So if you’re planning to pick up the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Sunday, don’t expect to see the “4GLTE” indicator turn on for quite some time. According to thedroidguy and their old fashion journalist methods, they contacted Sprint customer service, Sprint corporate and a local Sprint manager of a corporate location and found this:
“Sprint has not announced specific launch dates.
We have said: In 2012, Sprint expects to cover 123 million people with Network Vision and 4G LTE service; by 2013, 250 million people should be covered. Six markets are expected to receive LTE by mid 2012: Atlanta, Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, Kansas City and Baltimore. The initial devices already announced to run on 4G LTE will be Galaxy Nexus, LG Viper 4G LTE, Sierra Wireless Tri-Network Hotspot and HTC EVO 4G LTE.”
A manager at a Baltimore location also confirmed that their city would not receive 4GLTE until the middle of the summer. Until then, Sprint has “enhanced” the 3G network but it’s still far from 4GLTE speeds.
So there you have it. If you buy any device including the Galaxy Nexus, LG Viper or the HTC EVO 4G LTE, you’ll still be on Sprint’s 3G bands. It’s okay though. These are some great devices and when you get 4GLTE turned on, you’ll be glad you got them when you did.