March 29, 2012 | by Adrian Diaconescu
We already know that Sprint is pretty well behind Verizon or AT&T when talking about 4G LTE coverage and coverage plans, but according to a map surfaced on the web just a few minutes ago, the carrier’s executives seem like they aren’t even trying to make up some of that disadvantage.
The map was posted by tech journalist Sascha Segan on Twitter and shows off Sprint’s ‘’ambitious’’ expansion plans for 2014. As you will notice from the photo below, the map is divided into two sectors, colored in green and blue respectively.
The green area represents the places where Sprint is planning to launch 4G LTE speeds by 2014 and, while it covers pretty much half of the map, it’s far from impressive. I mean, 2014 is two years from now and Sprint doesn’t even cover most of the U.S., which Verizon has already managed? That’s disappointing, to say the least.
On the other hand, if we think of today’s 4G LTE coverage by Sprint, this could actually be some welcomed progress. As a bit of reminder, there’s currently no place in America covered by 4G LTE from Sprint (I think that we can all agree that WiMAX is a whole different thing) and, according to official statements from the company, by mid 2012 only a few cities will be covered.
Getting back to the map in question, it’s worth mentioning that, while the huge blue area will not enjoy 4G LTE speeds, Sprint will rely on roaming agreements there and thereabouts to make some sort of amends to users.
I don’t know about you, but this kind of news saddens me a lot, as we can go from a very competitive market with at least three important players to a world clearly dominated by the likes of Verizon and AT&T. Then again, maybe 4G LTE smartphones will not become as popular as most of us predict right now or maybe Sprint will come with some sort of technological innovation of their own. Either way, stay tuned on our website for more information on the subject.