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Last week, it was confirmed that HTC is one of the major smartphone manufacturers who will offer a Windows Phone 7 smartphone. Now, photos of what appear to be a near-final version of such a phone have leaked online. The photos show a smartphone with a 3.7-inch Super LCD screen. The leaked information also suggests HTC's Windows Phone 7 device will have a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 8-megapixel camera, and three touch-sensitive buttons at the bottom of the device. Verizon Wireless and possibly Sprint have been mentioned as likely carriers for the unnamed device. Although the specs of this supposed HTC Windows Phone 7 device are mostly speculation, they appear to line up with the minimum hardware... Read more...
The Samsung Galaxy S is known to be coming to all four major carriers in one variant or another, with T-Mobile (Vibrant) and AT&T (Captivate) having already released their versions. Sprint's Epic 4G will be the first 4G version of the device, and it will have a slide-out keyboard and front-facing camera as well, missing from all the other versions. What we don't have is a solid launch date. However, recent history, in terms of Samsung product videos, has revealed a possible date. First, AT&T's Captivate was released on July 18th. The Samsung product video showed up on the next business day, July 19th. The T-Mobile Vibrant's video appeared on July 21st, which would appear to be late, as... Read more...
Motorola's i1 isn't totally new to the world. It was announced first back in March at the CTIA trade show, but at the time, there didn't seem to be a set release date and price. Now the phone, which is described as the world's first touch-based Android phone with a military spec chassis, finally has a scheduled date for shipment on Sprint's network. The iDEN-capable phone, which will support Nextel's Direct Connect push-to-talk feature, is also one of the most rugged Android phones on the market. The main downside is that it's using an older version of Android (v1.6), and it's doubtful that this one will see an upgrade to Froyo any day soon. But it's still the best push-to-talk phone on the market... Read more...
AT&T's first high-end Android-powered smartphone, the Samsung Captivate, is coming on July 18. That's right, in just over a week you'll be able to get your hands on AT&T's version of the Super AMOLED Galaxy S smartphone. This feature-filled phone has a 4-inch WVGA (800 x 480) Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen and 16GB of internal storage. The Captivate was announced in late June and is part of Samsung's Galaxy S line. Although the phone had been previously announced, AT&T just recently revealed the smartphone will be available starting July 18. As is typical of high-end smartphones, the Captivate will run $200 with a two-year contract and qualifying plan. In a move that's not quite... Read more...
Are you looking for a way to deliver 4G connectivity to your laptop, netbook, smartphone, or other connected device? The new CLEAR Spot 4G and CLEAR Spot 4G+ mobile hot spots are now available from Clearwire. The CLEAR Spot 4G lets you connect up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices to the CLEAR network for high-speed Internet access. The CLEAR Spot 4G+ gives you greater connectivity, letting you connect to CLEAR's 4G network or Sprint's 3G nationwide network outside of the 4G coverage area. The CLEAR Spot 4G+ supports up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously. Clearwire Announces Nationwide Availability of 4G/Wi-Fi Personal Mobile Hot Spots CLEAR Spots Now Available in CLEAR Retail Stores, from... Read more...
Last week, Verizon Wireless and Motorola introduced the new DROID X Smartphone as part of the carrier’s effort to rival Sprint’s EVO 4G. Not content to let Verizon Wireless and Motorola get all of the hype, Sprint released a statement about the upcoming Android 2.2 upgrade for its HTC EVO 4G smartphone. In a post on the Sprint News Blog, a Sprint employee wrote, “As work on finalizing the software is under way, Sprint expects to launch Android 2.2 in the near future…. HTC EVO 4G will receive the 2.2 update.” With the newest version of Android, customers will get an updated user interface, improved EAS support, better browser performance, support for Flash 10x, voice... Read more...
Another 4G smartphone on Sprint? Yep, and we get the idea that Sprint will be milking that 4G headstart as much as possible over the next few months. With the HTC EVO 4G still firmly in the spotlight, Samsung is introducing America's 2nd 4G smartphone, though Sprint does point out that this is the first in the US with a slide-QWERTY keyboard and AMOLED touch screen. The screen on this new Epic 4G isn't nearly as large as the EVO 4G, but for those who strongly prefer real keyboards to virtual ones, it's a no-brainer. Basically, the Epic 4G is a Galaxy S smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard, complete with a front-facing camera, 4" Super AMOLED display, access to Samsung's Media Hub, DLNA support,... Read more...
