Sprint

Sprint has announced the addition of five new cities to its WiMax 4G coverage area.  This is an addition of approximately 3.25 million more people with 4G coverage to help meet Sprint's goals of 120 million across the country by the end of 2010.  The new cities to add to the expanding WiMax list are:

  • Stockton, California
  • Modesto, California
  • Jacksonville, Florida
  • Wilmington, Delaware
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan

According to Sprint, it now has 4G service in 48 U.S. markets, and is quick to point out that it is the first U.S. carrier to actually launch any 4G technology.  Still slated for 4G coverage this year are Boston, Miami, New York (which already is seeing some WiMax), and Los Angeles (which has seen a tad, too).  You can see the coverage list in the full press release, after the break.

Sprint Launches 4G Coverage in Delaware, Florida and Michigan and Extends 4G Coverage in California
Modesto, Calif., Stockton, Calif., Jacksonville, Fla., Wilmington, Del., and Grand Rapids, Mich., Launched Today

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Aug 02, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --

Today, Sprint (NYSE:S) unveiled 4G service to populous areas of California, Delaware, Florida and Michigan. With today's launches of Modesto, Calif., Stockton, Calif., Jacksonville, Fla., Wilmington, Del., and Grand Rapids, Mich., Sprint boasts 48 metropolitan areas enabled with the new mobile broadband service, which allows for Internet traffic at super fast speeds. Unlike competitors, Sprint is the first national wireless carrier to actually launch wireless 4G technology in cities across the country. Wilmington, Jacksonville and Grand Rapids are the first cities in Delaware, Florida and Michigan to offer 4G service.

With 4G, Sprint customers experience fast mobile downloads, streaming video without the lag, and turbo-charged Web browsing. This new wireless technology boasts download speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G.1 Users can video chat with friends and family via the popular HTC EVO(TM) 4G, America's first 3G/4G wireless smartphone. And in the near future, Sprint customers will be able to purchase Samsung Epic(TM) 4G, the company's second 4G enabled smartphone.

With the Overdrive(TM) 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Sierra Wireless, users can create a 4G hotspot on the road or at home. With the Sprint Free Guarantee, customers can try 4G for 30 days and if they are not satisfied, they can cancel service and have the opportunity to be fully reimbursed.2 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.

"Sprint customers are the first in the country to use 4G with either a smartphone like HTC EVO or one of Sprint's other 4G devices like the 3G/4G Overdrive Hotspot to wirelessly connect a laptop to the Internet," said Matt Carter, president of 4G, Sprint. "Later this year, Sprint will launch Boston, Miami, New York and Los Angeles, enabling millions more to harness this powerful new service."

As summer travel continues, people will find that 4G is available in many markets across the country: California - Merced, Modesto, Stockton and Visalia; Delaware - Wilmington; Florida - Jacksonville; Georgia - Atlanta and Milledgeville; Hawaii - Honolulu and Maui; Idaho - Boise; Illinois - Chicago; Maryland - Baltimore; Michigan - Grand Rapids; 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 delivering the power of 4G as the majority shareholder of Clearwire, the independent company that is building the WiMAX network.

 

 

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Sprint turns on WiMax in 5 new cities

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Cincinnati is still on schedule for this year, too...I just hope it's more reliable than Chicago's has been for the past week or so.

Wow this just made me jump from exciment and just gave me chills cause I can't believe a small town like mine (modesto CA) would get 4g so fast now I can't wait for my EVO or galaxy s man this is so freaking exciting!! I wonder if this the reason why i ve been seen evdo and the roaming symbol both at the same time?

It seems they are determined to slowly cover California. Maybe it's cheaper and safer to start with smaller areas as tests. In any case, congratz :)

This sucks major. Even tho I know its not your fault... but...how is it that a farming town is able to reap the benefits of speed that Sprint is sowing before the capital city? my evos been picking up spotty 4g coverage for about 5ish days or so, and the other day I did see the evdo and roaming sign too... wonder if that means were soon to be on the chopping block.

Haters gonna hate. How are your 6Mb download speeds on AT&T, Verizon, or T-Mobile? Or should I use the theoretical maximum to describe WiMax, since that's what everyone is doing with T-Mobile's 21Mbps HSPA+? That would change the question to: How are your 75Mb download speeds on AT&T, Verizon, or T-Mobile?

