As the dog days of summer approaches, Sprint is getting ready to officially launch doggone fast 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) service in five U.S. cities on July 15. Those cities include Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, and San Antonio. Sprint says its initial rollout will cover millions of people, and by the end of 2013, the wireless carrier aims to have 250 million people covered with a nationwide 4G LTE network in place.
"While other carriers are simply rolling out their version of a 4G LTE network, we are rolling out an all-new network that will also significantly improve the 3G and voice experience over time – at no extra charge to the customer," Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said in a statement .
Hesse added that he's "pleased with the progress" of the program so far, which will not only introduce 4G LTE access, but " significant enhancements " to Sprint's 3G service by way of better signal strength, fewer dropped calls, faster data speeds, expanded coverage, and all-around better performance.
Sprint will continue to offer an 'Everything Data' plan for $80/month that includes unlimited data, texting, and calling to and from any mobile phone.