Sprint and Microsoft to announce WiMax smartphone?

Rumors have been flying around about what to expect from Sprint's, self proclaimed, "must attend" event on January 6th. The day before CES, Sprint, along with LG and Microsoft, will be making some sort of big presentation. Information Weekly believes that the event will involve some sort of WiMax announcement, since that's Sprint's latest major project. Being that Sprint CEO, Dan Hesse, and Microsoft CEO, Steve Balmer, will both be speaking, the most probable outcome will be some sort of WiMax powered Windows Mobile smartphone. Perhaps the device is being made by LG, which would explain their involvement.

Sprint has said that WiMax enabled phones are in the plans for 2010, so announcing one on January 6th would make sense. It's probably safe to assume that such a device would also be able to fall back onto 3G where 4G is not available. It will be interesting to see how such a phone would work in the future, should Sprint and Clear decide to shift their WiMax network over to LTE. As reported on Mobile Burn back in Septemeber, Clear CEO, Bill Morrow said that should the industry prefer LTE down the road, the switch could be done with a software upgrade, since many of their routers support both standards. He claims "We're the only carrier than can do this. We'll do what's right for the business. Whether it's LTE, WiMAX, future technology 'X,' it doesn't matter to me."

Should Sprint release a WiMax phone in two weeks, would a simple software upgrade allow the phone to adapt to a future network change? Or would new hardware be required, leaving customers in the dust? Maybe the phone used to demonstrate (if that happens) will be running an early build of Windows Mobile 7. Either way, we're gonna have to wait till CES to find out. For now, this is all just speculation.

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Uh huh.

Well I won't get into it, but I'll just say this. I've seen Samsung phones with WinMo and with Android and they both run slow, and don't have anything one upping the other. I thus blame the device makers and their **** poor abilities at writing mobile app code and drivers for their own devices for the bad rep WinMo 6.5 gets.

thealexweb said,
WiMax but groan it'll be running Windows Mobile I'll be stayng away, if it had Android it would be a different story.

Ever tried the HD2? It's great, and I'm coming from an iPhone

thealexweb said,
WiMax but groan it'll be running Windows Mobile I'll be stayng away, if it had Android it would be a different story.

Yea cause Windows Mobile isn't finger friendly, is extremely customisable and doesn't run on great hardware oh and it's Microsoft /sarcasm

jporter said,
Ever tried the HD2? It's great, and I'm coming from an iPhone


Since you bring that up, just a little update, HTC's on it's 3rd, maybe 4th official ROM update for it, and each update brings with it something like 5%+ of a performance gain. And these updates only change/fix HTC's own apps/code, the OS is still the same since HTC can't change that anyways.

So, just to support my original post even more, yeah, the device makers have to get their act together with their WinMo devices. That or MS needs to set specific hardware sets and write more of the base apps instead of leaving it up to the handset makers.

Billus said,
Yea cause Windows Mobile isn't finger friendly, is extremely customisable and doesn't run on great hardware oh and it's Microsoft /sarcasm

A few reasons why I think Android is better than Windows Mobile

1) Web Browser, Android's webkit based browser is much better than mobile IE
2) Old apps still requre a stylus to be used on WM
3) Windows Mobile costs $25 Android is free, I know the end user doesn't pay but it helps keep the cost of the phone down

thealexweb said,
A few reasons why I think Android is better than Windows Mobile

1) Web Browser, Android's webkit based browser is much better than mobile IE
2) Old apps still requre a stylus to be used on WM
3) Windows Mobile costs $25 Android is free, I know the end user doesn't pay but it helps keep the cost of the phone down

I agree with the first 2.. but seriously.. $25? theres nothing wrong in that.. (anyway.. thats the first time i actually know the price we paid for WinMo.)

microsoft is way out of this game.. Sadly, just cause of their crappy interface.. they've lost the game to Apple and Google..

GP007 said,
Uh huh.

