Sprint 4G

Verizon today announced that it’s bringing 4G wireless networking to between 25 and 30 U.S. markets next year. Why do you care? Because Verizon claims peak download speeds of 50-60Mbps in its trials… which is about 10x faster than most cable modems (and about 50x faster than 3G).

If you can’t wait for that and happen to live in Baltimore, Sprint already offers 4G broadband in that city, with plans to roll it out in many more over the next 12 months.

The only issue with Sprint is that their 4G network is relying on WiMax, not LTE (like Verizon). What’s this alphabet soup mean? It means that Sprint’s 4G speeds top out at 2-4Mbps, not quite as fast as Verizon will be able to provide, but still a decent boost over 3G.

Of course, I’ll believe Verizon’s 50Mbps 4G speeds when I see it and it doesn’t cost hundreds of dollars a month (Sprint’s 4G plan is around $80/mo.).

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