The first markets to experience Sprint 4G are Atlanta, Honolulu, Charlotte, Las Vegas, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Portland, Fort Worth and Seattle. All of them are scheduled for 2009, with another 5 cities being scheduled for next year.

Sprint’s representatives stated that the service will become available in 2010 in Boston, Houston, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Additional markets are being taken into consideration, but no final plans have been made yet.

“Sprint continues to lead the wireless industry by harnessing the power of WiMAX” said Todd Rowley, vice president of Sprint 4G. “The availability of Sprint 4G in more places this year and our aggressive expansion of Sprint 4G service demonstrates our commitment to provide 4G capabilities and devices nationwide for our business, consumer and government customers. These capabilities enable significantly enhanced performance and productivity for our customers.”

In addition, Sprint has several new 4G devices planned for 2009 and 2010, including a single-mode 4G data card, embedded laptops, a small-office-home-office broadband modem and a tri-mode phone.