Sprint to turn the Big Apple into 4G location on November 1st

Sprint to turn the Big Apple into 4G location on November 1st
Three key areas of the country will become 4G locations for Sprint, starting with New York City on November 1st. L.A. will go 4G on December 1st with the Bay Area following through in the middle of that month. The faster download speeds at 3 mbps to 6 mbps are about 10 times faster than 3G service and are close to the average broadband speed you might enjoy on your home computer.

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.

HTC EVO 4G Specifications | Review\
Samsung Epic 4G Specifications | Review

source: LATimes

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