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Sprint Evaluating LTE

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May 20, 2010, 11:46 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Sprnt recently indicated at a public event that it is evaluating future technological choices for its core CDMA network. Mathew Oommen, Sprint's VP of device and technology development, said, "We want to future proof our network. We want to leverage all the assets we have in such a way that offers us the lowest cost per bit." Sprint said that it "open" to LTE. Sprint's WiMax partner, Clearwire, has recently said that it will standardize on the best technology, and can switch to LTE if it needs to. "There's nothing that prevents us from... moving to LTE," said Kevin Packingham, senior VP of product and technology development at Sprint, speaking at the LTE event. "We're doing a technology evaluation and making a decision on our core network and how we want to evolve that going forward." Sprint has submitted a request for proposal (RFP) from many of the world's wireless networking technology companies in order for it to evolve its CDMA network. If it were to switch from CDMA to LTE, that would make it the fourth major U.S. carrier to choose the new standard. Sprint hasn't made up its mind.

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May 20, 2010, 8:41 PM

To Eric the Author

Eric M. Zeman, why the hell don't you learn how to type, spell, and proofread!!!!
Shocked I see your days are numbered as a Phone Scooper. Very Happy

May 20, 2010, 1:19 PM

Smart to go with LTE

Sprint would be smart to go forward with LTE allowing for greater roaming and data agreements.
I hit submit before I was done making my point.....

WIMAX is easily upgradable or should I say convertable to LTE with software upgrades/changes. Sprint is way ahead of the curve for tomorrows technology.
Could there still be roaming even if the other carrier operates on a different frequenct but the same tech?

May 20, 2010, 7:18 PM

The Here and Now...

It's no question, LTE will be the way to go...eventually. But like some others mentioned, Sprint/Clear are smart for taking advantage of delivering 4G to consumers now and getting atleast a 1-2 year jump on the competition.

Verizon is talking about what they will be delivering next year or so...Sprint will be delivering next month. I personally will be jumping on the HTC Evo bandwagon on June 4th. Who's with me???

May 20, 2010, 1:18 PM


... or Not! Laughing
bluecoyote said:
... or Not! Laughing

Have fun with your slower iPhone for quite a while.
No one said WiMAX was the future. Many would have hoped it would be. I personally highly support it because:

1) It allows a choice between LTE or WiMAX.

2) Acts as a governor for LTE.

Personally, I don't understand the hate for WiMAX. LTE and...
Joey Esquire

May 20, 2010, 12:11 PM

Doesn't really matter

Either way they play the game, they still have a HUGE head start
Well said. Smile
True. People want it fast, want it now, want it smaller.
Making sure it works correctly, testing, ironing out the bugs need to be done before anyone can think of jumping on an Olympic sized pool with just an inch of water. Wink

May 20, 2010, 1:19 PM


This is old news, Sprint has previously said they want to move voice off of CDMA, moving voice to EVDO is one possibility. Moving voice to LTE (not the bands At&t and verizon will use) is another possibility. Wimax will still handle the data. LTE is better optimized for voice.
Yes, step by step........cannot rush these things.

May 20, 2010, 12:59 PM


I can't wait for this phone to come out!!

May 20, 2010, 12:12 PM

News Flash: Companies are thinking about possibly making future decisions.

They may or may not, continue or not continue, to think or not think, about switching or staying. Confused Eh? Laughing
Ha! Very Happy
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