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Sprint hasn't said what will happen to the thousands of other towers with WiMAX

When the 4G wars first started, there was a bit of competition between WiMAX and LTE to become the standard moving forward. Sprint went “all in” with WiMAX and released a number of smartphones and wireless hotspots that used the standard. However, rollout delays across the U.S. ultimately meant that WiMAX held no advantage over LTE in most areas.
Sprint later reversed its decision on WiMAX and initiated a nationwide LTE rollout. The first 15 Sprint LTE cities went online in July of 2012 and plenty more have gone live since then.
Sprint is now talking about its plans for the old WiMAX network. Sprint will close down about 6,000 towers by the end of 2015 as it shutters that WiMAX network. Sprint noted that shutting down the towers would cost $50 to $100 million.
Sprint promised WiMAX subscribers that it would continue to offer access to the network until 2015, but what will happen after that date remains unknown.
The company has also promised reasonable advance notice will be given to any users of the WiMAX network that will be affected by the change. Customers that move to the LTE network after WiMAX connectivity is shutdown will get a free LTE capable device and maintain their existing plans if available.

Source: Fierce Wireless

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Sprint Doesn't Work
By taylorlong on 4/10/2014 3:54:41 PM , Rating: 2
HA Sprint finally admits that their network does not work. What a joke.

Here is proof that sprint is still on the 1x network. Yes, I said 1x.

And this is all over the country

They also lie and bully their customers on social media

I dont think they will be in business too much longer.

By carloscor on 4/10/2014 4:12:58 PM , Rating: 2
What does it matter why Sprint has not said anything about what they are going to do with the other towers with WiMax?

Or what does it matter what happens after they shut them down?

After all is their towers, weather their are leasing them or they own them, is their business decision to do with them what ever they want. All the subscriber should care about is if they are getting the service they are paying for, and if they are not or they are not satisfied then just go to another carrier. I understand some people are still using WiMax, but if Sprint is letting you know ahead of time that you should move to another phone because they are shutting down WiMax, (like the did with the NexTel network) why would you stay until the end and then complain that you don't have service? The day I feel my carrier does not provide me with what I feel I'm paying for, I just cut them off and go to some other carrier that gives me the service I seek. What towers are they keeping or shutting down because is older technology is meaningless if you still getting service or they are giving you another option. And again when you don't get service or not satisfied just go somewhere else! Keep life simple and don't complaint or ponder about things you cannot control.

By jharper12 on 4/14/2014 12:45:12 PM , Rating: 2
I held onto two unlimited Clear lines of service with a lifetime $50/mo plan specifically expecting the forced switch over to LTE. I can't wait! I expect Sprint to keep their word on this, they were always inextricably intertwined with Clearwire on this WiMax venture, so if they aren't happy with the results, I don't want to be the one to pay for the mistake. The exciting thing is that while Sprint's LTE service isn't awesome, it will get better once they use the WiMax spectrum for LTE services. So basically as soon as I have access to a better network, it will be getting even better. I'm dropping U-Verse :-D.

Still like WiMax better
By inperfectdarkness on 4/9/2014 3:31:01 PM , Rating: 1
...but BetaMax didn't win either.

Well this sucks...
By SAN-Man on 4/9/14, Rating: -1
RE: Well this sucks...
By quiksilvr on 4/9/2014 10:24:55 AM , Rating: 2
1. Call Virgin Mobile and ask them if they have a trade in for WiMax phones. The HTC Desire is only $223 and is a massive upgrade to the Evo.

2. If Virgin Mobile is giving you a pittance for the phone, I would recommend selling on eBay and upgrade to the Desire ASAP.

RE: Well this sucks...
By drycrust3 on 4/9/2014 1:04:00 PM , Rating: 4
Customers that move to the LTE network after WiMAX connectivity is shutdown will get a free LTE capable device and maintain their existing plans if available.

One of the problems with telephones in general, is that there comes a point where the newer technology is just so different from the older technology that the old ones just won't work on the new technology switching systems.
For example, there was a time when phones had their own internal batteries and a type of AC generator to signal to an operator that the user wanted to make a call. When the newer electromechanical switching systems came along they supplied the power to the phone and used a dial to indicate the phone number wanted, so the old phones ended up on the rubbish dump. Both of these types of systems required copper to get the user's voice from the phone to the switch.
Then along came cellular technology, which uses radio waves to get the user's voice to the switching system, and now the copper connectivity phones, for individual users anyway, are heading towards oblivion.
The fact that WiMax is now being thrown out shouldn't be a surprise, LTE too, will one day be thrown out. Customers are being offered a new phone. Sure, that won't please some, but Sprint has few options. Everyone else is moving towards LTE, so they would have been running a network with almost no new customers connecting to it. The change was inevitable, the only choice they had was when. Some will say they should have changed this year, others will say 2016, still others will say 2020. Sprint chose 2015.

RE: Well this sucks...
By quiksilvr on 4/10/2014 9:59:59 AM , Rating: 2
He isn't on Sprint; he is on Virgin Mobile. Virgin Mobile piggybacks off the LTE/WiMax from Sprint so they may not fall into the same category. That's why I asked him to contact Virgin and see if they will honor Sprint's promise.

"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan
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