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AT&T Moves to Block Xohm, Clearwire Merger

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AT&T Knew It All Along

rmcnamee

Jul 26, 2008, 7:06 PM
There's absolutely no way that AT&T just found out about this. AT&T have likely been planning this all along. It isn't the best thing for the consumer because WiMAX really is the best thing that will be available until LTE comes out with everyone else.

The question is, will WiMAX hold up? I think WiMAX will gather a large audience right away (business customers, wireless gaming and other fun things), but will it have enough of a head start to matter?

LTE isn't far away, and AT&T knows it, and that's why they're making this move to block WiMAX/Sprint; they want to even the playing field a little bit.

It's not good for the consumer, and I'm pissed at AT&T for that. But really, have cell phone companies ever played fair OR done what's ...
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phonegnome

Jul 26, 2008, 7:35 PM
Actually neither one will be better than the other. they will be more like cousins rather than competitors. they will actually compliment each other. True: LTE is newer and potentially faster but in order to make sure clients can communicate with one another no matter which carrier they are with, the two technologies have to be highly adaptable to each other and make them more compatible in speed for it's abilities to transfer data. its more of a market issue than technical. It will be more of a question of who wants to use who for what. we should be happy for the advancements rather than who has what. as you say the cell customers have suffered too long. this is good for everyone.
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rmcnamee

Jul 26, 2008, 8:44 PM
First of all, thank you for bringing that to my attention, phonegnome Embarassed

After some further research, why do you (this is directed towards anyone) think Sprint and their backers (Google, Intel, etc.) chose WiMAX whereas Verizon and AT&T chose LTE to begin with?

The technologies are so similar technologically that WiMAX seems like a pretty obvious choice because it's ready. It seems that WiMAX will also continue to evolve and catch up to LTE's standard pretty quickly.

So again, what deciding factors pushed VZW and AT&T to LTE?
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Versed

Jul 26, 2008, 10:36 PM
Well LTE is a GSM evolution so I can understand why att is going to it, VZW is partly owned by Vodefone which is probably the worlds largest gsm provider and probably wishes that their offshore clients have some solution when doing business in the US.
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phonegnome

Jul 27, 2008, 9:44 AM
Your question is a good one. I really don't have an answer but would like to take a guess and I may be wrong but here it is:
These two technologies are not owned,sold or made by the wireless companies. they are marketed items that other companies developed and sell. Since these technologies have actually been in the works for years, LTE and WiMax were able to get VZW ,AT&T ,Sprint etc to go with their respective technologies. So the wireless companies have actually been slowly adding this infrastructure to their networks for awhile to ready the world for the future. They can't just scrap all the time ,money and equipment. WiMax theoretically should not have been ready this early but Sprint and clearwire have done a great job in acquiring b...
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Versed

Jul 27, 2008, 9:51 AM
I am an AT&T customer, and admit this is just posturing a head game and wrong. I do use Sprint for wireless broadband, and more then likely will drop them when my contract expires in April and go with AT&T. But will keep my options open.
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BigShowJB

Jul 27, 2008, 11:27 AM
the easiest answer I can come up with is two-fold:
first is the roaming agreements. VZW and ATT and everyone else that is going to use LTE will have roaming agreements and want to capitalize on the financial aspect of roaming agreements as well as international roaming coverage.

Second is that Sprint needs a shot in the arm, leg and butt to get them going again. They didn't have the time to wait for LTE to develop enough for release, and once it did, everyone else would have it at the same time anyway. That gives them no competitive advantage. SPrint needed to move and move now.
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