Monday, October 3, 2011
Sprint Rolls out 4G and Iphone
Sprint Rolls Out Iphone & Spends $20 billion on 30 Million Iphones
Link Robert Cheng CNET
Sprint Nextel said today that it plans to aggressively rollout its own 4G LTE service next year as it looks to avoid falling behind in the network race.
Sprint plans to launch its next-generation network that will 120 million people by the end of next year, and wrap up with coverage of 250 million people by the end of 2013. The company confirmed 15 LTE devices will be available next year, with the first to launch by the middle of summer, CNET previously reported.
"There will be an aggressive rollout of LTE," said Steve Elfman, head of network operations for Sprint, during the company's investor presentation today.
By moving on its own, Sprint will be able to move to LTE--a newer, and speedier wireless technology--quicker than if it relied on Clearwire, which currently furnishes it with an older 4G technology called WiMax. Clearwire has opted to make the switch to LTE as well, but is still seeking financing for its upgrade.
Washington Post Recap on Sprint's Iphone Reach
By Hayley Tsukayama
It’s a hallmark of the tech rumor that the closer you get to a product launch, speculation splits into two genres: the cautious and the wild-eyed.
In the second camp Monday comes the latest news from Boy Genius Report. Citing an “incredibly solid industry contact” that BGR doesn’t quite seem to believe itself, the source said that Sprint — and only Sprint — will get an iPhone 5 at launch, while Verizon and AT&T will get the iPhone 4S. Not only that, the report says that the new device will have a larger screen, more storage, have a dedicated Assistant button, and that it will be a 4G WiMax phone and that AT&T and Verizon will sell LTE-enabled iPhones next year.
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