4G LTE will be larger than 4G WiMAX, says Sprint CEO

4G LTE will be larger than 4G WiMAX, says Sprint CEO
One of the biggest announcements from CTIA this week was the HTC EVO 4G Android-based smartphone, which will use the Sprint 4G WiMAX service (provided by Clearwire). Even though the device is quite impressive with its specifications, and Sprint will be first to the scene with 4G customer-deployment, it appears that even the Sprint CEO Dan Hesse has to take notice of LTE, which Verizon, MetroPCS, and AT&T will use. Hesse says that "LTE will likely be the larger of the two 4G standards". So it appears that it is important for Sprint to be the first to provide 4G service and a compatible smartphone to customers that will run on the WiMAX service, even though the footprint will not be as large as LTE is projected to be. Hesse's comments also make it sound like they aren't forgoing the possibility of adding LTE in the future, as he states they can "always add other technologies later if need be".  So will Sprint add LTE later on? Possibly, as it depends on the competition. Remember, Verizon stated this week that they'll cover one-third of the US with LTE service by the end of year with 25-30 markets, which will double in 15 months, and have full nationwide coverage by the end of 2013. Furthermore, Verizon will offer data-devices first (aircards, USB modems), but is expected to have a 4G LTE smartphone out the first-half of next year...so maybe it will be the big news of CES or CTIA 2011?

source: gizmodo

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1. jbroots3

Posts: 104; Member since: Jan 29, 2010

hesse is a smart guy, hasn't seemed stubborn at all. signs of improvement sprint +1

2. tiolawa

Posts: 115; Member since: Dec 05, 2009


11. JeffdaBeat unregistered

Dan Hesse has always been a good thing for Sprint. But I honestly think they need to make the switch to LTE...thing is, according to an article I read, the folks in charge of wireless standards haven't even said which technology will be considered 4G. So right now, WiMAX being 4G is just a marketing term. What happens if they determine WiMAX isn't 4G wireless and limit it to being an extention of Wifi? Then Sprint falsly advertises...same with LTE. I dunno...

18. stuntz

Posts: 178; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

its still sprints fourth generation of data, so it couldnt be false advertising, its all based on opinion.

21. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

And how is he looking out for his customers? By buying dead technology before it has a chance to die? Good one.

22. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

Because he's not married to what these dummies here are calling a dead tech. The only advantage LTE has over WiMax is more backing but they both will have the same speeds with similar upgrade paths. By the end of this year WiMax will have twice the markets of LTE, which isn't even here nor has any devices (aircard, MiFi or phones) to speak of along with not having the spectrum Clear has.

27. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

More this year...thats it, Long term Even dan sais no way.

3. scottmbolt unregistered

I doubt Verizon will have such a large footprint by the end of the year. This is just their way of getting back at Sprint's huge announcement of the EVO.

4. shimmyx20

Posts: 280; Member since: Mar 03, 2009

This article is about what Sprint CEO Dan Hesse has said, not Verizon.

5. zerglisk

Posts: 544; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

Time to jump into Sprint and then after contract ends, jump into Verizon, lol

6. VZWtrainer

Posts: 50; Member since: Jul 24, 2008

VZW has always stated that they will have 20 - 30 LTE markets by the end of 2010, this is not anything new.

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

thats old news about VZW there scott. They have always stated they wanted 100 million peeps covered by the end of this year, which is roughly a 1/3rd of the population.

19. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

Whoap you said something that didnt praise sprint, -10 for you...what a bunch of mindless A holes...This is a lost room. Sprint fan boys all around....and it sounds like they are happy that Sprint is just lying down while Verizon and At&t build an empire on top of them. Sprint is being cheap about WiMax it was only a "ploy" to be the "1st" in 4g not the best in 4g and like Verizon always does they will walk all over them. This is Dan Hesse' last 4 years. He doesn't want to blow any more money before he retires and sprint goes under, hence Wimax. READ WHAT DAN SAID, THEY WANTED TO BE FIRST, LTE WILL BE BIGGER ARE YOU ALL STUPID??? DAN HESSE IS SAYING ITS GOING TO BE OBSOLETE, BUT BE THE FIRST TO BE OBSOLETE... GD

23. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

You are the stoopid one, Hesse never said anything about it being better just that it has more backing, hence bigger. Do some research on both and you'll see they have practically identical speeds. I see mostly vzw fans happy that what was already known and said, LTE is bigger and if needed will migrate, because of an open acknowledgement.

25. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

WiMax being in 60 markets this year is old news too.

7. sniperace

Posts: 95; Member since: Aug 20, 2009

Sprint still has the best plans at the best price and the speed is just the cherry on top....HTC EVO Wi Max all the way!!

9. bossmann20

Posts: 38; Member since: Mar 23, 2010

who cares sprint already have 27 markets so far and Verizon "ZERO" and no phone!!!!!

12. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

yea, but bossman, you got VZW,ATT,Tmo (eventually) and even Metro that are deploying LTE. It wont take too long for LTE to surpass and obliterate WiMaxx since Sprint is the only one using it. It could be another dead service like Nextel in the end. Both sprint and clearwire said they will probably eventually move to LTE once it takes over. Lets see what the world looks like in 2-3 years. Until then, you at least have enough time to enjoy the Evo on that 2 yr contract.. LOL

13. donjonson410

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

Your right, by that time Clear will have upgraded their antenna's and deployed 2nd generation wimax capable of 100mb down.

14. numberonenygfan

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

Lol seriously man.. all these sprint customers are so dumb. Wiimax sucks its cheaper and sprint is still sucking wind. They may have their network up and running but first because its cheaper and they half ass everything. Please i beg these sprint customers to stay there.. they are as dumb and useless as the network they are on lmao

15. zuno gyakusatsu

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 16, 2010

right. and the idiots who get half ass service through att or verizon for double the price are smarter?

16. rhomaion

Posts: 187; Member since: Sep 23, 2009

Three things I noted to myself with your post. #1 Sprint customers are able to use Verizon's coverage and vice versa. #2 WiMax is a completely different standard than LTE 4G and it duly noted to be more like Wi-Fi than a upgraded 3G cellular connection. #3 WiMax is spelled just like that and not "WiiMax" as you put it.

10. IHatePhones

Posts: 99; Member since: Aug 12, 2009

But what is the 4G phone plan gonna cost? If Sprint continues with the great pricing, I'd imagine that trend will continue with 4G if they really want it to take off. I'm honestly kinda excited. Maybe I'll get service in my basement now....

17. rhomaion

Posts: 187; Member since: Sep 23, 2009

In your basement? Nvm, I don't want to know.

20. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009


24. phonedemocracy

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Just breathe man. Its just a cell phone company. Breathe. In and out. In and out. Why are you so heavily involved in this, not being a Sprint customer? Do you feel that your point is very important in this internet battle of idiots? Keep breathing, in and out, in and out.

26. IHatePhones

Posts: 99; Member since: Aug 12, 2009

And why do you want Sprint to fail? What do you have against Sprint? Did you have a bad experience once and now wish that everyone at Sprint looses their jobs because you missed a payment or three and had your service cut off? Maybe you had some dropped calls or weren't getting your text messages on time, and because of that you want thousands of people to be out of work and not able to support their family until they get another job... Hell maybe YOU lost your Sprint job recently, so you're a bitter sore loser who wants other to suffer. Sorry not a butter-churning-finger-crossing-hippie here just someone who doesn't want to hear about MORE people out of work.

28. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

Not likely...its just competition and copitition, you cant convince the world they're blind

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