Sprint to close WiMAX for good on November 6th, 2015

Sprint to close WiMAX for good on November 6th, 2015
Sprint spokeswoman Adrienne Norton, announced that the carrier will shut down its WiMAX service on or around November 6th, 2015. Her statement confirms a leaked internal document that revealed the November 6th closing date for the network provider. Additionally, back in April, an SEC filing from the mobile operator stated that it would stop using "WiMAX technology" by the end of 2015. 6000 cell sites are now considered redundant and Sprint will cancel the leases on them. Sprint had been offering WiMAX since September 2008.

Sprint customers still using a device with WiMAX and 3G/CDMA connectivity, will be left with a 3G only phone. While most WiMAX phones are eligible to be upgraded, Sprint will be making special offers to certain subscribers with WiMAX compatible handsets. Corporate customers using WiMAX have already received notification about the closing from Sprint. Individual and pre-paid customers will be notified 180 days prior to the closing. Sprint has told its MVNO customers that they should start spreading the word to their subscribers.

Sprint customers have the option to finish out their contract without WiMAX service, or they can leave Sprint without being hit with a ETF charge. Sprint's WiMAX customers can also choose to migrate to Sprint's LTE service and receive a free LTE compatible phone, while keeping their current plan (if possible).

Leaked internal document is confirmed and WiMAX will close on November 6th

Leaked internal document is confirmed and WiMAX will close on November 6th


source: AndroidCentral via FierceWireless

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20 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I had the HTC EVO 4G on Sprints WiMAX network. That was the beast of 2010.

2. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I had the HTC Evo 3D. That phone was awesome also! +1

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The 3D felt better in the hand to me, it was taller and narrower vs the 4G's shorter and wider. +1 backatcha

12. murron

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

I still have that phone right now! It's pretty good for a phone from 2011 but it's battery life is crap!

4. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Wish more phones still came with kickstands! First 4G enabled phone in the US and that 4.3 inch screen seemed HUGE back in 2010!

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

the kickstand rocked, to me it was the first super phone. 4.3 gig of RAM, kickstand, 4G, and wifi hotspot.

11. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I loved the kickstand on my HTC Thunderbolt and even though it was a weighty phone I still loved how it felt in my hand.

5. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Yeah, I had the EVO 4G too. Persuaded all of my friends to get it too after hightailing it away from the epic fail that was the Samsung Instinct and disappointment of there not being a good sequel to the Pre on Sprint. Had the EVO 3D too (still have it in my desk lol). I miss the joy & experience that the EVO 4G brought me. Haven't experienced that with a phone in quite a while.

7. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

My Sister got my Evo 4G when I purchased my Samsung. And now my nephew has it and it still is rockin. It's gone through 3 batteries since my ownership. Good thing for the removable battery. John B.

15. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

YES! I loved that phone. Rooted and ROM'd the crap out of them.

20. Kaiser2007

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 16, 2013

I bought one from FreedomPop this year, 2014, when they have it on sales. Now, using it as WiFi phone.

3. youlookfoolish

Posts: 193; Member since: Dec 14, 2012

Free up more spectrum is great. Hope they can re-purpose it quickly. Network is improving but they must be faster and show consumers they aren't wasting time and money.

6. Bridgep0rt

Posts: 43; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

The EVO was a Epic Phone. 1st of manys. They day my city got WiMax (after a year of having the phone and paying the $10 fee). That phone was the best on the planet with a SD card included. I miss those days, but HTC is still INNOVATING.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Did any of you guys have the issue of the screens adhesive coming loose?

14. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Never did on mine. I don't recall any of my colleagues expressing any concerns with that issue either. The only problem HTC always had were battery issues and delays of updates. John B.

16. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

I do not remember the screen adhesive but I do remember the light leak (worst on white screens) and the battery life was like 4 hours tops!

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yeah it was due to the adhesive coming loose and the screen starting to seperate. They fixed it though.

18. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

I never did but a couple of my friends did. I was like, "WTF are you guys doing with your phones? Sheesh!" I babied the hell outta my phone though.

19. JEverettnow

Posts: 228; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

Evo issues were as following: 1) charger ports coming off the board 2) speaker and earpiece failure 3) display failure 4) Kickstand spring failure 5) Screws would break the housing when dropped and would no longer hold housing to the boards.

13. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2260; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

sorry we're closed!

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