Central Valley Can Do More with Wireless: Faster Sprint Mobile Broadband Expands in California
October 01, 2007 at 09:00 AM EDT
Sprint (NYSE:S) customers in and around California’s Central Valley can do more with wireless, thanks to a faster mobile broadband network. Sprint Mobile Broadband with EV-DO (Evolution – Data Optimized) Revision (Rev.) A technology, combined with a wide variety of EV-DO Rev. A-capable devices, allow customers to send and receive e-mail with large file attachments, access the Internet in seconds and enjoy streaming video and other real-time applications, as well as location-based solutions, on the go.
Sprint Mobile Broadband is already available throughout Northern California, including San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland/East Bay, North Bay, Sacramento and Eureka. Recently, Sprint expanded EV-DO Rev. A coverage in the following areas:
“Sprint is committed to letting our customers do more with wireless. With the expansion of EV-DO Rev. A in the Central Valley area, Sprint customers can experience enhanced network capabilities and the benefits of SprintSpeed,” said Dennis McSweeney, area vice president for Sprint. “Sprint has invested more than $160 million in its wireless networks across California’s Central Valley in 2006 and through the first half of 2007. In 2007, Sprint expects to invest more than $7 billion to further enhance its networks and meet the demand for extensive mobile broadband coverage across the nation.”
Today, Sprint reaches more than 212 million people, 10,746 cities and 1,002 airports with EV-DO Rev. A technology. On average, customers using EV-DO Rev. A experience significantly faster upload speeds of 350-500 Kbps (compared with 50-70 Kbps on existing EV-DO Rev. 0 networks) and download speeds of 600 Kbps-1.4 Mbps (up from 400-700 Kbps.) on the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network. To compare EV-DO Rev. A speeds against the speed of their current connection, Internet users can visit www.sprint.com/speedtest.
Sprint Mobile Broadband (EV-DO Rev. A-capable) Devices
Sprint offers a variety of EV-DO Rev. A-capable devices including PCMCIA cards, Express Cards and USB modems. Sprint also offers a variety of laptop cards, handheld computers and modules embedded with EV-DO Rev. A technology.
Sprint customers using select EV-DO Rev. A-capable devices can perform location-based searches that offer navigational support. With these select devices, basic Sprint location and search usage is included as part of Sprint’s flexible data and unlimited data connection card plans.
In an effort to provide customers the best value in wireless broadband, customers signing a two-year Sprint subscriber agreement can receive unlimited data usage for $59.99 per month (no separate voice plan required and no additional discounts apply). Other individual service plans for mobile broadband devices range from $39.99 per month for 40 MB to $79.99 per month for unlimited data usage with a one-year subscriber agreement. Rates apply to all Sprint Mobile Broadband customers and do not change in areas that have been upgraded to EV-DO Rev. A.
For more information on the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network, including coverage, service plans and the latest access devices, visit www.sprint.com/mobilebroadband.
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