A recent announcement by Sprint regarding the release of Unlocked HTC (EVO 4G) with WiMax resulted in most mobile enthusiasts going bezerk. There was just one problem with the release, it would go live in only certain cities such as Lubbock and Texas, while other bigger cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York missed the cut. While many were disappointed at this development, they need not be as the Sprint WiMax is now being rolled out in these metropolitans.
There have been multiple claims from people in cities such as Los Angeles claiming that they have started seeing pop ups of Sprint WiMax on their HTC EVO 4G devices. However, this is only limited to a few areas within the city. Certain selected areas like the west side of town, downtown as well as locations near the 405 freeway have reported such sightings on their Unlocked Mobile Devices. While there has still not been any official confirmation from Sprint with regards to this provision of Sprint WiMax in these areas, we hope to have an official release statement from the website in a few days.
There have been rumors of Sprint doing some testing in certain areas of Los Angeles and so in case you currently experience Sprint WiMax, do not get your hopes too high as it could be revoked any time soon. Sprint has confirmed that WiMax will go live in Los Angeles later this year, however, there has still not been any actual date confirmation. If you do happen to stumble upon an area with such WiMax/4G network, chances are that it is purely due to some testing that is currently going on by Sprint in that particular area. Sprint is undertaking testing, building as well as optimizing of the network before finally deciding to throw WiMax open to the public. So when the testing phase is done with, be prepared to go to WiMax-less phones.