Sprint decision on LTE switch could happen in four to six months

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| February 15, 2011

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There's been a lot of speculation on whether or not Sprint would eventually make the jump to LTE, and now it appears that a final decision on the matter will happen in the coming months. During a discussion at MWC, Sprint said that it plans to observe the rate at which its customers switch from EV-DO to WiMAX and determine the best way to use its current spectrum over the next four to six months. Following all of that, Sprint will make a decision on whether or not it'll begin deploying LTE. Sprint also gave more details on its Network Vision project, which includes the deployment of CDMA 1x Advanced to reduce costs and increase capacity and performance as well as the phasing out of iDEN in 2013. To replace iDEN, Sprint plans to push out a new Push To Talk solution from Qualcomm that is an upgrade that is improved over its QChat that was put into place a few years ago.

We already know that Verizon and AT&T have chosen LTE as its next 4G tech of choice, and T-Mobile recently announced that it, too, would be moving to LTE, although it'll be a while before it happens. Considering all of that, I'd say that a move to LTE for Sprint makes some sense. If they do switch, it'll be easier for manufacturers to release their handsets on several carriers without having to make a special, WiMAX-equipped model for Sprint customers. Also, it'll be interesting to see what, if anything, Sprint does for its WiMAX-using customers if and when they do move to LTE. What do you all think? Is Sprint moving to LTE a good or bad idea?

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