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Sprint CEO Confirms CDMA/WiMax Handsets This Year

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Is this the truth?

marufio

Feb 29, 2008, 11:05 AM
CEO can confirm or say anything in order to keep investors happy.
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maokh

Feb 29, 2008, 1:55 PM
People like WiMax. The word has been marketed very well. Its too bad the technology is absolute garbage.

I think investors like hearing WiMax...but i cant wait until they *really* find out what it is so all this nonsense will end.
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icsprint

Feb 29, 2008, 6:37 PM
Form what i have heard it can run at speeds up to 5M. is this true? what is so bad about WiMax? not reliable?
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SPCSVZWJeff

Feb 29, 2008, 8:12 PM
Depends on the version. 802.16a has real problems keeping up with moving objects and so is not usable for mobile applications. Sprint is using 802.16e which has none of the ill effects of 802.11a.
Basically Wimax technology is very similar to the technology used in wireless routers (802.11g) Wi-fi is extremelely reliable and has been very well received. The fact that it is built into every laptop speaks volumes.
The technology itself is fine. Its development is more for data than for voice. It is a way to remove the wire from the internet and cut out the cable and DSL companies.
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brianpaz

Mar 1, 2008, 3:04 AM
can you explain why it is garbage? From what i have read so far looks like its going to be great. Faster than ANYTHING currently deployed by any other carrier here in the US. Sounds like you're locked into a carrier other than sprint Wink and sad to hear that sprint is going to be 2-3 years ahead of the network your currently on.
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marufio

Mar 1, 2008, 1:15 PM
So what you are saying is it will take 2-3yrs for WimMax to be deployed.
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brianpaz

Mar 1, 2008, 10:11 PM
WTF? How do you come to that conclusion from "sprint is going to be 2-3 years ahead of the network your currently on." and with the article stating that WiMAx will be rolled out to other markets by the end of the year?

Dam did Sprint physically molest you? All your comments have been negative towards Sprint without any factual basis.

If it wasn't clear for you.. (assuming that the roll out will be on schedule) Wimax will be available in major markets by the end of the year. By the end of the year what will ATT, Tmobile, and Verizon have? LTE is at least 2-3 years away from any major roll outs in the US.

So.. while im enjoying faster data... ATT, Tmobile, And Verizon customers will still be on SLOWER networks. and if when LTE...
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phonerep01

Mar 2, 2008, 12:11 AM
I would have to agree in general. I wouldn't call wimax 'garbage' per se. From a technical standpoint, it is not the best long-term solution but the company needs an immediate solution and wimax is that. While LTE is the better long-term solution, it is a good 2-3 years out from deployment in the US. That said, existing HSPA networks have theoretical peak rates that will meet or exceed wimax wave 1. And it can be done in smaller radio channels to boot. HSPA+ using MIMO will exceed wave 2 of wimax. These are simple upgrades on existing hardware for HSPA operators (ATT). Expect these upgrades to occur around the time wimax becomes commercially available. They arn't just waiting for LTE. Wimax is a highly advanced technology that will be great ...
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lonerato

Mar 3, 2008, 12:01 PM
Wimax2 (802.16m) is on the way to take on LTE so Sprint will Still have a technology that competes head to head against LTE. Wimax is alot like CDMA it is easy to upgrade
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