Sprint start the launch of EV-DO Wireless data
LG announced today that hey have begun the launch of their EV-DO high speed wireless data. Verizon Wireless, #2 US carrier already has the technology available to its consumers. EV-DO is data only upgrade to the CDMA standard and allows real speeds of about 300 to 600 kbps.
Sprint is rolling out its EV-DO service initially in business corridors with high wireless-data traffic demands, such as airports and central business districts, followed by broader metropolitan areas. Service will begin during July in major airports and business districts in 34 markets.
Sprint also revealed a flexible pricing plan for two EV-DO-ready Sprint PCS Connection CardsTM the AirCard® 580 by Sierra Wireless and the Merlin S620TM by Novatel WirelessTM that are available through business sales and retail channels. For business customers, pricing starts at $40 per month for 40MB with a price cap at $90 for those months when customers use the service more. Sprint also will offer an unlimited access plan through business sales channels for $80 per month. These cards, which operate on the 1xRTT Sprint nationwide PCS network when outside of EV-DO service areas, have a suggested retail price of $249.99 less contract credits and instant savings.
Sprint plans to introduce EV-DO handsets and applications for consumers and business customers in the fourth quarter.