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| December 16, 2013
Sprint Turns On LTE Coverage In 70 New Markets
While Sprint has been behind Verizon and AT&T in rolling out LTE coverage across the United States, the third-place carrier announced today it has flipped on the faster speeds for more than 70 new markets. Some of the new places where Sprint’s iPhone and iPad customers should be happy include Orlando, Fla., San Diego, St. Louis, and my hometown Lubbock, Texas. With the additions, there are more than 300 LTE markets for the carrier in the U.S. The company also announced the new Sprint Spark network capability. Using three different wireless spectrums, users can take advantage of peak speeds of up to 50-60 MBps. Late last week, news broke that Sprint is looking to shake up the wireless landscape, at least in the United States, by possibly making a bid for perennial fourth-place carrier T-Mobile. The combined company would have 53 million postpaid subscribers, still behind the 95 million of Verizon and 72 million of AT&T. But the larger carrier could be in much better shape to battle the two behemoths. Even so, antitrust concerns could scuttle any proposed deal, just like with the failed AT&T and T-Mobile merger in 2011. For other news today, see: Beyonce’s New Album Breaks An iTunes Record, Get Started With Apple's 12 Days Of Gifts By Downloading A Free Single By Lorde, More Information On The iOS 7 Public Jailbreak Surfaces Online.