sprint 4g

Perfect way to end the weekend.  We've heard rumours about some people seeing 4G in as-of-yet unannounced areas lately, seen leaked photos of roadmaps, and now we've learned that Sprint has indeed activated it's 4G WiMax network in Richmond, Virginia; Salt Lake City, Utah; and St. Louis, Missouri. From the press release:

Customers in Richmond, Salt Lake City and St. Louis can now use the 4G capabilities of Overdrive(TM) 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot, Sprint 3G/4G USB Device 250U from Sierra Wireless and Sprint 3G/4G USB Device U301 to connect to the Web for blazing fast data speeds or the recently released HTC EVO(TM) 4G, America's first 3G/4G wireless phone. With today's launches, Sprint 4G is now available in 36 markets across the country.

Hit the break to see the full press release.  HTC Evo users, and soon to be Samsung Epic users, bon apetit!

Sprint Turns on 4G Service in Richmond, Salt Lake City and St. Louis
Next generation wireless service to enable rich multimedia experience, robust Internet browsing and live video-chat capabilities

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Jun 28, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --

Today Sprint (NYSE:S) launched 4G wireless service in Richmond, Va., Salt Lake City and St. Louis. This new technology enables Sprint customers to enjoy a rich mobile experience with faster Internet download speeds, the ability to conduct live video-chats, and easy access to multimedia content. Customers in Richmond, Salt Lake City and St. Louis can now use the 4G capabilities of Overdrive(TM) 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot, Sprint 3G/4G USB Device 250U from Sierra Wireless and Sprint 3G/4G USB Device U301 to connect to the Web for blazing fast data speeds or the recently released HTC EVO(TM) 4G, America's first 3G/4G wireless phone. With today's launches, Sprint 4G is now available in 36 markets across the country. Unlike "concepts" and "lab tests" from other wireless companies, Sprint is the first national wireless carrier to test, launch and market 4G technology. Additionally, Sprint offers simplicity and savings vs. competitors, making it easy for customers to get the most out of their phones with Everything Data plans, which include unlimited Web, texting and calling while on the Sprint network for one low price. With Sprint, there's no need to tally up prices for each feature or guess how much data you'll use in a month. With the Sprint Free Guarantee, customers can try 4G for 30 days. If they are not satisfied, they can cancel service and have the opportunity to be fully reimbursed.1 "Sprint continues its leadership in the 4G space by delivering to customers fast wireless speeds, a 3G/4G smartphone and unlimited data plans -everything wireless customers want and need in today's world," said Matt Carter, president of 4G, Sprint. "With Sprint 4G, the mobile Internet potential is virtually limitless." As Sprint customers begin their summer travel, they will find that 4G is available in many markets across the country: Georgia - Atlanta, Milledgeville; Hawaii - Honolulu, Maui; Idaho - Boise; Illinois - Chicago; Maryland - Baltimore; Missouri - Kansas City, St. Louis; Nevada - Las Vegas; North Carolina - Charlotte, Greensboro (along with High Point and Winston-Salem), Raleigh (along with Cary, Chapel Hill and Durham); Oregon - Portland, Salem; Pennsylvania - Harrisburg, Lancaster, Philadelphia, Reading, York; 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; Washington - Bellingham, Seattle. For more information, visit www.sprint.com/4G. In 2010, Sprint expects to launch 4G service in multiple markets, including Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Sprint is harnessing the power of 4G as the majority shareholder ofClearwire, 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

Today Sprint (NYSE:S) launched 4G wireless service in Richmond, Va., Salt Lake City and St. Louis. This new technology enables Sprint customers to enjoy a rich mobile experience with faster Internet download speeds, the ability to conduct live video-chats, and easy access to multimedia content.

Customers in Richmond, Salt Lake City and St. Louis can now use the 4G capabilities of Overdrive(TM) 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot, Sprint 3G/4G USB Device 250U from Sierra Wireless and Sprint 3G/4G USB DeviceU301 to connect to the Web for blazing fast data speeds or the recently released HTC EVO(TM) 4G, America's first 3G/4G wireless phone. With today's launches, Sprint 4G is now available in 36 markets across the country.

