Sprint hoping to launch their LTE network in early 2012
This news comes courtesy of CNET that sites one of their sources claiming that Sprint wants to launch an LTE network in Q1 or Q2 of next year to go hand in hand with their existing WiMax network. It is believed that Sprint already has LTE hardware installed in some areas and is currently doing some field testing.
The hardware that Sprint has opted to use for the build-up of their own LTE network is the same used by Verizon and LightSquared. This hardware will give Sprint more flexibility when negotiating deals with hardware suppliers. In turn, that could really help improve their smartphone lineup which doesn’t quite compare to the lineups of their main competition.
If Sprint is to launch LTE in early 2012, that doesn’t necessarily mean WiMax will go away. Devices could theoretically support both LTE and WiMax which would make for one heck of a flexible 4G network. Sprint could announce their 4G LTE network in the upcoming weeks so keep your eyes peeled.
1. biophone (Posts: 1900; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
In my opinion you have two 4G networks although theoratically good you will just get two half assed 4G networks.
3. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4766; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
biophone, WiMAX & LTE by no means is half a$sed. Sprint has great coverage in almost every city in the U.S. Yes maybe there coverage is not good in mountains or farms, but they do supply great coverage in major & not so major cities across the U.S. This is a great thing, many people on PhoneArena.com were saying Sprint will not have LTE until the END of 2012. Come October 4th we WILL know the truth about Sprint's LTE plans & this rumored 3G upgrade to their existing network. Plus this all comes with TRUE unlimited data which Sprint is the only carrier in the U.S. to offer without caps & throttling. I am very excited to see were this all goes, October 4th can't come soon enough.
4. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
this is good for sprint, but they need to consolidate all their networks.. they have too much overhead going. Unless they can get the phone to switch between iDEN,CDMA, 1xRTT, WiMax, and LTE.. which no phone has ever tried as far as i know.. .you will basically have to "chose" if you want a wimax phone or LTE phone.
If they are going to launch LTE that quickly, then they need to stop coming out with wimax phones so they dont have to operate 2 networks as long and can switch everything over to just LTE faster... and turn off iDEN!!! geesh.
6. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4766; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
That is one of the things they are announcing on October 4th. iDEN is going to be turned off & Sprint is going to gain that spectrum & hopefully implement a stronger 3G network & a very fast 4G LTE. If this does pan out & Sprint does have LTE up in Q1 or Q2 then naturally the new phones coming out early 2012 will just be LTE with WiMAX 4G as a back up just like AT&T's LTE phones with HSPA+ as a backup. The technology is there & this WILL happen. I for one am VERY excited about this upgrade to their 3G network they are talking about. I wonder what they have in store this October 4th! I am extremely curious!
8. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
the difference is LTE is a GSM base, it can quite naturally switch between. VZW had a lot of problems getting LTE to drop to CDMA and back at first. I havent heard of anything switching between LTE and Wimax yet... especially LTE, Wimax, and CDMA.. 3 very opposite techs.. Have you see anything?? Thats the big problem i keep seeing in my head anyways.
18. Codename: Infamous (unregistered)
@ remixfa question sprint opted for wimax with their initial 4g coverage. The LTE vzw uses now averages 5-12 megabyte per download. In my store the 4g phones average around 25. LTE Plus in theory will see peek speeds of 74 megabytes and LTE Advanced will see peek speeds of 100 megabytes which is the true definition of 4g internet. I also researched Wimax 2 in theory it can achieve speeds of 100 megabyte per download. Now here is the question how is sprint gonna operate cdma wimax and lte towers? would it have been smarter and cheaper to upgrade their network with the more compatible wimax 2?
21. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)
Wiimax 2 in Japan is in theory can get 330 mb per second
9. damienh28 (Posts: 49; Member since: 23 Dec 2010)
"that could really help improve their smartphone lineup which doesn’t quite compare to the lineups of their main competition"...
