Sprint 4G

Sprint announced it has flipped the magic switch and turned on their 4G network in  New York (Rochester and Syracuse); California (Merced and Visalia); Washington (Tri-Cities and Yakima); and Oregon (Eugene).  This lines up perfectly with the images leaked of their summer roadmap

Though some of us will probably never get any type of 4G service (*cough Jerry's house*), it's nice to see things look like they're right on schedule for the areas they have planned to cover in 2010.  Anybody out there seeing that sexy '4G network available' icon on their Evo 4G in any of these new cities?  Follow the break to see the full press release. [Sprint]

Sprint Launches More 4G Markets in New York, California, Oregon and Washington
Next generation wireless service to reach customers in Rochester, N.Y., Syracuse, N.Y., Merced, Calif., Visalia, Calif., Eugene, Ore., Tri-Cities, Wash., and Yakima, Wash.

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Jul 12, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --

Today, Sprint (NYSE:S) launched 4G service in Rochester, N.Y., Syracuse, N.Y., Merced, Calif., Visalia, Calif., Eugene, Ore., Tri-Cities, Wash., and Yakima, Wash. These seven metropolitan areas add to the growing list of markets that are 4G-enabled and mark the first 4G launches for New York and California. With today's seven metro launches, Sprint now offers 4G in 43 markets and expects to have 4G service in many more - including Los Angeles, New York and Miami - by the end of 2010.

With 4G, Sprint defines a new era in wireless. Sprint 4G customers experience fast mobile downloads, seamless streaming video, and turbo-charged Web browsing. This new wireless technology also allows for video chat via the recently released HTC EVO(TM) 4G, America's first 3G/4G wireless smartphone. To demonstrate the confidence that Sprint has in the power of 4G, Sprint offers the Sprint Free Guarantee, which allows customers to try 4G for 30 days. If they are not satisfied, they can cancel service and have the opportunity to be fully reimbursed.1 Sprint also offers simplicity and savings vs. competitors with Everything Data plans, which include unlimited Web, texting and calling while on the Sprint network for one low price.

"We are hearing a lot of positive feedback from our 4G customers who are using HTC EVO and mobile broadband connectivity," said Matt Carter, president of 4G, Sprint. "People are hungry for faster wireless speeds, 3G/4G smartphones and unlimited data plans - and, Sprint offers all of these. With Sprint 4G, we are entering a new world of wireless possibilities."

As summer travel begins, people will find that 4G is available in many markets across the country: California - Merced and Visalia; Georgia - Atlanta and Milledgeville; Hawaii - Honolulu and Maui; Idaho - Boise; Illinois - Chicago; Maryland - Baltimore; Missouri - Kansas City and St. Louis; New York - Rochester and Syracuse; Nevada - Las Vegas; North Carolina - Charlotte, Greensboro (along with High Point and Winston-Salem), Raleigh (along with Cary, Chapel Hill and Durham); Oregon - Eugene, Portland and Salem; Pennsylvania - Harrisburg, Lancaster, Philadelphia, Reading and York; Texas - Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Killeen/Temple, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, San Antonio, Waco and Wichita Falls; Utah - Salt Lake City; Virginia - Richmond; Washington - Bellingham, Seattle, Tri-Cities and Yakima. For more information, visit www.sprint.com/4G.

Sprint is harnessing the power of 4G as the majority shareholder of Clearwire, the independent company that is building the WiMAX network.

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 48 million customers at the end of the first quarter of 2010 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, and is the first and only wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, Common Cents Mobile and Assurance Wireless and instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. With its customer-focused strategy, you can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com orwww.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

1 Refund excludes usage not included in the plan, premium content, third-party billing and international charges.

EDITOR'S NOTE
For more information, including video, fact sheets, interviews with a Sprint executive and examples of how consumers and businesses can use 4G, please visit:http://community.sprint.com/baw/community/buzzaboutwireless/4g

SOURCE: Sprint

Sprint
Kathleen Dunleavy, 310-709-3689
kathleen.dunleavy@sprint.com

 
There are 50 comments

mmcnamara43 says:

I live in Syracuse and I can tell you that 4g is up and running. Thank you Sprint.

nutflush920 says:

Sweet

benthe1 says:

My family lives in Phoenix and 4G/WiMax needs to come to Phoenix so my sister can take advantage of the 4G on her EVO. I can't wait for Sprint to increase on those speeds as well. It will be nice to get over 10mpbs once they increase the speeds.

