Although it has lagged behind Verizon Wireless and AT&T in terms of rolling out its LTE network, a Sprint spokesperson has told Engadget that its unlimited data plans will include access to LTE when the speedy network launches later this year. Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and San Antonio will allegedly be the first markets to receive Sprint’s LTE coverage, coming in “midyear 2012.”
This could prove to be a very competitive edge for Sprint, since competing networks all have tiered data plans for their LTE access. With Apple expected to launch a new iPhone with LTE in the second half of this year, Sprint could attract a number of data-heavy customers to their network – especially since LTE chews through data, at least on the iPad — in time for the holidays. And this makes the potential of Sprint going bankrupt seem much more improbable.