RadioShack stores getting a WiMAX upgrade in preparation for the HTC EVO 4G?

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RadioShack stores getting a WiMAX upgrade in preparation for the HTC EVO 4G?
There were speculations in the past that WiMAX towers would be erected at Walmart retail locations across the nation, but now we're hearing word about another major retailer that is actually going through with a similar plan. RadioShack will no doubt be one of the indirect partners of Sprint that will offer the HTC EVO 4G at launch – and they're currently offering customers pre-orders for the handset right now. You may find some RadioShack locations somewhat crowded not solely due to the fact that customers can purchase the soon-to-be hot Android phone, but for their readily available WiMAX connection as well. According to Engadget's tipster, some of RadioShack's stores nationwide are being outfitted with Clearwire WiMAX repeaters just in time for the June 4th launch of the HTC EVO 4G – which obviously will offer customers who aren't covered in WiMAX goodness a small taste of the next generation high speed connection. It's not known if this will become a permanent stay for these stores, but it sure is nice to know that you can take advantage of the extra $10 per month charge you'll be paying for.

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source: Engagdet


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9 Comments

1. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Just so they can con customers into thinking that their "glorified wifi" is actually rolled out? A taste they say? for $10 more a month?!? Yea, sweet deal Sprint, go you.... FAIL

2. athiel021

Posts: 33; Member since: Aug 10, 2009

Actually the $10 is for enhanced data services, which includes 4g access, unlimited video calling (with or without 4g) as well as uncapped data access (with or without 4g), so whether in a 4g area or not, you're still getting something for the $10. As far as the glorified wifi comment goes, it's still miles ahead any of the other carriers' current contributions. Something > absolutely nothing.

3. hallfrankg

Posts: 30; Member since: Nov 16, 2009

Thank you Charles Tandy......

4. rwolf1984

Posts: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 2009

anyone know the specs or the range of the repeaters? i am sure its not far its basically a microcell for the store...hopefully they can switch it to an LTE repeater when sprint switches

5. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

I think I read somewhere the distance was at least a couple miles, it's much better then a microcell or femtocell.

6. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

WiMax uses a completely different standard then WiFi, so your "glorified wifi" statement is inaccurate. Any wireless data network could be considered a "glorified wifi". If it gives you faster data speeds at more locations, why are you complaining. I see you're not a fan of Sprint and honestly I'm not either, but why are you throwing rocks at them. They're being inovative and pushing the envelope. Companies like Sprint pushing forward with technology drive other companies forward. If Clear / Sprint hadn't pushed forward with WiMax, maybe Verizon wouldn't have pushed as hard on LTE? I just think a little respect is owed to them for trying. I haven't seen you start up a BETTER wireless carrier.

7. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

I don't think Sprint is going to "switch", they will incorporate both and probably for some time period have LTE and WiMax phones (I'm imaging separate devices) if they go that route. Sprint has made a huge capital investment and won't just throw it away. They have a lot of Clear customers using WiMax devices for surfing the internet and they won't abandon those customers anytime soon. I could see a multi radio product eventually to incorporate both LTE and WiMax, but likely that would be after WiMax is a "true 4g" and can available everywhere. At that point they could leave out the CDMA radio, but this is all speculation for years down the road.

8. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Obviously it's a different stander BlackberryUser....I was making a comparison to it being spotty.

9. webman unregistered

I have a feeling that LTE will be replacing 3G very soon. They will more than likely have an LTE/4G backward compatible device very soon, but that is just my thoughts. It may never happen like that. -- webman webman@clear.net

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