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April 05, 2010

Wi-Fi Enabled Devices Empowered to Access Sprint's 4G Speeds with Sierra Wireless' Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot

By Calvin Azuri, TMCnet Contributor

It is nice to have the freedom to choose the wireless service to power a favorite Wi-Fi enabled device like the Zune HD, iPod Touch or the soon to be launched iPad. Sprint (News - Alert), the only national wireless carrier in the United States brings 4G speed to any Wi-Fi enabled device.  With 4G speed, you can enjoy super fast downloads, stream videos and browse the web at very high speeds on your 4G devices, the Zune iPod or iPad, making complete use of the device for what it was intended for.

Sprint's 4G speeds will be accessible with their latest 4G WiMAX modem, the Sierra Wireless (News - Alert) Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot.  The Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot enables you to surf the web on your iPad 10 times faster than 3G. Your favorite tunes can be downloaded on your Zune HD in seconds or you can turn your iPod Touch with Skype (News - Alert) into a voice phone to make a call. Apart from enhancing your favorite device for what it was built for, Overdrive also connects up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices such as your computer, game console or camera and benefit customers at home, office or on the go.

According to the president of Sprint 4G, Matt Carter; any Wi-Fi device will be faster than 3G (based on download speed comparison between 3G's 600 kbps and 4G's 6Mbps) when the device is coupled with Sprint's 4G technology. He added that it will be six months to a year or maybe longer before any other national wireless carrier can connect a Wi-Fi-enabled tablet like the iPad with up to four more wireless devices simultaneously at 4G speeds like the Overdrive can do today.

Currently, 28 major markets such as Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Portland, Ore., San Antonio and Seattle are covered by Sprint 4G.  Sprint plans to launch many more such markets in 2010. It is expected to cover up to 120 million people with Sprint 4G services. Some of the cities expected to see 4G will include Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, San Francisco and St. Louis.

Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Calvin's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Erin Harrison

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