Nov 29 AT 11:59 AM Taylor Wimberly 23 Comments

Sprint expands 4G WiMAX pipe to six major markets, SF on Dec. 28th

Residents of several major markets can now enjoy “4G speeds” thanks to today’s announcement that Sprint has expanded their WiMAX network to six new cities. The new markets where Sprint has “unleashed the power of 4G” include Los Angeles, Miami, Washington D.C., Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio. Sprint also announced that their 4G network will go live in San Francisco on December 28.

“We have witnessed a great demand from our customers for 4G speeds, power and capabilities in these cities already and today they officially have it,” said Matt Carter, president-Sprint 4G. “We are proud to deliver on our commitment to serve our customers and deliver 4G to more major metropolitan areas in 2010.”

Sprint will continue to grow their 4G coverage area over the next month as the carrier plans to eventually cover 120 million people by the end of this year. In comparison, T-Mobile will offer “4G speeds” to 200 million people this year and AT&T will cover 250 million with their HSPA+ upgrade.

Even though Sprint is still claiming they have the only true 4G network, users have been reporting downloads speeds of the same level on T-Mobile. The competition is expected to heat up soon since AT&T thinks they have the fastest mobile broadband network and Verizon is already advertising the fastest 4G LTE network.

It does not appear that any one carrier has an advantage at this point, but only Sprint and T-Mobile are selling 4G handsets. If you live in one of these six new markets, let us know if you have noticed any difference in your download speeds.

Via: Business Wire

Source: Sprint 4G

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  • http://Website Andy

    I laugh at Evo owners in non “4G” areas. Paying for something you’re not getting. Hilarious!

    • http://Website Manny

      I just looked at Tmobile’s site and their lowest minutes plan with unlimited web is on par with Sprint’s 4g rates at $79.

      • Taylor Wimberly

        T-Mobile has much cheaper plans called Even More Plus, but they removed them from their website because consumers were too confused about the possibility of buying a phone and not having a contract.

    • http://Website jfstx

      I pay. I love it. I was only getting 700 to 800 before on 3g, now with my evo I get almost 2mgs. Also live 35 minutes west and 45 miles north of two major 4g cities. love love love the coverage when I’m there. so it is worth the $10.00 that everyone bitches about

      • http://Website Galen20K

        I was getting 5 to 7mbps on my Nexus One and that wasn’t even a HSPA+ phone, my myTouch 4G gets 7 to 11 regularly. Loving T-Mobile’s “4G” as well! – D

        • http://Website Ivan

          Prove it. Thats all I gotta say.

          • http://Website OhioJoe

            That’s not that amazing, really. I’m using Sprint, and several months ago before 4G was official here in Columbus, I and many of my friends got 11Mb/s downtown consistently, and I got 5-8 Mbps/s on the northend here. Sometimes they nerf the northend tower to just 3.5Mb/s though. Not sure why.

  • http://Website Josh

    I demand that you edit this article to include a #4gwars hashtag! Demand!

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Hah I try to save the #4Gwars for when carriers are calling out each other.

  • http://Website Glenn

    Sprint is working with 4 food trucks in the LA/Orange County area to promote their 4G with free food:

  • http://Website tjs

    I live in and am currently working in the heart of Cincinnati, and there is no 4g to be found.

  • http://Website Josh

    I am all over the Columbus, Oh area and 4g is most places and crazy fast love it.

  • http://Website jesse

    We will probably be the last city to get 4 g here in albuquerque New Mexico. That sucks.

  • IHTCEvo

    I get 5-7 Mbps average and 9-11 Mbps top. I am content with it even though its not real 4g :)

  • http://Website Galen20K

    Everyone’s complaining and arguing about which companies “4G” is better than the others when really they’re ALL pretty damn on the same level and there’s really no need to be fighting. Seriously they’re ALL good and just pick one and be happy. I for one am happy that they’re all level so that everybody can enjoy “4G”. I know I am with my HSPA+, love it!

  • http://Website modern

    My average speeds in So Cal is around 6-9 mpbs and tops out at 11mbps. I have both the Evo and Epic, but it seems like my Evo pulls faster speeds.

    • http://Website Ivan

      Wow great speeds, the highest I have ever reached on my Evo is 9 mbps.

  • http://Website michael

    I have an Evo and live in th LA area. I’m getting Goo d speeds on speed test but web pages take forever to load. I’ve given it two days, not impressed so I’m shutting it off. Plus it makes my Evo slow down a lot. My bro in law says his does the same and the only fix is to reboot the phone. Annoying

  • bethesdaadk

    I turned on 4G on my EVO in the DC area. The 4G symbol goes in and out. Coverage seems spotty. Moreover, it really hoses my phone. I have to reboot my phone after activating 4g, otherwise, it gets all jerky and hesitates. All these months of paying an extra $10/month for a service that didn’t exist. And now it’s on, and it’s a negative.

  • http://Website Josh

    You people are all retarted its not a $10 4g charge its cause the phone you have is a data hog nothing to do with 4g just shut the hell up about it.

    • http://Website OhioJoe

      I’d probably have said it nicer, but you’re right. The $10 is because the EVO is damn near a tablet PC and we use a LOT more data just with

    • http://Website OhioJoe

      I’d probably have said it nicer, but you’re right. The $10 is because the EVO is damn near a tablet PC and we use a LOT more data just with 3G. I know I do.

      • http://Website Foot Fetisher

        Umm what about clearing your cache and history? Doesn’t that make a difference?