Sprint offers old-school netbook on fading WiMAX network

Sprint is offering a subsidized netbook with old technology, to work on its WiMAX network that will be phased out in favor of current LTE. The subsidy requires a 2-year commitment to the old tech.
Written by James Kendrick, Contributor

In a bizarre move that only proves how Sprint is struggling to keep up with the big boys, it is offering old notebook technology on its fading WiMAX network. The IdeaPad S205s is a relic netbook in today's Ultrabook world, with outdated technology. That's fitting as it works on Sprint's 4G (WiMAX) network that the carrier is desperately trying to replace with current LTE technology.

The Sprint netbook will set buyers back $199 with a 2-year contract on Sprint's WiMAX network. That price is after a mail-in rebate, so new customers will have to pony up $299 to get this hot piece of netbook technology. How hot is this netbook?


  • Intel®Pentium Dual Core U5600 Processor (1.33GHZ, 3MB cache)
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium – 32-bit
  • 2GB DDR3 Memory
  • 11.6-inch, 1366 x 768 HD LED widescreen display
  • 250GB Hard Drive
  • Wi-Fi® 802.11a/b/g/n
  • 0.3-megapixel Webcam with integrated microphone
  • Ports: 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 eSATA, HDMI output port, VGA, 1 3.5mm headphone jack, 1 microphone jack
  • 6 x1 card reader (SD/SD pro/MMC/MS/MS pro/xD)
  • 6 cell – 4400 mAh for an estimated 5 hour battery life (depending on usage)
  • (WxDxH): 11.4 x 7.6 x 1.0-1.5 inches (290mm x 193mm x 26.3-37.6mm)
  • 3.26 pounds (1478.7 grams) with the 6-cell battery

While cost-conscious Sprint customers may be willing to jump on this netbook the specs show it to be old technology. Sprint will begin rolling out its LTE data network next year, destined to replace the aging WiMAX network. Buyers of the IdeaPad will be stuck with the old WiMAX connectivity for two years, and will have to watch the LTE rollout from a distance.

Sprint Press Release

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