Sprint announces WiMAX in Texas markets
Sprint said it is now offering 4G mobile WiMAX in Milledgeville, Ga.; Salem, Ore.; and in Corpus Christi, Wichita Falls, Waco, Midland-Odessa, Lubbock, Killeen-Temple, Abilene and Amarillo, all in Texas.
Sprint’s WiMAX subsidiary, Clearwire, announced it was offering services in those Texas cities just over a month ago.
And last week, Clearwire announced it was offering services in Milledgeville and Salem. Also last week, following up on a June launch in Portland, Ore., Comcast made its 4G wireless service available in Salem.
The new Sprint markets are in addition to Atlanta; Las Vegas; Portland, Ore.; Bellingham, Wash.; and Boise, Idaho.
Sprint is offering its customers a modem, the USB U300, which allows them to access both its legacy 3G network with the new 4G WiMAX network. Sprint 4G customers can connect to its 3G network in most markets where Sprint WiMAX is not available.
For a limited time, Sprint said, customers can benefit from a 4G promotion allowing them to get the dual-mode device for free after a $50 mail-in rebate for consumers and instant rebates for business clients with a two-year agreement. Sprint is currently offering new 4G/3G data plans for consumers at $69.99 monthly, with unlimited 4G and 4G/3G data, and offering plans for businesses at $69.99, with unlimited 4G and unlimited 3G on the Sprint network.
Sprint said it has several new 4G devices planned for 2009 and 2010, including a single-mode 4G data card, embedded laptops and a 4G phone.