Sprint roadmap

Well what have we here?  Looks like a screenshot of Sprint's latest playbook, and there are a few interesting things for Android lovers on the list.  July 11 looks to be a good day.  First up would be the Motorola i1 (see our hands-on) hitting the shelves at your local Sprint store.  If you don't remember, that's the mid-spec military grade Android handset with push-to-talk functions.  Perfect for the jobsite, or the tackle box.  We also have the addition of Nextel Direct Connect on Sprint plans -- not sure what to expect here, but launching in tandem with the Moto i1 makes it something to keep an eye on.  Next up is the rollout of 4G in more cities.  We can see the whole line here, but what's visible is:

  • Merced, Calif.
  • Rochester, New York
  • Eugene, Ore.
  • Syracuse, New York
  • Tri-cities ares of Washington (Kennewick, Richland and Pasco)
  • Visalia, Calif.
  • Yakima, Wash.

Put that $10 premium data fee to good use if you're living in one of these cities!  And last, but not least, the launch of the Samsung Intercept M910.  We saw this one go through the FCC not too long ago and may well be the Moment 2.  Something tells me the fellas will learn a bit more about this one when they head back to the big apple for the Samsung event next week.  Stay tuned, you know you'll get all the details as they happen right here at Android Central. [BGR]

 
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crxssi says:

Let the complaints begin: "OMG I wish Sprint would hurry up and add 4G coverage in XXXXXXX" :)

With all the recent Android news, all the new devices and new updates coming down the pipe, I'll simply state: It's a great time to be an Android enthusiast and I love this platform.

hampstenj says:

Well along with new 4g coverage in places like Richmond, & St Louis launching this week it adds a good chunk of customers that have access to the higher speeds... Sounds good for big yellow
...

crxssi says:

Richmond (by default) = Virginia. They don't have 4G yet. Unfortunately, none of Virginia does yet, although I heard a rumor that at least Hampton Roads might have it by the end of the year.

gbhil#AC says:

All of Virginia inside the beltway, and portions of Falls Church have 4G coverage. I used it this morning :)

crxssi says:

Virginia is not listed at all on Sprint's 4G coverage site: http://shop.sprint.com/en/stores/popups/4G_coverage_popup.shtml

Looks like it is just spillover from DC coverage (which is, strangely, also not listed, but I have verified from other places on the net that it is covered).

hampstenj says:

go check Sprint's coverage maps online, then come back to me...

If none of VA has 4g then why is Sprint claiming that it does????

dbg4life says:

i have 4g in richmond va right now

crxssi says:

Fascinating! After fighting this: http://coverage.sprint.com/IMPACT.jsp for 10 minutes, it is quite clear that 4G has been rolled out to Richmond. This is in direct conflict with http://shop.sprint.com/en/stores/popups/4G_coverage_popup.shtml which doesn't list Virginia at all.

Visalia and Merced California? Seriously? Well maybe the cows need bwtter data speed or something.

IronEddie says:

lol Exactly! Any word on LA/Orange County??

icebike says:

You gotta wonder why the "tri cities" in Washington are getting 4G ahead of much larger cities in the state that have none.

olorin says:

It's because Clear, who owns the 4G network, is based in Washington state. They have an existing customer base. Besides, Tri-Cities actually has about 250,000 people. Not a huge market, but a company usually sees value in dominating their home territory.

solo1 says:

I am wondering the same DAMN thing ... For those who don't know Tri Cities and Yakima is like Bum F#%k Egypt that NO ONE has heard of and Would NEVER go to to live ... Both Areas couldnt possibly be considered test areas .. Hell I would venture to bet that the people who live there are not technical ... or else they would be living in Seattle ... Come on Sprint ... Whats up with launching in these cities that have all of 5000 people at most .

gbhil#AC says:

Less addicts to steal the equipment and sell it for scrap copper.

megazac says:

Eugene Oregon FTW!

Drcz_92 says:

I already have 4g. Virginia. I didnt know i had it. 4g in my house us fastet then the wifi. XD

crxssi says:

Where in Virginia? There is no 4G in Richmond or Hampton Roads. Sprint's site doesn't list the state (Commonwealth, actually) at all. Maybe if you are in Northern VA and sucking off the DC area...

hampstenj says:

it appears to be spotty, but looking at the map online, it's available in Richmond...

http://yfrog.com/12sprint4grichmondj

dbg4life says:

Everyday in Richmond more 4g coverage is growing. Comcast is launching mobile broadband in early july with richmond being a 4g market. Works for me from short pump to laburnum ave if you know the area

crxssi says:

I guess I stand corrected.
After fighting this: http://coverage.sprint.com/IMPACT.jsp for 10 minutes, it is quite clear that 4G has been rolled out to Richmond. This is in direct conflict with http://shop.sprint.com/en/stores/popups/4G_coverage_popup.shtml which doesn't list Virginia at all. And other lists I have seen don't mention Richmond either. Why they wouldn't want to take credit for it, I have no idea.

