We knew that Sprint (NYSE: S) was going to start selling 4G wireless broadband through its joint venture with Clearwire, but we didn’t know how aggressive the company was going to be until today. Sprint confirmed that it will start offering WiMax to customers on the same schedule as Clearwire (NSDQ: CLWR). The company said this year it plans to deploy 4G in Atlanta, Las Vegas, Chicago, Charlotte, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Honolulu, Philadelphia and Seattle — which identically matches Clearwire’s roll-out schedule announced earlier this month. In addition, it confirmed that it will offer multiple markets in 2010, including Boston, Houston, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. (Once again, the exact same markets Clearwire intends on launching.)
The company did not say how much it will charge for the service, but it did detail speeds and the type of devices it intends on launching. Sprint said in Baltimore, where the first market launched, average download speeds are 2 to 4 Mbps with peak speeds hitting 12 Mbps. Sprint said 4G devices planned for 2009 and 2010 include a single-mode 4G data card, embedded laptops, a small-office-home-office broadband modem and a tri-mode phone. Sprint currently offers one modem capable of using 3G and 4G networks. Release.