Sprint EVDO

Forbes reports that Sprint will now have EV-DO(Evolution Data Optimized) technology in their network allowing downloads in the hundreds of megabit per second range. I was once a Sprint wireless data user and switched years ago to Verizon 1xRTT and then to Verizon’s EVDO.

At a certain point I used to have both a 1xRTT card from Verizon and Sprint card with me to use with my iPAQ. In many months of use, I could get on Verizon’s network much more frequently than Sprint’s. the only exception was in Crystal City, Virginia where Sprint worked and Verizon didn’t.

Sprint will have weaker coverage than Verizon as their network is not pervasive and they are introducing the services slowly. I would think that the pricing for the service would be much lower than Verizon to get people to try the service. Personally I couldn’t find the pricing after about five minutes of looking on Sprint’s site.

Here are excerpts from the article:

The service will be available in business districts and airports in 34 markets by the end of this month. It already came online this month in 17 of those markets, including Kansas City.

But on Thursday, Oliver Valente, Sprint’s chief technology officer, said the company wanted to wait to offer the service until the required devices were broadly available. Valente said Sprint’s immersion into high-speed wireless service was "timed differently than some of the competition. We think we’re at the right point and right time with deployment."

"They (Verizon) certainly launched theirs first; there’s no denying that," said John Polivka, a spokesman for Sprint. "We announced last June we would develop EV-DO by this point in time, and indeed we have done so. We will have substantially closed the gap by the end of this year."

  • EVDO Guy
    September 10, 2005 at 11:04 pm

    Sprint is starting to deploy EVDO in many cities. Verizon is still the clear leader when it comes to coverage. It will be interesting to see what happens over the next 6 months.

  • Plantronics
    February 13, 2006 at 5:20 pm

    Except that Verizon charges you an arm and an leg for their EVDO service.
    plantronics

  • j
    March 15, 2006 at 8:34 am

    no unlimited downloading with verizon, get caught downloading of 50mb in a month and they will kick you off their service. Sprint offers unlimited unlike verzion, where verizon lies in their commmericals and advertising for unlimited. Verizon charges 75 a month for email and web browsing. can i hear you now, can i hear you now, can I charge you now.

  • EVDOguy
    March 15, 2006 at 8:40 am

    50mb a month? Who are you kidding? There are people downloading gigs of data without a hitch. Look on http://www.EVDOforums.com and see for yourself.

  • HARVEY
    February 14, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    I WAS ONCE A SPRINT CUSTOMER UNFORTUNATELY I LIVE IN AN AREA WHERE EVDO IS NOT YET AVAILABLE, BUT THE SPRINT “HIGH SPEED CARD” IS BEING SOLD. WHEN I PURCHASED THE SERVICE NO ONE EXPLAINED THAT. MY SERVICE WAS SLOWER THAN DIAL UP, AND I WAS VERY DISSAPOINTED AND TRIED TO DISSCONTINUE MY CONTRACT BUT WAS TOLD EVEN THOUGH I PAYED MY BILL THAT I COULDNT DISCONTINUE WITH OUT PAYING A 200.00 EARLY CONTRACT FEE WHICH I THOUGHT WAS UNFAIR AND FALSE ADVERTISING. I NEED TO KN0W IS THERE ANY ONE I CAN TALK TO CONCERNING MY SITUATION.

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