Sprint wants to make your iPhone 4G, maybe
Sprint wants to "Make your iPhone 4G" - Photo TUAW
Enjoying a nice evening in front of the TV last night, a Sprint commercial came on touting the ability to “Make Your iPhone 4G“. Being a bit of an iWhatever junkie and a slave to AT&T, I was excited to say the least.
I instantly went to their company site for more information. Once there, Sprint promises to “Turbo charge your productivity with an even faster Mobile Broadband connection”. What black magic would allow you to escape the clutches of your 3G carrier? Sprint’s Overdrive 4G mobile hotspot comes to the rescue!
The new unit allows you to wirelessly connect up to 5 mobile devices like laptops, cell phones, or any other piece of tech that uses Wi-Fi, and shares its 4G data connection with all of them. All of this voodoo goodness for only $99 after a $50 mail-in rebate.
According to the provider, their 4G network boasts average download speeds of 3-6 Mbps as compared with the more restrictive 600Kbps-1.4 Mbps now offered on other carrier’s 3G networks like the data plans offered by AT&T for the iPhone. A whopping 10x faster than 3G, the 4G network speeds are more akin to what we now enjoy with home broadband.
At this point I am drooling.
In their latest marketing campaign, Sprint asks: “What can you do with 4g?” Well if you live anywhere in the US that is outside a very small group of select cities, primarily located in Texas and Washington, you can’t do very much my friends.
Unfortunately, I also fall into that tragic category, living in Southern California, so any dreams of a slick new 4G gadget for all my other wireless gizmos will have to be put on hold until Sprint can roll this network out nationwide.