Light Reading

Sprint's Spark: It's Fast but No Multi-Tasker

Dan Jones
5/9/2014
50%
50%

Sprint says it is focused on battery life, coverage, and performance for its Spark devices over the ability to talk and surf the web at the same time.

Consumer Reports found that phones on the Sprint Spark network can't do simultaneous calls and data sessions. The publication found that data-dependent apps stopped functioning when a call came in or a user made a call.

Light Reading asked Sprint about this: "Sprint Spark devices leverage eCSFB technology (enhanced Circuit Switch Fall Back), which enables single radio functionality in the handset," a spokeswoman explained in a email.

She continued that using a single radio at a time gets better performance out of devices that can utilize the Spark network upgrades:

    This allows Sprint to leverage the many benefits of Network Vision, including the ability to utilize multiple CDMA and LTE spectrum bands efficiently. Although simultaneous voice and LTE is not supported on new Sprint Spark devices, it does provide improved coverage, quality of voice and data service, as well as improved battery performance. The devices will support simultaneous voice and data on WiFi.

So potential Sprint Spark users -- the upgrade is currently available in 24 markets in the US, most of which are big cities -- have a choice to make: Do they need a really fast connection when not calling, or do they need to multi-task? Users have so far been finding 60+ Mbit/s speeds on unloaded networks, while Light Reading saw speeds of up to 27.27 Mbit/s on a busy network in New York City. (See Fanning Sprint's Spark in NYC and Sprint: LTE TDD Speed Boost Coming Soon.)

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

(20)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
Page 1 / 2   >   >>
Mitch Wagner
50%
50%
Mitch Wagner,
User Rank: Lightning
5/23/2014 | 1:55:16 PM
Re: Yes people do need data service while they're on a voice call
briandnewby - I wonder how many  mobile users actually see simultaneous voice and data calls as important. 
briandnewby
50%
50%
briandnewby,
User Rank: Light Sabre
5/23/2014 | 12:43:18 PM
Re: Yes people do need data service while they're on a voice call
Mitch, I think I would be connected with as many devices as I had around, using them all.

So, yes, I could see not needing the dual-functionality if my iPad was near, but stepping out from a meeting, as a passenger in a car, in line to board a plane--wow, actually, as I'm beginning to do the inventory, this is a bigger need than I thought!
logons2
50%
50%
logons2,
User Rank: Light Beer
5/16/2014 | 4:08:08 PM
Re: WE NEED DATA AND VOICE WORKING TOGETHER
Thats right you got money to blow.. some of us don't so we get a mobile devices that dose it all, simple And the phone just has a good battery life period my wife has t-mobile she talk and surf and her battery last just as long as mine. So spark did not make my battery life better samsung just build a great device...
tb100
50%
50%
tb100,
User Rank: Moderator
5/16/2014 | 1:59:36 PM
Re: WE NEED DATA AND VOICE WORKING TOGETHER
There's a guy on the net who reviews movies as Hulk, and his reviews are always in all caps, so whenever I see a post in all caps I end up reading it in my mind using Hulk's voice.

Anyway, I believe the goal of all the wireless companies is to eventually go to Voice over LTE (VoLTE). In that case, voice is just another data packet, so voice and data will work just fine on all LTE phones, Sprint included.

In the mean time I personally prefer the extra battery life. But if I were a tech that need data while I was talking, I'd get a tablet with a data plan.

 

 
DanJones
50%
50%
DanJones,
User Rank: Blogger
5/14/2014 | 6:21:02 PM
Re: WE NEED DATA AND VOICE WORKING TOGETHER
Seriously though, seems like it was a choice between the Spark-compatible phones having decent battery life and multi-tasking. Note that they turn the radios off depending on what frequency you're on at the time (800/1900/2600). 

 

So the real choice is probably whether you want a phone that can handle simultaneous voice and data or a phone with decent battery life.
logons2
50%
50%
logons2,
User Rank: Light Beer
5/14/2014 | 6:19:35 PM
Re: Yes people do need data service while they're on a voice call
Big big big disappointment, or should i say let down
logons2
50%
50%
logons2,
User Rank: Light Beer
5/14/2014 | 6:15:42 PM
Re: WE NEED DATA AND VOICE WORKING TOGETHER
its just very hurtfull we where doing just fine with what was there before
DanJones
50%
50%
DanJones,
User Rank: Blogger
5/14/2014 | 6:13:20 PM
Re: WE NEED DATA AND VOICE WORKING TOGETHER
No need to shout! :-)
logons2
50%
50%
logons2,
User Rank: Light Beer
5/14/2014 | 6:11:15 PM
WE NEED DATA AND VOICE WORKING TOGETHER
WHO NEEDS A SPARK WHEN YOU CAN TALK AND SEND MMS, WHO NEEDS A SPARK WHEN YOU CAN USE GOOGLE MAPS AND NAVIGATE YOURS WHILE YOU TALK, WHO NEEDS A SPARK WHEN YOU CAN USE YOUR SKYDIVE, YOUR DROP BOX, YOUR FACEBOOK, YOUR WHATSAPP, KIK WHILE ON THE PHONE WHO NEEDS SPARK, WE WHERE DOING JUST FINE. SPRINT NEED TO WORK ON THERE CALL QULITY BEFORE THEY SPARK ANY ONE, TOO MY DROP CALLS. THE CEO OF SPRINT NEED TO FIRE THE PERSON WHO CAME UP WITH THIS SPARK BS
logons2
50%
50%
logons2,
User Rank: Light Beer
5/14/2014 | 6:02:07 PM
YES WE DO NEED DATA AND TALK AT THE SAME TIME!!!!

