Sprint Outs LTE Plans, WiMAX Devices to be Sold Through 2012
October 7, 2011 11:13 AM
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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
. 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.
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RE: That's all fine and dandy
10/8/2011 12:17:32 AM
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
10/8/2011 10:45:04 AM
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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