Question from the parents: "do they still work on Wimax?"

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Don't try to kill me for this one or claim i'm a troll but my parents asked me about Wimax and if Sprint has any plans on doing anything with it. I said probably not since they don't really do anything with 3G (from my knowledge) and they have to worry about LTE. What do you think? Are they going to do anything with the Wimax system or just deal with LTE and making that the same map as 3G?
 

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They're going to support WiMax and the devices using it until xx/xx/2015. Afterwards they'll most likely cut it off like Nextel.

As far as they're 3g/lte they're doing network vision. They say everywhere they have service. The roll out is the slowest of all carriers but they're also doing the most changes.

The improvements on the 3g will work on the WiMax devices so they'll still see some improvement.
 

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Don't try to kill me for this one or claim i'm a troll but my parents asked me about Wimax and if Sprint has any plans on doing anything with it. I said probably not since they don't really do anything with 3G (from my knowledge) and they have to worry about LTE. What do you think? Are they going to do anything with the Wimax system or just deal with LTE and making that the same map as 3G?

The only thing I can think of to add is while the official cut off date is set for 2015, I think unofficially, it will be within the next several months.

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The only thing I can think of to add is while the official cut off date is set for 2015, I think unofficially, it will be within the next several months.

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Ya I hear they are speeding up the phase out of Wimax. I thought I heard 2014 now.

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Ya I hear they are speeding up the phase out of Wimax. I thought I heard 2014 now.

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Last I saw on Sprint's site was 2015, and that was only a few months ago. But like I said, I would not be at all surprised that they cut it as quickly as possible.

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Last I saw on Sprint's site was 2015, and that was only a few months ago. But like I said, I would not be at all surprised that they cut it as quickly as possible.

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I think the time line changed shortly after SoftBank bought us, but I don't know if it was ever official.

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As WiMaxx was effectively still-born, tell your parents to suck it up and buy a new phone (or pair of phones) and get themselves on LTE. Of course, considering what a hatchet job Sprint seems to have done so far, I'd also tell your parents to educate themselves about their options (physical carriers as well as MVNOs) and make an appropriate decision based on that. There *are* other, better options out there, you know, and frankly GSM carriers which use HSPA or HSPA+ already provide much faster data speeds than anything you or your parents are used to on Sprint.

I know; I used to be a Sprint customer.
 

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Unless there is an immediate need for maintaining the infrastructure, WiMax is most definitely done. I wouldn't say get LTE phones now. Though, they might want to be ready for it once WiMax is gone.

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If they're going to get an lte device hold off until the tri band devices are released. That way they're future proofed for whatever lte Sprint decides to throw in your area.
 

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If they're going to get an lte device hold off until the tri band devices are released. That way they're future proofed for whatever lte Sprint decides to throw in your area.

With technology, nothing is full proof. That's both a good thing, as well as a bad thing for consumers who can't afford to stay current with evolving technology.

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Been trying hard on telling them that. They are as bad as my grandparents!:p but i think i have been getting somewhere with them and are thinking about Tmobile. They have been waiting out since Sprint is now testing LTE in my area and its quickly lighting up(i say quickly since it was 'seen' about 3 days ago)
As WiMaxx was effectively still-born, tell your parents to suck it up and buy a new phone (or pair of phones) and get themselves on LTE. Of course, considering what a hatchet job Sprint seems to have done so far, I'd also tell your parents to educate themselves about their options (physical carriers as well as MVNOs) and make an appropriate decision based on that. There *are* other, better options out there, you know, and frankly GSM carriers which use HSPA or HSPA+ already provide much faster data speeds than anything you or your parents are used to on Sprint.

I know; I used to be a Sprint customer.
 

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Been trying hard on telling them that. They are as bad as my grandparents!:p but i think i have been getting somewhere with them and are thinking about Tmobile. They have been waiting out since Sprint is now testing LTE in my area and its quickly lighting up(i say quickly since it was 'seen' about 3 days ago)

I am with Sprint and my speeds get better every week. And they haven't officially launched it here yet.

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A few bad physical locations notwithstanding (and find me a cell network where this isn't the case) I really couldn't complain about Sprint's network coverage too much. It happened to be that my home has some random and shifting dead spots in it, but whatever. Their customer service was itself fine, both in-person and over the phone.

But two things really soured me on Sprint: their high rates for service, and their handling of 4G service.

I've switched to T-Mo, and most of the time use GrooVeIP for VOIP with my Google Voice account. It works reasonably well, and saves me $50/mo in plan price differences. So far that has fully paid for my ETF and my phone itself, so I can't imagine for just that reason alone not having switched.

The other thing, and this is more philosophical in nature, is that I'm done with CDMA because of its vendor lock-in nature. I'm also done with ever being on a contract.

So as far as WiMax is concerned, as I and other have already beaten to death in this thread, there is no longer a point in considering it, any more than there's a point to HD-DVD or Betamax.
 

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