Well I won't get into it, but I'll just say this. I've seen Samsung phones with WinMo and with Android and they both run slow, and don't have anything one upping the other. I thus blame the device makers and their **** poor abilities at writing mobile app code and drivers for their own devices for the bad rep WinMo 6.5 gets.

I'll agree that Manufacturers do more harm than good by adding a bunch of crap into OS's, but WinMo is a piece of **** on it's own.

I would love to see this with Android, but if it's gotta be WinMo, it better be 7 at the very least! I actually quite expect (since M$ is part of this announcement) that the reason it's such a big deal is because it'll be the first WinMo 7 phone...

thealexweb said,
A few reasons why I think Android is better than Windows Mobile

1) Web Browser, Android's webkit based browser is much better than mobile IE
2) Old apps still requre a stylus to be used on WM
3) Windows Mobile costs $25 Android is free, I know the end user doesn't pay but it helps keep the cost of the phone down


Some full scale API, full scale SDK, good development tools? Does android have it?

thealexweb said,
WiMax but groan it'll be running Windows Mobile I'll be stayng away, if it had Android it would be a different story.

Clearly you haven't seen all of the work Microsoft's been putting into Windows Mobile. LOL

More like "groan, it's coming from Sprint..." lol

thealexweb said,
A few reasons why I think Android is better than Windows Mobile

1) Web Browser, Android's webkit based browser is much better than mobile IE
2) Old apps still requre a stylus to be used on WM
3) Windows Mobile costs $25 Android is free, I know the end user doesn't pay but it helps keep the cost of the phone down

1) I have the choice of many different web browsers to use. I use Opera Mobile. How many choices do you have for Android?
2) I've never needed a stylus for an app...
3) That is just silly. I have no problem paying for a real OS that is feature rich and supports all of the things that Windows Mobile does.

All Windows Mobile needs is a cleaner UI, which Microsoft is working on now, so I don't see an issue.

neodorian said,
Not sure but I use Wimax as my home ISP and I have yet to see any LTE services available.

Oh ok, I just thought was dropped from any major use since was a lot on it being dropped or very limited a while ago on engadget and most were swaying towards LTE. I know nokia released a wimax version of N810 tablet I think but didn't last long cause of lack of demand why they never made anything else with it's support since.

Digix said,
Thought wimax was dead in the water and lost out to LTE and 802.11n...

WiMax / LTE and 802.11n are in totally different arenas. The former are quite similar (refer to the dual compatibility of Sprint's 4G network), and 802.11n is for local application while the others are long-range, high speed like traditional CDMA / TDMA services.

w00t! I hope that Microsoft releases an HD2 like phone for Sprint. Then I will upgrade my HTC Mogul regardless of it being WinMo as I know WinMo 7 is coming out next year.

I really hope they surprise people with some sorta showing, even if it's early, of WinMo7 at CES. It's the best time to start getting people interested for a Summer or Fall phone lineup. Also if they let us know which phones can be upgraded later, like the HD2, can that be upgraded to 7 or not? If I knew that for sure I'd have a HD2 right now.

They better get a phone out sooner then later. Allot of Sprint contracts expire this Spring and I for one might opt for Verizon and a Motorola Droid if Sprint doesn't get one out soon.

WiMax is a major need for my next Sprint phone. I'm not upgrading to anything until it has moved past 3G. This is getting sad. Sprint 4G is in Philadelphia with no smartphones to really love that speed!

Frazell Thomas said,
WiMax is a major need for my next Sprint phone. I'm not upgrading to anything until it has moved past 3G. This is getting sad. Sprint 4G is in Philadelphia with no smartphones to really love that speed!

HTC Max 4G which was originally made exclusively to Scartel Yota. For a long time already it's available without contracts, unlocked in every media/pc hypermarket/shop. But not sure it's available outside Russia.
www.htc.com/www/product/max4g/overview.html
www.gsmarena.com/htc_max_4g-2605.php

This sounds interesting (More because Microsoft and LG are announcing it, not because of Sprint's involvement)... I look forward to seeing this announcement.

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