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Sprint goes wholesale with its 4G WiMAX network

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Sprint goes wholesale with its 4G WiMAX network
Wholesale companies can now tap Sprint's network, including its 4G WiMAX part, and offer it to customers as a standalone service, or bundled with other offerings.

At first only a few devices will be available to take advantage of Sprint's new wholesale venture. On the phone side, we will have the HTC Detail , which is actually the HTC EVO Shift 4G, but for wholesale customers.

For computer access to the 4G network, Sprint will provide customers who buy access to its network in bulk with the Sierra Wireless 250U data card, while additional phones, data cards, hotspot devices and even fixed access will be provided further down the road.

"Customers looking for a large and established 4G ecosystem should consider Sprint, as we offer access to more than 120 ecosystem partners, including chipset vendors, device and equipment manufacturers, applications developers, machine-to-machine solutions providers and more. With Sprint 4G, the possibilities for our customers are endless. 4G is another fine example of the complete solutions we offer to help our customers harness their full potential.", says Matt Carter, president of Sprint's Wholesale Solutions and New Ventures.

Sprint's 4G network currently covers 71 major markets throughout the US, and offers 3-6Mbps download speeds on average. The offer above makes it the first wireless carrier in the US to offer its 4G network to wholesale customers.

source: Sprint

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posted on 03 Aug 2011, 07:05

1. vzwalltheway (unregistered)


ha sprint loosers get ready to see ur crappy network get crappier speeds becaus enow your wimax will be overloaded with users! LOL!!! Sprint is just desperate to stay afloat loosing 100,000 customers last quarter!

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 12:17 1

5. TOdoubleD (Posts: 113; Member since: 28 Mar 2011)


Just curious what can't Sprint users do at 6 mbps that you can do at 10 mbps? I feel sorry for you idiots that blindly support these carriers.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 16:06

9. ThePhoneGuru (unregistered)


vzwalltheway fanboy! It's because they are switching to LTE you dumb fool! Get your facts right!

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 07:49 3

2. ibap (Posts: 694; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


Please learn how to type and spell. You are not e. e. cummings. And the words are 'losers' and 'losing'. Sprint roams on VZW's network, so their customers contribute to your network as well. And contrary to what you may think, VZW's network coverage is not universal, in spite of their misleading maps. Someone should sue them over how they cover everything in red ink, but it is a lie. They don't explain the hashed areas on their maps, and there are never any areas with better or worse coverage. Baloney.

I once listened to a dad mouth off about how our local high school blocked cell signals in the building, because his Verizon phone had no signal. WRONG! Alltel, T-Mobile and Sprint all work there, but because his phone didn't (nor does ATT) he just couldn't believe they didn't block calls.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 12:33

6. codymws (Posts: 237; Member since: 17 Jun 2010)


Verizon acquired Alltel back in 2008 (or 2009, don't completely remember). Both Verizon's and Alltel's networks are CDMA, so after the merger each of the company's customers would be able to use each other's networks.

So it wouldn't really make sense that a Verizon customer wouldn't get service where an Alltel customer did.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 16:27

11. Tampa Guy (unregistered)


Alltel is now ATT in the south (Tampa Florida).

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 17:53

12. zuno gyakusatsu (Posts: 257; Member since: 16 Mar 2010)


Verizon phones still need an Alltel compatible PRL downloaded to use Alltel towers.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 07:58

3. warrenellis1 (Posts: 3; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Can you hear me now ?

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 08:09 1

4. gajetski (unregistered)


Sprints wimax has 5x the capacity of Verizon's, this is due to more allocated spectrum and the because it operates at a higher frequency. Verizon may have better overall downlink and 3x the uplink but wimax has latency and capacity on its side.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 12:49 1

7. codymws (Posts: 237; Member since: 17 Jun 2010)


Sprint also has the capability to lose WiMAX coverage once you walk in a building. ;)

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 13:03

8. downphoenix (Posts: 2302; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


actually they dont have latency on their side, most of the tests between lte and wimax clearly shows much lower latency on lte, wimax is basically about the same as 3G on that end.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 16:14

10. warrenellis1 (Posts: 3; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Well i think sprint could move ahead with its lightsquared deal and offer lte to their premier customers and now wimax will be offered for $10 more a month to prepaid customers of virgin mobile and boost mobile. That would be good for me because i switched from my evo 4g to virgin mobile's lg optimus v. so i would pay an extra $10 a month and buy a new virgin phone that supports 4g. Which could be the rumored lg optimus black that is supposedly coming to sprint and virgin mobile.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 21:23

13. humboldt1 (unregistered)


I have stood 100 and 200 yards from a Verizon tower outside a summer resort area in northern California called Ruth Lake,Ca. My Sprint HTC HERO,HTC ARRIVE and my coworkers EVO wouldn't work at all. Co workers with Verizon obviously do get service there,so I don't believe all SPRINT roam off of VZW.

I hope LTE changes Sprints service in my area,in towns like Eureka(40,000 largest town north of Santa Rosa/Bay Area up to Oregon) Sprint works fine and a few years aho they had multiple stores here. Now None meanwhile VZW has moved in along with AT+T,US cellular,Metro I see VZW trucks active but NO SIGN OF SPRINT...it seems they only care about NY,MIAMI,LA areas with large #'s of consumers,so hopefully at this point they get LTE working and problem solved or unfortunately I'll have to switch carriers

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 01:36

14. techaman (unregistered)


well while att and big v go head to head sprint will bring wimax 2 launch 2012 with 330 mbs and and low of 100 mbs, i dont think they should go to the lte. the lte tech is really new here in America but the rest of the world is just laughing at us.

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 09:16

15. AnnDroid (Posts: 52; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


Give me unlimited data at a slightly slower speed any day.

When I had AT&T I had to check my data usage every day to gauge when I would hit the cap during the month. Yes, it was a tad faster, but about the 20th of each month, I had no data because I hit the cap.

I haven't had any problems getting a signal while traveling. I suppose ymmv.

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