Sprint CEO: Clearwire in “Every Option” For Company’s Future

Sprint and Clearwire Always Working Together...

Today at the Deutsche Bank AG Media & Telecom Conference in Palm Beach, Florida, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse commented that Sprint will be committed to Clearwire Corp. — a company which Sprint owns 54% of — for a long time, and that they plan to use their speedy WiMax technology in “every option” for Sprint’s future moves. Hesse said he’d also like to do more network sharing with Clearwire, which also sells its wireless capacity to other carriers.

Now, you might rightly be wondering, “But Brian, why was the CEO of Sprint at the Deutsche Bank AG Media & Telecom Conference?”

HTC Thunderbolt Comes Second to the iPad 2

Maybe we really saw this coming, after all the signs. There was talk, rumors and speculation of when the Thunderbolt was going to be released. Date changes, none of which were very accurate or true. I mean, just check out this tweet from VZW back on 02/17:

True story though – I even had a friend say he’s getting the Thunderbolt, and I quote – “This week” – That was last week, poor guy, his world came crashing down when he couldn’t get his hands on one.

Well, Verizon apparently felt it was more important to get the iPad 2 out to the world first. And since we now have March 11th as the date of the iPad 2 launch, we can start guessing again as to when the Thunderbolt will strike!

So when do you think this latest Android phone will be fortunate enough receive a release date? I’d very much like to see Verizon’s first LTE smartphone released soon. If not for me, at least for my good friend, who’s just waiting to upgrade from his original Motorola Droid.

[Via Intomobile]

Not so stealthy Samsung Stealth seen in the wild – caught on camera

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It was just a couple days ago we showed that the Samsung ‘Stealth’ would be hitting the FCC and making itself a bonafied smartphone, which would be heading to Verizon. Now we can see that the not-so-ninja-esc Samsung Stealth is carrying Verizon branding, as we see it here in the wild, caught on camera above. The Samsung Stealth will be a high-end smartphone device sporting the following;

  • 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen (480 x 800)
  • 1 GHz Hummingbird processor
  • Android 2.2 Froyo, upgradeable
  • 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Mobile hotspot up to 8 devices
  • 8 megapixel rear camera, LED flash, auto-focus
  • 1.3 megapixel front camera
  • 828 MBs internal storage
  • microSD memory card slot expandable up to 32GBs
  • A-GPS
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • HDMI out, 720p HD
  • 3.5mm Headphone Jack
  • 1500 mAh   LiIon battery

Here’s some more images below of the sighting.

[via TechoBuffalo]

TELUS Announces Imminent Arrival of Samsung Galaxy S 4G

Candian cellular carrier TELUS has good news for all of those northern neighbors of ours who are looking for a good speed fix: the Samsung Galaxy S 4G will soon be launching on the carrier. This will be Canada’s first cellphone to usher in the faster speeds of 4G service, so it’ll be interesting to see how the speeds fare. Are any of our Canadian readers getting amped up for the arrival of the faster data speeds? Let us know in the comments! Full release announcement after the break.

Sprint HTC Tablet Seems Imminent as HTC Goes for Evo View Trademark

With CTIA making its way quickly upon us and Sprint having no real flagship device announced yet for this year, expectations are high for the carrier to make an announcement or two. This coincides rather nicely with a bit of information given to Engadget recently: HTC’s attempt to aquire the trademark for the Evo View 4G. Being that “Evo” is a Sprint related moniker, one could come to a likely prediction that HTC will be announcing a WiMax-enabled tablet coming up pretty soon. Nothing is set in stone, obviously, but if this information is to be believed, then it’s looking pretty likely that Sprint customers will have their first 4G enabled tablet to play with. Is anyone else as excited as I am? Let us know in the comments!

[via Engadget]

T-Mobile webConnect gets a Facelift with Additional 10gb option

With the capabilities of today’s smartphones, it takes no time at all to hit your data cap . Well looks like T-Mobile has recognized this, and taken action.

On March 13th, T-Mobile will put into motion these new upgraded webConnect plan offerings. Below, find the 3 plans that the 4th largest carrier will make available to its customers.

  • 200MB – $29.99
  • 5GB – $49.99
  • 10GB – $79.99

In addition, customers can bundle these webConnect offers with their existing voice plans. So all loyal T-Mobile customers out there should give a thumbs-up to a carrier that is actually recognizing the needs of the consumer. Good on ya T-Mobile!

[Via BGR]

Sprint to Acquire T-Mobile USA According to Bloomberg

Alright guys, now take this one with a pinch of salt or two, as this has been a rumor for a while now, but according to a report by Bloomberg, Sprint has been in talks with the US division of T-Mobile for a possible acquisition of the company. In response, a Deutsche Telekom spokesperson commented that the company “could sell all or part of the U.S. business, and all options are open,” leaving plenty enough ambiguity to make the rumor possibly viable.

There is, however, the usual argument of two networks operating on completely different networks, Sprint on CDMA and T-Mobile on GSM. This would make it difficult for Sprint to incorporate T-Mobile’s network infrastructure into its own, and considering Sprint’s previous and current hardships with Nextel’s iDen network, it seems they would probably be hesitant to make a deal. It is possible though that Sprint’s announced possible conversion to LTE would make such a transition much smoother and the benefits may outweigh the difficulties for both companies. The merger would still leave the company behind Verizon and AT&T, but by a much smaller margin and Sprint would have more options for its world-traveling customers with the acquired GSM technology.

