CTIA 2010: Sprint Tuning Up '4G' in San Fran
Sprint communications employees say that they are already using devices like the Overdrive 4G hotspot in the city. Sprint's network partner Clearwire LLC (Nasdaq: CLWR) hasn't yet announced a launch in San Francisco, but it is not unusual to see the WiMax signal from the operator as it gets a market ready to go live.
Clearwire also likes to soft-launch into major markets. The operator started to send out adverts on service in New York City recently as part of phased move into the Big Apple. (See Clearwire 'Finally in New York City'.)
Sprint will have "more 4G news" in Chicago, according to senior media relations manager Stephanie Greenwood. She didn't specify if that will include major city launches like NYC and the Bay Area.
Nonetheless, it would make good sense for Clearwire and Sprint to get as many cities as they can up before Verizon Wireless starts its Long-Term Evolution launch. (See CTIA 2010: Verizon Ups LTE Launch to 38 Cities.) Clearwire and Sprint are currently offering dual-mode 3G and "4G" services in around 55 cities that have been officially announced. Verizon says it will go live in 38 cities before the end of the year.
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