Wireless operators have begun marketing 4G as 5G.
Terms like 4G and LTE have been tossed around with abandon the past year or so. Every carrier is either touting their LTE network, or promising you’ll have it soon. LTE is definitely our future, but it’s not our present. We are on the brink of some really fast data transmission speeds, so let’s get to know our new friend LTE. Is it really the new Standard? More importantly, when will you get it?
In a move that no one can really explain, Sprint bought out the shares of Eagle River Holdings recently to give them a controlling share of Clearwire. Best known as the guys who gave Sprint WiMax, Clearwire is now controlled by Sprint, who owns. 50.8% of the shares. Why has Sprint bought Clearwire? The answer isn’t known.
How about 500MB of 4G data for free every month? That’s what FreedomPop is offering and beyond your allowance it’s a pay-as-you-go proposition at $10 per gigabyte.
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…
Just recently, we wrote an article about all of the U.S. LTE wireless providers. It was easy to tell that Verizon had a firm grip on the LTE market in America. However, almost every other provider behind Verizon was either working on an LTE network, or building upon its current 4G network. However, Sprint, America’s third most popular wireless provier, was not working on an LTE network to our knowledge at the time of the article’s publication. Instead, Sprint had decided to lengthen their WiMAX deal with Clearwire. As soon as you think that Sprint is going to stay with…
Not much to say here, since I say it all in the video. Here’s part 1 of our Samsung Epic 4G smartphone video review. Part 2 will be coming along in the next day or so.
Today Sprint announced availability and pricing info for its second 4G WiMAX smartphone, the Samsung Epic 4G, a Galaxy S smartphone. The Epic 4G will be available August 31 in all Sprint stores, as well as in RadioShack, Best Buy, and Walmart here in the States. Sprint stores will open at 8am on August 31 and the phone will cost $249.99 with a 2 year contract, after a $100 mail-in rebate. To reserve your Samsung Epic 4G, head here.
Sprint said this morning that it’s opening day sales of the the HTC EVO 4G broke the previous records set by the Palm Pre and Samsung Instinct. The carrier also said that the 3 day sales total for the EVO were triple those put forth by the Instinct and Pre. So it seems that in spite of the lack of WiMAX coverage in most of the country, people just can’t resist that massive 4.3-inch touchscreen display. Understandable. Our Todd Haselton did a full review on the EVO 4G and I posted it on MobileBurn.com yesterday afternoon. Not unexpectedly, he liked…
As part of its first quarter 2010 earnings report, Clearwire announced that it will offer a 4G WiMAX Android smartphone from Samsung before the end of the year. This also means we are quite likely to see the same device offered by Sprint as well, since the Clear WiMAX network uses Sprint’s 3G service for voice, and Sprint is a majority shareholder of Clear itself.