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I am not surprised one iota. But I am glad it is now official. It will help us battle all the naysayers that run around saying that LTE is the end of unlimited.

 

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I am not surprised one iota. But I am glad it is now official. It will help us battle all the naysayers that run around saying that LTE is the end of unlimited.

 

Robert - Posted from my E4GT with ICS using Forum Runner

 

LOL, I hope they keep their word. Capped LTE sounds very stupid and I don't doubt I can reach the 2 or 3GB cap in a few days.

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I think new customers will really pick up in October for 2 reasons.

 

1) The iPhone 5 with LTE is released. With unlimited data and pretty decent speeds = WIN.

 

2) The majority of the first round markets should be deployed by then and second round markets should be starting.

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While unlimited data isn't what keeps me on Sprint, it's a relief to not worry about overage charges. One thing I'd like to see would be prioritization of data bandwidth to users that have used the least. The benefits vs difficulty of this means it probably won't happen, but it would allow the network to be used fairly.

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While unlimited data isn't what keeps me on Sprint' date=' it's a relief to not worry about overage charges. One thing I'd like to see would be prioritization of data bandwidth to users that have used the least. The benefits vs difficulty of this means it probably won't happen, but it would allow the network to be used fairly.[/quote']

 

LTE can adjust bandwidth on the tower to keep hogs from dominating without resorting to a blanket throttle.

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I find it interesting that Sprint announced unlimited just before the EVO LTE was announced. Almost seems like they were talking to a specific group or something...

 

I don't find the timing of the announcement strange at all and I thought the announcement was twofold. I think the reasoning for the announcement of the unlimited data LTE right when the EVO LTE phone was to help dispell the rumors that Sprint will go tiered data because of the anticipated traffic load on their network. Also Sprint wanted to dispell the rumors that LTE plans will increase plan prices by incurring some additional $10 "LTE premium data" charge on top of the current $10 "smartphone premium data" charge by announcing that LTE plans will be the same price as they are currently. I thought the announcement addressed the two important issues that were concerning Sprint customers about the LTE launch and Network Vision.

 

This is a very smart move by Sprint because PR like this generates huge buzz around the tech blogs and is directed at customers who are very sensitive to their high speed data but are afraid of data overages can count on Sprint to continue that offering. Also it helps reassure existing customers that unlimited data is not going away even with LTE and draws interest from customers (especially iPhone customers) in other carriers who may want to jump to Sprint to take advantage of unlimited unthrottled LTE data which none of the other major carriers can offer. I really hope a Sprint LTE iPhone in October can help Sprint gain more customers.

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I don't find the timing of the announcement strange at all and I thought the announcement was twofold. I think the reasoning for the announcement of the unlimited data LTE right when the EVO LTE phone was to help dispell the rumors that Sprint will go tiered data because of the anticipated traffic load on their network. Also Sprint wanted to dispell the rumors that LTE plans will increase plan prices by incurring some additional $10 "LTE premium data" charge on top of the current $10 "smartphone premium data" charge by announcing that LTE plans will be the same price as they are currently. I thought the announcement addressed the two important issues that were concerning Sprint customers about the LTE launch and Network Vision.

 

This is a very smart move by Sprint because PR like this generates huge buzz around the tech blogs and is directed at customers who are very sensitive to their high speed data but are afraid of data overages can count on Sprint to continue that offering. Also it helps reassure existing customers that unlimited data is not going away even with LTE and draws interest from customers (especially iPhone customers) in other carriers who may want to jump to Sprint to take advantage of unlimited unthrottled LTE data which none of the other major carriers can offer. I really hope a Sprint LTE iPhone in October can help Sprint gain more customers.

 

 

That's a very good point. Always a good move to keep the existing base informed. I wonder, though, whether or not Sprint has the leverage to acquire an iPhone with PCS capability. Surely, as one of the "Big Four", and with it's huge contract with Apple, everything will work out just fine.

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That's a very good point. Always a good move to keep the existing base informed. I wonder, though, whether or not Sprint has the leverage to acquire an iPhone with PCS capability. Surely, as one of the "Big Four", and with it's huge contract with Apple, everything will work out just fine.

 

Apple has to provide an Sprint LTE iPhone because it is part of their huge contract with Apple. This would be a breach of contract if Apple is intentionally tainting the waters by not offering a LTE iPhone especially if the two other carriers are receiving it and they are not on the same LTE bands. It would only be in Apple's interest to provide a Sprint LTE iPhone. Lets face it LTE will need to be supported on multiple frequency bands anyways in the near future. At the current moment we have 700 Mhz, AWS and PCS bands that needs to supported for LTE.

 

The Sprint CFO recently noted at a conference that Sprint does NOT need to have a certain number of POPS that it needs to cover with LTE before it can be given a LTE iPhone. The CFO said that the terms were the same as Verizon and AT&T.

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That's a very good point. Always a good move to keep the existing base informed. I wonder, though, whether or not Sprint has the leverage to acquire an iPhone with PCS capability. Surely, as one of the "Big Four", and with it's huge contract with Apple, everything will work out just fine.

 

Of course it will work out fine. Sprint has to get an LTE iPhone in order for them to complete their contract with Apple. They have too much at stake for Apple not to produce a version for them.

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