Unlike "concepts" and "lab tests" from other wireless companies, Sprint is the first national wireless carrier to test, launch and market 4G technology. Additionally, Sprint offers simplicity and savings vs. competitors, making it easy for customers to get the most out of their phones with Everything Data plans, which include unlimited Web, texting and calling while on the Sprint network for one low price. With Sprint, there's no need to tally up prices for each feature or guess how much data you'll use in a month. With the Sprint Free Guarantee, customers can try 4G for 30 days. If they are not satisfied, they can cancel service and have the opportunity to be fully reimbursed.1

"Sprint continues its leadership in the 4G space by delivering to customers fast wireless speeds, a 3G/4G smartphone and unlimited data plans - everything wireless customers want and need in today's world," said Matt Carter, president of 4G, Sprint. "With Sprint 4G, the mobile Internet potential is virtually limitless."

As Sprint customers begin their summer travel, they will find that 4G is available in many markets across the country: Georgia - Atlanta, Milledgeville; Hawaii - Honolulu, Maui; Idaho - Boise; Illinois - Chicago; Maryland - Baltimore; Missouri - Kansas City, St. Louis; Nevada - Las Vegas; North Carolina - Charlotte, Greensboro (along with High Point and Winston-Salem), Raleigh (along with Cary, Chapel Hill and Durham); Oregon - Portland, Salem; Pennsylvania - Harrisburg, Lancaster, Philadelphia, Reading, York; 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; Washington - Bellingham, Seattle. For more information, visit www.sprint.com/4G.

In 2010, Sprint expects to launch 4G service in multiple markets, including Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

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

 

 

Reader comments

Sprint flips the 4G switch in Virginia, Utah and Missouri

32 Comments

hopefully Sprint expands it's 4g footprint in the St Louis area soon, especially on the east side of the river, where it isn't that good at all...

excuse me for asking, but will the new Samsung with 4g capabilities also have the $10 premium fee? Essentially the only thing different between it and the evo feature wise is the front camera.

If the don't charge the premium data fee, does that mean that evo users are paying $10 a month to have a front facing camera on their phone?

ah, there it is "front facing VGA camera"

in which case, this better have a $10 fee, i might be returning the evo.... If everything is the same, i dont need a $10 early adapter fee.

Unfortunately I don't have a EVO I'm sporting webos, but my friend that just got an Evo last week just tested the 4g coverage about 15 miles south of Salt Lake City, UT and he got 4.29 Mbps., he is saying that's 5 times faster then previous coverage.

Awesome! I live in Provo and I am getting 4G as well. I get between 2.5 and 4 mbps on just one bar. I can only imagine how fast it would be if I got the full 3 bars.

cmon!!! being it down here to the sunshine state, i live in miami and im daying to have 4 g in my evo already..cant wait...

It does have a front facing camera but NO I'm not returning my EVO!!!! hell no!!!! I'm happy with this beast...n wow sprint is on a go they're picking up some momentum

man... 4g in virginia... I've been using it since i bought the phone... even tho i dont live in Richmond...

Just tried it in Richmond, VA. When I'm inside my signal is poor, outside it's fair. I think I will keep the 4G radio off to conserve battery life. I'm still happy, I didn't think Richmond would get 4G for awhile.

Looking at the Sprint map, the coverage in Richmond looks very, very "spotty". They have a lot of areas but with zillions of little holes everywhere. Not sure why that is or if it will change over time.

Is anyone else getting horrible 4G speeds in St. Louis. The fastest I've been able to get so far is 2mbps download. I can get a little over 1mbps download with 3G coverage alone. Doesn't seem worth the extra $10 a month if you ask me. I hope the 4G speeds improve or I'm going to be really pissed about this extra charge for nothing each month.

When I connect to 4G, the top of the EVO still says it is 3G. For those that have working 4G, does the 3G change to 4G?

Yes. You can turn the 4G radio on but if the 3G icon in the status bar doesn't switch to 4G then you are still on the 3G network.

At the Salt Lake city airport I get about 2.2Mbps Down 1Mbps up with 1 bar. In Holladay I get about 3Mbps with 3 bars. I did notice that in coverage ends just north of Salt Lake and then picks up again in Layton all the way through Ogden.

I live in Richmond, Va (really the outside of Richmond), but work in the city and I definitely have not seen the 4G available symbol on my EVO.

Tried the 4G connection this morning in the heart of DT Richmond, and had full 4G reception, and only got 1.2MB down and 1MB up. Tested 3G speeds as well and it was exactly half in Richmond. I get better 3G speeds from Glen Allen, Va which is right outside Richmond (1.5mb and 1mb up). Not sure why the speeds are so horrible.