Rob220 says:

I live in Surprise AZ and i spoke to a lady working in the local sprint store and she said 4g should be in the greater Phoenix area at the start of 2011.

MarqBland says:

Jeez. Can we get ONE city in Wisconsin (Milwaukee at least)?!

nutflush920 says:

I agree. I'm in Green Bay and would love a little 4G up here. Common Sprint, just think of all those great Packer fans.

LOL, NO SPRINT!!!! DO NOT GIVE ANY PACKER FAN 4G CAPABILITY!!!!!
J/K (Obviously im a bears fan)

BEAR DOWN!!!!!!!

AaronTV says:

Appleton here. Yeah, it's fairly annoying that there is no 4G anywhere in the entire state...

atomicdog21 says:

Yah Milwaukee, or even better, Madison would be nice. Twin Cities gets 4G? Minnesota is a placeholder northern state for when anyone from Montana to Indiana feels like going shopping at an outlet mall.

does anyone know if 4g will be coming to long island or nyc any time soon?

NeoteriX says:

Yeah, I got a little too excited when I saw "New York" in bold in the posting... and then realized it was for "everything else but New York City" cities.

Kclerie says:

My co-worker and I have noticed the "4g" symbol on our phones in the Ft. Lauderdale, FL area. Many have said they noticed the same thing off of some of the highways here as well (595). I'm hoping that means were within weeks. Or maybe even days.

rufflez says:

Seriously? That's great! At 595, you might be getting Miami signals, however, sensorly has yet to show anything but Jax, FL getting 4G. I'm moving down there, and I didn't want to bite on the Epic unless 4G was coming live to Ft. Lauderdale soon. Run Sensorly on your phone so it can map it out.

AgentRedlum says:

Visalia? Seriously? What the hell sprint? Can we get some midwest love in Metro Detroit?

techh10 says:

Hell yes I live at 25 and schoenherr (not a typo) and I just got my evo and all I want now is 4g I asked Sprint and they said late 2010 early 2011 I hope so

fifolo says:

Please hurry to South Florida.... Sprint's 3g runs at a blazing 500-800kps here...

wow that's so crazy when I got my evo 4g I was told that 4g was coming to orlando and then I even called sprinta few days later and they told me the same thing. Now they replaced orlando florida with miami florida that's some bs what ever happend with customer reliability

Orlando needs love!

aldrydd says:

How about... oh, I dunno... Washington DC? They announced it was going live here back on June 1, but now it's not part of the listings on these press releases.

I know: It's sort-of, kind-of available in certain areas, and I have gotten a signal here and there when the weather's right and I'm standing in the right place, but it's not something I can rely on, so never "flip the switch" on my Evo... And I live and work in downtown D.C., not some outlying area (where, ironically, people are reporting great 4G coverage).

Go Android! says:

Lol I know at least 3 people where I am in Sliver Spring who get 4G. And it's not even a spillover from Baltimore, way too far.

Insp_Gadget says:

I feel your pain. I work in DC, but live in MD. No 4G at either place. I think northern VA gets more love than MD as far as 4G...and DC itself is still very spotty.

I just leave 4G turned off because there's not enough coverage to even bother at this point.

willquil1 says:

THEY NEED TO TARGET THE MAJOR CITIES OF THE NATION INCLUDING NYC, LOS ANGELES, SAN FRAN, MIAMI, DETROIT, AND MORE. EVEN THE CAPITALS. THAT IS WHERE I WOULD GO.

They will but its easier starting from the outer lying areas of those metro areas, and then hitting the major cities. They need to get the network stable first with the smaller areas and then move on to the big ones. You dont want them to do like AT&T and start in a major area (NY) and then have so many people crash the network the first day. lol.

rawvega says:

NYC, LA, SF and MIA are all scheduled to lauch by the end of the year. Nothing has changed (officially) on those fronts. Lol @ detroit being called a major city!

atomicdog21 says:

Haha points at Detroits expense... wait, that's not nice :(

techh10 says:

Detroit is the fifth largest city population in the us

k2ldc10 says:

How about some coverage in San Diego!

SphincterBoy says:

No kidding! Visalia and Merced, but not San Diego? Just what is the decision making process on who goes first?

Jetdr says:

You would think Phoenix Arizona would be on that list for sometime this century.

campanth says:

+1 for Phoenix...

