Clearwire announces transition to LTE as losses widen
1. snowgator (Posts: 3015; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
First thing naysayers will spout is that "Sprint will leave it's WiMaxx users in the dust, and you will be left with a useless phone, and blah-blah-blah!!!"
Sprint will have choices here. They will be able to balance Lightsquared LTE plans with whatever LTE plans Clearwire has. Incidently, though I do not have the actual link, Fierce Wireless.com had said that Clearwire was gearing up for this months ago. So Sprint knew it was coming when they inked a tentative deal with Lightsquared. WiMaxx users will not be left out in the cold anymore than iDEN users will be as Sprint dumps that network over the next 14 months or so. Sprint is in a great position. They are to come up with a plan to be able to balance a LTE transistion with the most fiscally viable option while still touting 4G to their customer base. Sprint gets to be able to say they were first with a true 4G network, a year ahead of their competition. Next couple years will solidify them as a true threat against AT&T and Verizon. At least that is the optimists version...
3. remixfa (Posts: 13885; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
Sprint is dumping the IDEN network. It has cost them billions over the years in operating costs that they never made up. Wimax wont be turned off any time soon, but it will eventually be turned off. Once they stop bringing out wimax phones and start only selling LTE phones they will start to phase it out. Of course, your talking at least 2-4 years after the last wimax phone gets off the shelf, so its not going to be any time soon.
Sprints biggest Achilles heel has been that its operating too many networks that arent compatible with each other, or with competition to expand by roaming agreements. It has cost them an arm and a leg. LTE is a very smart move for them (if they use a similar signal to either VZW or LTE) so they can roam with other carriers until the build out is full.
Who knows, maybe clearwire will be using similar frequencies as lightsquared and they can build out with both networks. That would be stellar as they could build a huge LTE network rather quickly that way.
2. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)
I wish Google would buy Sprint. They have the capital to build out the LTE network and they just do things better. Plus, I'm sure they would allow wifi calling and come up with killer phones and timely updates.
4. remixfa (Posts: 13885; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
i was hoping they were in secret talks with buying Tmobile.. right up until the ATT announcement.. lol.
5. Phoneguy007 (Posts: 218; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)
Wireless market is to saturated with customer's switching back and forth to different companies so I dont think Google would buy them but it would be great if they did!