Sprint Plans to Roll Out LTE-Advanced in 2013

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Peanut Fox

So they'll have similar speeds to what I have now on Verizon's LTE service?

 Looking back WiMax seemed like a good idea.  It's a shame it never panned out for them.  It really could have been something.

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KenFX60

Greater speeds depending on network traffic. I've been in a Verizon store testing their SpeedTest results on LTE 4G with the android app, and the best speed results I got were 12Mb down and 1.2Mb up. I've seen 14Mb down and 1.5Mb up on my Photon 4G using WiMAX. LTE and LTE-A physical throughput caps are higher, excluding network traffic and relays. Realisitcally, it will be a long time before an end user gets to see an un-capped device's true potential on the technology, simply due to carrier traffic management and shaping.

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gruvsf

welcome to the party, pal!

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quickone

This makes me REAL excited to go get a Wimax 4G SGSII with little to no 4G coverage knowing it won't expand as they roll out the much better LTE version that I'll never have access to until I buy another phone. Fantastic

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iceman08

The questions still remain: will the phones have unlimited data still? and will they actually cover more areas, like mine?

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KenFX60

Phones, yes, HotSpot devices and plans, No. Yes to the second question, Sprint's Vision Network rollout will upgrade all their exisiting sites with new integrated technology, all RF spectrums are integrated into a single, shelf-based device, including 800, 1.6 - 1.9Ghz frequencies for CDMA, 3G/EVDO & there is compatibility for both LTE/LTE-A 4G, ALONG WITH, 2.5Ghz WiMAX. If you have a Sprint CDMA, 3G or 4G signal right now, you will be covered by the new network. Additionally, the new network will change your connection based on your distance to tower, rolling your data/cell connection to the best received frequency at your point. This mean better quality connections and better speeds the closer you get to the tower for data.

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I Jedi

In all likelihood, no. As time goes on, Sprint is going to need more money, if it wishes to deploy its network within any reasonable amount of time. Not that waiting a few years already for 4G from them in my area hasn't been reasonable enough. Anyway, we'll probably see datacaps within the next year or so on smartphone devices.

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KenFX60

Sprint already has all the capital it needs to build its 4G LTE-A network, it's already paid for.

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Danthrax66

And then you get out of your contract with the worst carrier in America.

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Slurpy

You get out of contract with all of them at once?

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