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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 EasyEEE on 2/19/2010 4:55:20 PM , Rating: 2
Well, my contract is about up. I don't have insurance on my current Sprint phone - 4th replacement (5th one of this model) as the screen kept going out. No longer under warranty, Sprint replaced it with a refirb discontinued model free of charge. I didn't have to re-sign, pay for phone, etc... "Here, no charge for your troubles. No extension/new contract."

Provided rates stay same with Sprint, my bill AFTER taxes, with 4 lines of the Sprint Smartphone - ie HTC SuperSonic - will be $179 - after 15% discount, for 1500 anytime minutes (ie to land lines - except for 1-800 numbers, who calls land lines!?), unlimited MOBILE to MOBILE (not just Sprint), Unlimited Text, Unlimited Web - $179 - 4 lines.

I honestly was about to leave if they didn't come thru with a new phone soon.. and because initially they said would be $90 to fix my phone.

Anyway.. I've been with Sprint for years. Never had a problem. If they messed up on a bill, they fixed it.

My issue has always been quality/cool phones.. lack there of.

I'll be staying .. looking forward to Supersonic!!

RE: I don't get it
By atlmann10 on 2/20/2010 2:27:46 AM , Rating: 2
Plus the big thing when they drop this phone is going to be 4G. Most people don't know anything about 4G yet in the US because there's no existing unit's phone wise.

Technology 3G 4G
Frequency band 1.8 - 2.5GHz 2 - 8GHz
Bandwidth 5-20MHz 5-20MHz
Data rate Up to 2Mbps 100Mbps moving - 1Gbps stationary
FEC Turbo-codes Concatenated codes
Switching Circuit/Packet Packet

Where the frequency band also equals signal distance from what I understand which will be much longer throw, and the data rate stands for itself a 500% difference at minimum basically.

If Sprint can get this phone to market and operational as well as being a solo carrier for at least a quarter I would say there should be some good return. There reliability in 4G markets should also be much better.

RE: I don't get it
By Diesel Donkey on 2/20/2010 3:03:53 PM , Rating: 2
Higher frequency means higher data rates but LOWER signal distance. That's why radio waves go so much farther than cell phone signals.

“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads
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