Sprint, the nation's third largest carrier was the first to introduce 4G services using the WiMAX technology. Since then major carriers have either announced or launched their 4G LTE networks and it seems that Sprint will remain the last carrier using WiMAX. But could it be that it is planning a switch to LTE?
"With the spectrum holdings we have, WiMAX is not an option," Senior Vice President of Networks at Sprint, Bob Azzi commented. The carrier would be evaluating the migration rate of customers from EV-DO to WiMAX in the next four to six months to come up with a final decision, Azzi mentioned. It seems that the carrier is seriously considering the switch to LTE. In fact, it is claimed that the upgrade could be done by installing new baseband cards at existing facilities and then running a software upgrade.
Maybe that's one reason why we are not seeing any WiMAX phones announced so far. Share your thoughts on this in the comments below!
source: PC World