The research firm, Gerson Lehrman Group, reported today that Sprint is switching over to LTE service, and that they have actually already started the process. Supposedly its internal codename at Sprint is "Project Leapfrog", and will be fully implemented within the next three years. The report had this to say, "Sprint has initiated project leapfrog with Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, and Samsung to upgrade its network to LTE. This three year project is designed to leave Sprint with a competitive, nationwide LTE network while reducing operating costs." There have already been rumors in the industry suggesting that Sprint was soon to dump WiMAX, but now it seems likely that this will soon be a reality. In fact, a few weeks ago, Steve Elfman, Sprint’s president of network operations, indicated that a transition to LTE would be relatively easy, and that Sprint could offer nationwide LTE coverage by 2013.

It looks like renewed competition is starting to heat-up in the smartphone world. It would seem we are seeing a serious comeback run from Sprint. With their recent announcement of a $125 dollar credit to smartphone users that port over to Sprint, and their recent statements committing to truly unlimited data plans, and now we find out they are switching their networks over to LTE, it's obvious they are gearing up to fight hard. In the long run, this will be nothing but great for consumers. Share your thoughts.

Source: AndroidPolice and BGR