This is what really gets me going, these sites continue to down Sprint. What is the best phone in the U.S as we type. The Galaxy S 2, now out of all the variants the Sprint version is the best and dogfights will prove that, It beat out the bionic and the bioninc took the crown from the photon for a week or 2, the photon took the crown from the Evo 3d/Sensation. top 5 phones
1. Epic 4g Touch
4. Evo 3d/Sensation
5. Droid 3(no 4g so idk) g2x
Sprint has 3 of the top 5 phone
Theyre receiving the iPhone to hush those who complain,
Depending where you are like all 4g networks you can get bad speeds and you can get amazing speeds.
Here in Canandaigua NY im getting between 8 - 15 mbps on WiMax
with LTE its 1 - 1.5 mbps so im confused
this Verizon thing is annoying
check out this article
Sprint is vote for the most, but editor never came back to say anything about it
13. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)
in no way is the evo 3d a "top phone." that phone sucks big time
17. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4766; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Once you root it & take Sense 3.0 off you get to see the true power of the HTC Evo 3D. My phone right now is beast. It's a great phone, I love it. I got the alpha version of CM7 & my phone is a completely new beast. Sense 3.0 is a complete memory hog, I agree! The software sucks but the hardware is awesome. Trust me!
2. Sprint_Rep (unregistered)
Better than one half assed 4G network. hmm... AT&T...
5. dacastrator (Posts: 232; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)
I see Sprint launching LTE Q4 2012 or Q1 2013. It just wont work early next year.
7. vercetti (unregistered)
dude your delusional. With network vision, their latest network upgrade, each upgraded tower can handle up to 5 technologies at the same time and can swap between them with a simple pc card swapout.
12. dacastrator (Posts: 232; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)
Dude you are daydreaming, network vision is not gonna be around until 2013.
14. vercetti (unregistered)
Its already started, completion time is 2013 according to sprint video on it.
15. dacastrator (Posts: 232; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)
lol. therefore you will feel it by 2013.
11. Tristann (Posts: 76; Member since: 04 Nov 2010)
I would of kept sprint had it not been there for spotty coverage :/
next street over has perfect signal my street = "fair"
After 5 years of hearing "Oh sorry sir were gonna be putting new towers up there pretty soon! :D" I Left for ATT which has superior coverage in my area :)
16. headache ouch (unregistered)
i-den, cdma, 1xrtt, ev-do, evdo rev.a, wimax, lte, STOP!!! Just thinking about all of those technologies integrating together somehow on 1 network, gives me a headache. I can't imagine trying to sort through it all as an employee, let alone a customer. Kudos to sprint for finally going lte.
20. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)
that is exactly what sprint is doing they are changing there network to a multimode one wich combines all these spectrums and also reduces the amount of actuall hardware to operate their towers, its mostly software changes , and it will also greatly improve the over all coverage...
19. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3099; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
MY only complaint about Sprint's network is I wish they could penerate wallls and buildings better. Where I work, I can't use 3G in most areas because Sprint's network can't penerate the building. Granted I only get 1-2 bars of service as well with Verizon but I can still use 3G(though its pretty slow I will admit). However, as soon as I go outside, BAM I got 5 bars and 3G is fast.
22. Slammer (Posts: 1498; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
---" Many believe that Sprint may have jumped the gun when they opted to launch a 4G WiMax network when LTE was believed to be right around the corner"---
Ian, I hope you are not part of the many. Sprint didn't jump any gun. Sprint had a very strict timeline set by the FCC to allocate and deploy use of their spectrum, or forfeit their holdings. Wimax was ready. LTE was not. Fortunately, Sprint took the necessary precautions to retrofit much of LTE hardware in their base stations knowing a future switch could be possible.
23. ac86styles (unregistered)
so what would happen with these 4G phones that are out right now for sprint they wouldn't get the lite service just the stay on winmax?
24. SMB (Posts: 30; Member since: 02 Aug 2010)
Sprint is bad. So so baaaaaaad. I can't believe they are still in business.
25. Lars (unregistered)
I think each provider has good service for signal. It all depends on which phone you have. I have been in my trailer... and had 2 others on the Spring service I have, but with different phones... others with T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon... none were able to get service but me. I got service and 4g with the Motorola Photon. So... it is not all the services providers, but even the phones are each different even IF the specs say they have the same radios and frequencies.