Sprint just added 17 cities to its list of those that will get 4G wireless service this year and Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego and all California cities are nowhere to be found. The 4G service, which launched in Baltimore last year, offers wireless data service of speeds above 2 to 4 megabits per second. Most 3G wireless services are in the 1 Mbps range.
The newly announced Sprint 4G markets are Texas heavy but do include two West Coast spots in Oregon.
Those cities are Abilene, Texas; Amarillo, Texas; Austin, Texas; Boise, Idaho; Bellingham, Wash.; Charlotte, N.C.; Corpus Christi, Texas; Greensboro, N.C.; Killeen-Temple, Texas; Lubbock, Texas; Maui, Hawaii; Midland-Odessa, Texas; Raleigh, N.C.; Salem, Ore.; San Antonio, Texas; Waco, Texas; and Wichita Falls, Texas.
Sprint is prepping the Atlanta, Las Vegas and Portland regions for their 4G debut this month. Also expected this year: Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Philadelphia and Seattle.
There’s a little more hope for us next year. Sprint plans to launch 4G service in 2010 in Boston, Houston, New York, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco. While SF is not Southern California, at least it’s in state. Why leave out the Los Angeles/O.C. area? Maybe Sprint knows something Verizon won’t tell us? Verizon, by the way, is turning on its 4G service this year, including in an unnamed location on the West Coast (Verizon, by the way, won’t budge on telling me where this is).
Earlier stories on 4G service: