Sprint looking into an LTE future
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
1. daddyd302 (Posts: 14; Member since: 17 Jul 2008)
Sprint better get going on LTE if they want to survive. I like their prices and their csr, but their coverage isn't all that great here in Milwaukee.
2. Jase4G (unregistered)
Now If This LTE Thing Happens What Will Happen To Those Who Got Evos And Epics?, And If LTE Happens Then There Will Be No Reason For 1X Advanced Deployment, So Offer Those Who Bought Evos And Epics LTE Versions Free Or 75% Off, Do Qchat Over LTE VoLTE And The Data Thing Get Roaming Agreements With Verizon Then Blanket The Country..... Then Maybe Pres Might Accomplish His Broadband Goal, And Maybe I'll Pay For The Mistakes Made Buy Spit Totaling Almost A Grand, I Probly Won't But It's Wise To Go Lte That's Why Amongst Other Reasons I Went VZW. It's Good To See Someone At Sprint Has A Head On Their Shoulders...
9. eVoGURU (unregistered)
well the lte thing will be far enough in the future to were you will be ready for an upgrade anyway! lets just hope with the change to lte the tier data pricing doest start! they have to pass the expense somewere?
3. altex978 (unregistered)
the main reason i think they are looking into switching to LTE is because of clearwire closing up shop piece by piece, and if they close for good then sprint will SOL with wimax, since clearwire has the majority holdings for the wimax network, i believe sprint is looking into either buying up all of the wimax network from clearwire if custormers will switch over to it, or if LTE is a better viable option.
8. crack187 (unregistered)
It might have more to do with getting a better selection of phones to choose from for their network. Kinda hard to get an OEM to design a phone specifically for the WiMax radio when the majority of their high profile phones are being manufacture with LTE in mind. Just a guess.
4. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
:D all carriers will have LTE :] yes...flashed phones xD
6. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)
That would be awesome, but I doubt it's going to happen. Right now LTE only supports data. Carriers have to decide how they want to support voice; either on their existing voice networks, which would make any of the phones hybrids or LTE Voice...whatever it's called.
13. SprintGuy26 (Posts: 66; Member since: 21 Mar 2011)
everything will run off of LTE in the next 2 years...there wont you for minutes but they wont just give you a set amount of data that you can use in that month a couple GB's i say.
5. noteventhekingofdorks (unregistered)
i wonder why they dont just have both like att is doing sorta with rolling out hspa+ first and then later lte but keeping hspa+ as a back up so no matter what there are some speed increases....i figure that would be nice then all those evo and epic users would still have their faster speeds and future phones could possible do both to idk but it would be nice i think but then sprint would be running 4 networks....i wish they would just kill off iden finally and switch them over to cdma
7. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)
HSPA+ is a GSM 3G technology. It's easy for AT&T to upgrade their existing HSPA to the higher speed...and now they can call that 4G. When you are taking a CDMA phone and trying to pack it with chipsets for WiMAX and LTE is going to be a big phone...
10. oddmanout (Posts: 435; Member since: 22 May 2009)
Doesn't sprint's wimax network operate through iDEN towers? If they pull the switch on iDEN, they'll have to start from scratch with their 4G network right? Then again, it might work out if they switch to lte at the right time.
11. txwalkr (unregistered)
you should read up the serious rumor of the iden network has nothing to do with the wimax technology it has to do with nextel products/most boost mobile phones not most sprint phones run on cdma/wimax 3g and wimax for 4g witch as many of you know some outside company to make everyone happy said hspa + and lte and wimax are considered 4g even att at one time was looking at lte as their 4g option but with gsm went with hspa +, the possibility if sprint switch's to LTE has more likely to do
a. with the clearwire closing up
b. sprint wants to attempt besides being first with 4g and first with 4g phones to stay in good competition with vzw and att they would need their network to continue to improve and show it as well as their coverage 69.99 can only keep so many people happy when you don't have the best coverage
okay seriously @ jeffdabeat stuffing wimax and lte chipsets in one phone makes it a big phone you act like it's huge think about that it would be one or the other not both and technically att's 4g doesn't have 4g released phone only sprint,tmo and soon vzw then att with moto atrix, witch these 4g phones are not any bigger than current high end 3g phones out there
12. downphoenix (Posts: 2293; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
Well if this is true it would explain why there has been no 4G rollout yet for new Wimax areas so far in 2011, nor any information on rollout released for 2011 yet. Looks like Wimax is dead in the water now.