Sprint’s 4G LTE network may be lagging a bit, particularly when it comes to speed in some markets, but the company is also still very focused on its voice services. Speaking during an industry event in Boston recently, CEO Dan Hesse confirmed that the carrier is prepared to roll-out its new HD Voice service across the country in July. HD Voice offers a vastly superior service to a standard voice call, though Sprint only offers it in Kansas City right now. T-Mobile, meanwhile, already offers HD Voice services across the U.S.
The option isn’t supported by all of Sprint’s handsets, so some customers may find they’ll need to upgrade in order to take advantage of clearer voice calls. Still, more than 24 handsets do come equipped with it, including popular phones like the HTC One, Nexus 5, G2, Note III, Galaxy S4 and many others. Hesse also detailed plans to offer faster 4G LTE data speeds in some markets – though not for another 18 months or so, by using two 60MHz channels to provide a larger data highway capable of 150Mbps download speeds.
Meanwhile, T-Mobile is nipping at Sprint’s heels with a quickly expanding 4G LTE network and incentives to switch from other carriers to its network. AT&T and Verizon still have the largest data networks in the United States, though neither has moved as quickly on trying to roll-out HD Voice services – those are expected to start to hit sometime this year.