We can toss rumors and speculation all day. In the end, the corporate heads and company shareholders will have the final say, whether it be an acquisition or a less extreme business deal.

Are you a Sprint or T-Mobile customer? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!

via BGR

HTC Thunderbolt Makes Brief Appearance on Ebay…Twice

Not all that long ago (but still before the official announcement), two HTC Merge phones showed up on ebay. Well, apparently someobody over at Verizon apparently likes to let phones slip through the cracks to be sold on ebay, because two were sold today. With a contract-free, buy-it-now price of $545, that’s a pretty great deal…provided that they can actually be activated. If their ESN is clear, a couple of people got themselves a really great deal today, considering the actual launch is still pending.

[via Phandroid

Samsung Galaxy Pro Brings a QWERTY Keyboard, Looks Like a Blackberry

I’m just gonna come right out and say it: I have to carry a Blackberry for work, and I hate it. I don’t like the bodystyle, and I don’t like OS. There are, however, a whole lot of RIM fans out there who would argue with me. To those who have carried Blackberry devices for years but might be intrigued by the Android OS, a new option is about to hit the market, in the form of Samsung’s Galaxy Pro.

Is Sprint gearing up to launch their own Nexus S?

Rumors have been swirling on the internet about Sprint announcing its own variant of the Nexus S, and now that possibility seems pretty certain. If you try visiting now.sprint.com/nexus in your web browser, you’ll get the above message from Sprint, saying the page will be ‘ready soon’. What do you think guys? Is this unofficial confirmation that there will be a CDMA Nexus S?

The Nexus S that Sprint is planning to release is rumored to be called the Nexus S 4G. Perhaps the Sprint Nexus S will be officially announced at CTIA in two weeks. As always, we’ll just have to wait and see. Leave your comments below!

[via engadget]

Which New Android Devices Will Sprint Reveal at CTIA?

Of course, none of what I’m about to mention is set in stone, plus Sprint was rather quiet at the last couple events, maybe making us a little more than anxious to hear something big.

I, for one am excited for the next devices released from Sprint. Especially since I’m a customer. So, what do they have in store for us?  Thanks to an “anonymous tipster” who spoke with Engadget Mobile, we just may have an idea of what Sprint could be revealing:

  • The possibility is there that Sprint will be launching the Nexus S 4G which is pretty much the Nexus S, but with WiMAX. And as Engadget mentioned, Sprint was close to releasing a version of the Nexus One, But instead went the route of the HTC’s Evo 4G
  • Next, there is the chance we might see an Evo 3D, which obviously is an Evo capable of 3D. This would be pretty interesting. This to follow the Evo 4g and Evo Shift.
  • Lastly, the Evo View Tablet. And if this item is on the table, we can see this being a rebranded version of the HTC Flyer.

So, let’s keep our eyes and ears open so as to get more info on what’ll be the biggest news at CTIA, whether it be Sprint or one of the other carriers out there.

[via Engadget]

New Motorola Device Shows Up at the FCC…Droid X 2?

Motorola has filed a mystery device with the FCC, identifying it only as the IHDT56MJ1. When this was filed, it was asked to be kept confidential for 180 days, which means that it will be revealed right about time for a mid-August launch. The timing, along with the naming scheme, are sparking speculation that it may be the second generation of the Droid X. While we don’t know for a fact that a Droid X 2 is even being released for certain, Verizon has invested in the Droid name, and Motorola has several phones bearing the moniker. The Droid X 2 would make perfect sense, and a mid-August launch would put right at a year since the original Droid X launched, and with dual-core processors available now, it’s a logical next step.

[via Electronista]

Samsung Stealth V spotted at FCC, will have Verizon 4G LTE

What once was a nameless device is now the Samsung Stealth V, as confirmed by the FCC information above. This upcoming Android smartphone will take advantage of Verizon’s 4G LTE network and will have the following specs:

  • Android 2.2
  • Google Mobile services, including Google Search
    Google Maps and Gmail, YouTube
  • Brilliant 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus touch screen display
  • 1GHz application processor
  • Rear-facing 8-megapixel camera with LED flash
  • Front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera to support video chat capabilities
  • Samsung Social Hub and Media Hub.

Although there’s no official launch date for the Samsung Stealth V, the device appearing at the FCC could mean that the device is hitting stores sooner than we thought. What do you guys think of these specs? Despite Android 2.2 not being the latest OS available, will the phone running on Verizon’s 4G LTE make up for that? Leave a comment!

[via AC]

Sprint ‘could have US covered with LTE by 2013’ if they decided to

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Sprint’s Steve Elfman, President of Network Operations, stated yesterday at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference that if Sprint decided to go LTE, they could have it p and running with devices in 2012, and coverage over the entire US by the end of 2013. Many think, possibly investors too, that this is what Sprint should jump into since WiMax is on its way out after every other carrier in the US has decided to go 4G/LTE.

Sprint decided to go with WiMax because Intel was heavily supporting it at the time, and Sprint figured, ‘hey, if we get a whole bunch of companies to go in this with us, we’ll rake it in…’ Umm, not. Hence, Clearwire was created and rather than build a strong WiMax customer and client base, they got all high on themselves and started pushing USB sticks.

In a nutshell, it isn’t working out so great, however, Clearwire has already shown that they can push out 90Mbps downstream speeds and 30Mbps Upstream with LTE technology. So…why not Sprint…just do it.

We’re sure to hear more about this from Sprint’s mouths as a more official statement, rather than a leaked part from a speech. Stay tuned!

[via intomobile]