Thanks to a large push by the iPhone 5, Sprint has announced that they have shipped one million LTE devices. The iPhone 5, which will be in the hands of early pre-orderers this Friday, is predicted to sell 8 million units this weekend, not counting the more than three million devices which have already been pre-ordered. This demand isn’t expected to die off anytime soon, according to executives at both Sprint and AT&T: they are preparing their supply chains, activation systems, and retail stores and staff for a rush of customers through the holiday season.
AT&T and Verizon have both expanded their LTE coverage to more cities across the US ahead of the iPhone 5 launch. AT&T is adding various large US cities to their LTE lineup, including Albany, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Seattle. Verizon, whose LTE network is significantly more mature than AT&T’s, is continuing to focus on smaller areas and cities, having already covered the largest markets, by adding cities such as Kansas City, Lincoln, Omaha, Billing, and Helena. These cities will be going online either today or tomorrow – again, in time for the launch of the iPhone 5.