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The HTC EVO 3D runs on Sprint's existing WiMAX network
Sprint's WiMAX network to be phased out and replaced by LTE

We knew this day was coming, but Sprint is now adding a bit more detail to its plans to convert to LTE. Verizon is already well on its way to blanketing the U.S. with its LTE network, and AT&T is just getting the ball rolling with an initial rollout in five markets.

Sprint, on the other hand, will not start its roll-out until mid-2012 according to Engadget and PC World. Sprint hopes to have its entire LTE network built out by the end of calendar year 2013. Sprint says that its finished network will reach 250 million Americans compared to the 120 million that its WiMAX network currently reaches.

As previously reported, the LTE network is being developed in conjunction with LightSquared and will operate on 800MHz, 1600MHz, and 1900MHz spectrums.

For those of you that bought into Sprint's WiMAX network, or are still for some reason looking to purchase a WiMAX device at this point, Sprint will continue to offer WiMAX dongles, hotspots, and smartphones through 2012.

In an effort to lessen the strain on its network, Sprint will also be taking a page from AT&T's playbook by offering free Wi-Fi hotspots across the nation. This will reportedly cut LTE network congestion by 20 percent.

Sources: Engadget, PC World



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RE: That's all fine and dandy
By johnbuk on 10/7/2011 12:14:42 PM , Rating: 2
Current WiMax service is continuing, it's just not being expanded to any new cities.
As a SG2 owner who lives someplace that doesn't have WiMax service, I'm not happy about the $10 fee I'm paying, but I'm hopeful their LTE service will end up covering my home area.


RE: That's all fine and dandy
By TheRequiem on 10/7/2011 1:11:35 PM , Rating: 2
This is amazing technology, however, in this article it states they will be rolling out LTE in 1H 2012, however, that is incorrect. They have been building LTE in 22,000 towers already and will launch to 125 million in 1H (they will most likely end 2012 with much more, I would presume). They will also have NATIONWIDE coverage in 2013, same as Verizon and likely way ahead of AT&T. Clearwire is broke and Sprint is moving forward, as they should...

This is very amazing new technology and I think it sounds really awesome. The 4G LTE they are rolling out will be incredibly competitive and fast. They are using the latest in LTE tech. Sprint looks to be largely profitable in the 2nd half of the decade as most of their maturities will be paid and the network vision will begin to save them billions.

Also, the $10 fee again, is for smartphones that use more data, not 4G!! No one is happy about paying more, but Sprint is obviosuly making good use of it. I am very happy about Sprint's decisions, I think this will go a long way and am excited to be on the carrier. I think these major improvements to the carrier will make them extrememly competitive with Verizon and AT&T and with cheaper plans and unlimited data, this is almost a no-brainer.

I would recommend reading the whole conference from Sprint at BGR.com, this article merely touches on it, but there is a lof slides and explanations and it all makes sense when you read the whole conference.


RE: That's all fine and dandy
By Solandri on 10/7/2011 2:28:07 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
This is amazing technology, however, in this article it states they will be rolling out LTE in 1H 2012, however, that is incorrect. They have been building LTE in 22,000 towers already and will launch to 125 million in 1H (they will most likely end 2012 with much more, I would presume).

What I've heard is that switching from WiMax to LTE at the tower can often be done with just a software update. It's more problematic to switch phones because most phone hardware is tied to Sprint's WiMax frequency range (2.5 GHz), and is incapable of transmitting/receiving at the frequencies to be used by Sprint's new LTE service (1.9, 1.6 GHz, and 800 MHz).


RE: That's all fine and dandy
By TheRequiem on 10/7/2011 4:19:39 PM , Rating: 2
I think your right, it can be, but this is Sprint's own LTE on a brand spanking new tower design, so I don't think they are going that route. With this network vision, it appears they are using completely new infrastructure, including new radio nodes and multi node base stations, so in reality, this is a whole network with LTE ready from the get go. Looks like they will leave Clear's base stations for their wimax on 2500 mhz. And yeah your right, their LTE will require completely differnet Qualcomm chips, but I'm not too concerned. It looks like Sprint's LTE could be up to 5x as fast as their Wimax was when you look at the trials.


RE: That's all fine and dandy
By Fost04mach on 10/7/2011 4:29:15 PM , Rating: 2
Wrong on the 10 dollar charge being for people who use more data... I got charged the same 10 bucks when I used ~20mb of data one month (vacation overseas) and when I've used 5gb of data... You also get it only if you have a 4g phone - and I can guarantee you there are alot of 3g phone owners that use a lot of data still.

I do wish they'd announce another keyboard phone already... I'm not liking the epic fail anymore...


RE: That's all fine and dandy
By bodar on 10/8/2011 10:14:13 AM , Rating: 2
He didn't say anything about it being based on your usage for the month. The charge is for smartphones -- "devices with robust operating systems bringing the full function of mobile applications and programs to life including Blackberry, Android, Windows Mobile, Palm, and the Instinct family of devices."

http://www.androidcentral.com/sprint-notices-youre...


RE: That's all fine and dandy
By ShaolinSoccer on 10/7/2011 1:34:01 PM , Rating: 2
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As a SG2 owner who lives someplace that doesn't have WiMax service, I'm not happy about the $10 fee I'm paying


There's a lawsuit for that:

http://www.topclassactions.com/lawsuit-settlements...


RE: That's all fine and dandy
By TheRequiem on 10/7/2011 1:43:35 PM , Rating: 2
This was last updated in October of 2010... good luck with that. There's no illegal activity here, just upset people who are confused because they didn't have 4G right away when they bought the first two 4g phones ever...


RE: That's all fine and dandy
By ShaolinSoccer on 10/7/2011 2:44:50 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe you should've googled it...

http://sprint4glawsuit.com/

And the truth is that Sprint was charging $10 for 4G service that most people did not get. Then they changed their billing to say something different. Was very misleading.


RE: That's all fine and dandy
By rudy on 10/8/2011 12:17:32 AM , Rating: 2
Everyone pays this fee now regardless of 4g phone or not. So dont I dont think you should care about that.

Also sprint typically allows people to upgrade at about 16 months. I have an evo 3d and no 4g anywhere near me but the fact is it was the best phone I could care less about the 4g. Tons of people are buying like this.

The real problem is the long term situation for sprint. They are running too many simultaneous networks. They need to kill iDEN NOW and kill everything else as fast as possible and move to LTE. And they need to buy out people contracts. They cannot let this game go on like it did with the nextel merger for years unend.


RE: That's all fine and dandy
By jwbarker on 10/8/2011 10:45:04 AM , Rating: 2
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Almost Everyone pays this fee now regardless of 4g phone or not.

There fixed it for you.

As a SERO user who just upgraded my phone, I faced the choice of moving to a $40/mo plan with a 3g phone or $50/mo plan with a 4g phone. 3g vs 4g was the exact diving line. So for people with SERO plans, you were wrong.

Since my phone is not the center of my existence, I don't need high(er) speed internet on it. So I went w/ a 3g phone (Echo) to save myself 20% on my bill.


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