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Sprint launches 4G service in 10 new markets

updated 12:30 pm EDT, Mon October 5, 2009

Sprint brings 4G data service to 10 new cities

Wireless provider Sprint on Monday announced the expansion of its 4G ultra high speed mobile broadband service to ten new markets. Sprint's 4G network offers download speeds up to 12Mbps in peak conditions and encounters real-world speeds closer to 2-4Mbps. It is significantly faster than 3G, with Sprint claiming up to 10 times faster speeds than 3G services. The new markets mostly involve Texas and include Abilene, Amarillo, Corpus Christi, Killeen-Temple, Lubbok, Midland-Odesssa, Waco and Wichita Falls. Salem, Oregon and Milledgeville, Oregon also get the new network.

The 4G plans cost $10 more per month than Sprint's 3G mobile data plans. Earlier this year, Sprint launched 4G in Atlanta, Las Vegas, Portland, Bellingham, Washington; and Boise, Idaho. Before the year is out, there are plans for the new service to come to Austin, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Greensboro, Honolulu, Maui, Philadelphia, Raleigh, San Antonio and Seattle. In 2010, there are plans to expand to Boston, Houston, New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC.

by MacNN Staff



  1. charlituna

    Joined: Dec 1969


    yes but

    did I read correctly that they are using WiMax while everyone else is going with LTE. so if I get a device with Sprint I'll be stuck with them or have to buy a whole new phone.

    why can't folks pick one flavor.

  1. aristotles

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Stop calling it 4G. WiMax is not a 3GPP standard

    WiMax was never intended for cellphone use. It is not a 3GPP standard and it does not have a standard protocol for sending low level voice and texting data on separate channels from data.

    LTE is a successor to UTMS which is a form of 3G GSM that transport voice on a thin layer on top of the data layer. LTE will no doubt also use a similar transport which by passes the TCP/IP protocol and sends voice data at a lower level.

    Sprint phones will still send their voice calls through the aging CDMA TDMA voice layer.

  1. cartoonasaur

    Joined: Dec 1969



    That is in Georgia, not Oregon.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: 4G

    4G stands for 4th generation. It is an acronym and nothing more. It neither points to any particular capability, standard, or anything else, except this it their 4th generation protocol. For example, both Verizon and ATT claim to have 3G data plans, but they are not compatible.

    And just to point out the absurdity of the 4G name, you just have to look at your own post. It is not a 3GPP standard

    So you're saying you need to support 3GPP to be 4G? But wouldn't that make it 3G, since it is in the name?

  1. ClownPaint

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: 4G

    Aristotoles: You're also wrong about the intended target for WiMAX. Of course it's intended for cell phone use. Like LTE, WiMAX is abandoning the old model of a "voice layer" and instead supports voice through IP. There are QoS levels for voice, data, and lots more. I don't know where you got the idea that they'll use CDMA. That has nothing to do with WiMAX and would require another radio in each phone.

    You'd best do some reading up on what WiMAX is, and (with the development of LTE-A and the new advanced air interface for WiMAX), how similar LTE-A and WiMAX will soon be.

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