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Posts Tagged: WiMax

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With Sprint gearing up for it’s LTE rollout, it’s very possible that the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4g Touch could be Sprint’s last WiMax release.

That doesn’t mean the development stops, however. XDA Senior Member autoprime has released a modification that will allow users full access to the Epic Touch’s WiMax settings. As autoprime explains:

As the WiMax enthusiasts already know… we can edit 99% of the same values as the OG Epic already using both ##DATA# > View > WiMAX and ##DEBUG# menus. Possibly the most useful edit is setting the Entry Rx levels from -89 to -110.. allowing those in low signal areas to still jump on 4G. The big edit that was missing on the E4GT was the ability to edit the WiMax MAC address. This is what I’m sharing today.

The modification allows users to change their MAC address, which works in conjunction with other menus to help those in low reception WiMax areas to connect to Sprint’s 4g.
As autoprime says:

This Will Not MAagically Give You 4g Reception If You Are Not In A WiMax Coverage Area.

So don’t get your hopes up that this will bring the 4g goodness where there is no 4g, but for those who live in one and just can’t seem to connect, you can check out the original thread for instructions on installation and how to use it.

MIUI HTC Evo

For those who are still holding on to their HTC EVO 4G phones, among the most developed and popular phones of all time on XDA, you are in for a treat.

With ROMs ranging from HTC Sense 1.0 to HTC Sense 3.5, from 2.1 Eclair to 2.3 Gingerbread, there isn’t much the original Evo hasn’t gotten. They’ve had CyanogenMod6 and CyanogenMod7 and there’s even some works for Ice Cream Sandwich and talk of CyanogenMod9.

However, there is one thing the HTC EVO 4G has never had before: Wimax on an MIUI port. That is, until now.

XDA Recognized Developer Sinistertensai, along with the very dreamy Team Nocturnal, has released an MIUI port that’s based on CyanogenMod7 (affectionately nicknamed CIUI…get it? CyanogenMod-IUI). It looks like MIUI and it feels like MIUI but it’s based on the legendary CM7 which, as Evo users already know, can get 4g Wimax. So, now, people who love the feel of MIUI can finally feel the love of 4g data.

Now, this is a brand new ROM. This means beta release which means there’s a few bugs, but we won’t hold against anyone because they’ll inevitably get fixed. Additionally, Sinistertensai has asked that any themers or developers who want help out with this super sexy ROM get a hold of him. The more the merrier, as the old saying goes.

If you’re looking to try out this highly optimized, super sexy, WiMAX-capable and MIUI-style ROM, then you can find a full feature list, installation instructions and download links in the original thread. For you MIUI fans on the OG Evo who’ve wanted WiMAX, you can now finally have it!

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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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For those who haven’t been following the debate of LTE vs WiMax network upgrades we are here to fill you in on what is going on in the latest of wireless networks.

LTE :

This stands for Long Term Evolution and it is a network upgrade (and albeit a big one!).

Verizon has proposed theoretical speeds that could be up to 75Mbps down and 20Mbps up based on multiple sources. If speeds like these can be achieved, it would allow for broader development in areas such as HD Media Streaming and Data Intensive apps. So far this sounds great and it would require a new phone along with it, as current CDMA phones do not support LTE network protocols. Currently, Verizon and AT&T have confirmed LTE roll-outs (AT&T by 2011 and Verizon by end of Q4 2010). Moreover, Verizon confirmed this as of September 16th 2010, so we should expect LTE as part of Verizon’s network soon.

Why should I care?

For the average consumer you would see improvements such as less calls being dropped and faster download speeds over the air. The greater the speeds on the network, the more improvements in development and the more devices we will be able to see.

WiMax:

Is an acronym for Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access and is another candidate for many carrier’s future plans involving a network overhaul.

WiMax has the capabilities of providing portable network access across great areas such as the size of a city, and aside from mobile opportunities, it showcases features that would appeal to ISP’s such as an alternative to DSL and Broadband. WiMax is also cheaper than connections with comparable speeds such as fiber because of the cheaper implementation costs. Currently, WiMax networks do exist and are used for mobile broadband solutions in laptop wireless cards and similarly equipped devices.

Why should I care?

You would see such benefits as lower bills because of the cheaper implementation costs, and better coverage in cities due to WiMax’s large broadcasting capabilities.

If you would like to read more on this topic check out this thread by XDA member Geniusdog254, which discusses some of the benefits of LTE and WiMax.

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