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Sprint Provides Glimmer of Hope for Clearwire

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Nov 9, 2010, 2:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @zeman_e

Speaking to investors, Sprint CEO said that Clearwire's recent warning that it has less than 12 months of funding left doesn't preclude Sprint from kicking in some money. Hesse said, "That doesn't mean that Sprint and other partners won't continue to fund Clearwire." Hesse stopped short of actually saying that Sprint would provide Clearwire with more money, however. Clearwire recently announced lay-offs, product delays, and build-out delays in an attempt to reduce capital spending. It is seeking the funding it needs to continue operations, but has so far been unsuccessful.

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Nov 9, 2010, 2:47 PM

Sprint is helping Clearwire pay the bills....

Just like Check into Cash helps Sprint customers pay their bills! 🤣

But seriously, how do they not realize that the slow adoption of WiMax is due not only to it's agonizingly slow rollout, but poor real world performance?
Who are you trying to convince?
....your claims about there being "poor real world performance" are completely full of ish.

My internet connection is, on average, 9 mbps. That's fast enough for my needs right now. Sure, it's not 100 mbps, but it works, and quite consistently, too...

Nov 10, 2010, 12:33 PM

Hey Sprint, wanna keep your WiMax?

Then pay up.

Seriously though, what the hell kind of deal does Sprint have with Clear that allows them to use their network and not help fund them?

If Clearwire goes under, does this mean that Sprint no longer has "4G"?
i don't really get it, either. I know Sprint is the largest shareholder in Clearwire.

I think they spun off Clear as a seperate entity in case other companies wanted to launch WiMax based services...they could go through Clear as well ??
Sprint invested heavily with this joint effort by not only investing their own cash but also giving up their infrastructure to Clearwire. The Exchange was that Clear would solely be in charge of the buildout while Sprint maintained as the majority hol...

Nov 9, 2010, 2:23 PM

Sprint STILL hasn't learned it's lesson yet....................?

You would think the Nextel disaster would have taught Sprint "something" about mixing technologies.As the rest of the world moves on with LTE,Sprint seriously considers dumping more money into the Clearwire "pit". Even after Sprint's own CEO admits there's a "Plan B" to still swtich to LTE. Who makes these decisions? The octopus that picked all those World Cup games? 🙄
he cant that octopus died
So if Sprint DOES switch to LTE, would you port over?

This is undoubtedly the question that is raised at corporate meetings. To spend a bunch more money and switch. It's a tough choice. Will it make any difference?

By the way you're talking, I ...

Nov 9, 2010, 3:25 PM

WIMAX isn't the "problem", 2.5ghz spectrum is

Everyone keeps whining that if sprint would "just go LTE" it would be smooth sailing. Do any of you realize that Sprint collectively owns more towers than Verizon or ATT do? The reason they don't have verizon's coverage is spectrum...1 tower on 800mhz w/ Verizon is capable, in some areas, or providing almost twice the coverage of 1 tower on 1900mhz (sprint's cdma band). None of this means that a reliable, penetrable wimax network can't be built at 2.5ghz, it just means that they need even more broadcast points than they need with their CDMA network, so higher buildout costs and more time to build it. Seems that they're choosing to roll it out intermittently across cities, strategically. Over time, coverage will improve.

LTE, at 2....
Most of what you said is true, but this part isn't:

Jeff226 said:
LTE, at 2.5ghz , isn't even standardized yet.

TeliaSonera in Europe had the world's first consumer-ready LTE network, and they deployed in the 2...
I argued myself about this. 2.5ghz is a $hitty band. Theres no way around. Sure you can get more bandwidth out of it but you need twice or triple the amount of towers to cover an area which equates to lots and lots of cash.

I said it before and I ...
Jeff226 said:
Everyone keeps whining that if sprint would "just go LTE" it would be smooth sailing. Do any of you realize that Sprint collectively owns more towers than Verizon or ATT do? The reason they don't have verizon's cover
Your post is a great analysis. I think it's important to also keep in mind that there are pros and cons to these higher frequencies.

If I understand this correctly, frequencies that travel further and penetrate buildings, don't have as much abil...
Do any of you realize that Sprint collectively owns more towers than Verizon or ATT do?

Sprint sold their entire network of towers to TowerCo. They pay TowerCo to build and maintain it now.

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Nov 9, 2010, 2:51 PM

Fairly Good News.

Sprint has really made a tremendous effort to turn things around. The merge of Nextel, really tarnished Sprint's image.

Moving forward:

As a consumer of the wireless industry for over 22 years, I think Sprint should be re-examined again by prospects looking to try another carrier. It is NOT the same carrier it was back a few years ago. They have expended a great deal of cash to improve their native coverage area while looking to expand on it. Their selection of products has increased ten fold and Customer 😉 Service has never been better.

I am not trying to shoot from the hip. If you are in Sprint/Clearwire's areas, I dare anyone to try their services again or for the first time. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

I personally agree with everything you say, i have been with sprint for a few years. ( 4 years)

1.) while i was with them my bill has gotten cheaper,

2.) the features have gotten better

3.) the service level is better

4.) and i get cov...
Well said. I admire Sprint and I hope to see them compete with the Duopoly for many more years.
Great post John!

I happen to work for RadioShack and we sell At&t, T-Mo and Sprint. I've been with all 4 major carriers at one point or another. All have had their upsides and downsides.

I recently switched back to Sprint in June, after 4 years...
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