Sprint 4G

Owners of the Epic 4G and the Evo 4G in both Denver and Bridgeport, Conn., will finally be able to find out what they can do with 4G now that Sprint has officially flipped the 4G switch in both cities. With Verizon launching its LTE network earlier this month, Sprint might be feeling some pressure to speed up its expansion of its own WiMax network, which is now available in 70 cities. Full press release past the break. [Sprint]

Sprint Turns On 4G Service in Denver and Bridgeport, Conn.

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), December 20, 2010 - Today, Sprint (NYSE:S) officially launched 4G – the next generation in wireless service with download speeds that are up to 10 times faster than 3G service1 – in Denver (along with other cities along Colorado’s Front Range, including Boulder, Fort Collins and Greeley) and Bridgeport, Conn. With Sprint 4G, wireless customers will experience faster mobile downloads, video chat capabilities and turbo-charged Web browsing – all on the first wireless 4G network from a national carrier.

Customers in the Denver and Bridgeport areas can take advantage of the Sprint 4G Network with a range of 4G-capable devices. For example, tourists visiting Denver’s 16th Street Mall can snap a photo of the Paramount Theater or the Denver Pavilions with their Samsung Epic™ 4G and use Google Goggles to pull up facts about each using visual search technology powered by Sprint 4G. Customers can use video chat on their HTC EVO™ 4G , and families traveling for the holidays from can power up the Overdrive™ 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot to share 4G speeds with up to five WiFi-enabled devices – such as an iPad™, laptop, iPod Touch™ or game console – making downloads, streaming video and Web browsing fast and easy.

“Sprint is the leader in providing 4G service, and we’re proud to extend our advanced mobile broadband network to two more cities today,” said Matt Carter, president-Sprint 4G “Sprint is the first national wireless carrier to make 4G a reality for our customers, and now Sprint 4G is available in 70 markets across the country. We are delivering on the promise of 4G to meet the demand from our customers.”

Sprint 4G is now available in 70 markets: California – Los Angeles, Merced, Modesto, Sacramento, Stockton, Visalia; Colorado – Denver (includes Fort Collins and Boulder); Connecticut – Hartford, New Haven; Delaware – Wilmington; District of Columbia – Washington D.C.; Florida – Daytona Beach, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Tampa; Georgia – Atlanta, Milledgeville; Hawaii – Honolulu, Maui; Idaho – Boise; Illinois – Chicago; Maryland – Baltimore; Massachusetts – Boston; Michigan – Grand Rapids; Minnesota – Minneapolis-St. Paul: Missouri – Kansas City, St. Louis; New Jersey – New Brunswick, Trenton; New York – New York, Rochester, Syracuse; Nevada – Las Vegas; North Carolina – Charlotte, Greensboro (includes High Point and Winston-Salem), Raleigh (includes Cary, Chapel Hill and Durham); Ohio – Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus; Oregon – Eugene, Portland, Salem; Pennsylvania – Harrisburg, Lancaster, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Reading, York; Rhode Island – Providence; Tennessee – Nashville; Texas – Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Killeen/Temple, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, San Antonio, Waco, Wichita Falls; Utah – Salt Lake City; Virginia – Richmond; and Washington – Bellingham, Seattle, Tri-Cities, Yakima.

For more information, visit www.sprint.com/4G.

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 48.8 million customers at the end of the third quarter of 2010 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first 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; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 6 in its 2010 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

1 *Up to 10x Faster claim: Based on download speed comparison of 3G’s 600 kbps vs. 4G’s 6 Mbps. Industry published 3G avg. speeds (600 kbps-1.7 Mbps); 4G avg. speeds (3-6 Mbps). Actual speeds may vary by plan or based on other factors.

 
There are 39 comments

Bujin#IM says:

Unofficially, Bridgeport's had 4G for quite awhile now - I've also found it in Meriden/Wallingford, Southington, Stamford, Hamden / New Haven, Waterbury and Hartford.

Go Sprint!

I GOT 4G FINALLY!!!!!!!!!! Now that extra $10 a month is worth it.

geminidad says:

Woh! 4G in Bridgeport?! I may have to go out and get myself an Epic 4G now, or just wait for them to release a new 4G device. Very tempting though.

You might want to reconsider that Epic. Samsung Galaxy S line of phones are still on Android 2.1 Eclair. And there is no telling when Samsung will get the update to 2.2 Froyo, now that Gingerbread is out.

Might be best to steer clear of Samsung phones. I would recommend the Evo or just wait for the next 4G phone.

splitsick says:

Still no love for Phoenix.

rawvega says:

Oy vey...They're working on Phoenix, it's coming. Patience, grasshopper.

gottria says:

WOW, I thought the SF-SJ area would be on the top of the list but still waiting...

rawvega says:

They already announced a while ago that San Francisco would be officially launching on December 28. It's not December 28 yet sooooooo......

gottria says:

OK, 8 more days. Sorry I missed that one, thanks.

