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Sprint makes it official; no more WiMax phones

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Sprint makes it official; no more WiMax phones
This should come as no surprise to anyone who has been following Sprint, but the word from Sprint senior networks VP Bob Azzi on Thursday was that Sprint will no longer invest time and money in any WiMax enabled phones. The nation's third largest carrier has already announced that it will turn its LTE switch on some time in the middle of the year. Earlier on Thursday, we showed you an image of what Sprint's LTE footprint will look like when it is all built out at the end of 2014. The first cities to receive the service will be Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Atlanta.

Sprint has already confirmed that its version of the Samsung GALAXY Nexus will be its first LTE enabled phone. Earlier this week, specs leaked for the HTC EVO One showed that this unit will also feature LTE connectivity. For Sprint, things are moving forward. Azzi said field tests conducted on the LTE build out showed that "the technology works and delivers more benefits than we expected." 15 LTE enabled models are expected to be on Sprint's lineup by the end of the year. Most of them should be Android flavored with the possibility of an LTE enabled Apple iPhone model.

source: Electronista

Sprint's Samsung GALAXY Nexus will be the carrier's first LTE phone

Sprint's Samsung GALAXY Nexus will be the carrier's first LTE phone


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posted on 30 Mar 2012, 00:59 6

1. tigermcm (Posts: 693; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)


sooooo " Sprint will no longer invest time and money in any WiMax enabled phones" does that mean you will stop charging this extra $10 a month? Actually how about you refund us for it or just turn the switch on now

posted on 30 Mar 2012, 01:22 5

2. wumberpeb (Posts: 425; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)


Why would they?

posted on 30 Mar 2012, 01:27 9

4. StrumerJohn (Posts: 66; Member since: 18 May 2011)


You're not paying for 4G. It's included in your Data Plan which is Marked as "Premium Data" as an Extra 10 Dollars a month if you have a SMARTPHONE on your account.

posted on 30 Mar 2012, 01:40 2

6. tigermcm (Posts: 693; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)


if im not mistaken the extra$10 started when the evo came out......its for 4g services but they tell us its for data

posted on 30 Mar 2012, 01:50 5

8. wumberpeb (Posts: 425; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)


And 7 months later, everyone was paying it, 3G or 4G. You really think they should give you your money back? Really? If you didn't have to pay it, then traveled to a 4G city, you'd complain you didn't have access. We all pay it, get over it

posted on 30 Mar 2012, 01:58 1

10. tigermcm (Posts: 693; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)


I never had a 4g phone. I can understand if they had all their phones 4g and worked on the network. instead its pay an extra $10 we roll out just a few cities oh yeah and we'll stop caring about it in a few months

posted on 30 Mar 2012, 16:40

20. cjjohnson86 (Posts: 29; Member since: 05 Jan 2012)


Idk, I have LTE for Verizon and they still charge the standard data rate. So if I would payed that extra premium for sprint to just find out that they would not be supporting or continuing it anymore, I would be pissed to.

posted on 01 Apr 2012, 08:24 1

28. centuro1911 (Posts: 12; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)


If it's not for 4g then define premium data.

posted on 30 Mar 2012, 08:49 5

12. DonkeySauce (Posts: 156; Member since: 03 Dec 2011)


The $10 is for 3G smartphones too. Does it suck to pay $10 extra? Yes. Does it help to cry about it? No. If you want a smartphone, you have to pay the fee, simple as that. Still cheaper than a 3G smartphone plan on AT&T or Verizon.

posted on 30 Mar 2012, 10:54

14. ironmarc89 (Posts: 37; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)


but are stuck on dialup 300Kbits/sec 3G speeds while 3G on GSM is 3000Kbits/sec. just because sprint is cheap dont make it better. why have a cheap phone and barely have signal in most places. Sprint is ok in the city but in rual areas, its a joke

#TeamATT

posted on 30 Mar 2012, 12:27 6

16. TheRequiem (Posts: 144; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)


This is incorrect information, get your facts straight. Sprint's network is the second largest in the country and they will have the most coverage after network vision at end of 2013. We are also looking at a 300% coverage increase and will cover all but 200 sq miles of the country. Not only that, but google their Network Vision improved 3G speeds... they are getting 7-8mbps, with about 4 mbps sustained, in operation with the new capacity. This is while other people are on the network. I have an AT&T work phone and I travel the country and I also have a Sprint personal phone. Sprint is far superior in coverage.

posted on 30 Mar 2012, 01:24 1

3. Sniggly (Posts: 6803; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Except that means that any LTE phone will be 3G only until you turn the switch on in the area it's used in. Why can't there be an intermediary model that has all three radios installed (CDMA, WiMAX, and LTE)?

posted on 30 Mar 2012, 01:34 5

5. Birds (Posts: 972; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


I think that will be one hella chunky device.

posted on 30 Mar 2012, 01:44 2

7. wumberpeb (Posts: 425; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)


I like the idea. Considering the footprint of Wimax already, which isn't great, it seems a waste to let them sit there slowly becoming more and more dormant. LTE would be your first option, Wimax if available, and the always available 3G wherever else. Would even further keep people from clogging up sprint's 3G and may aid iPhone users as well, since they all bitch about their data speeds anyways...

