Sprint 4G in Los Angeles

Sprint has just fired up their 4G WiMax network in six new locales, bringing the total up to 68 cities nationwide. The new cities:

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Miami, FL
  • Washington D.C.
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Columbus, OH

I'm not sure about the Ohio cities, but I know folks in DC, LA, and Miami have been seeing pockets of 4G service for a while now, and in parts of the DC suburbs it's smokin' fast.  Of course, in other parts it's completely non-existent -- let's hope the official roll-out widens it up a bit.  We have the full press release after the break, as well as a short promo video from Sprint about its LA roll-out. [Sprint]


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Sprint 4G Rolls Out in Los Angeles, Miami, Washington, D.C., Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), November 29, 2010 - Sprint (NYSE:S) today officially unleashed the power of 4G – enabling fast mobile downloads, wireless video chat and turbo-charged mobile Web browsing up to 10 times faster than 3G service1 – in Los Angeles, Miami, Washington D.C., Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio. Customers in these metropolitan areas can now take full advantage of the Sprint 4G network using a wide range of 4G-capable devices. With the addition of these six markets, Sprint 4G is now available in 68 markets2 across the country, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and New York City. Additionally, the wireless carrier announced that it expects to launch the San Francisco market – home to Silicon Valley and thousands of tech enthusiasts – on Dec. 28.
How will 4G benefit Sprint customers in these areas? With the Overdrive™ 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Sierra Wireless, a visitor to Washington, D.C., (including Northern Virginia and parts of Maryland) can connect to the Internet with a laptop or any Wi-Fi enabled device to check the news at speeds that are up to 10 times faster than 3G. A hungry tourist in Miami, Fort Lauderdale or Palm Beach can search for the best food truck in their vicinity using one of the food-truck applications in the Android™ Market on Samsung Epic™ 4G. If sports fans in Cleveland, Cincinnati or Columbus are looking for up-to-date scores, no problem – it’s easy and quick to find on HTC EVO™ 4G. And, surfers in Los Angeles can forgo the waves and surf the Internet on-the-go using the first 3G/4G-embedded netbook and notebook from Sprint – the Dell™ Inspiron™ Mini 10 (1012) netbook and Dell™ Inspiron™ 11z notebook.
“We have witnessed a great demand from our customers for 4G speeds, power and capabilities in these cities already and today they officially have it,” said Matt Carter, president-Sprint 4G. “We are proud to deliver on our commitment to serve our customers and deliver 4G to more major metropolitan areas in 2010.”
Sprint first launched 4G in Baltimore in September 2008 and since then has delivered a comprehensive consumer, business and public sector strategy and a robust portfolio of devices, consisting of phones, USB aircards, notebook/netbook products, mobile hotspots and routers, that are being used by satisfied consumers and businesses.
To get an insider’s view about how Sprint is making sure that 4G is ready for its customers, visit the YouTube Web video series “Wiring Up 4G.” Videos are available for Los Angeles and New York City.
Sprint is delivering the power of 4G as the majority shareholder of Clearwire, the independent company that is building the WiMAX network. 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 orwww.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.
1 “Up to 10x faster” 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.
2 Sprint 4G is now available in 68 markets: California – Los Angeles, Merced, Modesto, Sacramento, Stockton, Visalia;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; andWashington – Bellingham, Seattle, Tri-Cities, Yakima.


Reader comments

Sprint rolls out 4G to six more cities


Im in hamiltOn,ohio 45015 20 miles north of cincy and its all around on the sprint4G coverage map. It shows it going a little north of hamilton but you gotta remember dayton isnt cincinnati....or cincy suburb..

Sprint: unlimited calls to/from all cell phones , unlimited data, unlimited txt for $69

How can any of the carriers claim they have 4G? Who cares what they call it. On my Evo it is faster than 3G, and thats all I care about!

Because they were the first company to do it so they can call it whatever they want to call it. Maybe the question should be..."why doesn't my expensive carrier have 4G yet" I hope you guys get it soon so silly questions like this will disappear.

Hmm...my sister has the Evo and hasn't noticed any improvement in the 4G signal in the suburbs of Los Angeles.

Has she turned on WiMax on the phone...? Unlike T-Mobile's "4G" upgrade to their HSPA network, Sprint's turning on WiMax won't improve 3G speeds for everyone; they're two totally different radios (3G & WiMax).

I hope just because they announce 4G in Miami they don't stop expanding it because, for example, where I live I don't get 4G. I do get it about 5 blocks from my home. But, that sucks.

