Denver, Miami, Cincinnati, and Cleveland also expected by year's end

Clearwire, in a series of press releases, announced the coming availability of its 4G WiMax network with network partner Sprint in three of the most important metro areas in the United States -- New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

The Big Apple is expected to receive the high-speed data network first, as early as November 1st. Los Angeles is set to go live a month later -- on December 1st -- and San Francisco is slated for late December. 

Some consumers in NYC or L.A. may already be able to connect to WiMAX. "In advance of Clearwire's commercial 4G launch," Clearwire said, "dual-mode 3G/4G service is now available to consumers in select areas" of Los Angeles and New York City. "This targeted pre-launch promotion provides early adopters with broad 3G coverage and limited 4G coverage while final work on Clearwire's 4G network is completed."

The three additional cities will add to Sprint/Clearwire's current availability in 56 major metropolitan areas across the country. The press releases also mention that Denver, Miami, Cincinnati, and Cleveland are all expected to receive the 4G services by year's end, bringing the total up to 63 major metros. 

Clearwire, which Sprint owns through majority stock, stated that its network services are currently available to approximately 66 million people, including the services it offers through partnerships with Comcast and Time Warner Cable.

Sprint is the only major carrier to use WiMax for its fourth-generation technology. This has allowed the third-largest carrier to become the first to offer branded "4G" services to consumers, with devices like the HTC EVO 4G and Samsung Epic 4G. However, WiMAX is broadly looked at as an inferior technology to LTE, which the three other major carriers have committed to for their respective future 4G networks. Verizon, in particular, has announced aggressive plans to offer LTE in up to 30 cities by year's end. AT&T is aiming to be close behind, with its own LTE rollout slated for mid-2011.

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