WHO IN THERE RIGHT MIND CAME UP WITH THIS IDEA, WE ARE NOT IN THE STONE AGE ANYMORE, WE STOP USING FLIP PHONES, (NO OFFENES TO WHO DOES) WE ALL NEED TO MULTI-TASK I DO IT EVER DAY WHILE I AM AT WORK, I AM A FIELD TECH SO I NEED MY VOICE AND DATA SIRVICE TO BE WORKING AT ALL TIME MOST OF THE TIME IN THE FEEL WE COMMNICATE WITH EMAILS, NOW I CAN'T GET AN EMAIL WHILE I AM ON THE PHONE SAD I AM SWITCHING.  I HARDLY GET GOOD SIRVICE IN MY HOUSE, BUT I WAS A LOYAL COSTUMER TO SPRINT BUT NOT NO MORE THIS IS THE STREW THAT BROKE THE CAMELS BACK  I AM A MULTI-TASKER AND THAT WILL NEVER CHANGE, SPRINT JUST SHOT THERESELF IN THE LEG SPARK THIS!! SPRINT CRIPPLED THE S5

Page 1 / 2   >   >>
Flash Poll
From The Founder
Network architects aiming to upgrade their networks to support agile, open, virtualized services in the 21st century need to consider new criteria when choosing between technology suppliers.
Live Streaming Video
BTE 2015 Sponsor Keynote: HP
Dr. Prodip Sen, CTO, Network Functions Virtualization, HP
LRTV Custom TV
Red Hat Demo

7|2|15   |   10:53   |   (0) comments


Red Hat's Nicolas Lemieux demonstrates how Red Hat is driving innovation through open source communities.
LRTV Custom TV
Red Hat's Approach to OpenStack Adoption

7|2|15   |   5:17   |   (0) comments


Red Hat's Radhesh Balakrishnan outlines his company's open source strategy for both enterprises and telcos.
LRTV Custom TV
The New IP Goes Mobile With vEPC

7|2|15   |   1:12   |   (0) comments


Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown discusses results of a Light Reading survey sponsored by Brocade that shows a clear commitment by mobile operators to move quickly to virtual EPC deployment.
LRTV Custom TV
Making Business Sense of SDN

7|2|15   |   1:42   |   (0) comments


Results of a Brocade-sponsored survey show that CSPs have a clear sense of SDN use cases but are wrestling with the business case. Sterling Perrin of Heavy Reading looks behind the numbers.
LRTV Custom TV
NFV Will Be Here Sooner Than You Think

7|2|15   |   2:22   |   (0) comments


Forget the usual ten-year cycle for new technologies – NFV will be a core part of CSP networks in five years, based on results of a Brocade-sponsored survey, says Heavy Reading's Caroline Chappell.
LRTV Custom TV
The New IP Gains Traction With CSPs

7|2|15   |   1:42   |   (0) comments


Roz Roseboro of Heavy Reading analyzes results of a Light Reading survey sponsored by Brocade showing that CSPs are getting serious about making the transition to the New IP era.
LRTV Custom TV
It's (Real) Time for Analytics

7|2|15   |   1:42   |   (0) comments


Heavy Reading's Jim Hodges looks at how CSPs say they plan to use analytics to deploy new services in real time as part of The New IP, based on results of a survey sponsored by Brocade.
LRTV Documentaries
IoT in Action

6|30|15   |   1:39   |   (7) comments


Two co-workers discuss the benefits of IoT technology.
LRTV Interviews
Ericsson Opens Up on OPNFV

6|30|15   |   14:16   |   (1) comment


Martin Bäckström, VP and head of industry area Datacom at Ericsson, talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the emergence of OPNFV, the importance of standards and Ericsson's OPNFV plans.
LRTV Custom TV
NetNumber Founder Discusses NFV/SDN Impact on SP Networks

6|26|15   |   4:15   |   (0) comments


NetNumber Founder Doug Ranalli examines why SPs need a new network infrastructure for service agility. While NFV and SDN are the tools, the old ways of thinking about signaling control are inhibitors. Doug provides his recommendations.
LRTV Custom TV
Orchestrating NFV vCPE Services Across Multivendor Networks

6|26|15   |   5:46   |   (0) comments


Nirav Modi provides an overview of vCPE, the fastest-growing NFV use case, showing how Cyan's Blue Planet orchestrates vCPE services across a multivendor infrastructure to rapidly deliver new managed services for business customers.
LRTV Custom TV
ZTE at LTE Summit Amsterdam 2015

6|26|15   |     |   (0) comments


As one of the leading global telecommunications providers, ZTE presented its cutting-edge technology at LTE World Summit 2015 in Amsterdam. On display at ZTE's booth were the latest R&D achievements in wireless, 5G development, HetNet, deep convergence of FDD and TDD, and RCS/IMD/iSDN/vCN.
Upcoming Live Events
September 16-17, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
September 29-30, 2015, The Westin Grand Müchen, Munich, Germany
October 6, 2015, The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
October 6, 2015, Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
October 14-15, 2015, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA
November 5, 2015, Hilton Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
Hot Topics
Who's Feeding Fiber to LinkNYC Hotspots?
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 6/29/2015
Colt to Jettison Ailing IT Business
Iain Morris, News Editor, 6/30/2015
Eurobites: Activist Investor Takes Stake in AlcaLu
Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, 6/30/2015
What's in Your Office-in-a-Bag?
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 6/26/2015
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Webinar Archive
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
Casa Systems has been going from strength to strength over the last couple of years. In 2013, it became the first vendor to ship an integrated CCAP device -- the ...
Cedrik Neike, SVP of Global Service Provider, Service Delivery, at Cisco, talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about solving service provider customer problems in a virtualized, DevOps world, including multivendor support and the future of network procurement.
Cats with Phones