You might call it WiMax to the max, as Las Vegas today has two options for 4G high-speed wireless broadband Internet connectivity. Sprint joins Clearwire in the relatively new world of WiMax connectivity, making it possible for customers to connect wirelessly at speeds similar to those on wired lines, such as those from cable or telephone companies. A statement from Sprint says the 4G connection is three- to five-times faster than the 3G wireless network already in place in many U.S. cities.
Think of WiMax as a wireless hot spot that covers an entire city. WiMax modems must be used to receive the signal, which differs from Wi-Fi. Las Vegas joins Baltimore, which launched WiMax in 2008. Also starting 4G service today are Portland, Ore., and Atlanta.
Competition has its advantages, as Sprint is offering a $10 per day pass for Las Vegas visitors looking for a high-speed Internet connection. The statement said rates for the 4G service will be $10 per month higher than their 3G rates. For a special limited-time 4G launch promotion, the U300 modem needed to tap the service is free after a $50 mail-in rebate (excludes taxes) with a two-year agreement. Sprint is offering new 4G/3G data plans for consumers at $69.99 monthly with unlimited 4G and 4G/3G data plans for businesses at $69.99 with unlimited 4G and unlimited 3G on the Sprint network (excludes Sprint surcharges and taxes.)
For those who live and work outside of a Sprint 4G service area, but plan to travel to a 4G service area, Sprint offers a 3G-only plan at $59.99 per month (excludes Sprint surcharges and taxes) with the U300 modem. Customers can then buy a 4G day-pass when they visit any Sprint 4G service areas. The $10 day-pass enables Sprint 4G on users’ devices for 24 hours.
The statement says Sprint has several new 4G devices planned for 2009 and 2010, including a single-mode 4G data card, embedded laptops and a 4G phone.
Other cities expected to join the Sprint 4G network in 2009 include: Chicago; Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas; Philadelphia; Austin, Abilene, Amarillo, Corpus Christi, Lubbock, Midland-Odessa, San Antonio, Killeen-Temple, Waco and Wichita Falls, Texas; Boise, Idaho; Seattle and Bellingham, Wash.; Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh, N.C.; Honolulu and Maui, Hawaii; and Salem, Ore.
Learn more about the Sprint 4G service at http://www.sprint.com/4G