And as for it becoming a bulky device, we've seen multiple chips able to see various frequencies and technologies. The tech is there, and unlike LTE, I don't really know of any incompatibilities with Wimax and other chipsets

posted on 30 Mar 2012, 01:51

9. Birds (Posts: 972; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Well, knowing sprint, they can pull something off. I just thought for a device to have a WIMAX and LTE antenna would cause for a huge battery since both are energy hogs. lol But the HTC rezound is a world phone with LTE, CDMA, and HSPA+ but it is still rather slim.

posted on 30 Mar 2012, 06:04 1

11. BuckeyeCadet86 (Posts: 68; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


The technology doesn't exist right now because it hasn't had to, there hasn't been a situation where any carrier in the world has had to worry about simultaneously running a WiMax and LTE network. They could develop a chipset that would work with it but it would be about 5 months before it hit mass production, would drain battery, and would be more expensive because the production would be independent of any current production lines.

posted on 31 Mar 2012, 01:11

23. wumberpeb (Posts: 425; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)


The technology is already there. There's a tri-network portable hotspot device coming out with the galaxy nexus sometime in April, hopefully. Lte, Wimax and 3g. Sniggly is right, why not. And as far as being a battery hog, it's not running on all 3 networks at once. Shouldn't be any different than any device that only bears lte and 3g

posted on 31 Mar 2012, 04:05

25. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


I would think why not as well. Especially since the spex listed on the Sprint OneX have a massive battery internally. That would more than make up for LTE/Wimax radios. Besides, as long as they had built in toggles where you could manually turn off the radios when you know your in an unsupported area, it wouldnt be a big deal.

posted on 31 Mar 2012, 21:32 1

27. BuckeyeCadet86 (Posts: 68; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


No the technology does not exist yet as an integrated option, a hotspot lacks a voice radio, its data only. It may seem like a small change but it isn't. It comes down to cost and the manufacturers don't want the higher cost, Sprints customers won't pay the higher cost and Sprint can't afford to give larger subsidies.

posted on 30 Mar 2012, 09:24 3

13. theBankRobber (Posts: 645; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Oh no not another one lol haha lmao. I been playing the Spirit data drop game everyday for 2 chances a day to enter and win a Galaxy Nexus. But it doesn't matter, I have DSL at my home and when im at work I get piss poor service anyway. Only thing I want them to say is they are rolling out more 3g coverage . Around the corner from my job is a Verizon tower and my friends have full 4g LTE service while my phone buffers for YouTube videos lol.

posted on 30 Mar 2012, 11:07 1

15. Question (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


"Sprint will no longer invest time and money in any WiMax enabled phones."

What does this mean? Phones like the HTC Evo (the first one) wont have 4G any more? Or that WiMax will still be there but wont continue to expand throughout America?

posted on 30 Mar 2012, 13:16

17. Forsaken77 (Posts: 547; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


I believe it means Sprint won't put out any new Wimax phones. All the phones already out, and the network itself, should work fine.

posted on 30 Mar 2012, 14:43

19. Nonono (Posts: 22; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


they a;ready stopped spreading wimax a long time ago

posted on 30 Mar 2012, 14:43

18. Jyakotu (Posts: 819; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Unless the newer LTE phones will feature their "upgraded 3G," then this is all moot.

posted on 30 Mar 2012, 22:25 2

22. IcanBEATali (Posts: 26; Member since: 24 Sep 2009)


Its not a new technology... there is no new radio needed. Its network infrastructure changes that make the difference... there is no moot point

posted on 30 Mar 2012, 20:31

21. keithrandy (Posts: 21; Member since: 05 Feb 2010)


Millions of dollars wasted, contracts broken, and a couple of years too late and Sprint finally decides to go LTE.

Message to the carriers...go with the world standard. History shows us that these are the winners of the cell phone industry. GSM, LTE, etc. Look at CDMA, its disappearing and thats because its not the world standard. Even Verizon, the world's largest CDMA carrier will eventually be completely LTE.

Long story short, stop making STUPID business decision Sprint. Don't be dumb like T-Mobile.

posted on 31 Mar 2012, 01:17 2

24. wumberpeb (Posts: 425; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)


Check up on your Sprint history genius. Wimax came out before lte was anywhere ready. They didn't have a choice after the Nextel merger. I feel like someone always has to mention this during any Sprint article. At least try to crack open a wikipedia page every once in a while...

posted on 31 Mar 2012, 05:36

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