Sprint Bringing LTE To MVNOs?

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There are a number of good no-contract options for smartphone service in the US, but in some ways those kind of arrangements can come up a bit short from the level of service you get from regular on-contract, post-paid accounts. One big component of that discrepancy is LTE. While three of the four major carriers are well into deploying their LTE networks, if you’ve wanted an off-contract LTE options you’ve been severely limited; MetroPCS has LTE, but its speeds are nothing to write home about. The situation may be getting better in the near future, upon rumors that both Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile will soon offer LTE through Sprint’s nascent network.

News of Boost’s LTE support looks nearly confirmed, thanks to the leak of a poster showing the carrier advertising the upcoming service. While matching evidence has yet to surface for Virgin Mobile, its own LTE support is similarly rumored, and frankly it wouldn’t make much sense for Sprint to offer LTE through one but not the other.

For now, there’s no word on what this new higher-speed service will do to affect Boost or Virgin’s pricing structure, but we’re hopeful we’ll see it arrive without disrupting things too much.

Source: Android and Me

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!