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Old 07-13-2009, 09:21 PM
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Default CDMA Carriers adding Wi-Fi to new phones

Sprint says ‘me too’; will include Wi-Fi on all future major devices
from Boy Genius Report by Zach Epstein

CDMA lovers rejoice — it looks like the last piece of the Wi-Fi puzzle
has finally fallen into place. We know cost was one of the major
barriers preventing Wi-Fi from finding its way to most CDMA handsets
in the past as CDMA handsets are significantly more expensive for
carriers compared to similar GSM models due to demand. Back in May we
scooped the fact that all BlackBerry devices released by Verizon after
the Tour would include Wi-Fi — the Storm 2, the Aries, etc. To add to
that, we’ve now been told that earlier this year VZW apparently began
including Wi-Fi in requirement docs sent to OEMs with regards to
future smartphones. With this in mind, it makes sense that we’re now
learning Sprint has done the same and is now “embracing Wi-Fi in all
its major devices going forward” according to FierceWireless. The site
even claims that Sprint “will offer a version of the BlackBerry Tour
starting next year that will include WiFi.”

It makes perfect sense of course — Sprint can’t very well let Verizon
hang Wi-Fi over its head. In the end as far as consumers are
concerned, the bottom line is everyone wins and AT&T/T-Mobile have one
less leg up on Verizon and Sprint in terms of handsets. Were Sprint
and Verizon able to negotiate better pricing from OEMs? Have both
companies decided to trim margins rather than continue dealing with Wi-
Fi hungry subscribers? Whatever the case, both major CDMA carriers
have come around and smartphone customers will have one less thing to
complain about in the near future.

Thanks, Verizon Guy!

......

Now will it hit the fan when CDMA fanboys discover AT&T and T-Mobile
control most of the nations Wi-Fi hotsposts and Wi-Fi for them will
not be free like it is for the AT&T iPhone?

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Old 07-13-2009, 10:06 PM
John Navas
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Default Re: CDMA Carriers adding Wi-Fi to new phones

On Mon, 13 Jul 2009 14:21:32 -0700 (PDT), "Drop an iPhone and crack its
screen, Apple will fix it for $200" <vic.healey@gmail.com> wrote in
<150f6d03-70b3-449f-b3fc-5ec1c0f70912@j12g2000vbl.googlegroups.com>:

>Sprint says ‘me too’; will include Wi-Fi on all future major devices
>from Boy Genius Report by Zach Epstein


So much for betting the farm on WiMAX.

Sprint is getting more and more desperate.

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Best regards,
John <http:/navasgroup.com>

If the iPhone is really so impressive,
why do iFans keep making excuses for it?

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Old 07-13-2009, 10:56 PM
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Default Re: CDMA Carriers adding Wi-Fi to new phones

John Navas <spamfilter1@navasgroup.com> wrote in
news:rubn55598ne58m2g1pg6fatmubdgpvhif1@4ax.com:

> On Mon, 13 Jul 2009 14:21:32 -0700 (PDT), "Drop an iPhone and crack its
> screen, Apple will fix it for $200" <vic.healey@gmail.com> wrote in
> <150f6d03-70b3-449f-b3fc-5ec1c0f70912@j12g2000vbl.googlegroups.com>:
>
>>Sprint says ‘me too’; will include Wi-Fi on all future major devices
>>from Boy Genius Report by Zach Epstein

>
> So much for betting the farm on WiMAX.
>
> Sprint is getting more and more desperate.
>


Wi-Fi and Wimax are not interchangeable in terms of potential market. True
mobility and larger areas of coverage will be the selling points for either
Wimax or LTE.

I'm curious why you would consider this a move of desperation for Sprint,
but not for Verizon and their commitment to LTE.

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Old 07-14-2009, 12:48 AM
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Default Re: CDMA Carriers adding Wi-Fi to new phones

On Mon, 13 Jul 2009 14:21:32 -0700 (PDT), "Drop an iPhone and crack
its screen, Apple will fix it for $200" <vic.healey@gmail.com> wrote:

Wel isn't that something. Now they all need to get coverage everywhere


>Sprint says ‘me too’; will include Wi-Fi on all future major devices
>from Boy Genius Report by Zach Epstein
>
>CDMA lovers rejoice — it looks like the last piece of the Wi-Fi puzzle
>has finally fallen into place. We know cost was one of the major
>barriers preventing Wi-Fi from finding its way to most CDMA handsets
>in the past as CDMA handsets are significantly more expensive for
>carriers compared to similar GSM models due to demand. Back in May we
>scooped the fact that all BlackBerry devices released by Verizon after
>the Tour would include Wi-Fi — the Storm 2, the Aries, etc. To add to
>that, we’ve now been told that earlier this year VZW apparently began
>including Wi-Fi in requirement docs sent to OEMs with regards to
>future smartphones. With this in mind, it makes sense that we’re now
>learning Sprint has done the same and is now “embracing Wi-Fi in all
>its major devices going forward” according to FierceWireless. The site
>even claims that Sprint “will offer a version of the BlackBerry Tour
>starting next year that will include WiFi.”
>
>It makes perfect sense of course — Sprint can’t very well let Verizon
>hang Wi-Fi over its head. In the end as far as consumers are
>concerned, the bottom line is everyone wins and AT&T/T-Mobile have one
>less leg up on Verizon and Sprint in terms of handsets. Were Sprint
>and Verizon able to negotiate better pricing from OEMs? Have both
>companies decided to trim margins rather than continue dealing with Wi-
>Fi hungry subscribers? Whatever the case, both major CDMA carriers
>have come around and smartphone customers will have one less thing to
>complain about in the near future.
>
>Thanks, Verizon Guy!
>
>.....
>
>Now will it hit the fan when CDMA fanboys discover AT&T and T-Mobile
>control most of the nations Wi-Fi hotsposts and Wi-Fi for them will
>not be free like it is for the AT&T iPhone?


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