Items tagged with WiMAX

There are a myriad of nice smartphones on the market today. And since we're all for choice and options around here, we like the competition we're seeing in the mobile market. If you're a Sprint customer, you've been given the choice of a few really good 4G options this year. One of those options, the Motorola Photon 4G, has all of the specs you'd want from a high-end phone. The Photon 4G features a 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor along with 1GB of RAM and Android 2.3 "Gingerbread". Although the Photon 4G has been out for a while, it still has some compelling features that other phones... Read more...
Well, isn't this quite the bombshell? Sprint was steadfast in their support for WiMAX, despite the fact that T-Mobile's 42Mbps HSPA+ network (and especially Verizon Wireless' LTE network) was faster. WiMAX was widely seen as the first "4G" implementation in America, but being first isn't always the best tactic, particularly when your rollout footprint is tiny and the speed increases hardly justify the $10/month surcharge. WiMAX was seemingly losing the 4G battle from the start, with LTE and its variants picking up way more steam. So, what's Sprint to do about it? Cut their loses and switch sides... Read more...
For a company that doesn't sell any phones, Clearwire sure has been in the carrier news a lot lately. The company best known for helping Sprint out on the delivery of that WiMAX network is now in the news for something outside of The Now Network. Clearwire is reportedly in talks with various U.S. wireless operators, including AT&T and Verizon Wireless, with the topic of conversation being the sale of network capacity. Not surprisingly, American carriers are looking everywhere for extra capacity. Smartphone usage has soared and in turn, so has data usage. There's obviously limits to how much... Read more...
With all this talk surrounding the proposed AT&T / T-Mobile USA merger, it leaves Sprint in a weird place. Verizon Wireless already has a commanding share of America's CDMA market, and after scooping up Alltel, they aren't really in any major need for millions of new subscribers. But Sprint? Well, Sprint has exactly been having the best quarters of their lives in recent years, and while things aren't "dire" by any means, the carrier is probably thinking long and hard about their strategy should this AT&T / T-Mobile thing go through. And it appears that they want to share that strategy with... Read more...
With a name like Conquer, it has to be superb...right? Well, that's the message that Sprint's trying to get across with their latest handset, a WiMAX-enabled smartphone that just so happens to be the carrier's 25th 4G-capable device. It's also the first Sprint 4G phone to launch with an on-contract price is under $100, making it even more affordable to hop onboard. Of course, that monthly data plan (and $10 premium data fee) will still nail you 12 times a year, but hey -- who's thinking about payments, right? The Samsung Conquer 4G will cost just $99.99 with a new two-year service agreement or... Read more...
With Verizon Wireless and AT&T committed to rolling out 4G LTE networks, some have wondered what Sprint and Clearwire will do with their WiMAX technology. It's no secret that Clearwire has been testing LTE technology for a year. Sprint, which is Clearwire's partner and biggest customer, has also stated that it was not committed solely to WiMAX. Now, Clearwire has announced plans to add LTE technology to its network. More details are available in the press release below, but you can expect the initial LTE rollouts to focus on "densely populated, urban areas of Clearwire's existing 4G markets."... Read more...
WiMAX seems to have hit a stumbling block in the U.S. Not a single new market has opened up during 2011, while Verizon's LTE network seems to be expanding by the week. But Clearwire and Sprint aren't giving up, and in fact, they're producing some fairly great hardware and plans. The newest is the Clear Spot 4G Apollo, a new personal mobile hotspot that connects to Clearwire's 4G WiMAX network, and the real kicker is the pricing layout. It can provide average mobile download speeds of 3 to 6 mbps with bursts up to 10 mbps, with unlimited plans starting at $35/month. It's a 3.4" square and will sell... Read more...
Touted as America's first glasses-free 3D-capable 4G device, the HTC EVO 3D features a 4.3-inch, qHD (Quarter High Definition) 3D display as well as dual rear-facing cameras, that can capture 3D images and video. Even if you're not interested in this phone's 3D capabilities though, its specs and horsepower may still be attractive. The EVO 3D runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and features a dual-core, 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 4G connectivity capabilities, 4GB of internal memory, and 1GB of RAM. With the combination of a dual-core mobile processor, a high-res screen, and 1GB of RAM, this... Read more...
Touted as America's first glasses-free 3D 4G device, the HTC EVO 3D features a 4.3-inch, qHD (Quarter High Definition) 3D display as well as dual rear-facing cameras that can capture 3D images and video. Even if you're not interested in this phone's 3D capabilities though, its specs and power under the hood may attract you. The EVO 3D runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and features a dual-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 4G connectivity capabilities, 4GB of internal memory, and 1GB of RAM. With the combination of a dual-core mobile processor and 1GB of RAM, this phone has the power and... Read more...
Another week, another 4G-enabled Android phone for Sprint. It feels like just yesterday that the first WiMAX phone that Sprint ever had was launching, and now the selection is blossoming at a rapid rate. Motorola's Photon 4G is the latest phone to launch, and it's hailed as the carrier's first international 4G smartphone. You probably won't want to even see the roaming rates, but at least you can if need be. This phone has a 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 CPU, Sprint ID (which delivers a variety of apps, widgets, shortcuts, ringtones and wallpapers), Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), a 4.3" touchscreen,... Read more...
Why use one of those old T-1 lines, when you could get similar speeds without wires? Wait, what? Sprint has talked up their 4G / WiMAX network for some time now, and while it has mostly been aimed at consumers, there's obvious interest coming from businesses as well. This week, Sprint launched what it's calling the first solution that offers bundled 4G and 3G wireless WAN connectivity, with secure and reliable access to Sprint Global MPLS. In a nutshell, it's 4G enterprise WAN, and Sprint's making bold statements about it. Things like this: "Not only can wireless connectivity open a world of possibilities... Read more...
Clearwire and Ericsson, sitting in a tree? They probably aren't kissing, but they are in cahoots now. Clearwire just announced plans to leverage Ericsson's global best practices, tools, and processors in order to "maximize effeicients, provide continued network quality and reduce operating costs." That's a mouthful, but it boils down to something fairly simple. Clearwire will be retaining ownership of all network assets and full responsibility for future network decisions, but Ericsson will gain responsibility for network engineering, operations and maintenance. Also, Ericsson will be adding around... Read more...
The Mobile HotSpot shown here isn't new. It's a device that has kicked around on a few carriers in its day, but now, one of America's most prominent cable companies is taking a major step toward becoming an all-in-one service provider. Comcast has just launched this 3G/4G device as a part of their Xfinity Internet2go lineup, enabling pay-TV customers to get mobile broadband from the very same parent company. The device here isn't the story. It's a 3G/4G MiFi, just like the ones that have been around for years now. But Comcast is undercutting Sprint's version ($80) by charging just $25 on a one-year... Read more...
Well, guess what? Clearwire has some positive news to share. The company has taken somewhat of a beating in recent quarters, which is expected for a startup trying to build out a national network of WiMAX with hardly any carrier support outside of Sprint. But now, the company's Q1 2011 earnings report shows that they recorded quarterly net subscriber additions of 1.8 million: 1.6m wholesale and 155,000 retail. Revenue sat at $258.1m, which is up 142% from $106.7m year-over-year. That's not too shabby for a company that's still so young. Of course, expansion helps: their 4G network now reaches 126... Read more...
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