Sprint looks to be preparing for iPhone roll out in September.
When Sprint rolled out the Galaxy S3, we wondered just how long it was going to be before 4G LTE was available in major markets. Since I am located near San Francisco, that is a major market which I am wondering about. With all the Apple rumors about the iPhone 5 coming out with 4G LTE, one has to wonder if Sprint would roll out their 4G LTE just before the release. And it appears that we have now gotten an answer to the question from Sprint customers who have the Galaxy S3 or Galaxy Nexus in San Francisco Bay Area.
This is showing up from Andriod Police reporting on testing activities which are being conducted by Sprint. While the reports do not show wide spread testing, they are showing 4G LTE availability in selected areas. It seems that the cities of Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto and Cupertino are all seeing 4G LTE signals on either the Galaxy Nexus or the Galaxy S3. With the rumor of the iPhone coming with 4G LTE, it makes sense that Cupertino is one of the locations they are doing testing.
Sprint really needs to have their 4G LTE service up and running in the San Francisco Bay Area at the launch of the iPhone 5 or they are going to face some serious issues with sales in that region. They have already been selling the Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy S3 around the country in areas that have yet to see 4G LTE services. At the moment, Sprint has not issued any official statements about their plans or even whether they are going to leave the service up after they are done testing it. Reports are very positive regarding speed tests which many are reporting.
It does look very positive for Sprint customers in the Bay Area to see the turn on of the 4G LTE service some time in September or early October.