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Turbo-charged 4G Broadband Headed to Chicago

Sprint plans to extend its 4G network to more than 80 cities by 2010.



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    Take that AT&T.  The first 4G wireless network is coming to Chicago, courtesy of Sprint.

    By the end of the year, Chicagoans will be able to experience download speeds up to three- to five-times faster than Sprint's 3G, which is currently the most reliable network, according to Reuters.

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    Sprint, the nation's No. 3 wireless carrier, is the first to test, launch and market 4G technology, according to its Web site.  The company first made history when they launched 4G in Baltimore in Sept. of last year, followed by the first dual-mode 3G/4G device in December.

    Speeds of over 10 megabits per second should allow Chicagoans to watch HD videos on their wireless laptops.  Other new devices include connect cards, mobile routers and tri-mode handsets.

    Atlanta, Dallas, Las Vegas and Seattle, among others, join Chicago on the 2009 launch list.  It is expected to launch in over 80 markets by 2010, including Boston, Houston, New York, San Francisco and Washington D.C..

    In July, Verizon announced that their plans to extend 4G coverage to rural areas were being put on the fast-track.