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  • Sprint Wants to Give 3G iPhones 4G Speeds
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwV4XJJAAas&feature=player_embedded]YouTube - Make Your iPhone® 4G[/ame]

    Sprint Nextel has the third largest wireless carrier in the United States, greatly overshadowed by the Big Two: AT&T and Verizon. Their 3G network came in third behind T-Mobile's in a recent survey, and the carrier is losing millions of subscribers a year. But rather than sit and cry about it, they're taking a shot at the big dog, AT&T. In a new ad to be aired in the top wireless markets, Sprint makes fun of AT&T's often-maligned network and shows an iPhone 3G user getting 4G download speeds through Sprint's Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot device, which is a combination WiMAX subscriber station/WiFi base station.

    Wireless technology is slowly moving towards a fourth-generation (4G) system that will allow faster speeds and secure, all-IP communication from the network core to mobile devices. Several standards are evolving to implement 4G, and are in varying states of readiness. AT&T and Verizon are both moving to implement Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, which is a step along the road to true 4G. Sprint chose to go a different route with Mobile WiMAX, a wireless Ethernet protocol based on the IEEE 802.16e-2005 standard intended to bring wireless "last-mile" connectivity similar cable modems or DSL.

    Sprint is marketing the Sierra Wireless Overdrive device for use with its WiMAX network, which is currently available in 27 cities in the US, with more coming in 2010. The battery-operated portable hotspot has a 4G receiver and a WiFi base station, and allows up to five WiFi devices to connect at speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G, according to Sprint. In a new advertisement for Sprint's service, two men are shown on a park bench, with one of them ("Steve") trying to download video with an iPhone that the other character "Matt" says is "limited to AT&T's 3G speeds." After "Matt" allows "Steve" to connect to his Overdrive device, the video loads instantly.

    With Apple sticking with AT&T - for now at least - as the carrier of choice for the iPhone and iPad, other carriers are trying to get a piece of the action by offering alternative data plans for the devices. Verizon's MiFi currently uses 3G, but takes advantage of Verizon's well-regarded network. The uphill battle that the competitors face is price: Verizon's best data plan costs $60 a month, and has a 5GB cap, while Sprint's WiMAX service tops out at 300MB for $59.99 a month.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Sprint Wants to Give 3G iPhones 4G Speeds started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 32 Comments
    1. glassJAw's Avatar
      glassJAw -
      ive had sprint/t-mobile/at&t and out of the three sprint was the worst in coverage and billing.
    1. dm2017's Avatar
      dm2017 -
      Ouch 60$ for 300mb? I'm glad I locked into Rogers 6gb for 30$/month. For 3 yrs :-D
    1. Windmeel's Avatar
      Windmeel -
      I heard about this early this morning and called about it. I DON'T have 4G where I live and the monthly rate plan is $59.99 a month. That's a joke. I have Internet and Wifi at my house for $32 a month. I was only interested if it could possibly do what the AT&t Micro Cell (I think that's what its called) could do. Unfortunately that's not in my area yet as I have ZERO AT&T coverage at my home. By the way, the representative told me it was a 5GB monthly limit. Don't know about the 300MB limit, she never mentioned that and I specifically asked.
    1. Channan's Avatar
      Channan -
      That can't be right. $60 for 300MB/month? Either you guys screwed up or sprint is out of their minds.
    1. gehjl's Avatar
      gehjl -
      While I don't think this is worth it at all, this is to help clear up confusion:

      Plan details:
      Unlimited 4G usage. Download mammoth files, watch streaming videos and video conferencing without the lag. More coverage locations coming soon!
      3G coverage nationwide: 5GB/mo. in total or 300 MB/mo. while off-network roaming.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Here's what they said on their site:

      This plan includes

      * Unlimited 4G usage. Download mammoth files, watch streaming videos and video conferencing without the lag. More coverage locations coming soon!
      * Peak download speeds of over 10 Mbps and average download speeds of 3-6 Mbps
      * 3G coverage nationwide: 5GB/mo. in total or 300 MB/mo. while off-network roaming. Additional monthly usage over 5GB costs 5˘/MB. You may not use more than 300 MB/mo. while off-network roaming. You can check your usage online anytime.
      * Sprint reserves the right to limit throughput speeds or amount of data transferred. See what you can do with 5GB or 300MB a month on a 3G connection plan.
    1. extremzocker's Avatar
      extremzocker -
      love the idea of 4G and hope that the next iPhone will have but employing it when its not full functional??
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Quote Originally Posted by lolcats1 View Post
      that was a really stupid idea advertising it with an iphone. they should have had him holding a pre or BB
      Obviously you missed the entire point. Wow.
    1. rickybobby's Avatar
      rickybobby -
      I still find it odd that they are marketing a form of next gen tech on a phone (Iphone that is) that they will never have wow thats kind of odd get it together sprint bad marketing i remember the fusiq i had with the tv wow that was new tech at the time now look where we are
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      With Verizon going for LTE I thought maybe the USA would join the rest of the world and actually have one standard.
      Seems like Sprint are still persevering with WiMax so in future you will be able to have phones that work on AT&T/Verizon/Just about everywhere else in the world, you'll also be able to have a choice and buy one that works on Sprint....
    1. Endwaro7's Avatar
      Endwaro7 -
      Quote Originally Posted by clikzip View Post
      Sprint has very little 4g coverage, like 20 cities total i believe. Yet they advertise like its nationwide. I had sprint for awhile. Never had a bill in my life with more hidden fees and taxes. My $40 rateplan was a $75 a month bill after fees and taxes. Sprint blows, but I cant say too many good things about at&t either..
      I love the video you have. The guy is all like "So you want to go and..........**** right in the ***? Girl"Yeah......pam1!!!!!! Boob grab from ramdom guy" Boy friend goes Rambo on those ****** *******!!!!!
    1. stopf3enin69's Avatar
      stopf3enin69 -
      lol ur right about the spotty ness