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WiMAX Phone From Sprint Expected At CTIA

WiMAX Phone From Sprint Expected At CTIA

Sprint 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 and Sprint.

"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 phones."

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.
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This looks a lot like another version (CDMA rather than GSM maybe) version of that HD2 we were talking about the other day. It also looks very familiar to that HTC Ultimate we heard about a few months back. I went and searched around on this phone, and supposedly, they (HTC) has one called the scorpion as well with a 1.5 Ghz dual core processor that will be coming out as well, with basically the same body, and an upgraded screen. These are being talked about before this is ever even released.

Either way we are going to see a lot of change in the next couple of years I think. If they can make a CPU and or Memory and anything else as small as they can today, especially with R&D seeming to move as fast as it does, PCB refinement moves even faster. This is also not to mention Verizon and Sprint as well as every other provider besides At&t in the US is projecting being done with 4G before mid/end next year.

Usage of 4G enables or eases a lot of the load on a wireless network, and is generally just way more efficient, not to mention secure where both 2G and 3G are not either. It will also raise the profitability for the providers as it is more stable as well as remotely capable of greater administration, so it costs less to run and keep stable.

These 4.3 OLED displays, and the Tablet/smart phone/netbook/e-reader all being mobile devices, are very useful too as well as becoming more of a norm. So I imagine they will all somewhat combine to a point. People also don't seem to mind the size to much, so maybe a 5 inch Tablet/Smart Phone/E-reader that does everything?

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I also see lots of change in the coming years as 4G is rolled out. As we use our phones now days pretty much like a PC more bandwidth will be needed. Streaming video, audio, ect is currently taxing 3G networks and there is no sign of this slowing down Wimax should upon things up significantly.

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So...Basically a Taiwanese company, taking innovations that began with Apple and other developers here in the states. Then putting a little more flash and flair on it and hitting the market at full speed?

I must say, yes.. I am impressed by the HTC phones, and if the price is right I would probably get one. yet supporting them is kinda like supporting clone wars which is done in Singapore (which I watch of course, old school Wars fan), Or Kia, Samsung(Korea), LG (china).

I guess our only export is good ideas that everyone else can make money off of? I would just feel a little better about it if for every 1million phone they send us, they bought 1million of ours? That's not to much to ask for is it? That's like the situation with our cellular bills, they are so high because the extra money is needed to purchase cell phones for people who don't work.

I guess that is why I am still a fan of Motorola:)

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