I imagine they're starting in smaller areas because its cheaper. You figure in large cities they have a lot more infrastructure to update. Wish they'd hurry up and add Sacramento. California already.

phonephetish says:

I had 4G in Brentwood, CA yesterday! And I heard there are areas of downtown LA that have 4G.

ajac says:

this is old news

DocToxyn says:

Hello Rochester! Awesome news. Can't wait

osker83 says:

I live in Delano, ca hopefully I get signal of 4G in my area since visalia isnt that far from me...

dmiller0212 says:

I heard we getting it here in Baltimore, Maryland. Up! We already had it first. Sike! Once you have 4G access on your phone it make the EVO feel like SUPER SAIYIN 2!

maddmatt02 says:

damn, when is phoenix gonna be on that list? closest I got now is a 4hr drive to vegas...

cjmedina says:

Come on san Diego

andiggity says:

Sprint is testing 4g in Lynn Massachusetts and the tower is literally a block away from my apt.:)

jwfmartin says:

Must be a slow day for Android news. The article referenced was posted at BGR on June 2nd...

There still isn't any coverage of 4g anywhere in orlando florida but sprint states that it will be available this summer of 2010.anyone experiencing the same

gottria says:

Visalia amd Merced??? Out of all the places in the Bay Area they start lighting up the central valley? You would think the Bay Area would start first in Nor cal.

dresupreme says:

Strange thing. I was in New York City last weekend and I had 4g. Are they testing or did I get lucky. I even did a speedtest.net, clocked 4mb. Download. Has anybody else experience this.

dkmrules says:

wow man....... MERCED! REALLY! Well I have family there so I guess I that does work for me. Hopefully they bring it to the Bay Area soon, (and not just San Franciso) the whole bay area.

mattlreese says:

I live in a Md suburb of dc and I have 4g. Have since launch. I am not in Baltimore nor is my area listed on the sprint site. My coverage does have some issue but its up. I assume my area is not official because they ddo not have every tower upgraded. Anyone else in a similar area

Go Android! says:

Which city? I'm in Silver Spring, it would be great to get 4g

Flip says:

It looks like sprint is picking it up

im fairly certain that the city that is cut off is Grand Rapids, MI. there was already rumors that this was coming soon, but now i guess we know when.

dandm4life says:

It's actually already live in several places.

so how far does the coverage reach outside of these cities for the most part? I go to live like 20 minutes from one of the cities scheduled to get 4g

hampstenj says:

Well in the case of St Louis, which also went live yesterday (officially anyway) 4g goes out pretty far along I-70, out to the far western Suburbs. not as much to the east yet across the Mississippi yet, so really it depends on each market. in a lot of cities it covers a good chunk of the metropolitan area. 20 minutes out, ahh maybe if it's a larger city, but I doubt it, at least for now. But I'd expect it to expand and quickly between now and the end of 2010.

samurikuma says:

Hey solo1 try checking your facts first your just showing your ignorance when you get all cussy and stuff about Tri-cities. I'm guessing you live in a large Metro area with other twits who thiink their the end all be all and the wholes tate should revolve around ya. if ya don't like your Sprint service where your at, move to Verizon.

weehooherod says:

Hurry up with the Twin Cities!

bustin#AC says:

Grand Rapids, MI is one of the ones that is cut off.

h20squirter says:

should we be concerned that there is nothing on here about the Froyo release?

evorocks says:

O sweet Columbus Ohio is NEVER going to get 4G.. come on sprint.. hurry up.

imex99 says:

I'm waiting for columbus also....

mikebeam says:

Where is the 4g love for West Georgia

burnsie28 says:

Here is my thought, the Grand part must be a two syllable city. From what I can find in the US the following are such.

Grand Forks, ND
Grand Prarie, TX
Grand Island, NE
Grand Junction, CO
Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids, MN

Grand Prarie, TX is out as its part of the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and already has 4G.

My guess in order of which this might be is
Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Forks, ND
Grand Junction, CO
Grand Island, NE
Grand Rapids, MN