We’re following up on our previous groundbreaking coverage with an update straight from our forums.
While EV-DO launch dates are still subject to change, the soft launch for EV-DO is set for the 27th, followed by the hard launch (with high-profile marketing campaigns) will follow on November 11.
With that in mind, we can now divide the launch areas into two parts, the areas that will be available at the soft launch, and the areas that will follow at the hard launch.
EV-DO Soft Launch Markets
Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Chicago (partial), Cleveland, Columbus, Connecticut, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Denver, Des Moines, Detroit, Ft. Myers (all of Southwest Florida), Greensboro, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Orlando, Raleigh, Rio Grande Valley, Sacramento, San Antonio, Seattle/Tacoma, St. Louis, Tampa, Boise, Reno/Carson City/Lake Tahoe, St. Cloud, Grand Rapids
EV-DO Hard Launch Markets
Birmingham, Boston, Buffalo, Chattanooga, Chicago, Cincinnati, Honolulu, Jacksonville, Knoxville, Little Rock, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Nashville, New York City/New Jersey, Puerto Rico, Kingsport/Johnson City, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Richmond, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Tallahassee, Tulsa, Washington DC/Baltimore, Wichita
This hard launch deployment will be the first secondary 3G network deployment to begin provide state-wide coverage. It will also overlay all of Cingular’s UMTS launch coverage, as well as be larger than Verizon’s existing EV-DO coverage.