Who cares? It's faster. I don't even have Sprint, but faster speeds are welcome to me for any network.

Competition will help us all a little bit here and there.

Wait.. WHAT?!?! I'm in Seminole (near Boca Ciega Millenium park) and I'm not seeing it yet. :( I just turned 4G on and turned my wifi off, but pulling up CNN.com it still shows 3G at the top of the phone. (I'm assuming a 4G icon shows up when it kicks in?)

I don't get great reception here at the house, but I'm getting about 3 bars of 3G now. I may have to go driving around to see if I can pick up 4G!

So turning on the switch in Jax is enabling 4G in the Tampa Bay area??? Or are you folks just getting it intermittently - like they're testing it?

I have the 4G service next to Tyrone Mall, but when I run a speed test I am getting the same download and upload results as I did on 3G. Not sure if I can get on the internet while on the phone yet. But, it is an improvement for tomorrows Froyo release.

Here's a little insight that may be helpful for anyone picking up spotty 4G or 4G in a "non officially" listed area. I live in downtown Los Angeles I get perfect 4G coverage and its fast I play Call Of Duty off of it for hours on end with no lag while streaming music from my pc to my xbox360. this is all via my Evo by the way. Now Los Angeles is not an officially listed city to have it. It's on the "future city" list but there is a test tower at LA Live, for those who don't know where that is it's basically the Staples Center. I know all this because my best friend/roommate is a manager at the Countries flagship store here in Los Angeles. Now that tower is always on meaning even though its a test tower its a clearwire built tower and more than likely will be the main tower for the Downtown area. But, there's also a test tower about 9 miles away ontop of the Beverly Center Mall witch is also a test tower but that one is a temp Sprint built tower. Sometimes is on sometimes its not. They're testing it constantly. On launch day for the Evo I had 4G coverage from the store (which is on the same block as the Beverly Center) all the way home. Now I went to that same mall last week and my phone kept saying scanning for 4G then it would connect immediately disconnect and do the process all over again. I thought something was wrong with my phone so I talked to my friend who asked his DM who explained that sprint turns the tower on and off based on testing. (On when they're collecting data Off when they're analyzing it) So my theory is this sprint has towers set up all over the place. Some are Clearwire built and are further along in the testing process and are closer to being launched and others are newer Sprint built towers still deep in the testing phase. The bottom line is they can turn them on and off at will (at least for now) and when they're testing they are ON. If you have an Evo and you think there's an area by you that may be gettin 4G go into ur settings menu goto wireless networks (with 4G on of course) look under 4G settings and check alert me when 4G networks are available if 4G is turned on it'll say scanning... at the top. Hit menu and then press scan. This restarts the scanning process manually which sometimes helps. If it says 4G network available but won't connect to it or does but won't stay connected congratulations you've found yourself a test tower. PS test towers are just that. TEST so the speed may or may not be on par with what Sprint advertises but in my experience its always faster than 3G. I use the speedtest.net app in the available free in the android market to do speedtest. If you have your gps on it'll test the host server closest to you then I compare that to the one furthest from me by going into settings and manually choosing the furthest location from me. it gives u a list and the distance they are from you in miles. Hope this was helpful to some of you guys. Happy hunting.

hey phil, using the Tmobile rocket, i get ACTUAL download speeds of 18mb/s. Thats higher than wimax's THEORETICAL of 12. right? their actual is what.. 7 or 8, so its just barely faster than HSPA.. it has nothing on HSPA+. I get a constant 5-6 on my Vibrant, and i dont have to pay an extra 10 bux a month for it.

wimax is nice, but it is just a stopgap for sprint and clearwire on the way to LTE. They have already said so. there's nothing wrong with it, infact i was thinking about maybe getting it for the house if they offer a true unlimited plan (im stuck on stupid low end DSL, so everything is better!)

