Light Reading
Sprint pushes proto-4G time advantage with new handset, as Samsung preps for Android onslaught in the US

Samsung Gets Epic With WiMax Smarty for Sprint

Dan Jones
LR Mobile News Analysis
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor
6/28/2010
50%
50%

Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) has unveiled its second mobile WiMax-capable smartphone -- the Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: SEC) Epic 4G -- as the carrier launches new markets using the broadband wireless technology in Salt Lake City, St. Louis, and Richmond, Va.

The Samsung Epic sports many of the features seen on other hot smartphones of the summer -- like the Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPhone 4, High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (Taiwan: 2498) EVO, and Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) Droid X -- including a fast processor, a large high-resolution display, and support for better mobile video recordings. See this fact sheet from Sprint for a full roundup of features.

Samsung Epic 4G The difference from many other smartphones is that the Samsung is only the second device that can roam across Sprint's faster proto-4G service, where it is available, and 3G and WiFi local area networks. Sprint rides on the mobile WiMax network from Clearwire LLC (Nasdaq: CLWR) in 36 markets across the US for its "4G" service. The WiMax network can deliver average download speeds between 3 Mbit/s and 6 Mbit/s and bursts of up to 10 Mbit/s, compared to the average download speeds of of 600 kbit/s to 1.4 Mbit/s over Sprint's 3G network. (See Clearwire Promises WiMax Smartphones .)

The Samsung will follow HTC's popular EVO 4G smartphone onto the Sprint network. The third-largest carrier in the US is trying to push its time advantage, with faster broadband technology on smartphones, over Verizon Wireless and other rivals with WiMax launches. Verizon is expecting to have its first smartphones supporting its coming Long Term Evolution (LTE) network available in the first half of 2011. (See Verizon Says LTE Will Match 3G Footprint in 2013 and Sprint's EVO Launch Creates Buzz & Mixed Crowds.)

The Sprint launch marks the start of a big week for Samsung, which is starting a push for a new series of "Galaxy S" smartphones based on the Android open-source in the US. As well as the Sprint Galaxy S Epic phone, Samsung has today announced a "Vibrant" Android phone based on the platform for T-Mobile US Inc. .

Sprint hasn't said when the Samsung phone will be available or how much it will cost yet; it has set up a site to pre-register for information.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

(3)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
joset01
50%
50%
joset01,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 4:31:16 PM
re: Samsung Gets Epic With WiMax Smarty for Sprint


Interested to see if Samsung have anything more up their sleeve for tomorrow's event.

DCITDave
50%
50%
DCITDave,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 4:31:16 PM
re: Samsung Gets Epic With WiMax Smarty for Sprint


Even if Samsung isn't recording in 720p, the ability to send and share higher-resolution video files is much more attractive on Sprint's network (if you live in Las Vegas, Dallas, Portland, etc.)

DCITDave
50%
50%
DCITDave,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 4:31:15 PM
re: Samsung Gets Epic With WiMax Smarty for Sprint


Given the temperature, it'd be interesting if they were wearing sleeves.

Educational Resources
sponsor supplied content
Educational Resources Archive
Flash Poll
LRTV Custom TV
VeEX – Live from the Show

8|21|14   |   5:58   |   (0) comments


An overview of VeEX Test and Measurement solutions including TX300S multi-service test set with VeExpress cloud-based management system, UX400 universal modular platform supporting 100G testing, and the redesigned RXT modular platform.
LRTV Custom TV
Transitioning CE 2.0 Networks Into the SDN & NFV Era With Telco Systems

8|19|14   |   5:19   |   (0) comments


Telco Systems' Ariel Efrati (CEO) and Moshe Shimon (VP of Product Management) discuss virtualization and how the company's new Open Metro Edge solution utilizes the SDN and NFV concepts to accelerate and orchestrate service delivery through its innovative product portfolio and software applications.
LRTV Custom TV
NFV Myths: Is NFV Still Several Years Away?

8|11|14   |   1:13   |   (0) comments


Some say that NFV (network functions virtualization) is still several years away from being implemented on mobile operator networks. This isn't the case. Operators can get started on their paths to NFV now, as this short video from Skyfire shows.
LRTV Custom TV
A New Security Paradigm in SDN/NFV

7|28|14   |   02:54   |   (0) comments


Paul Shaneck, Global Director Network Solutions for Symantec, discusses the evolving virtualized network, explaining how Symantec is leading the security discussion as it relates to SDN and NFV, and helping to ensure the network is protected and compliant.
LRTV Documentaries
Sprint's Network Evolution

7|24|14   |   14:59   |   (0) comments


Sprint's Jay Bluhm gives a keynote speech at the Big Telecom Event (BTE) about Sprint's network and services evolution strategy, including Spark.
LRTV Documentaries
BTE Keynote: The Software-Defined Operator

7|24|14   |   18:43   |   (1) comment


Deutsche Telekom's Axel Clauberg explains the concept of the software-defined operator to the Big Telecom Event (BTE) crowd.
Light Reedy
Numbers Are In: LR's 2014 Salary Survey

7|24|14   |   1:25   |   (7) comments


Our fourth annual Salary Survey paints a picture of who's hiring, firing, earning, and yearning for a change in the telecom industry.
LRTV Custom TV
Driving the Network Transformation

7|23|14   |   4:29   |   (0) comments


Intel's Sandra Rivera discusses network transformation and how Intel technologies, programs, and standards body efforts have helped the industry migration to SDN and NFV.
LRTV Custom TV
Distributed NFV-Based Business Services by RAD

7|18|14   |   5:38   |   (0) comments


With the ETSI-approved Distributed NFV PoC running in the background, RAD's CEO, Dror Bin, talks about why D-NFV makes compelling sense for service providers, and about the dollars and cents RAD is putting behind D-NFV.
LRTV Custom TV
MRV Accelerating Packet Optical Convergence

7|15|14   |   6:06   |   (0) comments


Giving you network insight to make your network smarter.
LRTV Custom TV
NFV-Enabled Ethernet for Generating New Revenues

7|15|14   |   5:49   |   (0) comments


Cyan's Planet Orchestrate allows service providers and their end-customers to activate software-based capabilities such as firewalls and encryption on top of existing Ethernet services in just minutes.
LRTV Custom TV
Symkloud NVF-Ready Video Transcoding, Big Data

7|9|14   |   3:41   |   (0) comments


Kontron and ISV partner Vantrix demonstrate high-performance video transcoding and data analytic solutions on same 2U standard platform that is ready for SDN and NFV deployments made by mobile, cable and cloud operators.
Upcoming Live Events!!
September 16, 2014, Santa Clara, CA
September 16, 2014, Santa Clara, CA
September 23, 2014, Denver, CO
October 29, 2014, New York City
November 6, 2014, Santa Clara
November 11, 2014, Atlanta, GA
December 9-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
Infographics
Today's Cartoon
Hot Topics
Level 3 Does Big Data Differently
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 8/21/2014
IoT Alert: Samsung Snaps Up SmartThings
Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 8/15/2014
Comcast Streams Back to School
Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 8/21/2014
Line-Powered Phone Lines: A Hot Topic Again
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 8/20/2014
Analyst: Ericsson, Oracle Top Shrinking SDP World
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 8/19/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed