updated 12:30 pm EDT, Mon October 5, 2009
Sprint brings 4G data service to 10 new cities
Wireless provider Sprint on Monday announced the expansion of its 4G ultra high speed mobile broadband service to ten new markets. Sprint's 4G network offers download speeds up to 12Mbps in peak conditions and encounters real-world speeds closer to 2-4Mbps. It is significantly faster than 3G, with Sprint claiming up to 10 times faster speeds than 3G services. The new markets mostly involve Texas and include Abilene, Amarillo, Corpus Christi, Killeen-Temple, Lubbok, Midland-Odesssa, Waco and Wichita Falls. Salem, Oregon and Milledgeville, Oregon also get the new network.
The 4G plans cost $10 more per month than Sprint's 3G mobile data plans. Earlier this year, Sprint launched 4G in Atlanta, Las Vegas, Portland, Bellingham, Washington; and Boise, Idaho. Before the year is out, there are plans for the new service to come to Austin, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Greensboro, Honolulu, Maui, Philadelphia, Raleigh, San Antonio and Seattle. In 2010, there are plans to expand to Boston, Houston, New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC.