WiMax dealt another blow: new Sprint phones to be LTE-only

Sprint is putting another nail in its WiMax coffin by confirming at an Orlando mobile carrier conference that it will no longer release new WiMax phones, instead relying on devices that run on its upcoming LTE 4G network.

It’s news likely to be watched closely by Bellevue-based wireless broadband provider Clearwire, which has received a recent cash infusion from Sprint and is itself planning to transition to a Long-Term Evolution network after initially staking its claim on WiMax.

At the Competitive Carriers Global Expo in Florida, FierceWireless states that Sprint Senior Vice President Bob Azzi confirmed no new WiMax phones will be released as Sprint wraps up final field integration tests of its new LTE network.  That network is expected to be ready mid-year, and Azzi indicates the tests have been going well.

Previously on Geekwire: Shares of Sprint continue to fall as analyst cites bankruptcy fears

Frank Catalano is a regular GeekWire columnist, and is assisting this week while Todd Bishop is off. You can follow Frank on Twitter @FrankCatalano.

  • Ap_86

    The title of this story is a little misleading and plan out ignorant in the sense that it makes it seem like Sprint did something wrong with comments like “another nail in the coffin”. There is nothing strange here or newsworthy going on. Sprint will continue to support WiMAX phones but obviously won’t offer anymore due to the fact that the newer faster LTE technology is here and offering an inferior technology would be dumb especially cuz WiMAX’s reach isn’t someone like 3G which serves more customers.

    Lastly, no one made news or said negative things about all the telecom companies that stopped offering EDGE capable phones for newer, faster 3G and HSPA+ phones.

    It would of been nice if the author of this article did more to make this story seem more neutral and a lot more informative.

    • http://www.intrinsicstrategy.com/ FrankCatalano

      The sentence is actually written as, “Sprint is putting another nail in ITS WiMax coffin,” which is completely accurate. Sprint is moving away from WiMax. And that, according to many other reports, is generally not considered good news for WiMax, as the headline indicates.

  • Ariz Jacinto

    Clearwire is no longer based in Kirkland. It is based in Bellevue, WA since Sept 2011 (it is also when they started mentioning the new location in their press releases).

    Press Releases:
    http://corporate.clearwire.com/releases.cfm

    • http://www.intrinsicstrategy.com/ FrankCatalano

      Corrected. Thanks for pointing that out.

  • robert john

    Sprint is putting another nail in its WiMax coffin by confirming at an
    Orlando mobile carrier conference that it will no longer release new
    WiMax phones.