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Sprint to Use Wi-Fi Offloading Technology

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Oct 7, 2011, 9:07 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Sprint today said that part of its Network Vision plan is to add Wi-Fi offloading technology to its Wi-Fi equipped smartphones and other devices. This will allow smartphones to autmatically transition from 3G/4G networks to Wi-Fi and back as appropriate depending on coverage and network availability. Sprint believes offloading data traffic to Wi-Fi will help reduce congestion on its 3G/4G networks.

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Oct 7, 2011, 2:41 PM

That's funny...

Hasn't AT&T been building a massive Wi-Fi network to help offload cell traffic, yet no one really cares about that? Yet when Sprint does it, everyone's ecstatic and thinks it's a great idea?
Even with at&t Wifi, their network is still congested out the wazoo.
T Bone

Oct 7, 2011, 2:26 PM


They've only begun taking orders for the iPhone and they are already complaining about 'network congestion'.....I always thought Sprint was the one company that didn't have a problem with congestion....

If experience ia any guide, what begins as complaints about 'congestion' ends with cancellation of unlimited data plans.
Unlike at&t who are still trying to recover from iphone unpreparedness.

Oct 7, 2011, 4:48 PM


does this mean UMA?

Oct 7, 2011, 9:16 AM

Hopefully it works

I keep having to turn off my phone's WiFi because it will latch onto a weak, unusable connection rather than switch to 3G.
The WiFi Forum announced earlier this year an amazing set of agreements that will allow smartphones to roam on multiple WiFi networks around the world and seamlessly hand-off from 3G to WiFi to 4G, etc. It will be on cell phones starting in early 2012...
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