Sprint: No More WiMax Phones, Focusing on LTE

by: AlexanderJanuary 16, 2012
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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.

  • Frazipe

    I have an Evo 3D that I bought mainly because of the 4G feature. Sprint got around all the law suits because of wording the contracts to say basically not everyone would have access right away but they would eventually get it. Since 4g will never be possible on the current 4g phones for 90+ percent of their customers will this possibly start up the law suits again?

    • It could, but I’m hoping that they will get rid of the $10 fee for premium data a.k.a WiMax 4G, that most of us don’t get.

      • Frazipe

        Me too. Srint LTE should be available pretty quickly in my area since it is already available here with Verizon. I assume that they will share equipment since LTE is being provided by a third party and it will be a matter of working out the money part of it.

  • Dcowan0609

    I would like them offer those if us that support Sprint…. a SPECIAL discount to trade-in their Wimax phone for newer LTE phone, since we never got 4G service. Or drop the $10 service fee. (forever)

  • Anonymous

    Well I am really getting annoyed with Sprint. I have had and Evo since launched and have paid that $10 fee for WiMax 4G. I understood what I was getting and have enjoyed using my phone I understand the business vision they have. I am going to be looking for a new carrier Sprint is a very poorly run company. I would want to see some kind of peace offering to the customers who will never get WiMax in their area but have paid good money for it.

  • John O’Connor

    All 4 of my active devices are 4G capable(NS4G,EVO4G,EVO3D, SGS2E4GT), yet my area (San Diego) has never received any official WiMax rollouts. There are about 100sq mi of sporadic coverage from test sites, and while they are still active, this is piss poor for a high tech concentrated market with an area that would engulf the state of Rhode Island. Here’s to hoping that Sprint LTE initially shows up in markets that have previously been neglected by the Sprint/Clearwire WiMax debaucle. If so I will replace all of my devices. I have been a loyal customer since 1998 (when they had excellent customer service and poor coverage)… left in 2006 (due to poor customer service and billing issues,) and came back with the release of th OG Evo when 4G promised, customer service was great and coverage was vastly improved.)

    Sprint, please don’t make me regret my decision, you now have the Lowband spectrum to make your coverage as good as (if not better than) any other carrier.

  • WOW wonderful, sprint can’t even get wimax to san diego and now they are going to start all over again! Hell I might as well change carriers just to see what it is all about.