If you’ve been waiting for the faster mobile upload speeds promised by EV-DO Rev. A, Sprint has you covered starting today in 10 new markets. Well, that’s provided you’re in one of the 10 coverage areas, but why nit-pick? The following metropolitan areas are now supporting the newest CDMA mobile broadband network (with full details following after the jump):
- Los Angeles
- New Jersey (hey, that’s a state!)
- New York
- San Francisco Bay Area
- Washington, D.C
Of course, you’ll need a device with an EV-DO Rev. A capable modem and Sprint is happy to offer the Novatel Wireless Ovation U720 USB modem for around $50 with a two-year contract; perfect for a UMPC. If a PC Card is more your style and you’ve got the slot for it, you can also purchase a Novatel S720, Sierra AC595 or Pantech PX-500.
Most of the benefit is in the upload speed; instead of 50-70 kbps EV-DO Rev. 0 speeds, you’ll be filling up the Inter-tubes at an average of 300-400 kbps. Download speeds on the newer network also increase but only around 10% to 15%. If you stray from one of the current coverage areas, Sprint has your back with EV-DO Rev. 0 or 1xRTT in a worst case situation.
Full details of coverage areas:
Baltimore: Coverage includes Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport, downtown Baltimore and the Interstate 95 corridor from Washington, DC to Aberdeen.
Denver: Denver International Airport, downtown Denver and parts of Fort Collins, Colorado Springs and Greeley are covered.
Detroit: Coverage includes Detroit Metropolitan Airport, downtown Detroit and most of the metropolitan area from Monroe in the south, to Port Huron in the north and Ann Arbor to the west, as well as parts of Lansing, Battle Creek and Kalamazoo.
Los Angeles: Coverage includes Los Angeles International Airport, downtown Los Angeles and in and around Irvine, Santa Ana (including John Wayne Airport), Palm Springs (including Palm Springs International Airport), Long Beach, Huntington Beach, Ontario and Oceanside.
New Jersey: Coverage includes Newark International Airport, downtown Newark and Trenton. Most of the Philadelphia and New York City suburbs, Interstate 95 corridor, Atlantic City and the New Jersey shore are also covered.
New York: LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy Airports, midtown and lower Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and portions of Long Island (including Nassau County) are covered.
Philadelphia: Philadelphia International Airport and downtown Philadelphia are covered. Coverage also extends south along Interstate 95 to Newark, DE and is available in and around Norristown, Allentown, Bethlehem, Lancaster and Reading.
Providence: Coverage includes T.F. Green Airport, from downtown Providence to Woonsocket along Route 146, and the Interstate 95 corridor between Attleboro and Warwick.
San Francisco Bay Area: San Francisco International Airport, Oakland International Airport and San Jose International Airport as well as the downtown areas of those cities are covered. Coverage extends along US-101 from San Francisco to Gilroy, and along Interstate-880 from Oakland through San Jose. Additionally, portions of all nine Bay Area Counties, as well as portions of Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito counties have Rev A coverage.
Washington, D.C: Ronald Reagan National Airport, Dulles International Airport and downtown Washington, DC are covered. Coverage extends west on Route 7to Leesburg, Va., south on most of the Interstate 95 corridor to Stafford, Va. and east on Route 50 to Annapolis. Most of the area along Interstate 270 to Frederick, Md., in and around Salisbury Md. and along the Delaware shore south of Lewes is also covered.