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    Default Sprint Spark on Nexus 5

    Just got my Nexus 5 and absolutely love it! I have Sprint so I'm considering activating Spark by following these directions:

    But I was wondering: will messing around with the bands that are activated potentially cause issues later once Google sends an OTA update and activates those bands for Sprint? Or would it just overwrite any settings I change?

    Thanks!
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    Default Re: Sprint Spark on Nexus 5

    Another good question that wasn't really covered is if you are not in a Spark area, will you still retain coverage?

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    Default Re: Sprint Spark on Nexus 5

    I changed my bands a couple of weeks after having the phone. I did noticed a small improvement in lte speeds and connection, but I don't have sprint spark speeds. No idea if the ota will screw anything up. Fingers crossed?

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    Default Re: Sprint Spark on Nexus 5

    The LG G2 should be getting the spark update now -

    Hopefully, the N5 won't be too far behind (and no spark icon please!!! lol!)
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    Default Re: Sprint Spark on Nexus 5

    and no spark icon please!!!
    Then how will you know when you are getting Spark coverage?
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    Default Re: Sprint Spark on Nexus 5

    Quote Originally Posted by patruns View Post
    Then how will you know when you are getting Spark coverage?
    I live in the DFW area and I got a text message this weekend from Sprint that they were "Largely completed" upgrading my area and I should see significant improvements in my LTE coverage and speeds... No mention of "Spark" in the text message at all.... But my LTE speeds are still pretty much the same... It even had a link where you could see the improvements made... Most of the towers around me show they've had speed improvements made but again no mention of "SPARK" I went through the steps and enabled all the bands on my Nexus but have not really seen any improvement or decrease in speeds or coverage with them all turned on vs mostly turned off.....
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    Default Re: Sprint Spark on Nexus 5

    Never mind.. They do list DFW as a SPARK city..... No Spark Icon or way of telling... I've done speed test all over the city with no major improvement over what I was getting last year or since I got the N5...

    Sprint Spark is now available in the following 11 markets:

    Austin, Texas
    Chicago
    Dallas
    Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Houston
    Los Angeles
    Miami
    New York
    San Antonio, Texas
    Tampa, Fla.
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    Default Re: Sprint Spark on Nexus 5

    Quote Originally Posted by patruns View Post
    Then how will you know when you are getting Spark coverage?
    by da speeeeeeeed!

    The icon honestly doesn't mean much anyway. My phone may be showing 4 LTE bars, and giving me 1Mbps download speeds with Sprint. Spark is still LTE (albeit 3 bands) - so just display LTE symbol.

    The spark icon would be specific to Sprint, so I don't really expect it to show up on the Stock N5. But who knows...

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