Sprint has been pretty busy lately. Between the talks about buying T-Mobile and now partnering with 12 regional carriers, they’re definitely trying to claw their way out last place among the big 4 carriers. The newly expanded roaming network covers 34 million people across 23 states and some 352,000 square miles. Divided among the dozen carriers, Sprint’s main focus is to create more wireless choice and competition across rural American markets. The mostly rural carriers include: SouthernLINC Wireless, C Spire Wireless, nTelos, Nex-Tech Wireless, Flat Wireless, SI Wireless, Inland Cellular, Illinois Valley Cellular, Carolina West Wireless, James Valley Telecommunications, VTel Wireless, and Phoenix Wireless. According to Sprint, customers will be able to roam on the 4G LTE networks of the new partners and vice versa. Sprint is also working with the 12 carriers in the hopes they will participate in their “device and infrastructure ecosystem,” aimed at helping to lower local network costs while also providing access to a more diverse device portfolio. “These agreements demonstrate Sprint’s commitment to provide better coverage, a faster network and a wider selection of lower-cost wireless devices to all customers, regardless of where they live,” said Michael C. Schwartz, Sprint Senior Vice President of Corporate and Business Development.