A writer at TalkAndroid has caught Sprint testing its 4G LTE network in the city of Durham, North Carolina. The journalist was reportedly using his Samsung Galaxy Note II in the city when he noticed that the 4G indicator on his smartphone was on. This is a strange occurrence in the Durham area for Sprint users as the town isn’t officially covered by Sprint’s 4G LTE network that launched last year. After taking speed tests of the network, the writer, Jeff Causey, noted speeds of 8.49mbps download and 1.66mbps upload with a ping time of 71ms.
Sprint has been playing a lot of “catch-up” with its 4G LTE network since its launch during the summer of 2012. Other mobile carriers in the United States like AT&T and Verizon have had 4G LTE networks running as early as late-2010 and have already covered most large markets. Sprint has attempted to compensate customers for this slow rollout by offering unlimited data plans at low prices and by offering mobile tethering free of charge. However, the upcoming LTE rollout in Durham does show that Sprint is catching with the competition quickly.