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Sprint LTE phones arriving in the second half of 2012, likely in Q3

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Sprint LTE phones arriving in the second half of 2012, likely in Q3
Sprint was the first to the 4G race with its WiMAX network, but while others adopted LTE, the Now Network decided to switch technologies and is now actually behind the curve. The first Sprint LTE phones however are on track to arrival in the second half of 2012, with all likelihood that they will hit shelves in the third quarter of next year, according to Sprint CFO Joseph Euteneuer. Interestingly, this means that the plan is for  "a number of different models." 

The chief financial officer also promised that Sprint’s network will be "very competitive to what's out in the marketplace" in terms of speed. Verizon and AT&T have set the standard with speeds ranging between 5Mbps and 12Mbps on the downlink. 

The carrier is committed to supporting WiMAX until 2015, but it’s clear that LTE is the future and the new technology will be aggressively rolled out, so that the transition for most users will happen much earlier.

Sprint announced its Network Vision program recently and is expected to launch its LTE network by mid-2012. Initially, the network will ride 1900MHz spectrum waves with later expansion to the 800MHz band. Euteneuer added that Sprint has just recently rolled out its first multi-mode base station supporting both LTE and CDMA. Hit the source link below for the full interview.

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posted on 06 Dec 2011, 04:26

1. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 474; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)

Follow the leader, Verizon is the captian of this ship fall in line

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 04:46

2. GeekMovement (unregistered)

they better keep unlimited data, that's the least we deserve for the slow data speeds we've been enduring all this time.

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 12:50 1

9. Orbitman (Posts: 110; Member since: 09 Oct 2011)

uh-greed!!! i was at .21mbps on 3G :-(

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 08:00

12. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

how you feel bout 20kbps where i live -__- now tht is slow

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 06:02 1

3. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)

I do believe that this Network Vision thing will definitely enhance the coverage and data speeds however, when Sprint reaches the level where VZW and AT&T is, they are likely to abolish unlimited data but surely they will come up with better tierred data plans..

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 06:31

5. rendHELL (Posts: 304; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)

i hope so... sprint will loose customers at the same time people will lose jobs at sprint...

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 06:30 1

4. dvancleave (Posts: 32; Member since: 19 Jul 2010)

It all sounds good. But they had better follow through this time on their "aggressive rollout" with LTE coverage. I jumped ship from Verizon to Sprint back in August 2010 for cheaper data plans. At the time Indianapolis was supposed to be getting 4G WiMax coverage "soon". That never happened/ And the 3G speeds here aren't all that great these days either. Those took a nosedive about the time Sprint started selling the iPhone. The old saying "put up or shut up" seems to apply. I am really trying to be patient and pull for Sprint. But they are the only ones without 4G coverage here. And their voice signal needs work too. There are way too many dead spots and they aren't even in remote areas.

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 13:30

10. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

I totally agree, I was there this weekend for B1G championship expecting 4g, to find extremely slow 3g. The funniest part of all of it was that for most of the event I used Verizon wifi

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 06:45 1

6. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

hope they can do it. they are taking on a ton of debt to try to change around the network (plus buy huge iphone contracts) and other things. Too much debt will sink your ship no matter what direction you are going. I hope it all goes well for them.

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 06:54

7. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)

debt leads to death..

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 11:38 1

8. stjcripes (Posts: 27; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

I wonder if they'll roll down WiMax phones to Boost and Virgin.

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 18:29

11. Jyakotu (Posts: 852; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)

I'm curious about something though: How come Sprint just didn't upgrade to WiMax 2.?

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