Sprint announced on Wednesday that it expects to activate its upcoming 4G LTE network in Baltimore and in Kansas City. The carrier has already said that it will flip the switch on its first 4G LTE networks in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio by mid-2012. The carrier’s first LTE devices will include Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus, the LG Viper 4G LTE and the Sierra Wireless Tri-Network mobile hotspot. Sprint said it also expects to improve the 3G coverage in each of the aforementioned markets. Sprint’s CEO Dan Hesse also said Wednesday that 86% of the phones his company sold during the fourth quarter were smartphones and that 66% of Sprint’s subscriber base now use smartphones, and the carrier’s 4G LTE network will certainly benefit any smartphone user that may be looking for faster download and upload data speeds. Sprint’s full press release follows after the break. More →
Today at CTIA, Verizon Wireless announced that its next generation, LTE, 4G network will cover 38 major U.S. cities and 60 additional airports by the end of 2010. Some of the initial cities getting LTE include: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. The official press release, with a full list of cities an airports, is after the break. More →
Today, AT&T’s operations CEO, John Stankey, said that his company would be launching its LTE network by mid-2011 and would cover 70-75 million potential customers. The CEO made this known at the “Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2010 Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference” where he was a speaker. Mr. Stankey also noted that AT&T has spent just over $700 million in LTE capital expenditures this year; a figure the company plans to go “far beyond” in 2011. Currently, AT&T is conducting LTE field trials in Baltimore and Dallas. More →
Just in time for the launch of the EVO 4G, Sprint and Clearwire today announced the launch of their 4G WiMAX network in Washington, D.C. and Kansas City. The D.C. portion of network extends rather deeply to neighboring communities and is capable of reaching some 1 million people. The two carriers also announced the strengthening of their network in Baltimore which now covers roughly 725 square miles and is capable of delivering high speed wireless data to roughly 1.7 million people. Clearwire is offering a promotion in Washington, Kansas City, and Baltimore in which new subscribers to its Clear service will receive a $50 service credit and have access to plans as low as $15 per month for the first two months. More →
After months of waiting, the Nokia N810 WiMAX edition went live on Nokia’s online storefront this week. No longer “Available Soon” the WiMAX version of the popular Internet Tablet is now “In Stock” and ready for shipping. A member over at Internet Tablet Talk reported that he has already received his and, to everyone’s surprise, is able to connect to Chicago’s not-yet-launched Xohm WiMAX network. He had to work a little tomfoolery and enter in a Baltimore zip code during the activation process but now he is enjoying the WiMAX wireless experience in Chicago. Awesome! The N810 WiMAX edition is currently being offered with a $50 instant rebate, bringing the price down to $433 plus shipping. Just a heads up, Nokia still has the N810 classified as a “phone”. With this being the fourth version of the Internet Tablet, you would think they would have created a new category for this niche device. Alas, that is not the case so you will have to click, not run, to the online Nokia USA store, phone category please, and order yourself a heap of WiMAX Internet Tablet goodness.
Thanks, Mister Ecua.
[Via Internet Tablet Talk ]
Sprint announced on Monday the launch of its XOHM Wimax service in Baltimore. Starting today, customers can purchase XOHM-branded hardware and sign up for $25 per month at home Internet service, $30 per month mobile service or pay $10 for one full day of “On-the-Go” access. For those who want more than one device, Sprint is also offering a $50 per month “Pick 2 for Life” plan that allows for 2 WiMax enabled devices – no contract required. Yay! Interested parties can head on over to xohm.com for coverage maps, service details, and additional hardware information. Let the 4G party begin, finally!