I live in Rosemead, Ca and not receiving 4g speeds. That is 15 min away from Los Angeles. Maybe I have to wait until tomorrow morning to experience 4g speeds. Right now its 10:51pm Nov 28th. I will try again right after midnight.

Oh boy that "pipe" analogy is priceless. "How well it works depends on the size of your pipe...and fortunately Sprint has a big pipe". Man...that's pure hidden smut right there...

I can confirm that in 33068 which is about 20 miles north of Miami there is no F'N 4G... Come on sprint... There is going to be a BIG RED blanket across the US soon...(LTE)

I guess its "offical" now but I've been getting 4g in columbus for roughly 2 months now...glad they "launched" it. Now where is 2.2 for this damn epic! If I could do without a physical keyboard I woulda have got an evo!

I'm in the San Fernando valley (20 min from LA). I get good 4g signal when driving around the neighborhood. But at home (North Hills) I have to be right outside my door to get signal, I get about 2 to 3 bars by simply stepping out. I guess they're focused on getting the signal on streets and highways first. I've been getting anywhere from 3 to 10 mbps, with an average of 6. I hope signal improves inside my home in the near future, it would justify the extra 10 a month.

4G? I think not. Whatever it is they're using, it's slower than the 3G I have in Sweden. It'll be nice to see some proper LTEA use in a few years, supposedly NTT got 5 Gb/s while testing their systems.

And yet another reminder that Detroit is not a real city. Can I please have my $10 EVO/4G tax taken off since I'm highly unlikely to ever experience 4G?

I'm in Ontario Ca which is about 25 miles from downtown LA. I'm getting good 4g signal inside my house.

Another person brainwashed by big red...just keep paying your expensive bill and you guys will get it soon. Makes ya wonder what they do with the money you send them every month. Oh well, at least they have good commercials!

People need to understand that 4G is the fourth generation network technology not that if it does not go fast enough it's not considered 4G. Albeit the speeds should be faster, but at least it brings simultaneous voice and data.

On that note, Sprint needs to do better fill on the cities that already have 4G. I have had coverage for months but it's been spotty.

WiMax has been live in Columbus, OH for a few months, even though Sprint and Clear didn't mention it. What I found interesting is that Time Warner Cable has been offering "4G" service during that same time. Yes, it's WiMax, yes it uses Sprint/Clear's network, yes Time Warner is an investor in Clear.

So, it appears that in some markets, Time Warner gets first "crack" at customers ahead of Sprint and Clear.

Wow... 6.5 mbps on 4G! Where's the promised 1 gbps low mobility and 100 mbps high mobility as per registered specs?

Also.. I get that on H. Who wants to touch me?


Welcome to Los Angeles, Sprint 4G/WiMax. You're only 3-6 months later than promised. :-(

I test drove an EVO 4G last spring, partly on the promise that 4G was coming "in summer 2010". The 3G service was so bad/slow I just couldn't take it; had to return the phone.

I might explore the WiMax option again once I see consistent reports of good speeds and coverage in the suburbs of Los Angeles (San Fernando & Santa Clarita valleys). Meanwhile my T-Mo HSPA+ at 4200Kbs typical gives me a perfectly acceptable experience tethered to my laptop, and without the $10 4G tax.

Those of you actually getting 4G, and 4G that's faster than 3G others offer, congratulations, I'm sure it's been a long and painful wait.

Glad to see wimax rolling out to more cities. I'm just hoping Milwaukee gets it sometime this year. Be nice to use my EVO to its full potential.

I'm in Miami, about 4 miles north of Miami's international airport and no 4G signal yet... having the radio on is eating my battery!!!

Miami coverage is not very good. No Downtown Miami? No Coral Gables (kinda important area)? The most densely populated areas are not covered.

It been active in Cleveland for close to 2 months now. Im going to the launch even next Monday. Should be good times. Its as fast as they claim to. I pulled down a 177 meg Rom in 2 mins on my phone. That's ridicules.

Slightly off-topic, but what is the phone shown in the picture? (The one showing the speedtest.net screen?)

I have to disagree...the "ribbed" sides of the phone pictured don't look like either the Evo or the Epic.

There hasn't even been a hint of another WiMax/4G Android phone in the rumor mill. The only two phones currently made for Sprint with 4G are EVO and Epic. What else would you suggest it is, if not one of those two?

