Clearwire Believes WiMax and LTE Should Merge
Sounds like they are giving in?
I think Clearwire is saying this because they know WiMAX isn't the future of cellular technology. But we shall see what happens. I think if I could have it my way, I'd just wish everything was LTE. One technology, unlocked phones...it forces the networks to work on service and not providing handsets themselves...
Also, TMO is struggling with their own issues and have already expressed an interest to have a partnership(with the naming of Clearwire).
Food for thought: if the "potential" for T-Mobile to switch to WiMax with Clear is a possibility, so is the possibility that Clear might switch to LTE. That can go both ways.
Sprint went with WiMAX now because there isn't a standard for LTE in the 2.5 GHz range and would not be available for a while after the other markets are already up. Therefore they have chosen something that may be available to do LTE later. Anyone?
This isn't blueray vs hddvd where one tech was clearly better then the other.
Tell me...between HD-DVD and Blu-Ray, which had better video quality on HDTV? You said one was clearly better than the other...but if I recall correctly, Blu-Ray actually won out because of studio backing to the point HD-DVD couldn't compete. That format war was highly political between the Blu-Ray and HD-DVD camps.
If you ask an average mobile phone user what frequency their phone is operating on, or what spectrum their carrier has in the area, or for many people what kind of technology the the phone uses, most will not know how to answer. When full roll-out is complete, consumers will care about what work...
Sprint went with WiMAX now because there isn't a standard for LTE in the 2.5 GHz range
You're forgetting that WiMax was NOT a ratified 4G standard when Sprint chose it for their 4G network.
... it won't kill them to convert if that's where the standard goes.
If it won't kill them to convert, then why not just convert to LTE, instead of requesting the industry reconcile the two technologies?
This all sounds like 'sour grapes' on Clearwire's part ... they dove into Sprint's premature 4G, and now they're looking for a life vest.
Off the record... I think sprint will look into the LTE for the IDEN network. Due to it has some similarity to GSM with the sim cards... And juggle wimax and LTE (Competition and choices for the customers, however still be ...
It was probably 5 months ago that I think the LTE group said the same thing about LTE working with WiMax. This is business ethics 101.
Blu-Ray and HD-DVD camps talked about merging the two standards at one time, but talks broke down. I think there will be too much political bickering between carriers, handset manufacturers, and infrastructure vendors for anything to happen. I'm not saying that *is* the case, but I do think that is ultimately what the situation will amount to.
If it won't kill them to convert, then why not just convert to LTE, instead of requesting the industry reconcile the two technologies?/blockquote>
Sprint can also be thinking, "Hey guys, we already have a proven 4G tech, up and running in multiple cities. It would be sweet if we all used the same thing, and this is the easiest way to go, since we've done all the legwork for you. Hop on!"
But why would you want Verizon to not have roaming agreements with the other two carriers. I hope you are smart enough to not believe the Verizon commercials. T-Mobile's calling area is big, but AT&T's rivals Verizon. I will say this...eve...
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