Powered by Sprint 4G, Sprint equips Oahu students with Overdrive™ 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Sierra Wireless for a faster Internet experience on the go

August 09, 2010

HONOLULU (BUSINESS WIRE), August 09, 2010 - Sprint (NYSE:S) is teaming up with the Myron B. Thompson Academy (MBTA), an online K-12 Public Charter School that provides online instruction to students in Hawaii, to empower eighth grade students on Oahu with Overdrive™ 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot devices by Sierra Wireless and powered by Sprint. The project is part of a one-year pilot grant program that will give the students from MBTA the freedom to study whenever and virtually wherever they choose.

“Many students are already veterans when it comes to using technology and the Internet for education,” said Bryan Ito, Sprint Hawaii business sales manager. “By giving students the ease to access online learning on the go anytime, we hope to enhance student performance and their overall learning experience.”

This pilot program will service MBTA eighth-grade students on Oahu for the 2010-11 school year and the devices will work island-wide through the Sprint 3G and 4G networks.

Students will be able to connect simultaneously up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices – including laptops, music players, gaming devices and cameras – through a single connection (via Wi-Fi). When connected on 4G, the Overdrive provides a network connection that is up to 10 times faster than today’s 3G speeds.1

“The goal of this program is to provide teachers with new ways to capture student work, and improve student achievement through the use of mobile technologies,” said Jacey Waterhouse of Myron B. Thompson Academy. “The greater level of accessibility to course content and materials from nearly any location will encourage students to realize learning happens everywhere and at anytime, and is not confined to the classroom.”

Including Honolulu and Maui, Sprint 4G covers 48 cities across the county including, Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Portland, Ore., San Antonio and Seattle. In 2010, Sprint will launch many more markets including, but not limited to, Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Pittsburgh and San Francisco.

“Sprint 4G is ever expanding. You get lightning fast speeds in 4G areas, and if you’re in another city where a 4G signal is not available, you can still depend on Sprint’s 3G Network to keep you connected,” said Ito.

Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot

The Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot extends mobile broadband experience to any Wi-Fi enabled device and allows users to break away from today’s fixed Wi-Fi hot spot locations. Sprint 4G provides faster speeds and more capacity to enable user experience for high-bandwidth applications like streaming music, interactive gaming, transferring large data files or downloading videos in seconds. The dual-mode feature of Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot allows users to enjoy 4G performance in any Sprint 4G market or use the Sprint 3G network nationwide. Compact, portable and easy to carry, Overdrive also supports memory cards up to 16GB of shared storage via MicroSD slot on the device and has built-in Wi-Fi GPS capability.


  • Universal Wi-Fi capability: Up to 5 Wi-Fi enabled devices sharing one connection
  • Compatible with Universal Wi-Fi devices: works with all Operating Systems
  • MicroSD slot for shared storage up to 5 connected devices; can support memory cards up to 16GB
  • LCD view communicates device information such as internet connection status, number of people sharing and battery life
  • GPS capable: Built-in Wi-Fi GPS capability (on 3G) allows you to pinpoint and map your location
  • Easy to use: compact, portable device requires no connector, activation or installation, enabling easy re-deployment
  • Extended Wi-Fi range up to 150 feet
  • 4G data speeds (WiMAX) – Peak download speeds of more than 10 Mbps; average download speeds of 3-6 Mbps
  • 3G data speeds (EVDO Rev A.) – Peak download speeds of up to 3.1 Mbps; peak upload speeds of 1.8 Mbps; average download speeds of 600 kbps-1.4 Mbps
  • Backwards compatible to the EVDO Rev. 0 and 1xRTT Networks
  • Seamlessly supports transition from 4G to 3G and vice versa
  • Device can be tethered via USB extension cable that comes with it to a computer in order to charge the battery, connect to the network as well as share up to 5 devices/users


  • Dimensions: 3.14 inches (h) x 3.14 inches (w) x 0.61 inch (d)
  • Weight: 4.51 oz.
  • Frequency: 1xEVDO Rev. A, Rev. 0 and 1X (850/1900 MHz); WiMAX
  • 2500MHz and GPS MHz
  • Main Display Size and Type: 1.4” LCD
  • Main Display Total Pixel Count: 128 x228 pixel
  • Connector: Wireless or Micro USB for tethering
  • Chipset: Beceem 250 (WiMAX) & MC5728 (CDMA module with QSC6085)
  • Battery mAh: 1830 mAh with access time of 3 hours and 36 hours standby

For more information on Sprint 4G and Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot, or to find your nearest Sprint retailer, visit www.sprint.com/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 served more than 48.2 million customers at the end of the second quarter of 2010 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, Common Cents Mobile, Assurance Wireless and PayLo; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. With its customer-focused strategy, you can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

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.


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