Making the Transition to 4G

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Friday, 12 March 2010

Making the Transition to 4G

There has been a lot of excitement over the past year about 4G cellular mobile broadband networks, and the 3gstore staff are certainly some of the most excited people around. As regular users of 3G since the beginning, the potential for increased speed, coverage and decreased latency can mean a lot of exciting things. 4G is still in its early stages, so it's not "everywhere" yet - but many 3G users (or potential users) are understandably concerned about how to make the transition to these new technologies. Everyone wants to make sure they're getting the best service available, and no one wants to be stuck in a contract for 3G service when 4G becomes available to them.

As of March 2010 Sprint and CLEAR have 4G coverage on their WiMAX network in 27 cities (covering 34 million people), with service launching in new markets every quarter (Sprint and CLEAR are currently the only US carriers offering 4G service). Even if 4G isn't currently available where you need mobile broadband service, you should not discount it completely - it may be there soon, and you'll want to be prepared! is ready to help you if you are preparing for your transition from 3G to 4G, or starting your mobile broadband service with 4G. Read on to learn more about whether 4G or combined 3G/4G service is an option for you, and don't forget to contact us if you have any questions or need help!

Find out if there is already 4G service in your area:

Our tool can help you find if Sprint or CLEAR has 4G coverage in your area. Once you enter your zip code and click "Load Coverage Maps Into Tabs" the Sprint map shows 4G in blue, and 3g in Orange:

To view coverage for CLEAR, click the "CLEAR" tab and either enter your address or click your city on the map:

If you're already in a 4G area, you've got a wide range of options. If you only need service in one location and 4G service is available there, a 4G-only plan from CLEAR may be the best bet for you. CLEAR has a wide variety of plans for home or mobile 4G, and service is very affordable - starting at just $30/month for a basic home plan!

If you're in a 4G area but also travel to other cities where only 3G is available
, you will want to consider a Sprint 3G/4G device. Sprint's U301 or Overdrive modems are dual-mode, meaning you can connect to both the 4G and 3G networks - whichever is available - from the same device! Best of all, Sprint's 3G/4G plan is the same price as their 3G-only plan: $59.99/month (4G usage is unlimited, but the 3G service has the same 5GB allowance as their 3G-only plan).

If 4G service from Sprint or CLEAR is not currently available
where you need service but you want to prepare for the eventual arrival of 4G, Sprint's 3G/4G modems are still a great option! You'll be able to use the 3G service now, and when 4G service becomes available in your area (or if you travel to a 4G area), you'll be ready. Since the monthly cost is the same as what you'd be paying for 3G-only service, you don't have to worry about paying for a service you're not using.

Make the transition with 3Gstore:

3Gstore makes the entire process of upgrading from 3G to 4G - or signing up for service the very first time! - as painless as possible. 3Gstore offers the following helpful benefits and services that you won't find anywhere else:
  • Pre-sales consultation: our experienced staff is happy to help you determine whether 4G is an option for you, which carrier has the best service for your needs, which modem to choose, any accessories you may need... with 3Gstore, you can be confident that we'll help you select the right service, plans, and equipment!
  • We are an authorized dealer for both Sprint and CLEAR, meaning we can not only help you figure out what you need, we can take care of the whole order process for you, too. Whether you're an existing customer or need to set up a brand new account, you can avoid having to go to a store or having to call the carrier - 3Gstore will handle it!
  • If you're an existing Sprint 3G customer, we can help you upgrade to a new 4G-capable device. Sprint offers discounts on equipment for upgrading and extending your contract for 2 years. After 13 months into your Sprint contract a $75 discount (off retail price) on new equipment and a $150 discount is available after 22 months into your Sprint Contract. Not sure if you qualify for an upgrade? Contact 3gstore and we will be happy to check with the phone number of your 3G mobile broadband device and the billing zip code.
  • Do you need to share the connection with multiple computers? 4G Routers are available to share your connection with multiple computers or devices. Cradlepoint 4G routers require special firmware upgrades and settings in order to work with 4G modems, and 3gstore wil perform these upgrades free of charge for all customers signing up for 2-year Sprint or CLEAR 4G service contracts through us! Got your modem elsewhere? No problem -  we offer this router upgrade service to all other customers for just $15 so that when you receive your router from us, it's a plug-and-play solution!
  • Post-sales technical support: if you need any help getting your 3G or 4G gear up and running, 3Gstore's esteemed technical support experts will be here to help. Read more about our tech support here.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your options, contact us by phone at 866-3Gstore (866-347-8673) or send an email to sales "at"

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Last Updated ( Monday, 15 March 2010 )
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