Sprint to turn the Big Apple into 4G location on November 1st
Currently, Sprint offers two handsets that are 4G enabled-the HTC EVO 4G and the Samsung Epic 4G. And while both models require a 2 year contract at about $80 per month, Sprint is keeping 4G data unlimited as opposed to the tiered pricing that AT&T has bestowed upon its customers. Sprint says that even in big metropolitan locations like L.A., 4G coverage will first be supported in concentrated areas and the carrier suggests that you check out a map of 4G coverage in your area before deciding on a phone that supports the faster network.
To give you more detailed information on where Sprint will have a 4G signal available to customers, in L.A. the signal will reach the downtown area, Glendale, Pasadena, the Westside, the South Bay, a majority of the San Fernando Valley, northern Orange County, and Long Beach. In New York, all 5 boroughs, Long Island and parts of Westchester County will be 4G enabled. In the Bay Area of California, 4G service will extend from "San Francisco to San Jose."
Besides Sprint, so far only T-Mobile is offering 4G like speeds in 65 metropolitan areas including L.A., with its HSPA+ pipeline. While not technically a 4G network, the carrier-as we reported-plans on calling HSPA+ a 4G network. AT&T will also be turning the switch on its HSPA+ pipelines in a few months, followed by the launch of a 4G network in 2011. The nation's largest carrier, Verizon, will have 25-30 4G locations running by the end of this year although 4G handsets won't be ready until the middle of 2011.
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1. paynekiller (Posts: 139; Member since: 24 May 2010)
They've turned it on finally for the south florida area, but I never see that announced anywhere. It sorta slows the phone down initially, making it lag when flipping through screens and whatever, but it eventually goes away. It's not bad for the times that you need better speed for internet use, on my one speedtest it game me 3Mbps download, compared to the average 170kbps I was getting from 3G.
2. bob4g (unregistered)
It's not fully in south Florida. It's still in testing here that's why you didn't see it announced and is also why its not as fast as it should be.
3. jaabubby (Posts: 30; Member since: 16 Jan 2010)
While they are testing, they're keeping them powered on and more than likely, it'll stay on as they install new 4G cells and upgrade the existing 3G cells. That's why you're picking up the signal.
4. paynekiller (Posts: 139; Member since: 24 May 2010)
oh.. well I just tried it again earlier and was getting better speeds and no phone lag this time. Over 3mbps down and 1.3mbps down. Almost better than my crappy AT&T DSL, except the ping of course. Well it's good Sprint TV might have a better use on my phone now, if only I had this during World Cup.
5. celldog (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Oct 2010)
I have been reading these articles, but my friends and I have been using 4G in Northern NJ since 9/20/2010. I guess it was a rolling rollout but nothing official until 11/1.