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Clearwire's fault? Not as I understood things. Can we all (please) go into a little more detail about this topic? I thought Clearwire stopped putting the towers up because Sprint simply stopped paying them to. And since all big business likes to emulate instead of innovate... when they saw LTE take popularity, Sprint told Clear-wire to take a hike. Sprint was afraid that WiMax costs would rise as it would become specialized and uncommon hardware. Like how competition never lowered the cost of PowerPC, because there are only like 2-3 vendors. My take is still - Since no one can share LTE towers (not something to be happy about), what difference does it make that Sprint is on a WiMax network instead of LTE? Sprint could have had all of USA covered by now.

I remember reading in Forbes years ago that Sprint was "betting it all" on 4G to save them. Spring spent less time growing their 4G network than any other carrier at this point. That's how you bet the farm? With less than 1 year of actively adding markets? Does anyone else feel their credibility is shot?

as for deploying LTE in all towers, that is also T-Mobile's plan. Just an FYI. And they cost on average 30% less than everyone else.
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Clearwire's fault? Not as I understood things. Can we all (please) go into a little more detail about this topic? I thought Clearwire stopped putting the towers up because Sprint simply stopped paying them to. And since all big business likes to emulate instead of innovate... when they saw LTE take popularity, Sprint told Clear-wire to take a hike. Sprint was afraid that WiMax costs would rise as it would become specialized and uncommon hardware. Like how competition never lowered the cost of PowerPC, because there are only like 2-3 vendors. My take is still - Since no one can share LTE towers (not something to be happy about), what difference does it make that Sprint is on a WiMax network instead of LTE? Sprint could have had all of USA covered by now.

I remember reading in Forbes years ago that Sprint was "betting it all" on 4G to save them. Spring spent less time growing their 4G network than any other carrier at this point. That's how you bet the farm? With less than 1 year of actively adding markets? Does anyone else feel their credibility is shot?

as for deploying LTE in all towers, that is also T-Mobile's plan. Just an FYI. And they cost on average 30% less than everyone else.

I reiterate my redirection to Network Vision

Along with this article, quoted in the comments. It all sounds complicated, but best I can tell sprint is having a tough time weaning their customers off of legacy services, which probably affects the capability of multi-modal towers.

It's really just a big giant invisible "bird nest" in the sky if you ask me.

edit: that's right I'm blaming the "BE-DE-BEEP."
Edited by un-midas touch - 5/11/13 at 1:57am
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LTE is in testing in San Diego. It is not advertised but it is available in a few areas. I switched from Verizon to get unlimited data because their caps are just plain stupid. My wife is on her parents Verizon plan, she gets a 50% data warning 1 week in to their cycle...

They have a 10gb plan among 4 average users and they blow through it. A cant say I'm impressed with the time it's taking Sprint to get their network up, but I like their customer service, data plans, and pricing.

I singed up with a GNEX with a LTE antenna so when it happens, I will be smug as all hell to the Verizon fanboys (then Verizon will release an unlimited plant just to spite me)
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Hate the slow speeds but i can deal with that, what really gets me is shopping in a store and i have to call my wife but i have no flipping service. I have to go outside the store to call my wife.

On the other hand my brother in law standing right next to me in the store has 4GLTE while in the store where i dont have any type of service. This is why i need to switch to verizion. Sprint has until feb of 2014 if not im out.

I feel your pain. One time my mom tried to order us some food. Her personal cell phone is with Sprint but her work is with Verizon. The call didn't go through twice on Sprint, but went through the first time on Verizon......IN HER OWN BEDROOM.
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So wait,

For those of us El Cheapos with "phones" (that are just that) on CDMA...we're equally as hosed as the smartphone folk?

Pretty much.



This is why I wish they (all of the telephone industry) would just go with WiFi and use VoIP. That would be the ultimate flexibility for a phone and would also can be used for non-phones to boot.

Sprint is a seriously screwed up company anyway. They just spent hundreds of billions of dollars on a plan to take over part the the television broadcast industry spectrum. That plan was poorly planned, took 5 years, cost billions and inconvienced every single TV broadcaster out there. It was known as the 2GHz BAS Relocation. Now that it is FINALLY done (about a year ago), people are seeing that because they didn't leave any "Guard Channels", a the very top and bottom of the BAS frequency, they are having to go back and add channel filters for just about every central receive site in the US (there are about 1500 stations that do live news and this effects, and on average, each station have 4.5 receive sites, and each filter system costs an additional $3000.

To make matters worse, the telephone industry is going back to the FCC and asking to redo the whole thing over again because they need MORE spectrum now for other projects. rolleyes.gif
Edited by 47 Knucklehead - 5/11/13 at 8:53am
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LTE is in testing in San Diego. It is not advertised but it is available in a few areas. I switched from Verizon to get unlimited data because their caps are just plain stupid. My wife is on her parents Verizon plan, she gets a 50% data warning 1 week in to their cycle...

They have a 10gb plan among 4 average users and they blow through it. A cant say I'm impressed with the time it's taking Sprint to get their network up, but I like their customer service, data plans, and pricing.

I singed up with a GNEX with a LTE antenna so when it happens, I will be smug as all hell to the Verizon fanboys (then Verizon will release an unlimited plant just to spite me)

Yeah, and then they'll be smug about the horrible battery life you'll get tongue.gif.
 
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