Sprint PCS unveils plans to launch EV-DO high speed data


Sprint PCS announced its intention to deploy EV-DO (Evolution Data Optimized) technology across its network. With average user speeds of 300-500 kilobits per second and peak rates of up to 2.4 Megabits per second for downloads, EV-DO will accelerate mobile-device data speeds up to 10 times faster than on today's network.

Sprint expects to design and deploy EV-DO with initial service available in select markets in the second half of 2004 and launch in the majority of top metropolitan markets in the United States in 2005.

Existing Sprint PCS Connection Cards and handsets will continue to work at current speeds within EV-DO service areas. To take advantage of the higher speeds that EV-DO offers, customers will be able to purchase EV-DO-enabled handsets and Sprint PCS Connection Cards. This will allow customers using the dual-mode EV-DO device to gain higher speeds in EV-DO-capable areas and seamlessly transition onto Sprint's PCS network, based on 3G 1xRTT technology, when outside an EV-DO area.

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