When the HTC Touch Pro2 initially became available, it was one of the best business-class smartphones on the market. Fast-forward to today, and we've seen quite a few new phones hit the market since the Touch Pro2 was released. Despite the availability of competing phones, however, the case could be made that the Touch Pro2 is still a worthy contender in the smartphone space. We'll be taking a closer look at the Sprint variant of the Touch Pro2 in this review, but keep in mind similarly equipped models are also available from Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, and other carriers... HTC Touch Pro2 Review... Read more...
When the HTC Touch Pro2 initially became available, it was one of the best business-class smartphones on the market. Fast-forward to today, and we've seen quite a few new phones hit the market since the Touch Pro2 was released. Despite the availability of competing phones, however, the case could be made that the Touch Pro2 is still a worthy contender in the smartphone space. We'll be taking a closer look at the Sprint variant of the Touch Pro2 in this review, but keep in mind similarly equipped models are also available from Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, and other carriers. The fact that this phone isn't exclusive to a single carrier is a nice benefit in terms of support and the availability of... Read more...
Sprint's launch of the HTC EVO 4G has led to a huge increase in attention for WiMAX as a whole. It's America's first 4G phone, and it also happens to be one of the most impressive Android devices to date. With its massive display, 3G/4G support, powerful CPU and Sense overlay, it's been an easy choice to pick up for those living in 4G areas and not bothered by the $10/month surcharge for accessing WiMAX. But if there could be one complaint, it would be that the EVO 4G was only available in a single color. That's right: just black. But now, Best Buy is giving the world another option with a white EVO 4G. The retailer began taking pre-orders for the exclusive handset over the weekend, offering... Read more...
It's a broadband world, and the rest of us are just trying to catch up. LTE is all set to become a widely adopted 4G technology once Verizon Wireless begins to roll it out later this year and in 2011, but for now, it's WiMAX or nothing if you're in need of 4G. The HTC EVO 4G is the country's first 4G smartphone, but if you're in no need of a new phone, Clearwire has a bunch of new products that are all designed to your get your notebook (or any other Wi-Fi device) onto these 4G waves. The company already has a few WWAN modems and mobile routers on the market, but they have yet to reveal a 4G/3G dual-mode modem that's compatible with OS X, and of course, having more options for surfing at 4G is... Read more...
HTC's EVO 4G isn't just America's only (and first) 4G handset, it's also the hottest selling Sprint phone of all time. Before this weekend's launch, Sprint's Pre and Instinct held this record of best selling launch-day phone, but now the EVO 4G has taken the crown. Some might say it's no real surprise given the hype surrounding it, but we're not so sure that HTC and Sprint don't deserve even more credit for the accomplishment. The EVO 4G is sort of a tough sell; it requires $10 more per month for a data plan compared to every other smartphone, and there are only a handful of 4G areas. Despite the low availability, every single EVO 4G buyer, regardless of home address, has to pay the extra $10/month.... Read more...
Today marks the day that the HTC EVO 4G from Sprint goes on sale nationwide. As the first combination 3G/4G phone to hit the market, we don't have to tell you this is a big deal. With the phone, Sprint is launching an integrated ad campaign that includes TV, print, online and direct-mail elements that highlight Sprint as the first national carrier in America with a 4G phone and 4G network. Some of the highlights of the EVO 4G that you'll see in the ads include the ability to stream live video to the Web, the phone's mobile hotspot capability which lets you connect up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices to the Internet, and more. “Sprint is leading the evolution to 4G and this campaign reinforces... Read more...
At the Long Term Evolution (LTE) event in Amsterdam, Sprint revealed that it is evaluating equipment suppliers for a major technology evolution of its CDMA network in the U.S. The company also indicated it is open to LTE. Sprint's VP of device and technology development Mathew Oommen told Light Reading Mobile the wireless carrier is evaluating future technological choices for its core CDMA network. This could include LTE. As Oommen put it, "We want to future proof our network. We want to leverage all the assets we have in such a way that offers us the lowest cost per bit." He also added that it's important to "not be prescriptive to a particular technology." In considering its options, Sprint... Read more...
If you've been anxiously awaiting the arrival of faster mobile broadband networks and gadgets, we have some good news for you. The next generation of high-speed Internet services and devices could arrive faster than initially expected. AT&T and Verizon Wireless are ramping up plans to speed up their networks and deliver more advanced devices as early as the end of this year, possibly in time for the holiday season. Since there aren't a lot of new customers that are looking to get a cell phone, most wireless carriers are focusing on data services and other offerings for growth. AT&T plans to triple speeds for high speed home Internet services. The carrier also plans to double speeds on... Read more...