Vetdoctor says:

Is it possible to make a google "my map"that anyone x-ray can access? You could call it"real 4g" and everyone could mark where they actually see towers.

Do you mean physically see, with their eyes, a 4G tower? What do they look like? Different than a 3G tower? I think a better map would be one that shows where they actually got a 4G signal, and how fast the 4G service was at that location.

Maybe someone should make an app for that. ;-)

rufflez says:

There is, its called sensoryly. It maps out everyone's signal, and in multiple countries and new service providers are constantly being added.

Yeah, I've heard of it, but does it distinguish between 4G and not? Does it map it separately? If so, would be really nice to get a concerted effort by Sprint EVO and MiFi device owners with 4G to start using it.

I knew 4G/WiMax wasn't in Los Angeles yet when I bought an EVO 4G on 6/13/10, but reports on the various forums were that they were testing in the area and people who already had the EVO were getting 4G service in some parts of town, so I figured what they heck, take the plunge. I'm not in any of the areas that people said they got the 4G, but I figured I could live with 3G until 4G was official here. Sadly, I just cancelled my EVO/Sprint service because the 3G service here in Los Angeles suburbs is so slow...about 1/4 to 1/5 the speed of AT&T and T-Mobile (I have active accounts on both). I couldn't put up with the long waits for downloads and slow web page loads on 3G.

Looking forward to the day Los Angeles is official and people around my part of the city are reporting that they actually get 4G and it's at speeds that consistently beat the 1.8 to 2.7mb/s 3G speeds that both AT&T and T-Mo are giving me on my phones that work with them. When that happens, I'll consider the EVO again, if they've fixed the various screen issues, or the new Galaxy phone that is 4G.

MartialText says:

This may already be common knowledge, but I was in Chicago over the weekend and was suprised to find I had full 4G. My friend, who was trying to show off his iP4, was quite impressed.

atomicdog21 says:

According to Sprint's maps, coverage in Chi town is out to the north and west suburbs. My wife is working in Arlington Heights and is itching to get her EVO Aug 1st. hopefully it's in stock!

licotto says:

Hell, I wish Sprint would soup up the EVDO network to cover more 1x territory so more of us could be on a 2G network!!!!!

tm4000m says:

Just today I'm starting to get a little 4G icon on my Evo here in Framingham Mass. I got just under 4meg down, but only 191k up. Icon is showing then disappearing then coming back all morning (even when it goes away, I'm having a hard time wiping the smirk off my face...)

tm4000m says:

Just ran speedtest today and got 5703kbps down, and 938kbps up.. Looking good!!

TBolt says:

California (Merced and Visalia)

WTF? I imagine those people out in the boonies are being used as guinea pigs. Why in the hell would Sprint roll-out to those cities before L.A., S.D., O.C. and other big markets?

enviidisnut1 says:

Im picking up spotty 4g in nyc (bronx) in my apartment.but i have gotten only 1 bar with 2.89 down and .50 up.i pick up great 4g at my moms 2 to 3 bars average speed down was 6.79 down and 1.01 up.i think its because she lives on the 11th floor.havnt really seen 4g on street level though weird.

enviidisnut1 says:

And one more thing i had to be close to the window to pick up the 4g at both locations.that kinda sucks if u have to always stay by a window just to pick up a signal.

wrecklass says:

I have heard people say they see 4G towers going up in Denver. Anyone know when it is scheduled to go live?

cdmlind says:

I've been seeing the 4g icon on my Evo light up in the Ramsey NJ area for about a week now, although the connection is a little sketchy sometimes. At first I thought it was just a glitch, but running speedtest.net's app showed download speeds of around 3.5-4mbps. Hopefully this means an official rollout for the NYC area soon!

Sprint, please add 4G to the Hampton Roads area including Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Chesapeake and maybe all the way up to Williamsburg! Please! =)

crxssi says:

Still waiting :(

rawpower87 says:

i live in nashville it is not even listed in their website but i there are parts where i can get 4g on my evo at an average of 3 mbs down and 1 up. its pretty awesome.

DaveInFL#AC says:

Getting 4G in St Petersburg... great speeds too. Not constant coverage, but enough to keep me anticipating! Sorry Orlando... you have Disney, we have 4G. LOL (just kidding... we love u guys!)

RussGJohnson says:

Sprint acquired the Clearwire 4g backbone in the Visalia/Merced markets. I imagine it was a pretty easy conversion for them to bring it online.