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Sprint bringing 4G to Maui, Charlotte, Austin, Boise

updated 09:15 pm EDT, Tue August 11, 2009

Sprint expanding 4G range

Sprint on Tuesday announced plans to expand its 4G WiMAX service to 17 additional cities in Hawaii, Idaho, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas and Washington. The carrier claims mobile broadband speeds reaching 10 Mb/s while downloading or between 3-6 Mb/s for uploads. The 4G service is said to exceed 3G speeds by a factor of three to five.

The new markets for 2009 include Texas cities Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Corpus Christi, Killeen-Temple, Lubbock, Midland-Odessa, San Antonio, Waco and Whicita Falls. The service will also arrive in Boise, Idaho; Bellingham, Washington; Maui, Hawaii; Salem, Oregon; and North Carolina locations including Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh.

Sprint currently offers the service only in Baltimore. The first new 4G areas scheduled for Auguest include Atlanta, Las Vegas and Portland. Chicago, Dallas-Forth Worth, Honolulu, Philadelphia and Seattle are set to follow later in the year.

By Electronista Staff


  1. aristotles

    Grizzled Veteran

    Joined: Jul 2004


    Not 4G

    Wimax is not an industry standard for cellphone data. It was never meant for that purpose. LTE is the only 4G standard but Sprint is one of the few hold outs because LTE is the 4G standard for GSM and they do not want to switch from CDMA.

    LTE will be used by AT&T, Verizon and Micro PCS in the states and Rogers, Fido, Telus and Bell in Canada.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001


    Re: Not 4G

    First off, 4G, 3G, etc, are just marketing terms. But that's neither here nor there.

    According to Wikipedia on 4G,

    Technologies considered to be early 4G include: Flash-OFDM, the 802.16e mobile version of WiMax (also known as WiBro in South Korea), and HC-SDMA (see iBurst). 3GPP Long Term Evolution may reach the market 1–2 years after Mobile WiMax is released.

    In fact, it specifically mentions 3GPP is currently standardizing LTE Advanced as future 4G standard.

    Finally, going to the LTE page, you'll see it say:

    Where the current generation of mobile telecommunication networks are collectively known as 3G, LTE is marketed as and called 4G, although technically it is 3.9G

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