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Surprise pockets of 4G in Mountain View

Residents with certain Sprint phones may get a sneak peak at the new service

A local blogger has reported that he was able to pick up a 4G signal on his Sprint phone as he was getting off the Caltrain at the Mountain View Station today, June 16.

Artem Russakovskii, of the blog Android Police, wrote that he was using his new HTC Evo, when he noticed that the phone's normal 3G signal icon had been replaced by a 4G signal icon.

Because 4G coverage -- which boasts significantly faster speeds than 3G -- has not officially been launched by Sprint in the Bay Area yet, Russakovskii wrote that he was surprised.

Kristin Wallace, a Sprint spokeswoman, said that Sprint has not secretly unrolled the service, and surmised that Russakovskii had probably stumbled into a 4G pocket.

According to Wallace, last year Clearwire Corporation -- the company building Sprint's 4G network -- gave Silicon Valley smart phone application developers access to the network.

Wallace said those with the Evo and Overdrive smart phones, which run on Google's Android operating system, as well as those with Sprint broadband cards for their laptops, may periodically find pockets of 4G service throughout Silicon Valley.

4G in Mountain View

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Posted by mark
a resident of Jackson Park
on Jun 16, 2010 at 8:31 pm

whopteee freakin doooooooooo.

now write a blog about that


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Posted by spelling master
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jun 17, 2010 at 7:59 am

typo in headline. Should be SURPRISE.


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Posted by NW Resident
a resident of North Whisman
on Jun 17, 2010 at 9:30 am

They were so surprised, that they misspelled it! Sprint's website says their 3G network has avg download speeds of about 1Mbps (peak 3 Mbps), while the 4G will average 5Mbps (peak 10Mbps).

Even though the carriers are marketing 4G now, most industry experts are calling it "3.9G" Long Term Evolution (LTE), which is Release 8 from the 3G Partnership Project (3GPP). Real 4G is being called LTE Advanced and will have even faster download speeds, when the standards are finalized in 3GPP Release 10. Speeds of hundreds of Mbps are expected for that next step.


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Posted by Angela Hey
Mountain View Voice Blogger
on Jun 17, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Angela Hey is a registered user.

You can see a local map of Clearwire's developer network for WiMAX 4G developers on Web Link. There was a symposium at Stanford on June 15th (see the agenda on Web Link) on 4G WiMAX which is the technology used by Sprint and Clearwire who are building out a nationwide network together.


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Posted by mark
a resident of Jackson Park
on Jun 18, 2010 at 6:58 pm

wow!!! any of you watch star trek?


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Posted by R.
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jul 1, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Yup. Picked up a 4g signal in DTMV the other day. Can't seem to get it anywhere else, though.


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