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Sprint Now Says No LTE Gear Until Second Half of 2012

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psycros

Dec 5, 2011, 11:04 PM
What's sad is that the areas that truly need effective wireless broadband are the ones that will never get it. Sprint would have a captive audience if it concentrated on getting service to rural areas. It wouldn't have to be full-speed 4G, either..they could deliver a fifth of that and they'd still get crazy business from those ignored by the telcos and cable companies. Sprint also needs to seriously expand their service footprint. AT&T and/or Verizon are everywhere, but you can barely get Sprint in the middle of the biggest town within 50 miles of me. I suspect this is true for much of the country outside the major metro areas. When it comes to a wireless carrier, coverage and reliability are #1, followed by value and finally by devic...
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MileHigh8710

Dec 6, 2011, 1:10 AM
What? Sprint has one of of not the largest footprint of all the cellphone companies. I travel a lot between Texas and Colorado and very seldom come across a place where I didnt have a signal. Texas has a lot and so does Colorado both have a lot countryside where there is virtually no ppl and yet sprint still gets me a signal not only cell but for data as well
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crood

Dec 6, 2011, 9:52 AM
It comes down to volume. Sprint charges less than Verizon and AT&T. The costs of deploying the network are the same. In fact it might actually be more expensive for Sprint, since Verizon and AT&T probably have more leverage in negotiating deals.

Rural areas essentially mean fewer customers per square foot, which means fewer customers to pay for the equipment needed to supply service to them. It's pretty much the same reason the cable and telephone companies don't do it. The revenue simply doesn't justify the expense.
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yarmock

Dec 6, 2011, 1:56 PM
Sprint is already enough in the hole money-wise. Why waste money on rural areas that will not yeild returns that are profitable? Once they get everything together, then yes the should explore that option. Right now isnt the time. And they are definately late to the LTE party, and Im not sure if I should upgrade now or just wait for a LTE device in Mid-at 2012 now, knowing full well LTE wont be available in my hometown, but will be in Cleveland im sure at launch.
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WiWavelength

Dec 6, 2011, 8:20 PM
psycros said:
Sprint also needs to seriously expand their service footprint. AT&T and/or Verizon are everywhere...


Probably not gonna happen. Sprint is unlikely to expand its rural footprint greatly because Sprint, as it has done all along, would have to build the network from the ground up. Such a move would cost billions of dollars, take years upon years to accomplish, and require even longer to produce a return on investment.

VZW and/or AT&T "are everywhere" because they have bought dozens of preexisting wireless carriers and their networks. The keyword is "bought," as opposed to "built." All told, VZW and AT&T have constructed relatively little new footprint. Instead, they have absorbed 10, 1...
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