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4G phones should land this summer

There are two camps in the upcoming 4G wars in the United States. Right now, the only 4G network that is commercially available comes from Sprint and Clearwire. Other major producers are testing competing 4G networks around the country and hope to start limited rollouts late in 2010.

Sprint and Clearwire backed WiMAX for their 4G technology while all other major providers like AT&T and Verizon are backing LTE for 4G. The only benefit of WiMAX over LTE is that WiMAX was faster to market. Sprint and Clearwire offer WiMAX in a number of large cities around the country and the two companies are rolling out coverage to more cities all the time.

Five new WiMAX markets came online in November 2009 including Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, and three North Carolina markets. The big catch so far for the 4G covered areas is that connectivity has been limited to USB modems for computers and no mobile phone supporting 4G have been offered. Sprint has said the devices were coming, but so far, none have materialized.

Forbes reports that Sprint has now announced new 4G compatible handsets will be coming sooner than previously believed. The new handsets are said to be launching in the first half of 2010, which is a few months earlier than previously expected. The handsets will be dual-mode phones capable of operating on the limited availability 4G network and on the Sprint 3G network in other areas.

Sprint is counting on the new 4G phones to help it grow and gain on major rivals like Verizon. Sprint has been hemorrhaging subscribers badly and losing market share to both AT&T and Verizon as customers leave the Sprint network in droves. Sprint CEO Dan Hesse says that 2010 is the year of 4G and Sprint is working with manufactures to embed 4G into a number of devices.

There is no word at this time what company will be making 4G handsets for Sprint.

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RE: I don't get it
By Gio6518 on 2/19/2010 12:26:51 PM , Rating: 2
What the hell am I paying and additional 6.95 for insurance for.

please dont get offended im not calling you a liar...

but in my experiences, i had a blackberry that i bricked, all due to fault of my own, it was replaced on the spot with a brand new one...

next time try calling sprint retention @ 877-775-4886

all my experiences have been the absolutely best with sprint, and ive had every major carrier except verizon....

1) best plans at the very best prices
2) exceptional customer service
3) almost never had a dropped call
4) most reliable service 2009

even at my house which is the only place i ever got poor reception (and to be fair all carriers suck by my house)
i called sprint to complain about it the gave me a free sprint Airave with free monthly service

RE: I don't get it
By rudy on 2/19/2010 7:06:04 PM , Rating: 2
The only problem is that you have to call retentions and that should not be, customers should get retentions level service anywhere they call or at the store. That is sprints biggest problem. However I do not know if it is worse with other carriers. I stick with sprint because the everything data plan 1500 never racks up a single other charge. I have a 27% discount each person on the plan averages 34$ per month not bad for a plan which we have never gone over anything on. We all have high end phones touch pros, TP2s or bb.

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