I think it would be highly unlikely that some as-yet-to-be-announced 4G phone is leaked to the wild like this. Don't you think that if the phone were something either than those two phones that it would have been mentioned by whoever took the pic...?

Like I said, highly unlikely that some just-passed-FCC review phone that hasn't been announced yet would be out and about like this, but not impossible.

Go to Sprint.com and find the 360 view of the Epic 4G, spin it until you see the front screen, it's bezel, and the volume rockers. Seems pretty clear to me that the phone in the picture above is an Epic 4G; the bezel matches and the volume rocker do too. It's been a while since I had my EVO, but I don't remember it having a bezel at all, which was part of the reason it had screens separating from the body of the phone.

Would be nice if the author of the post clarified, unless he just got the picture from some other site and doesn't know himself.

Well 4G is not new to LA. I noticed my phone was out on saturday for about an hour. I see why now. Im streaming HQ youtube out of my micro HDMI to my tv. Just awesome! Speeds have improved. I went from one bar to all bars everywhere here in hollywood. I'll check by my house in pasadena later today. T-mobile its never been big on speeds or coverage, dont know what the fuzz its about. When Verizon comes out with LTE or whatever its called, I wanna see how their pricing its going to go hahaha. What are they going to be? a whooping 100MB for $20? lol good luck Verizon users!

Columbus has had coverage for months but spotty.... Coverage has increased over the months but it's not total coverage. I drop 4g all over three columbus area.
I was downtown columbus and had 4g and drove near the ohio statehouse and lost 4g. I entered the statehouse and still no 4g. Hopefully they keep adding towers to bolster coverage.

Yeah I had it up by my place for months now too, but what sucks is STILL no 4G in Dublin. I use most of my data at work, so that sucks. Hopefully they increase the coverage area.

Dang it!! Nothing at all in Louisiana!! Sprint doesn't even have 3g in Shreveport where one of their vendors is located. They still are running 2g.

Yes Miami has plenty of 4g areas. Pinecrest, Dadeland, South Miami, Grove, Miami Beach, North River Drive, Hialeah, Sweetwater... And points north into Broward county.

Download the sensorly map viewer app so you can see where people are actually reporting 4g!

Downloaded the speedtest.net app and here is what I got from the Los Angeles server. I am in an office building in Ontario California. I will try again on my lunch break when I can hopefully pull in a stronger signal.

Test Set 1 in Office:

1 Bar on 4G network
2522kbps down
590kbps up

4 Bar on 3G network
478kbps down
264kbps up

Ontario's a fair distance from LA. Are you guys officially part of the coverage area?

Those scores aren't very good at all. The 3G is typical of what I got on my EVO 4G, and why I returned the phone. Those 4G speeds are slower than I get on AT&T or T-Mobile, but you're getting a pretty weak signal there.

In Hampton Roads, I usually get around 1200Kbs down on Sprint's 3G network on my Evo. Speed greatly depends on which region you are in, time of day, etc.

As for 4G, we still don't have it yet, but see his followup posting of almost 5Mbs down.

Was in Chinatown part of LA on the weekend. Got 4G there, but none by the convention center a few miles away. However, they have free wifi....

I'm in LA near Culver City, have 1 bar in 4G, speedtest telles me I have 4mb in download and 1mb in upload, pretty good, way better than 3G

I'm sitting inside a 1950s era cinder block building, with three walls between me and outside in Woodland Hills and I'm getting:

3.93 Mbps Download
0.50 Mbps Upload
162 ms Latency

I've been getting 4G signals in and around LA for at least a month, first got it in Echo Park.

If is this means it is on in LA? They should say in some of LA, very small portion!!!!!!! Like around some of the freeways!!!!!

Nice. Sprint is going to be my next carrier anyways so it's good to see that not only do they have some nice devices, they have a forward thinking plan for the future.

I'm looking forward to getting 16mbps down in Indianapolis eventually.

so, i was in DC tonight, i live 15miles nw from DC in rockville MD, i have better 4G signal here, than i did in DC tonight, i was in Dupont, which is very downtown, and still, not such a great signal, and lots of dead spots... i was very dissapointed... i was trying to show of my new Epic, and my friend was like... wt... sprint sucks... and i was like, sad face... i was also down by penn ave, 2/3 bars... boo

Drove to Columbus yesterday and 4G was working, but spotty. Went to a town just outside of Columbus and it seemed to be working fine.

According to Sprint's map I should have 4G at my office (downtown Santa Ana, 92701) but I'm not connecting, at least not indoors.