updated 11:20 am EST, Mon November 2, 2009
Sprint 4G finally active in Dallas and NC
Sprint began the week by bringing its 4G WiMAX service into action for several key areas promised earlier. The Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth areas as well as several North Carolina cities, including Cary, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Durham, Greensboro, High Point, Raleigh and Winston-Salem, all now have access to the wide-area wireless. The carrier still promises downstream speeds of about 3Mbps to 6Mbps in real situations, all of which allow VoIP, video and other tasks normally off-limits to 3G.
Service primarily hinges on a $70 monthly plan that offers unlimited 4G and 5GB of 3G transfers, but visitors to a particular area can pay $10 for a day pass with unlimited 4G during the period. Sprint's dual-mode 4G/3G U300 USB modem is the primary device for the network, but some notebooks and other devices also connect to Sprint's WiMAX.