Sprint has updated its portable WiMAX hotspot, in the shape of the Sprint Overdrive Pro. Offering both 3G and 4G connectivity, the Overdrive Pro boosts the number of simultaneous supported clients to eight (up from five on the original Overdrive) as well as coming in at a lower price.
Sprint have announced their latest 4G WiMAX modem, the Sierra Wireless Overdrive, and it's basically a MiFi on steroids. Like the MiFi, the Overdrive can connect to up to five WiFi clients simultaneously; unlike it, though, it's sharing out a high-speed WiMAX connection that's theoretically 10 times faster than regular 3G speeds.
Now, far be it from us to suggest that Sprint are looking to trick would-be iPhone 4G seekers into watching their latest Overdrive promo, but calling your video "Make your iPhone 4G" and then criticising AT&T's 3G network isn't going to go down well in Dallas. The Overdrive is of course Sprint's 3G/4G MiFi-style portable WiFi hotspot, capable - if you're in one of the 25 areas with WiMAX coverage - of up to 6Mbps downlink speeds.
Sprint has promised that its first dual-mode CDMA/LTE phones will reach the market in the first half of 2012, with the expectation of 15 LTE-capable phones, tablets and data cards/modems/mobile hotspots on sale by the end of next year. The carrier confirmed its LTE plans earlier today, with the new devices set to run on a network Sprint expects to have operational in 2012, PC Mag's Sascha Segan reports.
Sprint has turned on its 4G WiMAX service in the San Francisco Bay Area, bringing high-speed wireless connectivity to four new markets there. San Francisco, San Jose, Palo Alto and Oakland join the existing 67 markets Sprint and Clearwire serves, just as promised back in late November.
Sprint has turned on a new batch of 4G markets, bringing its WiMAX service to Los Angeles, Miami, Washington, D.C, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio. The launch means Sprint 4G is available in 68 markets across the US, with the carrier tipping San Francisco 4G service on December 28.
Sprint has officially launched its 4G WiMAX network in New York City, as well as Hartford, New Haven, New Brunswick, Trenton and Tampa, taking its total coverage to 61 markets. Meanwhile Clearwire is pushing out various promotions offering 50-percent off WiMAX service for the first two months in the new areas.
Neither Sprint 3G or 4G is inside the iPad, and - unlike AT&T and Verizon - the carrier doesn't even sell the Apple tablet in its stores, but that doesn't stop CEO Dan Hesse from being mighty thankful to the slate all the same. According to Hesse, brisk sales of the carrier's 3G/4G Overdrive mobile hotspot are for the large part down to WiFi-only iPad users wanting to get online via Sprint's CDMA/WiMAX network. However, he declined to talk to GigaOm about the iPhone and potential relationships with Apple.
Sprint has obviously decided that when you have a 4G network it makes sense to leverage it, and so the company has outed its latest range of netbooks and notebooks that bundle both 3G and 4G radios. The Dell Inspiron Mini 10 (1012) and Dell Inspiron 11z each support high-speed WiMAX when coverage is available, falling back to regular old EVDO Rev.A when it's not.
We already know that Sprint are looking to 4G to salve their fortunes, and so news that the WiMAX network is spreading can only be a good thing for investors and for data-hungry users. Fresh to feel the warm touch of 4G on their skin are Modesto and Stockton, California; Jacksonville, Florida, Wilmington, Delaware; and Grand Rapids, Michigan.
That now makes forty-eight metropolitan areas with WiMAX coverage - the full list is in the press release below - and Sprint reckon subscribers will see up to ten-times the performance of a regular 3G connection.