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Sprint's First LTE Devices Drop Next Month
Sprint LTE Galaxy Nexus at Sam's Club April 22
by Karl Bode 06:58PM Tuesday Apr 03 2012
Leaked documents purportedly from Sam's Club indicate that Sprint's preparing for a bevy of LTE-based phone launches this month. The Verge notes that Sam's Club should get the Sprint LTE version of the Galaxy Nexus on April 22, though it's unlikely you'll have a network to run it on. The Sprint Galaxy Nexus is expected to be identical to the Verizon version with two differences: it will support Google Wallet (you'll recall Verizon didn't want it competing with their own payment platform) and it will be roughly 300MHz faster (1.5GHz). More officially, Sprint has announced that the LG Viper will be available for pre-order on April 12th for $100 -- with a two-year contract. As it stands, Sprint's biggest selling point at LTE launch will be their offering of truly unlimited data -- though it's still not clear that offer will survive the year

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FFH5
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join:2002-03-03
Tavistock NJ
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What will a Sprint LTE device connect to?

I may have missed it, but I don't remember seeing that Sprint has turned up any markets yet on LTE. I know they plan on doing that, but until they have a few dozen markets turned up with LTE, why would you buy an LTE phone on Sprint?

The only thing I saw so far was that Sprint might have something up by June or July:
»Six Sprint LTE Markets Running by Mid-Year
xenophon

join:2007-09-17

1 recommendation

Re: What will a Sprint LTE device connect to?

June/July are probably the planned 'official' announced dates. They already have many LTE sites up and running. No different than the initial WiMAX rollout. When Sprint first did WiMAX many sites were up and running many months before a market was 'officially' announced. Those who are in the initial summer markets likely will get LTE at least for some sites when the phones come out. When the market is announced, most sites should be up and running. At least this was the case with WiMAX.

I suspect sites near me have been upgraded as I'm getting highest speeds ever seen for 3G and WiMAX.

mix

join:2002-03-19
Utica, MI

Re: What will a Sprint LTE device connect to?

Network Vision upgrades won't change Wimax one bit. Sprint 3G EVDO will benefit from the fiber or microwave backhaul upgrades though.
xenophon

join:2007-09-17

1 recommendation

Re: What will a Sprint LTE device connect to?

Something is going on with WiMAX as performance has also improved. I'm more often getting 12Mbps, which is apparently the most Epic Touch can do. Maybe they've adjusted the way backhaul is managed between Sprint and Clearwire.

FFH5
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Re: What will a Sprint LTE device connect to?

said by xenophon:

Something is going on with WiMAX as performance has also improved. Maybe they've adjusted the way backhaul is managed between Sprint and Clearwire.

I noticed that too. I was in Philly today and Wimax speeds were much better than usual in the northeast part of the city.
xenophon

join:2007-09-17

Sprint LTE to be unlimited

According to...
»phandroid.com/2012/04/03/sprint-···limited/
Nesse

join:2009-06-12
Naperville, IL

So...

If Sprints LTE works anything like their WiMax did, you'll see decent speeds for about 6 months and after everyones picked up a shiney new LTE device... speed will drop to 1Mbps or slower.

Too little too late IMO, but at least this will have better building penetration.

mix

join:2002-03-19
Utica, MI

Re: So...

You mean Clearwire's Wimax.

verizonlteda

@myvzw.com

Re: So...

Still sprints wimax network in way they own a good part of clearwire. So his point is spot on.

Mega Gazilli

@sbcglobal.net
said by Nesse:

If Sprints LTE works anything like their WiMax did, you'll see decent speeds for about 6 months and after everyones picked up a shiney new LTE device... speed will drop to 1Mbps or slower.

Too little too late IMO, but at least this will have better building penetration.

Sprint is known it have to have very poor backhauls. I remember reading an article where they only support 10MB/s max compared to 50-100MB/s with verizon.

Sprint = Unlimited and Overloaded.
rlharris02

join:2009-02-06

Re: So...

Sprint is using 1GB + microwave and fiber back haul to all of there network vision towers.

NO where has it ever been stated that Sprint used 10mb for there back haul for network vision.

Also for WiMAX i get well above 1mb also.

I would be willing to bet you are not a current Sprint customer?

45612019

join:2004-02-05
New York, NY
Does it matter? 1 Mbps is fine for browsing.

Mega Gazilli

@sbcglobal.net

Re: So...

said by 45612019:

Does it matter? 1 Mbps is fine for browsing.

When you have 50 users all connected to a backhaul that can't possibly support that many connections, yes it does matter.

BTW, 1 Mbps is a pipe dream on sprint. They can afford to offer 'unlimited' service because they don't have the infrastructure to support their users.

This is like Shell offering Free gas for a month but shutting down all production for that month.

45612019

join:2004-02-05
New York, NY

Re: So...

I typically get 3-6 Mbps on Sprint's WiMAX which is fine for a cell phone.

I've seen people bragging about getting 40 Mbps on Verizon's network before but really, who gives a shit about 40 Mbps on a cell phone? What the hell are you going to do with a 40 Mbps connection with a 5 GB cap?

Even if you manage to find a way to use that speed on a cellphone, you only have 15 minutes to enjoy it before you hit your pathetically low bandwidth cap for the month.

All the wireless companies are highway robbers but Verizon and AT&T with those tiny caps take it to the extreme.

With all the price gouging that's going on in the wireless sector it makes cable television and Internet look like the deal of the century.

JamesPC

join:2005-10-12
Orange, CA

Re: So...

Completely agree. I also consistently get 3-6 Mbps with my on the wimax.
xenophon

join:2007-09-17

Re: So...

I've been typically seeing 4-8Mbps and sometimes 10-12Mbps depending on location. At home it's more often over 8Mbps than a few months ago.

But yeah, I can't think of a phone app that needs more than 4Mbps. And on Sprint there's no meter watching. Am using about 5-7GB/month lately.

Will be nice to have better building penetration with LTE. Basically wherever there is a voice signal, LTE should work well.

Osmosis2012

@cvgs.net

I love my sprint service

I use about 10GB monthly and my speeds on 4g are about 7 to 10MB no complaints here AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon could learn a thing or two. My phone is the epic 4g.