WiMAX 4G access sprouting up across New York City already?

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WiMAX 4G access sprouting up across New York City already?
For a brief moment when Sprint had their special event for the HTC EVO 4G a few weeks back in New York City, they managed to bring along 4G WiMAX to an isolated portion of the city – temporarily for the event. However, there are now reports from various HTC EVO 4G owners across New York City that they've begun to see a 4G icon start to pop up on their smartphones indicating that the connection is there. Unfortunately it appears to be a tease knowing that Sprint and Clearwire are probably in the early stages of getting it up and running as actual data service is not yet available – which is made evident with the notification of “4G network is available” displayed on the handset. Naturally there are plenty of owners who will be happy to know that they can soon be taking advantage of that extra $10 per month premium data charge they're paying for right now. Finally, there are some additional reports saying that the same thing is starting to happen in Los Angles and San Francisco.

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source: Engadget



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11 Comments

1. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

congrats to sprint.

2. scorpio85

Posts: 160; Member since: Jan 16, 2010

The $10 premium data charge is not for the 4g phonearena.

3. wade1968

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 12, 2010

and is it really 4g or is it 3g without some of the speed restrictions? wouldn't that be like a big company claim it is newer and better just to charge more money. i don't know everything about everthing i am here asking.

8. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

They don't throttle data if that's what you're asking.

4. Flip7

Posts: 31; Member since: Nov 27, 2009

Wh!aaaaat? Lol

5. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

then what is the 10 dollars for? already bought phone its for 4g anyone that thinks its not for 4g is a moron and should be shot just becasue they are stupid and fall for the corporate machine.

6. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

20.00 is the unlimited data price at SPRINT and SPRINT charges 10.00 more for phones capable of using WIMAX 4G, so yeah, it is. Also, depending on how fast 3G is, you may not see a huge difference between the two as 4G is in its infancy. So, if I have a 14.4 Mpbs capable 3g phone and 4G is released, then I may not see much of a difference until the carrier upgrade the 4G to higher levels. When LTE is released with VERIZON and AT&T it will not be a huge jump, depending on your phone and area, at first. Over time, better phones with higher 4G and 3G level capacities will be created and network softwares will be upgraded/outfitted along with the backhaul progress made that will allow faster speeds. There are many variables involved. AND, the first LTE networks in the US will still only be truly 3G, but at 3.9G, and this is per the 3GPP group info page.

7. rwolf1984

Posts: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 2009

i think the 10 charge is to discourage non-4G markets from buying the phone...demand is huge for the phone and right now 4G data is not a standard service...its a premium service...Sprint cannot keep these phones on their shelves...the EVO id an amazing device and I'm strongly considering getting one

10. dahaka17

Posts: 61; Member since: Jun 08, 2010

network dude ur wrong $15 is the price of unlimited data

9. pattypatterson

Posts: 48; Member since: May 28, 2010

the $10 add on is most certainly for unlimited use of 4g which i think is a great deal when vzw and att already have come out and said there lte offerings will not be unlimited but bucket style similar to what att offers now for new customers. Sprint had to charge everyone the $10 data add on whether you have 4g or not because if they didnt you would see people traveling outside of their home cities that have 4g to cities that do not and are only 3g to purchase the Evo and then they wouldnt have to pay the $10 add on.

11. tempdogg74

Posts: 136; Member since: Jan 04, 2009

Add ST LOUIS,MO to the list 4G Is a go here as well.

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