Sprint drops WiMAX-LTE migration hint

17 Jun 2013

Sprint Nextel has reportedly made changes to its terms of service in preparation for the possibility that it could stop using Clearwire’s WiMAX network before some customers’ contracts are up. Fierce Wireless reports that the company wants to provide WiMAX smartphone customers with greater options to help persuade them to switch over to its under-deployment Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. The changes were implemented on 22 May, and allow customers to deactivate their WiMAX services without being charged an early termination fee, or alternatively transition to Sprint’s LTE network. If a customer chooses to switch to Sprint’s new LTE service, they ‘will receive a free standard Sprint LTE-capable device’ and can maintain their existing service plan ‘if available’.

United States, Clearwire, Sprint Corporation (now part of T-Mobile US)