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Hesse: Sprint's Future Includes Clearwire and WiMax

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Mar 9, 2011, 9:55 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse, speaking at the Deutsche Bank AG Media & Telecom Conference today, said that every option it has mapped for its future includes WiMax and partner Clearwire. Hesse thinks that Sprint should do more network sharing with Clearwire, though he didn't specify how. The two companies are currently hashing out the wholesale networking agreement between them, but have yet to come to terms. Sources cited by Bloomberg on March 8 believe that T-Mobile's parent company, Deutsche Telekom, is in talks to sell or merge T-Mobile USA with Sprint and pursue a different course for the future of their businesses. Hesse declined to comment on that report.

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Mar 9, 2011, 10:28 AM

As long as we keep talking LTE to Clear...then YES.

...if we decide to run both Wimax and LTE, say Wimax for embedded devices, and LTE for phones then I'm all for it.

Wimax is not on vendors priority list anymroe to manufacture for, considering all the carriers in the US and most of the carriers abroad are deplying LTE.

Ergo, leave the Wimax to the laptops and stuff, get LTE up for phones.

Staying with Wimax now not only hurts us, but continues to hurt us, and when Clearwire goes under from no extra financial backing then it's bye bye Sprint 4G...period.
Its okay... if Sprint managed to stay a float after posting net losses for so many quarters, then I don't see why Clear can't do that as well lol.
The article seems to think LTE isn't exactly the open option...

“every option” for Sprint’s future involves the wholesaler and fourth-generation WiMax technology.

Mar 9, 2011, 4:16 PM

Oh the humanities!!!

I do not even want to think how phone prices, plans, etc., will suffer because of this. Subscribers are shafted enough.
Maybe in the long run phones will increase in price.


However for right now just because Hesse said we are moving forward with WiMax and Clear as a partner I doubt it will sky rocket.

Also, while I would rue the day that they announced...

Mar 10, 2011, 2:12 AM

Stringing Clearwire on...

I think he is just stringing Clear on for a while until they merge with T-Mo or make a clear no pun intended, path to LTE with T... and saving clear as a plan B...

Mar 9, 2011, 12:55 PM

Are they crazy!

WiMax sucks!
I've never experienced any better speeds than 3G with WiMax, it can't penetrate buildings very well, it chews up your battery, and if you get a 4G phone they strap on an extra $10 charge for this crappy excuse for high speed data! 👿
This is most defiantly Mr. Hesse's fist misstep in awhile.
I'm just pissed that I'm locked into a contract for my Mi-Fi and live in a crappy WiMax coverage Area when the other carriers have better high speed coverage. ☹️
I think the 2.5 GHz frequency is more to blame than the technology itself.
Mi-Fi is 3G only. What does that have to do with 4G or WiMax?
I am a happy user of sprints WiMax. I used to have not so great service in my building. Then when sprint fired up 4g my 3g service got a huge boost. I am using my evo right now as my main ISP. I just did a speed test and this is my result.

andy2373 said:
and if you get a 4G phone they strap on an extra $10 charge for this crappy excuse for high speed data!

they charge the extra $10 on all smart phones, dont they?

Mar 9, 2011, 10:42 AM

Why Sprint?

You would think that AT&T would be in talks with T-Mobile USA, both are on G network againSM networks. Maybe AT&T isn't allowed because they're in the hunt to be the largest network again.
No way the FCC would allow that to happen. After 2012 when a Republican is (likely) back in office then sure.

Mar 9, 2011, 10:20 AM


No comment. As long as the rumors help the stock price.
Stocks are for greedy people in lower Manhattan. As a consumer I care about speed, speed, and more speed. So long as the rumors result in more speed, then I'm happy!
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