Sprint finds nothing wrong with selling LTE phones without LTE network

Sprint finds nothing wrong with selling LTE phones without LTE network
Since Sprint has not yet flipped the switch of its LTE network, one might think that selling LTE capable smartphones now does not seem logical. The carrier, however, does not share that standpoint. In a recent interview, Fared Adib, who is vice president of product development at Sprint, told AllThingsD that doing so actually makes sense. After all, customers commit to 2-year contracts upon purchasing those smartphones, and over that period of time, the customer's demand to have the latest technology at their disposal, will be met, he stated. Furthermore, Adib added that the rollout of Sprint's LTE network will be speedier when compared to the deployment of the carrier's WiMAX, 3G, and 2G networks.

LTE network aside, what was also discussed in the interview was Sprint's hesitation about launching new Windows Phone devices. Adib's comment was that Sprint is still intending to add Windows Phone offerings to its portfolio, but most likely after the launch of Windows Phone 8. Until then, however, Windows Phone devices for Sprint are not likely to be announced. Nevertheless, Adib noted that he is pleased with what Nokia is doing in order to once again establish itself on the U.S. smartphone market with its Lumia lineup.

Windows Phone 8 should be officially unveiled by the end of 2012, and the changes that it will bring to Microsoft's platform are expected to be groundbreaking. As far as Sprint's LTE network is concerned, it is likely to go live this summer in select markets.

source: AllThingsD

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48 Comments

1. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

They also find nothing wrong with extremely slow 3G speeds.

3. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

and nothing wrong with taking service from your area and refusing to wave your ETF.

33. tuminatr

Posts: 1144; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

I can speak with some athority on this one, I am a sprint customer and I own a Galaxy Nexus. First the phone is real nice the browser on android 4.0 is faster thank my Notorola Photon useing sprints 4g. Also I know LTE is coming and I hope its this year here in Minneapolis. I am happy with my decision there is NO perfect service No perfect phone and No perfect carrier. But this works for me and when real 4g comes it will be real nice

42. Tomcat5678

Posts: 3; Member since: May 09, 2012

ajac09, that is interesting. I have a friend that moved to an area with limited to no Sprint service. He received a call from Sprint informing him they would waive his ETF based on his lack of coverage at his new address. Maybe give Customer Service a call to discuss (if you haven't already). If that doesn't work just keep dowloading while roaming and wait for the call!

44. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

ajac09 is lying, likely a bad (hopefully former) sprint customer that wants to lie to get his way.

6. theruleslawyer

Posts: 108; Member since: Apr 23, 2012

Sprints 3g speed makes me long for my old 56k modem.

10. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Actually Sprint does know about the issue, which wasnt much of an issue until the iPhone came along, ala AT&T, that's why Sprint is deploying Network Vision (all-new 3G and 4G LTE network), specifically to address these issues.

20. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Correct, Network Vision will easily match AT&T and Verizon in speed... anyone remember the major issues AT&T had when iPhone came? There's was worse...

36. alpinejason

Posts: 262; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

get real and quit defending sprint they suck they have always and will always simple as that and that's why they have been losing ground to att and verizon for years now and are on the verge of going under i mean cmon the stocks are less then 3 bucks

30. crysiswarmonger

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

1st. Sprint Sucks. 2nd Sprint 4g never worked anyway. 3rd 3g Coverage always sucked. 4th I just switched my lines yesterday to Verizon. Got 4 good used phones so I can upgrade to a new Verizon phone (wish it was the HTC One X). My point being I was willing to pay, but after 12 years of service going downhill... (it was never good though). 5th I can't see Sprint surviving without a major merger where someone grabs their customer base.

39. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Why dont you tell us how you really feel?

45. DonkeySauce

Posts: 194; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

They never found a problem with selling wimax phones with almost no wimax coverage....

2. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

ohh Sprint.. how can I help here... os they sell phones that half of the contract will be using 4g even slower than a wimax 4G... wow..

4. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Lol just be connected to wifi so you can use your Sprint phone. So much for those LTE speeds and unlimited data.

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

bah, iphone users are used to WiFi, so they wouldnt even notice anyways. It makes sense, just sell it as an instant upgrade when the network turns on or something. Why have customers putting off their upgrade till the LTE network comes out, when they can just get the phones now and have the benefit when it does launch. No biggie. Just make sure that whatever LTE phones they do sell have a LTE on/off switch and demo it, so people are not wasting their batteries.

