Russell Holly · Dec 7, 2011 at 02:43 pm

LTE on Sprint? Maybe someday…

There was a time where I would gladly jump ship to another carrier to get the best phone out there. I switched back and forth every couple of months it seemed. For me, I settled down when the G1 came out, stayed on T-Mobile though the Nexus One and the Nexus S. But then, I was given a new reason to jump ship. Verizon Wireless launched 4GLTE in my area, and that was all the reason I needed. A faster network is a vital thing in a world with multitasking, streaming content, and “the cloud” on our devices. In the US, the faster network surge started with Sprint and their WiMax network. Much of the HTC EVO’s success is often attributed to Sprint’s WiMax network. Sprint deciced earlier this year to maintain their WiMax network until 2015, but to also begin shifting their network to LTE. Eventually Sprint, Verizon Wireless, and AT&T will all have similar LTE networks to offer competitive service on. At least, that was the plan. Now, according to a recent Sprint webcast, we might not see LTE on Sprint until late 2012.

Initially, the plan for “The Now Network” was to begin deploying LTE networks and LTE devices in mid 2012. While that’s still a pretty long way away, especially with Verizon Wireless not pushing LTE to more than half of the US and AT&T planning to fire up more and more LTE networks, Sprint users will essentially be looking at about a year before their network compares. What’s worse, there seems to be no information anywhere about any improvements to their WiMax network, so things will remain static at Sprint for about a year. A year in the Smartphone ecosystem can feel like a lifetime for the dedicated among us. A few months may not seem like a deal breaker to many, but for some it may be a long look down an increasingly growing corridor.


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Russell Holly is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users.
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