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  • Cricket Offers LTE Roaming on Sprint's Network



    Starting today, Cricket Wireless should be offering additional LTE roaming coverage for devices which support Sprint's LTE network. Currently only the Samsung Admire 2 and Galaxy S4 meet this requirement.

    So what does this actually mean? Please read closely to fully understand what benefits you will receive.

    How to qualify:


    • Must own a capable device
    • Must be a customer on a 4G LTE rate plan
    • No home market roaming (if you are in a Cricket 4G area, you will only connect to Cricket 4G towers)
    • Only available when traveling outside of Cricket's home network and into Sprint's LTE network coverage area.
    • Limited to certain cities for initial rollout.
    • Expanded coverage available in the future.


    Examples


    If the customer is from Las Vegas (Cricket 4G LTE market)... And the customer travels to Denver (Cricket 3G market)... The customer will not connect to a 4G network -they will connect to Cricket's 3G network.

    If the customer is from Chicago (Cricket 3G market)...

    And the customer travels to Atlanta (Sprint 4G partner coverage area)... The customer will connect to Sprint's 4G network.


    This article was originally published in forum thread: Cricket Offers LTE Roaming on Sprint's Network started by Chris Rodriguez View original post
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. wiseoldman's Avatar
      wiseoldman -
      Sp, i thought i saw some where that you were trying to port over the S4 to the S3. Would that give the S3 the ability to use sprint LTE towers? Or are there hardware, modem, radio roadblocks that forbid it from working?
    1. short6in's Avatar
      short6in -
      Quote Originally Posted by wiseoldman View Post
      Sp, i thought i saw some where that you were trying to port over the S4 to the S3. Would that give the S3 the ability to use sprint LTE towers? Or are there hardware, modem, radio roadblocks that forbid it from working?
      I think there are radio issues with Cricket's GSIII. I don't believe the radio IC has the appropraite bands to access Sprint's LTE network.
    1. wiseoldman's Avatar
      wiseoldman -
      Oh well, at least a hybrid prl will let me connect to more sprint towers for 3g while I'm on the road. Has anyone ever pulled a radio from a S3 or S4?

      sent from SP's vanilla 1.1 ROM

      ---------- Post added at 08:17 AM ---------- Previous post was at 08:15 AM ----------

      I've seen htc radios but not samsung radios on the net.

      sent from SP's vanilla 1.1 ROM
    1. Chris Rodriguez's Avatar
      Chris Rodriguez -
      Let's review these two networks (LTE bands shown only):

      Leap Wireless[121] United States 1700 d 4 FDD (?) (?) [REAG-License #3][B 1][96] (Denali Spectrum License LLC)
      Leap Wireless[121] United States 1700 e 4 FDD December 2011 [122][123] [REAG-License #5][B 2][96]


      Sprint United States 800 26 FDD 2013 (planned) [132][133][134] [ABC-Licenses in 130 of 175 EA-Areas][C 3][135][136]
      Sprint United States 1900 g 25 FDD July 2012 [134][137] [176 of 176 EA-Licenses][C 1][104]
      Sprint (formerly Clearwire) United States 2500 41 TDD July 2013 [134][138][139] UL/DL Frequencies?
    1. Stephen Proffitt's Avatar
      Stephen Proffitt -
      Pulled from Samsung Support site for the Cricket S4:

      Frequencies and Data Type
      LTE: Bands 2/4/25; CDMA 1x/EVDO Rev.A: 800/AWS/1900MHz


      and again for the S3:

      Frequencies and Data Type
      LTE Dual-band: Band 2 (1900MHz), Band 4 (AWS); CDMA 1x/EVDO Rev A, Tri-band: 800/AWS/1900MHz


      The frequencies match however the bands do not. That's why the S3 can't roam on Sprint LTE. These frequencies are hard coded into the chip itself so unless you're a hardware engineer, not much we can do.
    1. indica's Avatar
      indica -
      i thought sprint was utilizing their 1900mhz spectrum for LTE?
    1. wiseoldman's Avatar
      wiseoldman -
      I wonder if over time ATT will evolve away from Sprints LTE with their own LTE (by slowly bringing customers over to GSM) thereby starving sprints coverage reputation.
    1. Stephen Proffitt's Avatar
      Stephen Proffitt -
      Quote Originally Posted by wiseoldman View Post
      I wonder if over time ATT will evolve away from Sprints LTE with their own LTE (by slowly bringing customers over to GSM) thereby starving sprints coverage reputation.
      Essentially that's what will happen making VZW and Sprint team up a bit

      Sent from my Vanilla MI3 Cricket S4
    1. dsf3g's Avatar
      dsf3g -
      So if I understand this correctly, you'll only roam on Sprint's LTE network if A cricket 3G network is not available? Correct? Meaning that even if I'd bought a Galaxy S4 I wouldn't be able to use Sprint's LTE towers where I live because, even though we don't have Cricket LTE here, we do have Cricket 3G.

      Is that's the case then this isn't a particularly exciting development for me (putting aside the fact that I own an S3 that isn't even able to connect). I guess I'll be more excited when I can tap into AT&T's LTE towers (assuming I'll be able to with the Galaxy S3).
    1. Stephen Proffitt's Avatar
      Stephen Proffitt -
      Quote Originally Posted by dsf3g View Post
      So if I understand this correctly, you'll only roam on Sprint's LTE network if A cricket 3G network is not available? Correct? Meaning that even if I'd bought a Galaxy S4 I wouldn't be able to use Sprint's LTE towers where I live because, even though we don't have Cricket LTE here, we do have Cricket 3G.
      This is correct

      Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk
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