April 01, 2010
Overdrive(TM) 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Sierra Wireless Empowers Wi-Fi-Enabled Devices to Access Sprint's 4G Speeds Today
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Apr 01, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --Isn't it nice to have the freedom to choose what wireless service powers your favorite Wi-Fi enabled device, such as the Zune HD, iPod Touch or soon-to-launch iPad? With Sprint (NYSE: S), the only national U.S. wireless carrier bringing 4G speeds to any Wi-Fi enabled device, you can enjoy super fast downloads, streaming video and Web browsing at turbo-speed on your device - the type of use your Zune, iPod or iPad was intended for.
With Overdrive(TM) 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Sierra Wireless, you can surf the web on your new iPad up to 10 times faster than 3G1; download your favorite tunes on your Zune HD in seconds; or turn your iPod Touch with Skype into a voice phone and make a call.
Not only does the Overdrive enhance everything your favorite device was built for, it also connects up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices such as your computer, game console or camera.
"When coupled with Sprint's 4G technology, any Wi-Fi-enabled device will be faster than 3G," said Matt Carter, president of Sprint 4G. "It will be six months to a year or longer before any other national wireless carrier can connect a Wi-Fi-enabled tablet like the iPad with up to four more wireless devices simultaneously at 4G speeds like the Overdrive can do today."
Currently, Sprint 4G covers 28 major markets such as Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Portland, Ore., San Antonio and Seattle. In 2010, Sprint will launch many more markets, and is expected to cover up to 120 million people with Sprint 4G service. Cities expected to see 4G include Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, San Francisco and St. Louis.View 4G coverage information for all Sprint 4G markets at www.sprint.com/4G.
For more information, including video, fact sheets, interviews with a Sprint executive and examples of how consumers and businesses can use 4G, please visit: http://community.sprint.com/baw/community/buzzaboutwireless/4g
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two wireless networks serving more than 48 million customers at the end of the fourth quarter of 2009 and the first and only 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The company's customer-focused strategy has led to improved first call resolution and customer care satisfaction scores. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.
1) "Up to 10x faster" based on download speed comparison of 3G's 600 kbps vs. 4G's 6 Mbps. Industry published 3G avg. speeds (600 kbps-1.7 Mbps); 4G avg. speeds (3-6 Mbps). Actual speeds may vary. Sprint 4G currently available in over 25 markets and counting, and on select devices; see Sprint.com/4G for details.
Heather Tien, 949-748-3416