Sprint may be late to the LTE game
, but those who've been hanging on can look forward to two new devices. The company, alongside Netgear, has just announced that two of the first tri-band 4G LTE devices from Sprint will begin shipping on July 19th. The $49.99 Netgear Zing Mobile Hotspot and the $19.99 341U USB modem are the two new kids on the block, designed to bring customers improved network performance and stronger in-building coverage by taking advantage of 4G LTE deployment on Sprint's network (at 1.9GHz 800MHzand2.5GHz).
The three bands of spectrum accessible on these devices will provide Sprint
customers a high-quality, consistently fast 4G LTE network experience, whether they are sitting at their desks, catching up with friends at a coffee shop, or relaxing on vacation. 800MHz spectrum being added to Sprint's LTE network later this year excels at in-building coverage. This spectrum has been repurposed for LTE as Sprint ceased operations June 30 of the Nextel National Network.
Sprint's 1.9GHz spectrum acts as the primary band in its 4G LTE nationwide build-out. Average performance falls in the range of 6-8Mbps, peaking at 25Mbps, for downlink and 2-3Mbps for uplink. 2.5GHz spectrum, which excels at broad-based, high-speed coverage, is expected to provide Sprint customers increased speeds and capacity in densely populated cities.
Broadband pricing sits at $34.99 per month excluding taxes and fees for 3GB of combined 3G/4G data while on the Sprint network, if you're after the Zing. Meanwhile, For both the Zing Mobile Hotspot and the 341U USB device, customers can choose the $49.99 plan with 6GB of combined 3G/4G data or $79.99 plan with 12GB of 3G/4G data.