The folks of Phoenix, AZ may not have access to any sort of 4G network right now, but in the near future the city will be a 4G record-setter. Back at the beginning of August, we reported that Clearwire had sent out a press release stating that they would begin testing a new LTE network in Phoenix this fall, with the experiment continuing through early next year. The fall season begins on September 22nd, which means we're only 16 days away from seeing if Clearwire's LTE network can live up to the claims of being the fastest wireless network around.
Up until now, Clearwire has been fully backing WiMAX, although Sprint CEO Dan Hesse has said in the past that Sprint and Clearwire have enough spectrum to support both WiMAX and LTE. If the tests do end up yielding the fastest wireless speeds around, I don't see why Clearwire and Sprint wouldn't make the move to LTE. Sure, they've already deployed a reasonable amount of WiMAX, but the 4G race is still so early on that they could begin building an LTE network soon and still be competitive. Do you think Clearwire should make the switch to LTE or stick with WiMAX?