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Old 04-13-2012, 11:17 AM   #1
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Sprint LTE on 800Mhz in 2014...

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Sprint to deploy LTE in iDEN spectrum in 2014

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) intends to deploy LTE services on its 800 MHz spectrum sometime by 2014, according to senior company executives. The 800 MHz spectrum is where its iDEN network currently resides.

Steve Elfman, president of network operations at Sprint, told reporters at a briefing here at Sprint's corporate headquarters that the company has already received 3GPP certification for Band Class 26 to use its 800 MHz spectrum for LTE. The FCC will ultimately have to approve the use of the spectrum for LTE, according to Bob Azzi, senior vice president of networks. However, he said that process, which has already begun, should proceed smoothly.

Sprint had previously said it would use 800 MHz spectrum for LTE, but had not said when it would do so. Azzi said the timing of the 800 MHz LTE deployment will depend on how quickly Sprint can move iDEN customers off the spectrum.
Obvious question: will these new Sprint LTE devices that are coming out shortly support LTE 800? (and LTE 700 T and VZ and LTE 1700 and LTE 2500?) Its getting very messy...

http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/...lte/2012-04-12
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Old 04-13-2012, 01:32 PM   #2
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In other news, Sprint begs for even more money in 2014.
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Old 04-13-2012, 02:14 PM   #3
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Obvious question: will these new Sprint LTE devices that are coming out shortly support LTE 800? (and LTE 700 T and VZ and LTE 1700 and LTE 2500?) Its getting very messy...

http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/...lte/2012-04-12
According to s4gru.com sprint will actually be deploying LTE on 800MHz in 2013.

Regardless, it's too far off. All three new phones are 5x5 1900MHz G block only.
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Old 04-13-2012, 05:03 PM   #4
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Obvious question: will these new Sprint LTE devices that are coming out shortly support LTE 800? (and LTE 700 T and VZ and LTE 1700 and LTE 2500?) Its getting very messy...

http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/...lte/2012-04-12
Nope. You likely won't see any phones supporting LTE at 800Mhz until a few months before it launches.
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Old 04-13-2012, 11:15 PM   #5
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Nope. You likely won't see any phones supporting LTE at 800Mhz until a few months before it launches.
That's so lame. I guess Sprint would like to keep its users on the upgrade treadmill... Verizon isn't much better, I don't think any of their phones have AWS LTE compatibility, but then they have plenty of spectrum in the 700 band.
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The chipset vendors need to produce a chip that supports LTE on 800MHz, the phone vendors need to add that chip, plus add antennas that work on 800Mhz. Then you got to get all of that through the FCC.

It doesn't make a lot of sense to do all of that today, for something that won't roll out for 2 years. It just needlessly raises the cost of the phone, that most users will replace by the time Sprint starts to roll it out.
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800mhz LTE in 2014 and LTE phones released prior that only have 1900mhz LTE?

What does that mean for these devices? Would it be a simple software update that would allow phones like the Evo 4G LTE to add the 800mhz LTE since the 800mhz radio is already installed?
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Unlikely. It'll be a whole new phone.
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Unlikely. It'll be a whole new phone.
Great.....I can see it now...Sprint will release the HTC EVO 4G LTE II 800mhz in 2014 .
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Great.....I can see it now...Sprint will release the HTC EVO 4G LTE II 800mhz in 2014 .
You mean the HTC EVO 4G LTE 3D
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SOLD What does LTE on 800Mhz mean for "800Mhz ESMR" band?

I remember that back when NV was first announced, it was found that certain phones were capable of 800Mhz ESMR, including the Motorola Photon and maybe the Evo 3D. The E4GT wasn't, if I remember correctly.

Well, now what does that mean with the launch of 800Mhz LTE? Will Sprint never launch ESMR anymore and only launch LTE on 800Mhz?

If they're planning to do both, ie NV 800Mhz ESMR and 800Mhz LTE, exactly how much spectrum do they have on 800Mhz?
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