December 17, 2008

Sprint Launches 3G/4G Broadband Card

Sprint Nextel Corp. has released the first new modem that provides users with the ability to connect their laptops using 3G or WiMax (4G) speeds.

The company announced it will make the dual-mode Modem U300 available in Sprint retail stores on December 21.

Sprint launched its 4G network in Baltimore in September with plans to expand in other markets across the U.S next year. Starting in January, the device will also be available in Baltimore-area Best Buy stores.

"Sprint intends to be the leader in 4G and bring the wireless Internet to life," said Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO.

"This first-of-its-kind device allows our customers to take the Internet with them essentially wherever they go by gaining enhanced speed and capability in 4G markets and the nationwide coverage of our 3G network across the rest of the country."

The modem offers 4G speeds - average download speeds of 2-4 Mbps in Baltimore and soon in other cities. It offers 3G speeds - average download speeds of 600Kbps "“ 1.4 Mbps across Sprint's nationwide network.

Priced at $149.99 with a two-year subscription plan, the Sprint 3G/4G USB Modem U300 is a sleek data card developed by Franklin Wireless.

"The availability of this first dual-mode mobile broadband device further demonstrates Sprint's leadership in 3G and 4G services," said Todd Rowley, vice president of Sprint 4G.

"Our future device portfolio of single-mode 4G devices, embedded 4G laptops and dual- mode 3G/4G devices will continue to demonstrate our commitment to WiMAX."


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