21. I_Slap_Fat_Kids

Posts: 40; Member since: May 04, 2012

But it seems they're still charging for "premium" data on the LTE devices even when there are no towers broadcasting such data...

24. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Good point. While that is true, the same goes for the iPhone which doesn't get "4G" I can see someone suing over this however

28. I_Slap_Fat_Kids

Posts: 40; Member since: May 04, 2012

I was unaware of that. That is simply highway-robbery. I've got an old grandfathered family plan, but I'm thinking I'm going to switch to another carrier if they don't pull themselves together here soon.

5. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Sprint has a phone with a bridge to Hawaii too that they are going to release ;)

7. TOYMAN

Posts: 29; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

you guys are so close minded. when you bye a car do u go the top speed? you can but if you do you will more likely get a tict. so kick back lte is just data anyway what the big deal. when the lte comes your way. at least you will have the phone that will get it. oh ya at least sprint is not going to raise there price of the plans like At&t lol just becuse they did not get there way.

9. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Oh god not another phones compared to cars nonsense. Its not about top speed dude. You walk into a house or building and you get slower than dial up speeds with Sprints 3G network. The 90s are over and if i am going to pay the same amount, have the same high ETF, i am going with a network that can actually load a website and not sit there for 10 minutes and then say "page cannot be displayed". You walk into a building and thats what happens on Sprints network yet you are paying the same as Verizon and At&t. You wanna compare cars with phones? Fine here is one for ya! Imagine buying a car that you cant drive unless you are on a wifi connection and you have to wait 6 months to year OR longer just to be able to? Thats how Sprints network is, ungodly slow unless you are outside and on wifi. Excuse me let me try to repost this message again, i need to go outside.

13. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Rory, I agree with you about the car comment, but Sprint LTE is already here in some markets and will cover as much as the WiMAX network by year end, give it time. Verizon and AT&T dont have nationwide LTE, do they?

18. BuckeyeCadet86

Posts: 78; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Sprint LTE is not officially live anywhere yet. Verizon and AT&T don't have nationwide deployment yet either. At least Verizon launched with something like 50 or 60 markets. Sprint is working right now to launch with what 4, 5?

37. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

All I can say is that when it is all said and done Sprint will be where Verizon is and beyond with HD voice capabilities. 2014 is the year LTE 1x Advance should be completed, and AT&T won't have this capability until way later, because they haven't solved a way to roll this out since this signal interferes with their 700MHZ LTE signal. 2013 LTE should be in all markets, but LTE should start going live in less than 30 days. Sprint will have major markets covered in LTE by years end, and to sell a phone with Wimax knowing this is wrong for the consumer. LTE, LTE advance and HD voice will put Sprint ahead of most carriers with unlimited plans that should catch on when they are complete. I hear all over the internet in other forums that people wanting to switch to Sprint for LTE and the EVO 4G LTE with unlimited voice and data. Sprint will survive, and I have received 1 MB up and down on 3G here in NYC, and bet this is network vision getting ready to go live! When it comes to coverage I have maintained a signal from Massachusetts all the way to Tampa Florida while driving. There are weak areas of coverage, but with my company I had Sprint some had Verizon and Verizon had no coverage at a company event in Massachusetts.....go figure! No one Carrier has coverage every where in the US yet!

38. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I use to have Sprint (still have my e4gt for pics and games) and sprints network as Rory said is by far the worst network ever. I can get faster speeds on US cellulars 1X and thats pretty bad cause it sucks

16. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I may not go the top speed in my car, but if I pay for a V8 over a V6 I sure expect all 8 cylinders to work

25. threeline

Posts: 318; Member since: Sep 11, 2011

I agree, not wait 6 months to a year and we'll activate the other four cyclinders for you but we gotta charge the money now for the V8 you just bought.

41. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

Thumbs up for a car comparison that makes sense

11. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Lol, why is this news? We had Sprint selling WiMax phones without the network being turned on a couple of years back, so what makes this any different or for that matter news to be reported? Sheesh! I await imaginative comments to continue.

12. GeekMovement unregistered

I'm honestly not expecting much from Sprint. After all I'm still experiencing 3G speeds of less than 0.65mbps average. WI-FI for me.

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