Sprint 4G coverage expanding alongside release of EVO 4G

While digging through the recent Clearwire financials, Android news site Android and Me uncovered a list of 19 cities that will receive WiMAX coverage this summer. There are currently 32 markets covered by Sprint’s 4G service, so this will bring the total number of covered markets to 51. WiMAX promises a max throughput of 10Mbps, with typical speeds staying within the 3Mbps to 6Mbps range.

Clearwire is quoted in regards to this rollout saying “Clearwire also today announced plans to launch 4G mobile broadband service in 19 additional cities this summer, including previously announced markets Kansas City, KS; St. Louis, MO; Salt Lake City, UT, and the core area of Washington, D.C. and newly announced markets Nashville, TN; Daytona, Orlando and Tampa, FL; Rochester and Syracuse, NY; Merced, Modesto, Stockton, and Visalia, CA; Wilmington, DE; Grand Rapids, MI; Eugene, OR; and Yakima and Tri-Cities, WA.”

The release also mentions there will be another round of service expansion near the end of the year that includes: New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Denver, Minneapolis, the San Francisco Bay Area, Miami, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Pittsburgh. With Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G featuring mobile hotspot functionality due for release next month, Sprint is looking stronger than ever.

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I wonder how they chose the markets to roll out to? Rolling out to Stockton Ca vs San Francisco and the rest of the Bay Area is surprising. The early adopters, if they wanted to sell to them, are likely in the Bay Area, not the unfortunate desert that is Stockton.

I was a customer with Sprint for 10 years and had absolutely flawless service and coverage and a VERY reasonable Family Plan price and am now kicking myself for leaving Sprint and moving to AT&T for the iPhone. While I've really enjoyed the phone itself over the last year, AT&T is very expensive (I knew that going in) and the service here in KC is absolutely horrid. I drop probably 50%+ of my calls, many callers get sent straight to VM, and text message are constantly days lagged. Yes, I've had them replace my SIM card and my iPhone has been restored and Apple has looked at it. I'm paying an arm and a leg for HORRIBLE service at a much higher price than Sprint. I know others have had their fair share of issues with Sprint, but I can say my experience with them was great.

I'm going to be moving back to Sprint..primarily for the quality service I use to have and the good pricing, but I also think the EVO phone looks bad ass.

It's the frustrating reality of at&t that their coverage is very good (for 2G), so you almost always have a signal, yet that signal's reliability when it comes to actual phone calls has degraded horribly over the last 2-3 years. This year, especially, I've heard almost constant complaints about connectivity even from non-iPhone users--even from 2G dumbphone users. People with the exact same story about calls going directly to voicemail, despite having full bars.


Not sure how at&t plans to address it, and I used to think it was a simple matter of network overload from iPhone users, but they aren't even at the top of the upgrade rumor mill (that would be Sprint WiMax and Verizon LTE), and the last I remember hearing out of them was how much they were investing in new facilities for RESEARCHING ways to improve their networks (not actual improvements yet).


Sorry, at&t, you guys suck royally. It amazes me that people even bother with the iPhone in the first place when they may as well just get an iPod Touch and hack a far more decent network's phone into a wifi hotspot.

Greenstein said,
I was a customer with Sprint for 10 years and had absolutely flawless service and coverage and a VERY reasonable Family Plan price and am now kicking myself for leaving Sprint and moving to AT&T for the iPhone. While I've really enjoyed the phone itself over the last year, AT&T is very expensive (I knew that going in) and the service here in KC is absolutely horrid. I drop probably 50%+ of my calls, many callers get sent straight to VM, and text message are constantly days lagged. Yes, I've had them replace my SIM card and my iPhone has been restored and Apple has looked at it. I'm paying an arm and a leg for HORRIBLE service at a much higher price than Sprint. I know others have had their fair share of issues with Sprint, but I can say my experience with them was great.

I'm going to be moving back to Sprint..primarily for the quality service I use to have and the good pricing, but I also think the EVO phone looks bad ass.

Port back, the iPhone is worth more on eBay than the early termination fee.

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