Although WiMAX has unofficially been available in San Francisco for some time now, Sprint has 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 services – San Francisco market – home to Silicon Valley and thousands of tech enthusiasts, and it’s also available 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 markets across the country, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and New York City.
Sprint, as promised, has officially launched WiMAX services in SF today, but it’s actually far more than just SF proper. Palo Alto, San Jose and Oakland are also now getting 4G coverage, so the entire hotbed for tech innovation out there is now covered. We’re sure that Google’s HQ in Mountain View hopes to be next, though. This launch makes 71 markets where WiMAX is available, and that number is expected to grow significantly in 2011.
How will 4G benefit Sprint customers in these areas? With the Overdrive™ 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Sierra Wireless, a user in any of the above mentioned 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, and if 4G is not available, you have the flexibility of using Sprint’s 3G network as well.
Matt Carter, has been quoted time and time again, saying “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. We are proud to deliver on our commitment to serve our customers and deliver 4G to more major metropolitan areas in 2010.” Matt Carter, is the president-Sprint 4G network, and has been given credit with heralding the new connection standard into the mainstream.
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.
Sprint is delivering the power of 4G as the majority shareholder of Clearwire or more recently renamed Clear in some markets, the independent company that is building the WiMAX network. Having been on Clear’s network for some time now, there is nothing more convenient than being able to cut the cord to major telecom providers and have access to YOUR internet connection anywhere in the country, many times for much less than the cable providers will offer their service for.