Get ready, Texas, as you’ve got some good news coming your way. Dan Hesse has just announced the rollout of LTE and 3G upgrades by mid-2012 in Atlanta, GA, San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas. Little else is known, as news was announced through Twitter.
This is just the first few markets of Sprint’s rollout, of course, and hopefully we’ll see more LTE-worthy cities by year’s end. No official details concerning the rollout have become available and we’ll just have to wait and see for an official statement longer than 140 characters.
We’ve been hearing different things from Sprint when it comes to a LTE rollout, ranging from early 2012 to sometime in 2013. While the mid-2012 date is subject to change, this is the most solid information we’ve gotten to date. We know that Sprint and Clearwire struck a deal back in early December of 2011 but those rocking a WiMax handset right now don’t need to worry:
Marin lays it out right here about the deal:
What does this mean for you? Well, this means if you buy a 4G smartphone on Sprint anytime soon, you can be sure that the WiMax will be supported for the life of the device, even as Sprint moves toward LTE. It also means that Sprint will have more 4G LTE options down the road, although you have to wonder how it would be positioned at this point if it had just waited for 4G LTE to begin with instead of monkeying around with WiMax, full stop.
So if you’re craving some LTE-flavored Sprint phones sometime this year and happen to be in the few lucky cities, sit tight! They’re on their way.