Originally Posted by Kauai
Okay, so here is a question. I'm seriously considering switching to Sprint and would like a 4G phone. But with their recent testing of LTE, if they were to suddenly switch to LTE from WiMax at some point in the future...wouldn't my supposed 4G Sprint phone become defunct as far as 4G is concerned? Not to mention the resale value would plummet.
As I've stated in other threads I don't see WiMAX going away because it relies on a separate form of technology to push data. Now whether both will be supported as much I'm not sure and might have a bigger impact on the future of WiMAX.
If you are that worried about it though, you could try to wait for the LightSquared LTE to be launched when I'm sure Sprint will have a WiMAX/LTE phone so you can have the best of both worlds. I expect this to happen sometime next year.
The way I see it though WiMAX is here to stay for at least 3 more years if it doesn't get picked up as a campus and/or city based Wi-Fi method, especially with WiMAX 2 coming next year about 18 months before we'll probably see LTE-Advanced. By that time if you get a WiMAX phone now and things take a turn for the worse for it, you should be up for a new phone to upgrade to by then.