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Clearwire Further Opens the Door to LTE Switch

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How necessary was this change?


May 6, 2010, 10:03 AM
Even if Clear chose to switch today, would they be likely be fully converted before November 2011? They'd have to run both for some period of time. I don't see them replacing everyone's notebook adapters, nor do I see Sprint halting the release of the EVO or later replacing them.

Could this be done through a firmware upgrade?

May 6, 2010, 11:50 AM
First) They haven't changed. They're saying they are leaving the door open.

Second) Yes. LTE and WiMax are software controlled. They both use the same technology. This is why I don't get the hate on WiMax. Everyone in the markets has the chance to experience this technology at this very second. Yet the haters chose to wait.

I find this most intriguing.

May 6, 2010, 4:19 PM
What?!? Its the same technology? So its not like GSM vs CDMA?

May 9, 2010, 2:29 PM
GettingSleepy said:
What?!? Its the same technology? So its not like GSM vs CDMA?

WiMax and LTE are not the same technology. WiMax provides a broadband experience via microwaves. LTE provides a broadband experience using a radio platform. There is a tremendous difference. WiMax is more like WiFi but with greater range and less interference and LTE is UMTS with more muscle, better radios and upgraded data lines (should be fiber optics).

May 6, 2010, 4:42 PM
As a consumer, I care far more about speed than I do which tech delivers the speed.

May 6, 2010, 5:54 PM
Same here Jay. But at what cost? I might find services provided by LTE, to exceed what I am willing to pay. It will be interesting to see how this transpires.

May 6, 2010, 6:04 PM
Speed dictates what I'm willing to pay. Give me 20mbps+ or even more and I'll pay so long as it's in the ballpark of reasonable. And when I say 20mbps I mean avg speeds, not.
"bursts", and not "theoretical".

May 6, 2010, 10:36 PM
What you pay, many not be what the average consumer is willing to pay.

QoS will dictate speeds
Business (demand) will dictate price.
Consumers will decide on what works for them.

I'm more concerned about a service that works reliably than a high priced unstable service that doesn't work where I need it.

May 6, 2010, 10:40 PM
Umm, what does "QoS" stand for?

May 7, 2010, 11:29 AM
QoS = Quality of Service
have poor QoS then speed will be unreliable and will be slower even if they do have high peak speeds.

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