Sprint adds 15 new regional carriers to its LTE rural roaming program

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Sprint still has to fill in some big holes in its urban LTE footprint — San Francisco being the most glaring example – but it’s making progress bringing 4G coverage to many rural regions of the country. On Friday Sprint announced roaming deals with 15 new regional carriers serving customers in 12 states.

The carriers are all part of Sprint’s Rural Roaming Preferred Program, in which Sprint not only agrees to share its networks with its roaming partners but also leases them spectrum so they can build LTE networks of their own. [company]Sprint[/company] has also agreed to make its own phones interoperable on these carriers’ airwaves, which is key to ensuring customers can move freely between networks.

Here’s a complete list of the 15 new partners:

  • [company]Bluegrass Cellular[/company] (Kentucky)
  • [company]Blue Wireless[/company] (New York and Pennsylvania)
  • [company]Pine Belt Wireless[/company] (Alabama)
  • [company]Pioneer Cellular[/company] (Oklahoma and Kansas)
  • [company]Public Service Wireles[/company]s (Alabama and…

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