Sprint confirms roll-out of LTE network in 2012

Sprint has confirmed earlier reports that it will launch its own LTE-based 4G network beginning sometime in 2012. News.com reports that Sprint announced these plans at a press event in New York City today. Sprint said that it will sell 15 devices, including smartphones and tablets, that will support the new LTE network. It hopes to have this new network expand to cover 120 million people in the US by the end of 2012 and 250 million people by the end of 2013.

Sprint was the first of the major wireless phone carriers to launch a 4G network in 2008 when it launched its WiMax-based network. That venture was co-funded by Clearwire. However, Clearwire later ran into financial difficulties which caused Sprint to stop adding WiMax-based locations in the US. WiMax is currently supported by Sprint in 71 US cities and metro areas. In today's press conference, Sprint said it would continue to sell devices that support WiMax through the end of 2012. However, company officials would not comment on plans for the WiMax network beyond 2012.

Verizon Wireless has been highly aggressive in the expansion of its own LTE-based network. It started in late 2010 and now Verizon's 4G network covers 164 US cities. AT&T has launched its own LTE-based network in five US cities earlier this year and plans to expand it to 15 cities by the end of 2011. Sprint's stock price went up in stock trading today after today's announcement but then went down by a whopping 26 percent at one point after company execs said it might need to raise some additional money. Sprint's stock price is currently down around 6 percent as of the time of this news post.

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The technical requirements set forth by the governing bodies says even HSPA+ is 4G. Before that you'd have to be 1Gbps to be considered 4G but they lowered the bar waaaaay down in the name of "progress"

M2Ys4U said,
LTE is not 4G, it's 3.9G. It doesn't meet the technical requirements of 4G.

This comment again? LTE is 4G. End of story. And the fact is LTE is the best speeds you can get anywhere. So being a baby and you don't want to define it as 4G doesn't mean much. It's still a lot better than HSPA+ and WiMax. I DARE YOU TO PROVE ME WRONG!

Source: http://www.itu.int/net/pressof...press_releases/2010/48.aspx

Stop sticking to old news people. The ITU redefined it so keep up with the times.

Do you still say we have 9 planets in out solar system? Get with the times and get updated with your "FACTS"!

They'll still be able to use the LTE connection I'd imagine. They just wouldn't need the extra antennas to pick up the Clearwire signal.

Davo said,
They'll still be able to use the LTE connection I'd imagine. They just wouldn't need the extra antennas to pick up the Clearwire signal.

none of the wimax phones will work on lte and wimax is getting axed in 2012. people will all need to buy new phones or stick to pure 3g only.

so is sprint going to give everyone a free upgrade come the time they axe wimax? they do realize they lock people into 2 year contracts now. so i guess the evo3d & epic touch 4g will become obsolete in under a years time? im soo glad i left this carrier, they are a sinking ship.

smooth3006 said,
so is sprint going to give everyone a free upgrade come the time they axe wimax? they do realize they lock people into 2 year contracts now. so i guess the evo3d & epic touch 4g will become obsolete in under a years time? im soo glad i left this carrier, they are a sinking ship.

Exactly! Because they rolled out a failed version of 4G, they should simply stop any and all efforts to ever improve their network again, because some people might have obsolete phones. And phones have never ever gone obsolete before this announcement from Sprint.

If only they loved their customers as much as companies like Apple do, who took care of years of PowerPC customers after switching to Intel Inside. /s