Sprint expects to launch 4G service this year in many markets, including Boston, Denver, Kansas City, Houston, Minneapolis, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. More Sprint 4G markets will be announced at a later date. Sprint 4G is expected to cover up to 120 million people by the end of 2010.
Mobile broadband customers with Sprint 4G enjoy a faster and better experience than any wireless service offered by AT&T, Verizon or T-Mobile. This unprecedented broadband revolution offers an enhanced connected lifestyle for any online user, including consumers, professionals and businesses.
"If you use a computer, a smart phone, a gaming device, a DVD player or any Wi-Fi enabled device, your online life will change for the better when you experience the Sprint 4G difference. And the value of 4G makes using Sprint 3G/4G to enhance all of your wireless devices a no-brainer," said Matt Carter, president of 4G. "While other national wireless carriers are just talking about 4G, the Sprint Now Network already offers the reality of 4G now in a large number of markets across the country, with many more to follow this year."
Sprint 4G’s super-fast connections make the Internet better for anyone, whether you’re downloading videos, playing interactive games with friends across the country or showing a business presentation on a smartphone or laptop. The potential is virtually limitless, especially for those using a 3G/4G device such as the Overdrive(TM) 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot. By connecting up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices to Overdrive, users can enjoy a new 4G Internet experience beyond anything they’ve known with 3G, including the following:
In the home:
Through a single connection, you can bypass your cable provider and stream HD movies from content distribution providers (such as Netflix, Amazon and Blockbuster) right to your TV; connect your Xbox 360 and game real-time with someone located across the globe; move pictures wirelessly from your camera to a digital picture frame and surf the Web on your laptop while streaming Pandora.
In the dorm:
Connect virtually anywhere on a campus with 4G coverage at 4G speeds: Turn your iPod Touch with Skype into a voice phone and make a call, or stream a live movie from Hulu or Netflix to your laptop.
Whether you’re on a long trip or running a busy day of errands, use Overdrive to keep passengers entertained in the car.2 Stream your favorite TV show from Hulu to your Netbook; use a PSP gaming device to access multiple games and content; download music to your Zune HD; and turn your 3G iPhone into a 4G device. It’s all very simple with Overdrive.
Join a video conference, e-mail critical files to co-workers and clients, and access all of your corporate websites while away from the office. When you travel with co-workers you can share Sprint 4G while waiting for your flight or taxi. You can also stay in constant contact with your office via unified communications.
Transportation companies can access 4G speeds to improve customer experience, increase customer safety, support on-board marketing, monitor and manage fleet resources and enable wireless transactions. Home healthcare providers can implement higher-quality remote patient monitoring and faster patient data transfer. Public safety professionals can step up to another level in anytime-access to critical information, ability to document incidents, resource management and monitoring.
As the first national wireless carrier to test, launch and market 4G technology, Sprint made history by launching 4G in Baltimore in September 2008. Sprint currently offers 4G service in 27 markets, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Portland, Ore., San Antonio and Seattle. Following is a comprehensive list of markets by state where Sprint 4G is currently offered: Georgia - Atlanta, Milledgeville; Hawaii - Honolulu, Maui; Idaho - Boise; Illinois - Chicago; Maryland - Baltimore; Nevada - Las Vegas; North Carolina - Charlotte, Greensboro, (along with High Point and Winston-Salem), Raleigh (along with Cary, Chapel Hill and Durham); Oregon - Portland, Salem; Pennsylvania - Philadelphia; Texas - Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Killeen/Temple, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, San Antonio, Waco, Wichita Falls; Washington - Bellingham, Seattle. View 4G coverage for these markets at www.sprint.com/4G.
Sprint was the first carrier to offer wireless access to both 3G and 4G through a single device with the 3G/4G USB Modem U300 by Franklin in December 2008. Since then, Sprint has expanded its 3G/4G product line. In January 2010, Sprint announced the availability of Overdrive(TM) 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Sierra Wireless. Overdrive allows you to connect up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously - including laptops, gaming devices, cameras and even smartphones from any carrier - through a single connection (via Wi-Fi) to Sprint 4G. Other 3G/4G devices available include the Sprint 3G/4G USB Modem U301 by Franklin and the Sprint 4G Desktop Modem CPEi25150 by Motorola. Sprint also offers two 3G/4G mobile broadband routers: The Sprint Personal Hotspot PHS300S and the Cradlepoint MBR-1000 Broadband Router for business. Used in combination with the U300, U301 or other Sprint mobile broadband devices, these mobile broadband routers can simultaneously connect smartphones, laptops and other Wi-Fi-enabled devices to the Sprint 3G and 4G networks. For more information, visit www.sprint.com/4G.
Customers can purchase Sprint’s simplified 3G/4G data plans for consumers and businesses at $59.99 monthly (price plans exclude surcharges and taxes)2 the same price as a 3G-only plan. Customers can purchase Sprint 4G products and plans at select Sprint retail stores, select Best Buy stores and local retailers, through business sales, via Sprint telesales at 1-800-Sprint-1 or online at www.sprint.com/4G.
Sprint is harnessing the power of 4G as the majority shareholder of Clearwire, the independent company that is building the WiMAX network.
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. Typical published 3G avg. speeds (600 kbps-1.7 Mbps); 4G avg. speeds (3-6 Mbps). Actual speeds may vary. 4G currently available in select areas/devices; check Sprint.com/4G for Sprint 4G coverage/device info.
2 Sprint encourages all wireless users to drive responsibly and avoid distractions.
Stephanie Vinge-Walsh, 310-213-0039