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Sprint turns on Spark LTE in Chicago

Sprint Spark

Sprint announced yesterday that, not only is its Network Vision project largely complete in Chicago, but going forward it is now ready to offer customers access to its new Spark network. According to Sprint:

 Introduced on Oct. 30, Sprint Spark combines spectrum capacity and advanced network technologies and is expected to deliver a seamless tri-band LTE experience, including wireless peak speeds of 50-60 Megabits per second today on capable devices, with increasing speed potential over time. Given Sprint’s spectrum and technology assets, it is technically feasible to deliver more than 2Gbps per sector of over-the-air speed.

Currently the only phones capable of taking advantage of the Spark network are the HTC One max, the Google Nexus 5 by LG, LG G2, the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, and the Samsung Galaxy Mega.

Spark takes advantage of Sprint’s Clearwire spectrum in the 2500-2600MHz range to increase speeds, range, and capacity. It also combines spectrum from LTE on the 800MHz and 1900MHz ranges.

Any of you currently taking advantage of Spark? If so, what has your performance been like?

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John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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