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Sprint will bid adieu to WiMAX in 13 months

The countdown clock has begun ticking off the days before Sprint’s WiMAX network goes dark. If you still own a Sprint or Virgin Mobile WiMAX phone or a Clearwire hotspot, don’t worry, you have plenty time – 13 months to be exact. On Nov. 6, 2015, Sprint will shut down its old 4G service so it can recycle its spectrum for its small but growing Spark LTE network.

[company]Sprint[/company] confirmed the date with Wireless Week and FierceWireless, after Android Central leaked a Sprint memo detailing the shutoff date. It was always Sprint’s plan to shut down WiMAX in 2015 as the technology has pretty much petered out as meaningful 4G standard. Now we know the exact date.

When Sprint took over Clearwire in 2013, it got a 4G network that only covered a third of the U.S. population and was losing customers. Sprint itself had stopped selling WiMAX phones under its main brand, and was only offering up WiMAX connectivity to its Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile prepaid customers as well as mobile virtual network operator partners like FreedomPop, Ting and Karma. All of those MVNOs have started moving their customers over to LTE devices.