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.
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.
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... (continues)