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Sprint ad uses iPhone to sell WiMAX router

updated 03:45 pm EDT, Wed March 17, 2010

Sprint claims Overdrive could speed up iPhone

Sprint in an unusual marketing tactic is marketing its Sierra Wireless Overdrive router as a companion to the iPhone. A new commercial (viewable below) suggests the iPhone is "limited by AT&T's 3G speeds" and that the 4G-to-Wi-Fi hotspot could be used to speed up the smartphone. In this case, the router could give enough added speed to quickly finish streaming a video.

The speed boost is potentially accurate, as WiMAX on Sprint usually floats between 3Mbps and 6Mbps depending on quality; the figure is usually at least twice as fast as AT&T's typical HSPA-based 3G network, where peak speeds are about 1.7Mbps. However, the service would cost users a $60 monthly premium in addition to the cost of the Overdrive to get the added speeds.

Sprint's move is known not to be the only instance of rival carriers trying to ride on Apple devices despite a lack of support. An internal memo from Verizon has the company trying to sell MiFi routers to iPad buyers as a way of getting 3G for the iPad without needing the more expensive model.

By Electronista Staff


  1. ScottG

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jan 2005


    I Have this and LOVE IT ! ! !

    The Overdrive is a Killer Device on 4G with an iPod Touch or the iPhone. Its so easy to setup, and I get between 6 and 9 MB/sec on 4G. and when there is no 4G available I can choose to use the Sprint 3G instead which I get about 1 to 3.5 MB/sec. The 4G is unlimited, and the 3G has a Cap at 5 GB for 30 days, which is rather hard to reach, and I'm on all the time no both. I really like that they took the time to build in Apple Mac hardware support right into the small box to address firmware upgrades. I'm in South Jersey, and have 80% coverage in 4G, Really FAST!!! I like going over my friends house with the wireless hub, and smoke his Comcast Cable Modem by 3x the speed.

  1. wingdo

    Senior User

    Joined: Apr 2001


    Mbps not MB

    You are getting between 6 and 9 Mbps, which is almost double what Sprint promises. There is a magnitude of difference to 9MB/sec which would equate to 90Mbps.

    As far as smoking Comcast, it all depends on what class of service your friend is paying for. There are so many speed packages available from Comcast it isn't even funny. If he has basic internet than yes, 4G will smoke it.

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