What happens if Sprint switches to LTE?
While their 4G rollout in New York City is exciting, we hear that service will vary widely depending on where you are relative to the structures around you. And herein lies the downside of early adoption: Sprint, in retrospect, might have rather gone with LTE from the beginning.
Clear announced only last week that they had successfully tested LTE at 90 Mbps in Phoenix, but that only means they are considering a switch. Sprint mentioned they were considering a switch earlier this year, saying that "There's nothing that prevents us from moving to LTE...We don't see WiMax and LTE as being mutually exclusive."
If Sprint does switch to LTE, current Sprint 4G customers might feel a little neglected. Fear not, Sprint's director of 4G said that "Our customers have committed to long-term contracts and we're going to honor that." Sprint CEO Dan Hesse echoed that affirmation: "We have the spectrum resources where we could add LTE if we choose to do that, on top of the WiMax network...The beauty of having a lot of spectrum is we have a lot of flexibility."
So EVO 4G owners needn't panic. It sounds like, if nothing else, Sprint will be giving you more options than other carriers as to your choice of 4G. Then again, their next move might be to LTE-Advanced, rather than play catch-up with a standard LTE network.
1. ajac09 (Posts: 1410; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
What I see happening is next year if next 4g phones are LTE and wimax and 2012 LTE phones only. WImax will become faster and be used more for business then for consumers as LTE grows and is used by everyone
2. Dre (unregistered)
Wimax was a great choice, considering that Wimax 2 is right around the corner and can theoretically hit 330mbs vs the 100mbs of LTE. SO basically Sprint choose to have 4G now and will probably have the option to eclipse LTE later. Please PA, do some research.
3. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)
First off, let's get "4G" out of the conversation and call it what it is...LTE and WiMAX. Neither one meet the 4G standards as of right now...
I thought Sprint was stupid for going to WiMAX in the first place because every other network in the US said they were committed to LTE. Now, I'm sure Sprint thought that if they got their network out first, the other carriers would change their minds and follow suit...but that would be a dumb thought considering it's Verizon and AT&T. Plus, the beautiful part about everyone running on the same technology is being able to move your phone from carrier to carrier.
Sure, Sprint can go to LTE if they choose. But the money they put into buying the cells for WiMAX are pretty much wasted at this point. Even if they can use the same hardware, they are going to have to spend time converting everything over to LTE, which means wasted money and that network not seeing an expansion until all WiMAX is moved to LTE. But we know they won't do that because there are people using WiMAX phones.
I feel like this will go the way of those CDMA PTT handsets Sprint tried to push out.
4. Al (unregistered)
You can't move 3g phones from Att to T-Mobile because of the programed freq... You think before you write.
5. Al (unregistered)
This would mean the same for the 4g phones if they are on the same tech and freq. Some parts might work such as voice but good luck finding a 4g phone with the same tech with that many dif freq blocks.