is expected to unveil a WiMAX phone from HTC at the CTIA trade show next week. According to
analysts, Sprint will show off the first WiMAX phone for its network on
March 23 at the annual CTIA show. Previously, Sprint promised a WiMAX
phone for sometime this year, but the carrier has not announced a launch date.
The rumored phone would support WiMAX as well as
Sprint's existing CDMA network. The WiMAX network is a joint venture between Clearwire
"Our checks indicate that Sprint will launch a CDMA/WiMAX
handset at CTIA called the HTC Supersonic," Macquarie analyst Philip
Cusick said in a research note.
Avi Greengart from Current Analysis also expects to see a
device announcement at the show: "Sprint is going to announce their device
plans for WiMAX," he said, "I'm hoping to see some actual
Greengart also predicts that AT&T will use the CTIA show
to reveal which Palm phones it will support. (AT&T announced in January
that it would offer new Palm phones in the first half of this year.)
Considering Palm has struggled with weak sales, an announcement from AT&T
would be a big deal. "Palm certainly needs all the distribution it can
get," Greengart said.