As we previously reported last week, Sprint's 4G service is now available in San Francisco, Oakland, Palo Alto and San Jose. This brings to 71 the number of markets that the nation's third largest carrier now serves with WiMax 4G. And of course, the carrier has a couple of handsets enabled for the faster service, the HTC EVO 4G and the Samsung Epic 4G.
Another new 4G phone is reportedly on the way with the expected launch of the HTC EVO Shift 4G on January 9th. As we have told you, this handset will be a scaled down version of the EVO 4G except with a slide sliding landscape QWERTY keyboard, a more powerful battery and minus the front facing camera. Speculation on price centers around $150 with your signature on a 2 year contract. Sprint's 4G customers can also use the carrier's 3G/4G Overdrive which takes 5 devices that are Wi-Fi enabled and allows them to share 4G speeds.
Besides the HTC EVO Shift 4G, Sprint has some other handsets on the way and you can check out what the carrier has in store by heading over to our Upcoming Sprint Phones page.