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09-05-2011, 09:10 PM #1
Sprint Reportedly Installing Cellular Repeaters at Apple Stores
Despite the Labor Day holiday in the US today, the tech rumor mill certainly didn't take a day off Monday as a full slate of reports and speculations have pelted the blogosphere since sunrise.
The latest reports we're hearing today suggest that Sprint has begun installing cellular repeaters in Apple Stores, the freshest clue in the all but officially confirmed reality that Sprint will carry the iPhone this fall in the US.
According to a source from Austin, Texas that has been in communication with BeatWeek, at least one Apple Retail store is on the confirmed list as far as retail locations where a Sprint cellular repeater is installed. “One thing I can tell you is that the electrical contractor that I work for is contracted to install Sprint repeaters at The Domain," the source reveals. "There is a Apple Store at The Domain. One of the repeaters is to be installed INSIDE the Apple Store. There is to be a total of 5 repeaters installed. The equipment is CDMA and 4G (Sprint).”
If this report and others like it are accurate, Apple obviously wants iPhone 5 buyers "to put the device through its paces on the Sprint network" while they are still in the store.
Fewer than 24 hours after the Verizon iPhone was announced in January, rumors surfaced that "Sprint was next." If this eventuality ultimately befalls us, Apple will have extended its carrier reach from just AT&T to AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint all within a twelve month period. What about T-Mobile, you ask? If AT&T's bid for the carrier is ultimately allowed, you can bet the iPhone will soon thereafter be available on the four largest wireless networks in the US. Of course, for the time being, that reality isn't guaranteed by any stretch of the imagination.
09-05-2011, 09:33 PM #2
Might be time to look into switching! +1 Sprint 4G
09-05-2011, 10:04 PM #3
09-05-2011, 10:23 PM #4
09-05-2011, 11:10 PM #5
Its faster than at&t's 3G which is faster than and verizon's 3G. Besides Sprint's 3G is the the same CDMA EVDO Rev. A network that is Verizon's (just way worse coverage). However at&t's "3.5G" HSPA+ (instead of GSM HSPA) is about the same or slightly slower than Sprint's 4G WiMax. WiMax is about 3x-4x (theoretically) faster than CDMA whereas HSPA+ is around 2.5x-3x faster. At&t has had 3.5G since the iphone 4 (even look on apples site specs it says HSPA+) and AT&T slowly upgraded most of their towers with it and activated it for all of the phones it currently markets as "4G". Its funny because T-Mobile claimed it was faster than AT&T because it has "4G" when in reality T-Mobile has less HSPA+ than AT&T and has no plans to get LTE. Anyways LTE is much faster than WiMax (Sprints current 4G) and HSPA+ ("3.5G" or T-mobile's "4G") and around as much as (theoretically) 8x-10x faster speeds than CDMA (Sprint and Verizon's "3G) and that is the sole reason why Verizon and AT&T chose to take longer to implement and why Sprint plans to eventually implement it and why it will become a global standard. At&t is just taking longer than At&t to implement because their cheap bastards that would rather try to buy their competition for better coverage than buy the towers themselves.
Interesting note though that they are installing Sprints WiMax 4G equipment in Apple stores especially after reports of Verizon and At&t 4G LTE equipment being installed in apple stores. I sure hope Apple makes their painfully long delayd worth it and gives us a goddamn 4G phone thats factory unlocked and works on all carriers 4G and 3G. If they decide to be assholes and stick with 3G like they did with the 2.5G original iphone in the midst of a lot of 3G coverage... I swear I will buy a goddamn droid.
09-06-2011, 12:21 AM #6
Ill never leave AT&T
09-06-2011, 04:39 AM #7
The argument of who is faster is so stupid. All the companies use the same cellular towers to deliver service.
09-06-2011, 07:11 AM #8
Last edited by kuhndsn; 09-06-2011 at 07:24 AM.
09-06-2011, 08:42 AM #9
They can have my jailbreak when they pry it from my cold dead fingers.
09-06-2011, 09:22 AM #10
09-06-2011, 03:15 PM #11
I have an iPad 2 3G (Verizon) and iPhone 4(Att). The iPhone constantly blows the doors off with speed. Triples it. Not just at home, but, anywhere within100 miles, story is always the same. I'm sure someone here will come up with an excuse.
Wimax is supposed to be faster( on paper it is). At least that's what my friend with an evo says as my iPhone dusts it. Don't believe everything you hear. Only believe half what you see.
Last edited by oddphone20; 09-06-2011 at 03:18 PM.
09-06-2011, 04:31 PM #12
so by installing repeaters, they are misleading buyers into thinking their phone/data service is awesome, but when you step outside, away from the fake towers, you'll have crappy signal like everyone else?60% of the time, it works every time.
09-07-2011, 10:20 AM #13