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Sprint: No More 4G WiMax Phones

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Sprint, the third largest mobile provider in the United States, has announced that it will not be releasing any 4G WiMax smartphones in the future and will instead put all of its focus into releasing 4G LTE devices. The announcement comes just ahead of an April 4th news conference with HTC where the carrier will likely announce the HTC EVO One, a new 4G LTE smartphone based on the HTC One X.

This essentially confirms what we already knew.

Whatever it is that Sprint is announcing on April 4th will indeed be a 4G LTE device, joining the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the LG Viper, both of which were announced back at CES 2012 in January.

Sprint Says Farewell to 4G WiMax Phones

Sprint has yet to announce a roll out date for its upcoming high-speed network only to say that it will be available in Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Kansas City, Houston, and  San Antonio by the middle of this year.

Signs all point to April as a possible launch month.

Back in 2010, Sprint launched the first smartphone that was marketed the first phone equipped with “4G.” That phone of course was the HTC EVO 4G, one of the most popular Android phones of all time.

Since then, the carrier has released a flurry of 4G WiMax phones including the HTC EVO 3D, Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch and others.

The iPhone 4S, which Sprint launched back in October, runs on its 3G CDMA network.

Currently, Sprint sits behind Verizon and AT&T as the third largest service provider in the U.S. but it’s hoping that 4G LTE, unlimited data and the iPhone can change its fortunes.

Via: AllThingsD

5 Comments

  1. bibleverse1

    03/29/2012 at 2:10 pm

    Is Wimax dead in the US completely or will other carriers or services use wimax?

    • T3charmy

      03/30/2012 at 7:34 pm

      Wimax is probably dead, but I have read, they will still support it untill 2014 or something like that…

  2. Lyubomir Grigorov

    04/08/2012 at 10:21 pm

    WiMax is not dead. At least not for now. I just got it for my laptop. WiMax is still MUCH cheaper than LTE and no bandwidth limit from CLEAR. Even if it’s on a downward way, it’s still much cheaper (no modem, all you need is wimax enabled wireless card).

    I don’t mind LTE, but WiMax is long from dead and it’s still cheap.

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