The company had already announced last month it was almost ready to begin the rollout in these markets, and offered early adopters a monthly rate of $35 for its 4G/3G+ unlimited mobile Internet plan, which expires in two months and reverts to the standard $55 subscription. The imminent addition of what’s seen as key battlegrounds for U.S. telecom providers will help Sprint fend off Verizon’s LTE assault, though the latter is expected to have the upper hand when it comes to download speeds – offering 5 to 12Mb/s downloads versus WiMAX’s 3 to 6Mb/s.
The high-speed wireless service will be offered by Clearwire under its "Clear" brand and by Sprint, which owns a majority stake in Clearwire. It will also be offered by partners Time Warner Cable in New York and by Comcast in San Francisco.
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