Sprint to launch 4G network in at least 8 major markets this year

If you’re reading this, chances are pretty good that you’re not on a 4G connection. Why? Because outside of a handful of cities, 4G connections just don’t exist yet.

Take Sprint’s WiMax network, for example: as of right this second, it’s still only available in about 27 cities [coverage map], primarily in Texas and the East Coast. That’s about to get a little bit better, with Sprint announcing today that they’ll be rolling out to 8 more cities by the end of this year.

Sprint had hinted at or otherwise mentioned rollouts this year for some of these cities, but today’s announcement confirms 2010 launch dates for WiMax 4G in: Boston, Denver, Kansas City, Houston, Minneapolis, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. They’re also promising to sneak a few more launches in there before the year is out, but they’re not naming any names.

Not in one of the roll-out areas? Don’t fret; outside of the Overdrive WiMax hotspot, there’s really not too much to miss on the WiMax-front.