Clear: No WiMax Smartphones Until End of 2010
Wait a tic...
In my opinion, for Sprint/Clear to succeed they need to maintain their lead in deploying the technology for as long as they can. After all, they are deploying a technology different from most of the rest of the world. That probably won't affect their current customer base, but it really won't enable them to grow much, either. They'll never capture the international business market, for example.
Here's the deal, they started saying, "We are going you the first 4G network. AT&T and Verizon customers, you will have to wait years for something we will have in a few months." Although I think they should have gone with the new standard, I thought, sweet...Sprint is going to roll theirs out and possibly force the other carriers to adapt if it pans out well. If that were the case, they'd have the largest 4G network until Verizon and AT&T jumped on the bandwagon.
But that sinks to nothing if phones for WiMAX won't be available until the end of this year. Why? Verizon is about to start opening up LTE this year. AT&T has go...
I still believe there is room for Wi-Max and LTE and want both to thrive so that the carriers can continue to push one another toward further technological advances.
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End of 2010 is this year mind you. Typically new offerings are pushed back. Despite Clear's claim, I just have a strange suspicion that we will see these WiMax smartphones from Sprint near October. If not, end of year is not bad considering the market share of 4G right now.
LG has a WiMax handset in the works, and I've been so slammed at work I haven't had a chance to check out if/when LG has the floor at CES but I suspect a mention of a 4G LG phone will be forthcoming. now that could still mean end of 2010, but i'm predicting summer-ish from what my LG guy has been saying.
i'm hoping and praying more then anything that someone will come out and blow our minds with new battery technology that can keep up with these mobile beasts.
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