Walmart is expanding its home entertainment and technology offerings in an effort to keep Americans connected inside and outside the home. Sometime this month, the retailer is planning to carry more streaming Blu-ray players, new Internet-ready HDTVs, LED HDTVs, additional wireless products for home networking, and much more. The retailer will also rollout a dedicated area for pay-as-you-go, non-contract mobile broadband products with offerings from Verizon, Cricket, Virgin, and AT&T. Walmart Adds New Hi-Tech Devices and More Ways to Save For the Always-Connected Life Attractive New Rollbacks, Internet Connectable Products and New Services Rolling Out BENTONVILLE, Ark., May 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/... Read more...
Earlier in the month, Sprint let the world in on a little secret: they would soon be launching yet another pre-paid brand. This is in addition to Boost Mobile, Assurance Wireless and Virgin Mobile, mind you. Today, the cat was let out of the bag, and bargain hunters might just find what they've been searching for in a wireless carrier by visiting their local Walmart. Common Cents Mobile isn't the greatest naming convention of all time, but it gets right to the point: this is a pre-paid wireless operator who knows their customers value low-cost over all else, and there are certainly no frills here. No 4G WiMAX. No Android phone options. Just bottom-line prices and lots of flexibility. Designed... Read more...
4G smartphones have been around; HTC made one for Russia's Yota carrier around two full years ago. But 4G as a whole is new to America, and while just a few cities have the service now, even those within a 4G area could only use mobile data devices to take advantage. Sprint and HTC announced the EVO 4G back at the CTIA trade show in March, promising America's 4G smartphone on an Android-based device that is seen by many as the iPhone 3GS killer. Tonight in an event in New York City, both Sprint and HTC finally announced the final details surrounding the phone. Namely, a price and release date, but they also threw a twist in that no one saw coming. For starters, the smartphone will ship on June... Read more...
The Android operating system is continuing to gain popularity among users. According to the NPD Group, Android moved past Apple and took the number-two position among smartphone operating systems in the first quarter of 2010. Based on last quarter unit sales numbers from NPD’s wireless market research, the Android operating system moved into second place with 28 percent. Holding the number one spot is RIM’s OS with 36 percent. Apple’s OS held 21 percent of the market. “As in the past, carrier distribution and promotion have played a crucial role in determining smartphone market share,” said Ross Rubin, executive director of industry analysis for NPD. “In order... Read more...
Just a few short months ago, Sprint proudly announced that Google's first smartphone (that they called their own) was coming to The Now Network. That would mean that the Nexus One had plans to be sold on all four major U.S. networks. Shortly after, Verizon (or Google) decided to pull the plug, insisting that users instead focus on the HTC Incredible for their Android fix. Now, Sprint has done something similar, suggesting that the upcoming HTC EVO 4G will be the go-to smartphone on Sprint's network. Announced this week, Sprint decided to reverse course and not ever offer the Nexus One, with a company spokeswoman stating: "We have made the decision to not take Nexus One into our lineup." Sprint's... Read more...
While announcing its first-quarter results, WiMAX carrier Clearwire said that it plans to offer two dual-mode 3G/4G handsets by the end of this year. One of the new handsets will be made by Samsung, while the other will be made by HTC. Clearwire didn't offer up a lot of details concerning the new phones, but it did say that the Samsung phone will run on Android and will be "optimized for heavy video and video communications use." Additionally, both phones will feature Wi-Fi. It's possible that the upcoming 3G/4G handset from HTC is the EVO 4G which has already been announced by Sprint and targeted for a summer release. As you'll recall, the EVO 4G has been touted as the world's first Android-based... Read more...
It doesn't seem like cell phone owners ever have anything positive to say about customer service when it comes to mobile carriers, but if there's a worst offender of the bunch, it would be AT&T, a new survey suggests. Looking at trends in customer satisfaction and loyalty, market research firm ChangeWave found that only 23 percent of the 4,040 respondents said they were "very satisfied" with AT&T, compared to 49 percent for Verizon. To be fair, AT&T tied T-Mobile in the customer satisfaction portion of the survey, but when the topic switched to dropped calls, AT&T was alone at the back of the line. Once again, Verizon ranked No. 1, with customers reporting only 1.5 percent of... Read more...
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