Sprint offers Bay Area residents another choice for LTE

As I explained in this week’s Tech Files column, when I bought my wife’s new iPhone, we re-signed with AT&T, instead of switching to Verizon or Sprint.

One of the reasons we didn’t choose Sprint was that while AT&T already offered high-speed LTE data service in the Bay Area, Sprint didn’t, at least officially.

But it turns out that wasn’t the whole story.

Right after my column ran, one of my readers notified me that he was already able to get LTE service on Sprint in the Bay Area. After doing some digging, I found a post on blog site Android Police from August that reported that Sprint users were already finding LTE service in parts of the the Bay Area.

Sprint announced last month that it was working on bringing LTE to the San Francisco market. And then on Tuesday, the day after my column ran, Sprint officially confirmed that it’s now offering LTE in parts of the Bay Area.

So, if you’re a smartphone user and your hungry for a high-speed data connection, you now — officially — have another choice.

To be sure, it may not be a great choice for those of us here in the South Bay. At least according to Sprint’s official coverage map and its announcements to date, its LTE service is only available in parts of the North Bay, namely in the Santa Rosa-Petaluma area and in the Vallejo-Fairfield area.

But you may be able to get service elsewhere, and it sounds like the company is focused on bringing the service to other parts of the Bay Area in the near future.

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Troy writes the Tech Files column as the Personal Technology Columnist at the San Jose Mercury News. He also covers the digital media, mobile and video game industries and writes occasionally about Apple, chips, social networking and other aspects of technology. Previously, Troy covered Apple and the consumer electronics industry. Prior to joining the Mercury News, Troy reported on technology, business and financial issues for TheStreet.com and CNET News.com.