Sprint announced six new Spark markets with speeds up to 60Mbps

Map of TexasOne of the small nuggets of news that slipped through the cracks last week during CES was Sprint’s announcement that Spark is now available in six more markets: Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio in Texas, as well as Fort Lauderdale in Florida.

Spark is also already available in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Tampa. 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 range, formerly of Nextel fame, and 1900MHz.

The only phones that can currently take advantage of Spark are the Samsung Galaxy S4, the Galaxy S4 mini, the Galaxy Mega, the LG G2, the Google Nexus 5, and the HTC One max. According to Sprint, these devices can see peak speeds between 50-60Mbps, although some customers have reported LTE connectivity issues with these devices in areas where Spark has not yet been deployed. As always, your mileage may vary.

If you do live in one of these areas, though, do let us know what your speeds are like in the comments below!

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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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9 thoughts on “Sprint announced six new Spark markets with speeds up to 60Mbps

  • Avatar of Doomstang
    January 12, 2014 at 8:09 pm
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    I thought the S4 could NOT take advantage of Spark. They were supposed to be making a new S4 capable of it but I have yet to hear of that hitting the market.

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    • Avatar of John Freml
      January 13, 2014 at 9:21 am
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      According to Sprint’s online store, the S4 is compatible with Spark, so it must have been released.

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  • Avatar of HerpDerp
    January 13, 2014 at 2:45 am
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    This just in: Sprint announces new hyper-LTE-ZX3 service. Available now in 13 markets on devices yet to be conceived. Details to follow at a later date…

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  • Avatar of JTL
    January 13, 2014 at 5:00 pm
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    the original release of the S4 was not triband (branded as spark), they released a new one.

    Phones have to receive an OTA (some have already received it) to enable triband access. It can be done manually on some phones with some hacking/toggling, but i haven’t messed with it on my N5

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  • Avatar of Brian
    January 21, 2014 at 4:44 am
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    I haven’t seen ANY difference. I live in San Antonio (one of the SPARK cities) and I have a spark enabled device the LG G2. I got an OTA update around 155MB. Don’t know if that was the update to turn on triband capability but nope no change in bandwidth speeds. Wonder if it’ll get better over time. I have lost all faith in Sprint.

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  • Avatar of ryry
    January 26, 2014 at 5:45 pm
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    Poor Toledo, Ohio market…BullS#RF

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    • Avatar of John Freml
      January 27, 2014 at 9:38 am
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      Sprint’s not even halfway done with its LTE rollout yet, so Spark LTE will take that much longer!

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