@Robert, thanks for the info but that really sucks. Sprint promised 4G, or better 3G, this year and it never happened. Sprint shot its wad with the iPhone and kicked the small markets to the curb. I feel Sprint CEO's are the ones hurting them not their customer service persons. On Little Rock AFB, the kiosk vendors do not even carry Sprint products. I feel Sprint really needs to do better in all of its markets.
It is frustrating. And Sprint's Network Vision is going to improve every market and every site in the country. It is also bringing LTE over its entire coverage area. It's under way now and will be completed in less than 2 years.
However, Sprint nor its executives ever gave dates for Little Rock. The places where Sprint actually announced do indeed have service.
Store personnel would often take guesses of when it seemed plausible that their area would get 4G WiMax service. Because it makes it difficult to sell a 4G phone without network dates, so many just made them up for the sale. I was told Albuquerque would have it before the end of 2010 by a sales person, even though Sprint never had plans to. These were the people propagating that WiMax was coming soon.
Sprint was very concerned about Clearwire's cash position by Mid 2010 and knew there was going to be deployment problems. That is why they explicitly did not announce cities, not knowing what Clearwire was going to be able to pull off.
In some ways, Sprint is a victim in all this. And Sprint learned many lessons that they are not repeating this time with NV/LTE. This time they are deploying 4G LTE themselves on their own spectrum and are already on their way. With WiMax, they never planned to go network wide. But with LTE deployment, they are planning to go across the whole network.
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