Sprint: No More WiMax Phones, Focusing on LTE
There was so much news last week at CES, there is still more news trickling down to us. Sprint said last week at CES that their focus is now on LTE and producing LTE devices, meaning they are done with WiMax. You might remember back in the spring of 2010, Sprint was the first to market a 4G device, the HTC EVO 4G, although it was WiMax 4G and not LTE 4G. Which as we now know WiMax didn’t pan out like the way Sprint wanted.
Sprint is now in the process of migrating their WiMax coverage over to LTE which is what Verizon and AT&T are already using for their 4G networks. LTE has now become the standard in wireless, with half of the major US carriers already having it implemented.
Last week at CES Sprint announced two new LTE phones and a LTE hotspot, but it’s looking to be quite a while before any of them are released since Sprint has said their first LTE markets won’t be live until the middle of the year. Those markets include Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio, to go along with the LG Viper and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus sometime in mid-2012.
How many of you already have a WiMax device and have not yet experienced Sprint’s 4G? Who’s looking forward to Sprint’s LTE service? Hit up the comments and let us know what you think.