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Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Fonzijr1964, Jan 31, 2009.
So what do u think of the idea of a WiMax or 4G iPhone?
WiMax is Sprint, isn't it?
That answers your question right there: never.
not necessarily its just a 4G technology
Is there any infrastructure in place or are there plans for said infrastructure?
The network is still Tiny, in just a few cities and many question whether Sprint can pull it off given the current economic conditions etc.
Also one of the big partners in the Wimax alliance just pulled out yesterday.
wimax is still years away. they had a head start over other 4g standards, but releases in 2 cities, and with potential partners (nokia, nortel) dropping out, i wouldn't bet the farm on wimax making any sort of big marketshare grab anytime soon.
When do you guys thing ATT will move to 4G on any level?
As I joked about before, you need only look at Apple's new 380 page "iPhone" patent. (Which is really only composed of a few touch-related paragraphs, with tons of examples.)
"The wireless communication may use any of a plurality of communications standards, protocols and technologies, including but not limited to
Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM),
Enhanced Data GSM Environment (EDGE),
high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA),
wideband code division multiple access (W-CDMA),
code division multiple access (CDMA),
time division multiple access (TDMA),
Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) (e.g., ...),
voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP),
IIRC, the timeline is 3-4 years, though whether that is general internet rumor or an actual fact I don't know.
Interesting...Apple was certainly covering any and all bases.
I don't doubt that wimax will exist in some form over the next few years. I just doubt they've got the head start in 4g that their supporters were claiming.
2010 is what they've said they're shooting for.
My best guess would be iPhone 4G debuts June 2010, launching along side the new 4G network. Speeds up to 40 mbps. Real speeds around 3-10 in most areas.
A year roll out in this economy? Not a chance.
ATT has said 2012 for LTE. ATT is saving money by upgrading their 3G instead.
It's Verizon that's starting LTE this year and should be in major markets by 2010.
It sounds like a great idea, but won't happen for at least 3-4 years.