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Project Leapfrog may hold the blueprints for Sprint's transition to LTE

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Project Leapfrog may hold the blueprints for Sprint's transition to LTE
We know that rumors about Sprint switching to LTE connectivity for its 4G devices have been around for some time, and with every new one that followed, the questionable claim started sounding more and more plausible. Has Sprint actually taken the decision to gradually move away from WiMAX in favor of LTE technology?

Well, everything is just a rumor for now, but the latest news to suggest that Sprint has already engaged its transition to LTE comes from analysts at Gerson Lehrman Group. The analysts are backing up their claim by reporting that the carrier has already signed the necessary contracts with companies Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, and Samsung, which will provide the hardware required for building Sprint's wireless LTE infrastructure. Titled with the codename Project Leapfrog, the transition to LTE should take about three years to complete and promises nationwide coverage while reducing operation costs.

All WiMAX-enabled smartphone owners may be a bit disappointed knowing that their smartphones may become obsolete soon, but we suppose that Sprint might consider compensating them in one way or another.

source: GLG News via Engadget

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posted on 17 Mar 2011, 11:58 1

1. phoneguy8 (Posts: 3; Member since: 25 Jun 2009)


I have heard some rumblings that Sprint will co-run WiMax/LTE on the towers and see if they can do hybrid 4G (WiMax & LTE) phones. I believe this will be a great strategy should this be true.

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 17:48

8. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


there would likely be no truth to that. they are competing techs. the phone would have to have both radios in it and concidering how much 1 4g radio kills the battery, can u immagine having 2 4g radios in there searching for signal

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 19:09 2

9. xodus1914 (unregistered)


Not true. WIMAX and LTE are cousin technologies, not like CDMA/GSM. With the proper software one radio can use both networks. This is why T-mobile switching to LTE makes more sense than people understand. Once all the companies switch to LTE, then CDMA/GSM will be outdated because voice radios will be replaced by VOIP.

posted on 18 Mar 2011, 13:23

11. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lol.. not quite. LTE is a GSM evolution. Wimax is a Wifi evolution.

Both CDMA and GSM can use either technology though. They are exclusive to neither. But they also dont work together.
Within 5-10 years all 4 carriers will be on LTE or LTE+ and we will finally have great coverage on pretty much any carrier as they will all have roaming agreements of sorts with the new LTE networks to help diverge some expansion costs.

It will be a long long long time before CDMA or GSM gets phased out completely for VoiP calling only.

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 12:02 6

2. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)


Bring on the LTE! I don't care if it will make my future EVO 3D obsolete. I get a new phone every year anyway! I know it is wasteful and harmful to the environment, but I am addicted to phones!!!

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 12:39 1

3. scorpio85 (Posts: 160; Member since: 16 Jan 2010)


Phoenix, AZ had test trials last year for WiMax/LTE.

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 12:44

4. skymitch89 (Posts: 1061; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


I'll be disappointed if they do go to LTE and I end up getting a WiMax device next month. I hope that they'll make a final announcement at CTIA and announce/release LTE devices soon after the announcement, if they do announce it. I really think that Sprint would be smart if they were to switch to LTE. They would really increase their 4G speeds and I believe that they would be able to offer better coverage if they were to use their 800Mhz iDEN network.

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 13:28 2

5. Phone Arean Reader (unregistered)


LTE is not going to happen tomorrow. If folks purchase a wimax phone now, I am sure they will see the full life of their 2 year contract out of their wimax device. Folks would upgrade at that point. Sprint is going to have to "dance" a bit as they don't want to lose their WiMax folks to other networks, so their are going to have to support both for a time frame I would think.

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 13:52 1

6. depeche (Posts: 60; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


This rumor also seems more plausible if T-Mobile USA were to merge with Sprint. They would have to run separate CDMA and GSM networks until the LTE was up and running when the technology would merge for the two companies.

Sprint already partially owns clearwire which could re-initiate its network from WIMAX to LTE.. the transition would not take three years...

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 16:55 2

7. asjkjfkdjkfjakfjksjfkaljlkjflk (unregistered)


If I recall correctly, the FCC will require sprint to support their WIMAX network for ten years in total. They launched their network in December of 2008. So if this is correct, they will have to support it for a while. The only loop hole I would see is giving notice (say 6-12 months) to WIMAX device owners to come in and have their devices replaced for the LTE equivalent.

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 19:52 2

10. downphoenix (Posts: 2320; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


funny how the FCC makes all these big demands to sprint (the Wimax requirements, the iden shutdown, etc.) and yet nothing for the other carriers. The odds are stacked against them, LOL.

posted on 19 Mar 2011, 18:57

12. jbash (Posts: 341; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


I've heard whispers of LTE ball already rolling from some pretty high up guys in Sprint. Its not if but when.

posted on 19 Mar 2011, 22:32

13. phoneguy8 (Posts: 3; Member since: 25 Jun 2009)


I have the heard the LTE ball already rolling too. They're testing to see if a phone will work with a multiple LTE & WiMax radios and not cause interference. I have heard this from an extremely reliable source who has vast knowledge of future products in the pipeline.

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