24
Mar
4G Sprint

Yesterday we reported that Sprint will not charge extra for using 4G on your phone, based on the response from a Sprint customer service rep. Some people pointed out that customer service reps are oftentimes wrong, and while we certainly agree with that statement, the CSR was quite confident in her response. Additionally, a good portion of the news market nowadays is comprised of rumors.

Thankfully, we didn't have to wait too long for the "rumor" to be confirmed.

Today was the 2nd day of the CTIA Wireless 2010 conference, and Sprint CEO Dan Hesse was the keynote speaker. In his speech, which was so graciously live blogged by BGR and Engadget, he said the following:

9:33AM "3G's kind of getting exhausted. I talk to my network guys, and it's like Scottie in the engine room... 'she's going as fast as she can!'"

9:34AM With 4G, "because we can produce a gigabyte cheaper, we can offer more to the customer."

9:35AM "It's like standard def versus high def, but with that analogy, you paid more for the better service. With 4G, we're giving you more for free."

Does this satisfy the most skeptical among you? It sure sounds confirmed to us.

  • Ms

    I'm still skeptical- particularly that they will let you share the connection. 4G on the phone, fine, but to let you use the wifi sharing with 8 devices, for free? I'll believe it when I see it. I'll be getting one either way. Sure hope they have simultaneous voice/data.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      4G costs much cheaper per GB, so the more people will move over to 4G off 3G, the cheaper both maintaining 3G and offering 4G will be for them.

      Now, the sharing between 8 devices - that may be a different story, it's quite possible that they will charge a "sharing" fee similar to tethering. And that's when we root the phone.

  • Larry

    So $199 after rebate with no price jump in plans. Just a sur-charge for the wifi?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      I'm not sure where you got either of these - the price hasn't been announced yet and why would there be a surcharge for WiFi?

    • Rick

      Where did you get that amount?

  • annoyed

    Join this group to protest sprint's price hike

    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=126153054066701&ref=ts

    Then contact Sprint at 866-727-0665 to tell them how you really feel.

  • NO Fee

    Then why am I paying an extra $10 a month for 4G even though it's not in my area?