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February 26, 2014

Sprint Spark and HD Voice Hit Salt Lake City, Jacksonville, Fla.

It’s no secret that competition in the U.S. wireless market is stiff, but few know that fact as well as Sprint. While the carrier has struggled to keep up with Verizon and AT&T in recent years, however, it has been hard at work lately to bring subscribers. In part, this has meant the removing of some offers and programs, like the Sprint One Up early upgrade program, while adding others, like the recently introduced Framily Plans.

That said, the most important aspect of wireless coverage these days, at least in North America, is LTE coverage. Fortunately, Sprint has been improving in this area as well. In fact, the carrier just expanded its Sprint Spark and HD Voice coverage to Salt Lake City and Jacksonville, Fla.

With this expansion, Sprint’s 4G LTE network now covers 382 markets. Sprint expects to cover 250 million people by the middle of the year.

“Sprint’s all-new network offers significantly improved speeds, coverage and call quality,” said Bob Azzi, Sprint’s chief network officer, in a statement. “With powerful speeds and a low-cost, unlimited data option within their Sprint Framily plan, our customers can download, stream and post as much as they want without watching the clock or worrying about expensive overage fees.”

Sprint Spark offers peak wireless speeds of up to 60Mbps on capable devices currently. However, Sprint expects that it will be able to offer up to three times that by “late next year.” Even at its current speed, though, this means Sprint LTE subscribers should enjoy a premium wireless data experience while on the go, including stutter-free video chat.

Not merely LTE, Sprint Spark is actually a combination of network technologies, spectrum capacity and tri-band devices. It is designed to improve the performance of video and other bandwidth-intensive applications.

Meanwhile, Sprint’s HD Voice feature helps to improve call quality by virtually eliminating background noise while offering sound quality superior to that of a landline connection.

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

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