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Clearwire, Comcast and Sprint to Launch 4G in San Francisco
Posted: 18-Oct-2010 [Source: Clearwire]

[Clearwire, Comcast and Sprint will each launch commercial 4G service in the San Francisco Bay Area in late December.]

Kirkland, WA & Philadelphia & Overland Park, Kan. -- Clearwire Corporation, Comcast and Sprint today announced plans to launch their respective 4G mobile internet services in the high-tech mecca of San Francisco later this year. Each of the companies will offer 4G services under their own 4G brand.

Clearwire, Comcast and Sprint will each launch commercial 4G service in the San Francisco Bay Area in late December, with official launch events and retail store openings to follow across the region. Consumers and businesses should expect to see additional network expansions throughout the city, and a wide range of independent marketing and advertising initiatives.

The 4G customer experience from Clearwire, Comcast, and Sprint uses wireless 4G technology that differs from Wi-Fi because it provides service areas measured in miles, not feet. Outside the 4G service area, dual-mode 4G/3G modems keep users continually connected by leveraging Sprint's 3G data network.

Customers in San Francisco will be able to increase their mobility and productivity in many ways: from instantly downloading large files to get work done on the run, to browsing the web just like at home from across the city, or watching online videos and movies nearly anywhere around town.

Subscribers will also be able to purchase a wide range of 4G devices, including: compact USB modems, numerous Intel® embedded WiMAX laptops and netbooks, portable Wi-Fi/4G hotspots, and other wireless devices, all aimed at making lives in these 4G cities more mobile and efficient.

CLEAR

Clearwire’s 4G service, CLEAR®, is take-it-with-you internet service for businesses and consumers. Customers will be able to purchase service online at www.clear.com, followed by retail store and dealer openings. For more information about pricing, services, devices, and local retail locations, visit www.clear.com.

XFINITY™ Internet 2go

Comcast’s 4G service, branded XFINITY™ Internet 2go, is sold as part of a Fast Pack that bundles the nation’s fastest in-home wired Internet with the nation’s fastest wireless Internet. For more information, visit www.comcast.com/highspeed2go.

Sprint 4G

Sprint’s 4G service is branded Sprint 4G. Sprint 3G/4G dual mode products available today combine Sprint 3G – a dependable nationwide 3G network – with Sprint 4G, for turbo-charged wireless connectivity in 4G coverage areas. With Sprint 4G, streaming video, fast file downloads and uploads and turbo-charged web browsing are no longer just home, office or coffee shop benefits. Sprint 4G plans are available at Sprint retail stores, Best Buy stores and local retailers in 4G service areas and Sprint telesales at 1-800-Sprint-1 or online at www.sprint.com/4G.

Clearwire’s 4G Network in 2010

Clearwire’s 4G network is currently available in 56 markets across the United States, including: Merced, Visalia, Modesto and Stockton, Calif.; Wilmington, Del.; Orlando, Daytona Beach and Jacksonville, Fla.; Atlanta and Milledgeville, Ga.; Honolulu and Maui, Hawaii; Boise, Idaho; Chicago, Ill; Boston, Mass.; Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.; St. Louis and Kansas City, Mo.; Charlotte, Raleigh and Greensboro, N.C.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Baltimore, Md.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Syracuse and Rochester, N.Y.; Salem, Portland and Eugene, Ore.; Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Reading, Lancaster and York, Pa.; Providence, R.I.; Nashville, Tenn.; Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Abilene, Amarillo, Corpus Christi, Killeen/Temple, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, Waco and Wichita Falls, Texas; Salt Lake City, Utah; Richmond, Va.; Seattle, Tri-Cities, Yakima and Bellingham, Wash.; and central Washington, D.C.

By the end of 2010, the 4G network is also expected to be available in other major metropolitan areas such as Denver, Miami, Cincinnati and Cleveland.

In separate announcements, Clearwire and Sprint also announced today the coming launch of service in New York City and Los Angeles.

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