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Sprint's First Tri-Band LTE Devices Available July 19

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Jul 15, 2013, 8:29 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Sprint today announced that the MiFi 500 LTE, Netgear Zing Mobile Hotspot, and the Netgear 341U USB Modem will go on sale beginning July 19. All three devices were announced earlier this year, and are among the first set of devices from Sprint to support LTE in three separate spectrum bands. They can access LTE in the 800MHz, 1900MHz, and 2.5GHz bands. Right now, Sprint is primarily deploying LTE in the 1900MHz band, but it will begin to offer LTE in the 800MHz band later this year now that its iDEN network has been decommissioned. The 800MHz spectrum will offer better in-building coverage when compared to the 1900MHz spectrum. The 2.5GHz spectrum was owned by Clearwire but now belongs to Sprint after it closed its acquisition of Clearwire last week. Sprint says the 2.5GHz spectrum will eventually be used to offer high-speed service in densely populated regions. The MiFi 500 and the Netgear Zing Mobile Hotspot cost $49.99, and the Netgear 341U USB Modem costs $19.99. All prices reflect a $50 mail-in rebate with a new service agreement.

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Jul 15, 2013, 6:55 PM

2007 called...

....And said it wanted all the Sprint naysayers to wake up and smell the Kool-Aid. The ale of choice for teeny-boppers who equate size and sales with quality.

Those of us who work for a living and spend most of the day behind a computer and talk on company issued phone couldn't give a rat's behind about spending hundreds of dollars a month to do more of the same at home.
Yes because Sprint is so much cheaper than Verizon or AT&T. Lets see family plan with sprint is $150 for two phones. Gives 1500 minutes, unlimited mobile to any mobile(virtually unlimited minutes), unlimited messaging and Data. Verizon and AT&T is ...

Jul 15, 2013, 1:18 PM

Force To Reckon With.

Sprint now has the spectrum holdings and financial means(SoftBank) to deliver the most powerful and fastest network in the nation.

I am hoping that my long belief that Sprint's direction in the last three years, will now start to show the latitude and longitude of providing a great network with equal offerings and service.

John B.
Having the spectrum holdings is fine, but Sprint MUST break out of the mindset that it's only going to cover metro areas and major highways. It doesn't matter how great your coverage is in these areas; you're going to hit a brick wall in terms of gro...
Wow you really are a Sprint fanboy aren't you. And how is Sprint going to compete in terms of speed. They are only using blocks of 5Mhz for their LTE. So they aren't going to have the fastest network.

However, there are two things. At least r...
I'm very impressed with what I'm hearing out of Sprint, John. They are really making amends. They got a plan but action speaks louder than words. Sprint has a notorious history of coming up with good ideas but failing to execute on them. I just hope t...
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