years. The image above comes from Sprint's keynote at a Rural Carriers Association meeting and shows what it thinks its LTE network will look like, hopefully by the end of 2013. The green areas indicate 4G LTE coverage, while the light blue areas are where Sprint hopes to have roaming agreements with other carriers.
This isn't really anything new: we reported back on October 7, 2011, that Sprint planned to have LTE radios installed across its entire 3G footprint by the end of next year. And if you look at the map, the green areas match Sprint's native footprint pretty closely.
What this does tell us, however, is that Sprint is still on track to successfully roll out LTE on time, even with a botched LightSquared deal. This also means that if you buy an LTE EVO in June, you will most likely finally get 4G coverage sometime before the end of your two-year contract, if you're one of the unlucky souls who has never experienced it.[Pocketables]