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At the end of Q2, Verizon Wireless' (VZ, VOD) 4G LTE network covered 230M people. That puts Big...

At the end of Q2, Verizon Wireless' (VZ, VOD) 4G LTE network covered 230M people. That puts Big Red well ahead of AT&T (T) and (especially) Sprint (S) when it comes to 4G availability, and leads Jefferies to think the arrival of a 4G iPhone (AAPL) could be a "game changer" for the carrier. The firm thinks Verizon could sell 5M next-gen iPhone units in September, and a whopping 15M in Q4. Wells Fargo argued yesterday that a mass exodus of AT&T iPhone subs is unlikely.
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  • Headcoach
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    Really...hum, let see. Why would anyone want to buy an iPhone from Verizon if they can't use it? iPhones are bandwidth hogs and once the Verizon consumers' gets to the limit of his or her bandwidth, they start to get throttled. You know, that slow down, speed up, slow down...blah,blah, blah. Why?

     

    They say they don't have enough bandwidth to supply all of their customers. So why would anyone want to get a plan if they can use the iPhone to it's full potential? It's kind of like buying a Burgatti and driving it on a dirt road. http://bit.ly/NXKbnH

     

    Then to add salt to the wound, they like to change customer for stuff right out of the clear blue sky...for nothing! http://bit.ly/PCiwpL

     

    If I were going to get an iPhone, I think my next stop would be Sprint with their unlimited data plans. This way I can actually use my iPhone.

     

    Oh, and by the way, Sprint was the first company to come out with 4G in WiMax. So this means that they were the first one to have 4G and the other are now catching up. So please do not make it sound like Sprint are a bunch of slackers.

     

    Now, because Verizon and AT&T are putting in LD-LTE's that download speeds at 27 mbps (max) Clearwire is putting in a TD-LTE that downloads at the speed of 168 mbps, why go to a network that's slow at 27 mbps?

     

    A TD-LTE is designed for super fast video downloads. And you're pretty smart guy right...where is the trend heading....Text, Voice? Not! Video's...get it.

     

    Why would any one want to get an iphone that downloads at 27 mbps max when they can have a network that downloads at167 mbps with Clearwire in a year? Yes, I know it's not built yet...so what. If that's the case, then why wait for an iPhone, just go down and buy a POS that can run on a network that will be saturated in 2013...get it!
    30 Aug 2012, 08:04 PM Reply Like
  • bosco115
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    Hey, remember the time Sprint built out a 4G WiMax network, then realized it was shit and scrapped the whole thing in favor of an LTE buildout, in which they're now behind?

     

    Yeah, I remember that.
    31 Aug 2012, 02:09 PM Reply Like
  • Headcoach
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    Well, to be honest, The 4G WiMax really belonged to Clearwire not Sprint! Sprint only has 2G/3G/4G (Wimax: CLWR) / IDEN and now LTE.
    31 Aug 2012, 05:02 PM Reply Like
  • xtype85
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    Clearwire's TDD-LTE won't be deployed everywhere in the US. It's only a filler where Sprint Towers that have capacity issues in densely populated area such as New York City or Sporting Venues. Plus 27 MBps is plenty fast for Video Transfer. I do agree though that Sprint will be the better carrier once they have their LTE network up and running in most parts of the country. FYI Verizon recently got approval for purchase of Spectrum from the CableCo in order to alleviate those capacity limits pointed out in the linked article.
    3 Sep 2012, 04:39 AM Reply Like
  • jerrycalpha
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    Perhaps, but to me, 27 mbps is pretty fast; fast enough.
    30 Aug 2012, 09:44 PM Reply Like
  • jerrycalpha
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    Expanding slightly on the above statement: 27 mbps is fine if one actually gets a high percentage of that rate most of the time; the bit error rate is low and the latency is acceptable. The headline numbers really don't tell anyone much.
    3 Sep 2012, 09:25 AM Reply Like
  • rotheudt
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    So, from which carrier should one buy an i5?
    10 Oct 2012, 02:20 AM Reply Like
  • Headcoach
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    Verizon (VZ -1.4%) is selling off in response to Sprint/SoftBank reports,
    http://seekingalpha.co...
    11 Oct 2012, 03:18 PM Reply Like
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