HTC EVO 3D Approved with 800MHz ESMR Support
Top message: Im no expert... by rarodrig26
Replying to: Re: LTE by mariner29
Sprint currently uses iDEN technology in the 800 MHz ESMR band, but plans to migrate to CDMA technology in that band.
Phones will need to specifically support CDMA in the ESMR band in order to take advantage of that part of the network. None of the phones currently on sale support this, but many new ones coming this year will support it.
The benefits won't be anything terribly obvious to consumers. It will simply mean more capacity on Sprint's CDMA network, to support more customers and more usage.
Over time, it may give Sprint a competitive advantage that allows them to offer cheaper 3G data plans, for example.
It also means that things will simply continue running smoothly. As Sprint gains customers and as those customers use more data, they risk running out of capacity. That would lead to degraded service, including dropped calls and slower 3G data speeds. This move simply helps them avoid that scenario.
There is also the benefit of increased building penetration. That's not a huge problem for most Sprint customers, but if it's a problem for you, you may find you get better service with one of these new phones, once Sprint deploys this network upgrade in your area.
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