Sprint has announced which cities will be the next to get access to its 4G service. This carrier is working to give roughly a third of the U.S. population access to its WiMAX network by the end of this year.
Currently, Sprint’s 4G service is available in 27 cities around the country, including Atlanta, Honolulu, Chicago, Baltimore, Las Vegas, Portland, Philadelphia, and Seattle.
The cities just announced are Boston, Denver, Kansas City, Houston, Minneapolis, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.
This is part of Sprint’s goal to offer WiMAX cover up to 120 million people by the end of 2010.
A WiMAX Smartphone
At this point, Sprint is concentrating on offering WiMAX through accessories like the Overdrive, but this carrier recently revealed its plans to introduce a 4G smartphone in the first half of this year.
Although Sprint is not yet will to give specifics on this device, unconfirmed reports say it will be the HTC Supersonic, which will run Google’s Android OS 2.1, and sport a 4.3-inch touchscreen, a slim tablet shape, and 1 GHz Snapdragon processor.
More about Sprint’s WiMAX Service
Sprint is the only national wireless carrier offering 4G service at this time. This offers considerably faster access than 3G, with peak downlink speeds of up to 12 Mbps, and average downlink speeds of 2-4 Mbps.
This network is being put together in conjunction with Clearwire, a company dedicated to offering WiMAX whose majority owner is Sprint.
More information is available at www.sprint.com/4G.