KIRKLAND, Wash. & PHILADELPHIA & OVERLAND PARK, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 22, 2009– Clearwire Communications, LLC, an operating subsidiary of Clearwire Corporation (NASDAQ: CLWR), Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA)(NASDAQ: CMCSK) and Sprint (NYSE: S) today announced plans to launch their respective 4G mobile Internet services in additional cities in the fourth quarter of 2009. Each of the companies will offer 4G under their own 4G brand.
Clearwire, Comcast and Sprint will each launch commercial 4G service in Philadelphia in the next several weeks with official launch events and retail store openings to follow. In November, Clearwire, Comcast and Sprint will begin sales in Chicago. All three providers will begin selling in Seattle/Tacoma area in early December. Consumers and businesses should expect to see additional network expansions throughout these cities, and a wide-range of independent marketing and advertising initiatives.
The 4G customer experience from Clearwire, Comcast and Sprint is unlike any other wireless service available today from any national carrier. Customers in these cities will now be able to increase their mobility and productivity in many ways: from instantly downloading large files to get work done on the run, browsing the web just like at home from across the city, or watching online videos and movies while travelling in the family car around town.
Clearwire, Comcast and Sprint 4G customers can expect to see wireless service significantly faster than today’s 3G. Clearwire and Sprint customers will also be able to purchase a wide range of 4G devices, including: compact USB modems, numerous Intel® embedded WiMAX laptops and netbooks, and other wireless devices all aimed at making lives in these 4G cities more mobile and efficient.
Clearwire’s 4G service is branded CLEAR. CLEAR offers super fast mobile Internet service that works as fast on the go as it does at home. Customers will initially be able to purchase service online at www.clear.com, followed by retail store and dealer openings in the weeks to follow. For more information about pricing, services, devices, and local retail locations, visit www.clear.com.
Comcast High-Speed 2Go
Comcast’s 4G service is branded Comcast High-Speed 2go and sold as part of a Fast Pack that bundles the nation’s fastest in-home wired Internet with the nation’s fastest wireless Internet. For more information, visit www.comcast.com/highspeed2go.
Sprint’s 4G service is branded Sprint 4G. Sprint 3G/4G dual mode products available today combine Sprint 3G – the most dependable 3G network in the U.S.* with Sprint 4G, turbo-charged wireless connectivity faster than today’s 3G. With Sprint 4G, streaming video, fast file downloads and uploads and turbo-charged web browsing are no longer just home, office or coffee shop benefits. Sprint 4G plans are available in at Sprint retail stores, Best Buy stores and local retailers in 4G service areas and Sprint telesales at 1-800-Sprint-1 or online at www.sprint.com/4G.
Clearwire 4G Markets in 2009
4G service is coming to several markets around the country, and services will be offered by Clearwire and Sprint in each market as well as Comcast in select markets. By the end of 2009, 4G service is expected to be available in more than 25 markets covering over 30 million people in places such as: Atlanta and Milledgeville, GA; Baltimore; Boise; Chicago; Las Vegas; Philadelphia; Charlotte, Raleigh, and Greensboro, NC; Honolulu and Maui, HI; Seattle and Bellingham, Wash; Portland and Salem, Ore; and Dallas/Ft. Worth, San Antonio, Austin, Abilene, Amarillo, Corpus Christi, Killeen/Temple, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, Waco and Wichita Falls, Texas.