CouchFisher says:

Pfft! Call me Mr. Grinch but until they deliver it to Metro DETROIT, I won't be excited.

gunner427 says:

well yea its on in Greeley Colorado... but it looks like only one tower has it. your out of range once you get about a mile from the one and only tower they put it on, and if your behind a building in that one mile radius forget it... sucks. NO 4g IN 95% OF THE TOWN. PLEASE RELABEL GREELEY AS "CURRENTLY TESTING 4G NETWORKS" UNTIL YOU CAN COVER THE CITY. We are a college town of over 200,000 people and deserve a better effort than that. a one mile radius just doesn't cut it for announcing that its "switched on" in Greeley. Hell my wifes tmobile 3g data transfer is way faster than my 3g on my evo... i guess i will NOT be switching my family of 4 to a Sprint family plan :-(

jprins68 says:

I am surprised that Greeley was included at all, but I do agree that they should get more than 1 mile of coverage before being called a 4G area.

I was hoping that the official switched on status would give better coverage than I have been getting for a few months now, but my signal in the Denver Tech Center is just as poor as it has been. Unfortunately coupled with the new Evo OTA update, that means I have to tell my phone to rescan a few times an hour to keep connected to the poor signal.

WhitePhone says:

Double post.....

WhitePhone says:

Its 2.5GHz. The signal is weak everywhere.

WhitePhone says:

Nope it is on. Believe me, just forget it. It doesn't get any better. That's 2.5GHz for you. I learned that the hard way. Do yourself a favor and go to Verizon and get 700MHz LTE if you want 4G. You will acutally get a signal.

gunner427 says:

Down town Greeley = NO 4g. all of the Business districts/areas = NO 4g.

tgrant1975 says:

Buffalo please

scitch says:

Be nice for them to hit that switch for Charleston, SC

rogeratm says:

When will we get 4G for Dayton, Oh? I'm tired of paying for 4G but only getting 3G!

gunner427 says:

I am in the heart of Greeley right now... down town where all the city, county, state offices, industrial business, and where the hwy runs through the town, where people are in there cars and trucks to do business= NO 4g. I guess the way you need to look at 4g is that its not a reliable asset... but more like an easter egg hunt.

myron says:

There is NO 4G SERVICE in Boulder, CO at all. Sprint specifically states that Boulder is part of the 4G launch today in their press release and on their website, however there is no 4G signal anywhere in the city. Sensorly maps indicate that there was never even any 4G testing in Boulder at all. How can they advertise 4G in Boulder when there is literally no signal in the town? This is false advertising, I hope Android Central will look into what is going on here.

gunner427 says:

i bet there is a tower that is switched on... but you gota hang out within a mile by that tower to get 4g. if several towers had it than they would cross over and better cover the city. i just hope that is there plan...

myron says:

Even Sprints own coverage map on their website shows no 4G coverage in Boulder, yet clearly shows the surrounding communities blanketed. As mentioned in my previous post Sensorly maps shows that there was never any 4G testing in Boulder in the first place.

You are correct about the lack of 4G in Boulder. It was mysteriously absent from the Wimax network rollout. Spring changed the press release to remove Boulder and admitted their error.

I wrote a blog post about it on BoulderAndroid.com, check it out:

http://boulderandroid.com/2010/12/sprint-taunts-boulder-with-the-prospec...

SylarDX says:

There has been 4G in Denver for sometime now, glad its official. There is no 4G yet in Boulder, Longmont, Greely etc. Looks like its just the Denver metro area for now.

myron says:

Why does the Sprint press release specifically include Boulder and Ft. Collins as part of the official 4G launch today then? And why does their website list both Boulder and Ft. Collins as 4G cities, with no "coming soon" delineation? This is false advertising, plain and simple.

gunner427 says:

according to the sprint 4g map FtCollins is saturated with 4g... im sure its working very good there.

gunner427 says:

I wouldn't mess with Boulder people Sprint... trust me ;)

gunner427 says:

I just went and checked the sprint map for 4g coverage... its actually correct.. i just dont get why the 4g is pointed south towards the country side away from 99% of Greeley... the tower is next to the hyw but pointed away from it, towards nothing!!!?

gunner427 says:

Dont take me wrong... I love sprint... but the population study and coverage plan in my town of Greeley wasnt conducted no where near correctly. Maybe this is just a start... but they cant list Greeley as covered right now.

gunner427 says:

Loveland and FtCollins are happy campers I bet!

Timw72 says:

They announced it before the end of the year like they said they would. I think it was premature though, coverage does not seem to be very good.

society187 says:

I'm right in the hart of denver 38th and federal and no 4g.... I'm also a driver and everywhere I've been in denver today no 4g

DougB541#CB says:

All good with 4G in NYC for me.

WRU WIMAX for Bend OR.

redeye#AC says:

They claim it's on in Tampa, but the only way you can use it is to find a place where you have a signal and then stand very still. No chance of using it while moving. Such as in a car. I don't even bother turning it on anymore.

gbonham says:

4g? How come we can't even get 3g in Lake Charles, LA? They've been telling me for 4 years it's coming and still nothing. Eff you Sprint!

mjbuf says:

hm it'd be cool if they showed buffalo some love you know its not like its the second largest city in New York or anything yeaa no big deal or anything .... haha

cbpagent72 says:

Well considering the fact that Phoenix Metro has about 4,400,000 residents compared to Buffalo's metro area's 1,200,000 residents and Phoenix still has not gotten 4G yet I wouldn't hold your breath.