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Sprint's WiMAX coverage goes live for Minneapolis-St. Paul and Pittsburg

Sprint's WiMAX coverage goes live for Minneapolis-St. Paul and Pittsburg
Sprint informed us in a press release today that its WiMAX coverage has been expanded to include two more metropolitan areas. The Twin Cities region of Minneapolis-St. Paul and Pittsburgh, PA are both being blanketed by 4G-like speeds. Sprint customers and visitors there can take advantage of the promised 3-6 megabits download speeds on average, with already three devices in its lineup. The HTC EVO 4G and Samsung Epic 4G are the two smartphones capable of such downloads, and the Overdrive Mobile Hotspot gizmo beams the 4G-like speeds via Wi-Fi to up to five devices.

With this rollout, Sprint is now covering 55 metropolitan areas with its WiMAX technology, in 22 states:

California – Merced, Modesto, Stockton, Visalia; Delaware – Wilmington; Florida – Daytona Beach, Jacksonville, Orlando; Georgia – Atlanta, Milledgeville; Hawaii – Honolulu, Maui; Idaho – Boise; Illinois – Chicago; Maryland – Baltimore; Massachusetts – Boston; Michigan – Grand Rapids; Minnesota – Minneapolis-St. Paul; Missouri – Kansas City, St. Louis; New York – Rochester, Syracuse; Nevada – Las Vegas; North Carolina – Charlotte, Greensboro (includes High Point and Winston-Salem), Raleigh (includes Cary, Chapel Hill and Durham); Oregon – Eugene, Portland, Salem; Pennsylvania – Harrisburg, Lancaster, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Reading, York; Rhode Island – Providence; Tennessee – Nashville; Texas – Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Killeen/Temple, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, San Antonio, Waco, Wichita Falls; Utah – Salt Lake City; Virginia – Richmond; and Washington – Bellingham, Seattle, Tri-Cities, Yakima.

Anybody in the Twin Cities or Pittsburgh care to comment what download speeds are they really achieving?

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

source: Sprint

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:48

1. jkolt (unregistered)

cottage grove, mn - Southeast suburb of St Paul MobileSpeedTest.com Test 1 - 4277 kbps Test 2 - 4777 kbps Test 3 - 5141 kbps

posted on 30 Sep 2010, 09:29

2. calamazoo (unregistered)

nice. what device are these on? thx

posted on 30 Sep 2010, 10:19

3. phoneduder (unregistered)

It says in the article...... The Epic and the Evo and a handful of Mobile Broadband cards/usb modems

posted on 30 Sep 2010, 10:57

4. tuminatr (Posts: 859; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)

go look at the minneapolis / st paul coverage map!! Sprint why would you launch such incomplete coverage ? you should have waited

posted on 30 Sep 2010, 18:25

9. markemark11 (Posts: 47; Member since: 07 Jan 2010)

its a soft launch. only about 50% of the initial build is up and running. the full build will be up in 30-60 days.

posted on 30 Sep 2010, 11:32

5. epho (unregistered)

Indeed. I live in Hopkins (Mpls Metros area) and there's no coverage whatsoever! And the western suburbs (like Minnetonka) are left out completely... I sure hope they're going to keep expanding...

posted on 30 Sep 2010, 13:10

6. Ilikephones1021 (unregistered)

Maplewood MN has had it for the last month. Average speed 7mpbs via evo. Overdrive registers 12.

posted on 30 Sep 2010, 14:30

7. jaabubby (Posts: 38; Member since: 16 Jan 2010)

"Technically", it's there just not in all of the areas yet. They're going to be installing them in segments across the metro area(s). It just takes time to do this. Does anyone remember when 3G topologies were rolled out? It's was same process. Again, give it time.

posted on 30 Sep 2010, 15:01

8. Pings (Posts: 304; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

I love how they call it 4G when its really 3.5G.

posted on 01 Oct 2010, 09:13

10. THECHOSENONE (unregistered)

Roseville, mn - A suburb of MPLS MobileSpeedTest.com Test 1 - 7278 kbps Test 2 - 7773 kbps Test 3 - 8121 kbps Ps This shit is on my EVO son! 4G speeds so fast that they will melt ur f*cking face off!!!

posted on 09 Nov 2010, 10:07

11. matt (unregistered)

does anyone have an estimation on how long it will take to increase the signal penetraion throughout the twin cities?

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