Folks if you are in the market for a faster wireless connection for your laptop, then there is good news for you. Sprint has started turning on its next generation wireless network, starting with San Diego, and will have 20 cities online by end of this year. This is a major upgrade from previous EVDO technologies and it is fast enough for making Skype calls and even an iChat video conversation in a pinch. The company is also offering a good deal on a USB modem, which is good for Macbook owners. There are other options of course.
The new EV-DO Rev A technology allows peak burst rates of 3.1 megabits per second (downlink) and 1.8 megabits per second (uplink.) But in reality the network can offer average speeds of between 450-to-800 kilobits per second and average upload speeds of 300 to 400 Kbit/s. Since it is Sprint, we will take that with a pinch of salt.
I use EVDO constantly, and have stopped searching for WiFi connections. There is a good chance Verizon is going to upgrade their network as well, but I am seriously contemplating switching to Sprint for an always on connection. I think this is a must have tool for all web workers.
Complete list of cities is after the fold:
Kansas City, Mo.
New York City
Salt Lake City