Sprint altered its terms of service last month in such a way that it will be easier for Sprint’s customers and Sprint to transition from WiMax service to LTE service.
The altered language gives Sprint the right to migrate its customers from WiMax to LTE with proper advance notice. Those customers will be able to retain their existing 3G service minus access to WiMax, end their contracts without incurring an early termination fee, or transition to LTE gear and service. WiMax customers who switch to LTE will be given a free LTE-compatible device under certain circumstances. Sprint has not, however, made public any plans to shutter its WiMax service.
The new language provides Sprint with the flexibility to give customers LTE devices so that their service is not interrupted.” Sprint is planning to decommission its iDEN network, which resides in Sprint’s 800MHz spectrum, on June 30. Sprint will then use its 800MHz spectrum to bolster its LTE network, which currently only operates in Sprint’s 1900MHz spectrum.
Sprint and Clearwire’s WiMax network operates in the 2.5GHz band, which will also eventually be used for LTE. Sprint no longer sells new WiMax gear.