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.