Sprint Goes Nationwide With 4G

Sprint-Nextel Corp. has gone full-court press on its national WiMAX plans, announcing that it has added 17 new markets to its 2009 4G rollout.

The new additions for 2009 are: Abilene, Texas; Amarillo, Texas; Austin, Texas; Boise, Idaho; Bellingham, Wash.; Charlotte, N.C.; Corpus Christi, Texas; Greensboro, N.C.; Killeen-Temple, Texas; Lubbock, Texas; Maui, Hawaii; Midland-Odessa, Texas; Raleigh, N.C.; Salem, Ore.; San Antonio, Texas; Waco, Texas; and Wichita Falls, Texas.

These additional markets join the previously announced markets of Atlanta; Chicago; Dallas-Fort Worth; Honolulu; Las Vegas; Portland, Ore.; Philadelphia and Seattle.

Sprint already offers WiMAX in Baltimore, and is scheduled for an August 2009 launch in Atlanta, Las Vegas and Portland.

Sprint also expects to launch service in multiple markets in 2010, including Boston, Houston, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

Sprint 4G runs on the Clearwire Corp. network and offers peak download speeds of more than 10mbps and average downlink speeds of 3-6mbps. It can be purchased as 4G-only plan or bundled with 3G service.

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