Stockton and Modesto??? Who lives there?!?!? When will LA get it. I guess its a work in progress because I get 4g downtown La sometimes

Jacksonville, Florida worst city i have ever been to and they have it now. lets see it in some big cities already.oh well im going to Vegas in Oct ill be able to try out 4g then i guess

Jacksonville is literally the largest city in the U.S. and it doesn't count as a big city to you? I'm ready to get the hell away from here but it's by far NOT the worst city I've ever been in and I've been all over the country. Oh well... Guess you haven't traveled much. Be patient... you'll see 4G in due time. Don't hate on other cities just because you don't come before them.

Where is Phoenix in all these bigger cities being added? We have 5 million people and Sprint seems to be dissing us. LOL. What's up with that?

My question is: When is 4G coming to Daytona Beach? Clearwire is based out of Daytona Beach and yet there's no 4G. And Jacksonville is only 80 miles away, Why can't I pick up the signal???

I regularly see downstream speeds of 8-12mbps with 4G WiMax in Jacksonville. Also, if you guys want to compare theoretical speeds, WiMax still wins over HSPA and HSPA+. We're talking 100+mbps.

BTW, Jacksonville has always been a Clearwire test city, so it was natural for us to get WiMax, we have had WiMax in beta since before the Evo launched, which is over 2 months now. I have been using 4G in Jacksonville since I got my Evo on launch day. It works flawlessly and is very fast, as stated above.

Yeah, I was going to say that I've been getting a 4G signal since I bought the EVO less than a week after launch. I haven't experienced the same speeds you speak of, though. Best I've picked up is about 5mbs. Still no complaints from me. It's better in some areas of town than others. I will say that I checked my phone after reading this article and for the first time I'm getting 4G with a descent signal inside my house. Never picked it up in here before.

And yes, it's only natural for Jacksonville to get it, not just because we've been a test city for so long but also because of why we are a test city. It's well known that WiMax doesn't penetrate buildings very well. Cities that are flooded and congested with so many tall buildings will cause problems for testing. Jacksonville is the largest city in the U.S. giving them a wide area to test coverage and still not be overwhelmed with buildings blocking signals. Glad to be in Duval County these days :)

I would like to know how far the reach is on these signals. I know its a stretch but can I get a single bar of 4G in Detroit, MI from Grand Rapids, MI?

I second that. I live in a suburb of cincinnati and when it goes live, wondering if I will get it as well? How big is a coverage area?

I live in Grand Rapids and I picked up some 4G for a little while and got 6mbs down 1 mbs up. Then I went to work a little outside of the city and I can't get any 4G at all. I'm guessing there is no way you are going to see it in Detroit.

Very sad to hear that. Anyhow, I will still enjoy the hell out of my Evo either way. Love it to death.

They're probably turning it on in smaller cities first because the network load is much less there. They'll eventually get to us in the bigger cities once they are sure that the network can handle that load. You wouldn't want to have issues just because Sprint rushed it out.

No offense to the other Northern California cities but why the hell isn't Sacramento on the list? Guess like our state budget...it'll be a while. Ugh. I'm totally fine with 3g but it would be nice to have that option since I've been paying for it. Just got back from a week of fun in Las Vegas and got spoiled with 4g service so I'm having withdrawls. :)

i live in Anaheim ca you know by Disneyland i just tried turning on my 4g for the first time since i bought it and it worked not well but i did get one bar then it would switch back in forth from 4g and 3g. that's the first time ive ever seen the 4g icon on

If you live in Los Angeles there is a 4G tower at LA Live Downtown by the staples center if your in Downtown the 4G is amazing there's also a Sprint Test tower ontop of the Beverly Center sometimes they turn it off when they're analyzing the data or doing maintenance. Didn't know about the Kodak theatre though I'm always in Hollywood gotta try that.

Did I miss something or are there some cities missing? Like WASHINGTON, DC? Or NYC? WTH? Sprint - you can expand your coverage base by quite a bit by just adding 2 cities. Yeah, I know DC can pick up the signal from Baltimore, MD, but that's bs. Come on Sprint.

I currently live in Orlando FL. I have been picking up 4G for 1 month and some weeks now, but it isn't being shown on Sprint website. I know that it obviously means that its coming but the million dollar question is when will it be announced official. It goes in and out once or twice during a 5 day period but it comes back strong. Anyone knows when is it finally going to be official in Orlando FL.

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