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Sprint picks WiMax for its 4G network

updated 04:00 pm EDT, Tue August 8, 2006

Sprint Picks WiMax For 4G

The declaration that EVDO is mobile broadband doesn't always ring true in practice. In theory, current EVDO allows for up to 2.4 Mbps downstream. Most users won't ever reach that speed in practice; Sprint Nextel says users on its network average between 400 and 700 Kbps. This ultimately limits current EVDO to "good enough" broadband that clearly outperforms dial-up, yet which can't truly compare to what land-line users know. Sprint's announcement that it would use Intel's WiMax for its upcoming 4G service is thus particularly welcome. The phone carrier said that the 2007 rollout should give customers much better real-world service than EVDO can offer, delivering between 2 and 4 Mbps depending on signal strength. It should also be less expensive to maintain, which hopefully means lower service rates as well.

by MacNN Staff




  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    While the possibility remains that the entries for different payment methods have been completed automatically regardless of AT&T's intent to use them for shipping phones, the revelation suggests that AT&T has reconsidered its initial stance on the iPhone's use on its network.

    Wait! One second you say that it could have been completed automatically regardless of intent, and then you say it suggests they've reconsidered? If its automatic, why does it suggest reconsideration?

    And its amazing how people think everyone in an organization has all sorts of inside information and decision-making. Because, in all likelihood, it could just as easily been that the people responsible for the product codes and getting them into the system were told "Hey, we need to get the iphone into the system" and they did that, as they do with every other phone that crosses their plate, without necessarily the president of the company coming down and laying out to everyone what their plans are for the device, but swearing them all to secrecy (and we know they would keep that oath, just like Apple's people do!).

    I guess the obvious statement would seem kind of silly, but is it just not possible to wait a month or two until the thing is actually released to see what they're going to do, pricing and availability wise?

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