Originally Posted by Citizen Coyote
LTE devices won't be available until the middle of next year. I suspect HTC's next phone in the EVO line will be Sprint's first LTE handset, much like the OG EVO was the first WiMax phone. If you can wait that long, go for it. However, Sprint also said they will support WiMax through 2013, so if you buy a WiMax phone now it will still be supported until your next upgrade (when you can pick up an LTE phone)....
This is my concern. What happens to all the people who buy a WIMAX device up through the middle of next year, only 6 months before they turn off WIMAX and go to LTE in 2013? They have a 2 year contract and can't "upgrade" to an LTE device until well after Sprint has turned off WIMAX and started using LTE.
Plus, what about people who just bought a WIMAX device now, come 2013 we'll be eligible for an upgrade but what if we're happy with our current devices (Evo3D, SGII, etc) that we just spend $200 on? Basically they're saying they are going to force everyone to "upgrade" and buy a new phone in advance of the 2013 launch of LTE, regardless of if you want to buy a new device or not.
Seems like poor business planning. There are people who are just buying an original Evo now and it will likely be fine for them still 2 yrs from now, not everyone will be willing or want to upgrade every couple years.
Is there any way current WIMAX devices can still work on the network once they turn off WIMAX and switch to LTE instead?