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    It appears that things are moving along as planned. The initial launch of Rev A is well under way with many major metro areas having it by the end of the year. Sprint has released at least two Rev A aircards. They are currently testing two Rev A phones (PPC-6800 and the 5800 smartphone) that is rumored to be released around Jan.

    Here is a pretty good article explaining the EVDO upgrades including Rev A and Rev B:
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    So when does Sprint expect to expand there highspeed data service to more cities?
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    Sprint's "Secret" High Speed Cities
    REVIEW DATE: 20-NOV-2006

    I blogged recently about how Sprint's official list of cities with their super-high-speed Rev A network is now up to nine, but Sprint has another trick up their sleeve.

    If you look at their official Sprint network maps, you'll find that the maps show Rev A in all sorts of places that haven't been formally announced.

    According to Sprint spokeswoman Amy Schiska-Lombard, "These maps are a work in progress. The ones for the markets which we have announced ... are current and accurate. The remaining maps are less reliable at this point as Sprint continues to test and rollout additional coverage."

    So get out those high-speed PC Cards and get clicking. Are the maps for real? Tell us. Here's a list of Rev A towns that Sprint hasn't publicly mentioned yet:

    Sprint's official Rev A cities are Buffalo and Rochester, NY; Pittsburgh, PA; Milwaukee, WI; Las Vegas, NV; Seattle, WA; San Diego, CA, Boston, MA and Hartford, CT. Here are some other locations that show up on their maps (and are sometimes buried in the press releases) but aren't in their press release headlines:

    • California: Antioch, Borrego Springs, Burbank, Concord, Faitfield, Hesperia, Joshua Tree, North Hollywood, Oxnard, Palmdale, Pasadena, Rancho Cucamonga, Vacaville, Victorville
    • Connecticut: Much of the entire shoreline corridor from Greenwich to New Haven; Mystic, Norwich, Willimantic, Danbury
    • Maryland: Frederick, North suburbs of Baltimore
    • Massachusetts: Springfield, Northampton, Amherst, Worcester
    • Michigan: St. Joseph
    • New Jersey: Edison, New Brunswick, Newark International Airport
    • Pennsylvania: Indiana, New Castle
    • West Virginia: Wheeling
    • Wisconsin: Beloit, Madison

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    Quote Originally Posted by HobbesIsReal View Post
    Thanks for the link Hobbes. Great, informative reading!

    -- Bob
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    Here is some updated information and real world tests with Sprint's launch of the Rev A network. Chris over at still holds that the PPC-6800 with a Rev A radio should be released early next year in Q1....unless Sprint decides to wait to include Crossbow on it:

    Sprint Upgraded Power Vision (EV-DO Rev A)
    REVIEW DATE: 12.13.06
    Editor's Rating: 4 out of 5

    The Rev A upgrade, by the way, doesn't affect Sprint's Editors' Choice Power Vision consumer multimedia services. Sprint hasn't released any phones or phone-related services for Rev A yet. The upgrade, for now, is all about delivering high-speed data to your laptop.


    Pulling apart the upload speeds makes things even more interesting. My upload tests involved sending a 1MB file to our own PC Magazine FTP server and using two "bandwidth test" Web sites. The uploads to the FTP almost always sped up at 550–800 Kbps, with the bandwidth-test sites showing slower numbers. That means the slowdown comes from Internet congestion and backhaul issues, not from the speed of the Rev A network itself.

    Now compare that with the same cards on Rev 0, which got an average of 882 Kbps downloading and no more than 140 Kbps uploading, and the earlier S620 card, which scored 852 Kbps down and the same 140-ish Kbps up. Rev 0 pings were in the 220–250 ms range.

    These results mean that Rev A downloads will feel somewhat faster, but uploads will feel much, much faster. That makes Rev A a godsend for anyone uploading PowerPoint presentations, JPEG photographs, movies, or any other big files. The ping times are probably still too slow for good multiplayer gaming, but Sprint has said latency will get lower as they refine the network.


    As of this writing, Sprint's network covers more than two dozen cities, including most of the Northeast Corridor from Boston down through Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Baltimore to DC; San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco; Denver, Milwaukee, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City and other major metro areas. Sprint calls that "20 markets," but lumps the entire states of Connecticut and New Jersey into one market each, so we'll round up. Sprint has said it'll spread the Rev A network to cover all of the more than 100 cities with their current Power Vision Rev 0 network by next fall.

    Where Sprint goes, of course, Verizon Wireless isn't far behind. The company is being cagey about its plans but said it'll be moving from Rev 0 to Rev A throughout next year. So Verizon subscribers won't have to switch to Sprint just to get Rev A speeds. Rev A leaves Cingular's HSDPA network in the dust; in our most recent tests in August, Cingular's network provided Rev 0–like speeds, though the company says it'll be raising upload speeds to 384 Kbps (still slower than Rev A) in early 2007. T-Mobile does not operate a high-speed network yet.

    FULL STORY:,1895,2072193,00.asp
    Last edited by HobbesIsReal; 12/15/2006 at 04:09 PM.
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