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Sprint 4G now live in New York and five other markets

Sprint and Clearwire flip the on switch for 4G in New York and five additional markets.

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As promised, Sprint and its partner Clearwire turned on 4G service in all five boroughs of New York City on Monday, as well as five other markets: Tampa, Fla., Trenton and New Brunswick, N.J., and Hartford and New Haven, Conn.

Now, owners of 4G devices, such as the HTC Evo 4G and Samsung Epic 4G, can take advantage of Clear's WiMax network, which promises average download speeds of 3Mbps to 6Mbps with bursts of up to 10Mbps. We just fired up the Samsung Epic 4G here in Midtown Manhattan and were able to connect to the network with no problem. We're getting around 2Mbps to 4Mbps down right now but will continue our testing in the coming days.

Los Angeles is the next city scheduled to get 4G service starting on December 1, followed by San Francisco in late December. Sprint also plans to bring 4G to other markets by the end of the year, including Miami, Denver, Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Washington, D.C., and to expand its WiMax footprint to 62 cities.

If you live in one of the markets that was announced today, let us know how it goes for you.