It looks like Sprint/Clear 4G is on the way to Phoenix and will have both WiMax and LTE.
So the good news is WiMax is on the way to Phoenix. Now the bad news. WiMax is on the way to Phoenix.
We have Sprint's WiMax here. Generally unimpressive when it does work. Often it doesn't work because the signal is undependable.
I hope they do a better rollout in Phoenix than they did in Richmond. The coverage map looks like Swiss cheese. Naturally, my house falls into a small hole. All the natural area around my house has great coverage. So if I walk into the woods I should have a great signal! The 4G coverage obviously is way smaller than 3G.
It gets worse. If you look at the coverage maps there are 2 levels of coverage. One is what you'd expect. You can get signal inside a building. What's disappointing is a huge part of the coverage map is "street" coverage which means you need to be outside to get signal.
For this Sprint is jacking up prices on phones (e.g., Epic), plans ($10 surcharge), and plan requirements ($69.99 minimum).
Can we say "good-bye Sprint?" I knew we could!
plus its on every website that there is going to be no 4g coverage in the near future for Phoenix Area. and they even announced the cities for 2010 and no phoenix..
if you check clearwire's site.. it shows that 7th street and bell rd has 4g... if i am ever in that area i will check and post back...just wanted to give a heads up
I did the test on 7th st and greenway pkwy