Sprint confirms first 4G phone due this summer

Sprint, the only cellular operator in the United States with a 4G network, has confirmed to Forbes that they will be launching their first handset that will utilize their high speed data network this summer.

Sprint has been rolling out its 4G network nationwide in congruence with ClearWire (Sprint owns 51% Clearwire) which is now available in 27 markets and covers approximately 30 million people.  By the end of 2010 Sprint is targeting 4G to cover up to 120 million people and include key markets such as Boston, New York, and San Francisco.

The un-named device is likely going to be the HTC A9292 according to a leaked Sprint roadmap which was obtained by Phonearena.com earlier this year.  The roadmap states that the phone will be a “bar” type phone which probably indicates that it will be a solid touch screen type phone. Not to be confused with a “candy bar” type phone that is generally a small screen with a numerical pad, Sprint will most likely be marketing this device as a multimedia powerhouse due to its 4G connectivity. 

Sprint is pushing 4G hard and rightfully so.  Neowin obtained a 4G Sprint ‘Overdrive’ at CES and the speed is nothing short of impressive.  As 4G technologies begin to encompass the entire country, having true broadband everywhere, is quickly becoming a reality.

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Too bad Sprint will falter with their "4G" WiMax network, seeing how LTE is quickly becoming the standard for 4G wireless. Even Verizon plans to use LTE.

MulletRobZ said,
Too bad Sprint will falter with their "4G" WiMax network, seeing how LTE is quickly becoming the standard for 4G wireless. Even Verizon plans to use LTE.

Too bad people who pretend to know everything for certain are usually the ones that are wrong. Too bad...Too bad..

Can someone tell me what a 4G network is, does it add anything to the existing 3G technology? or is it just the same thing with a quicker speed?

Jelly2003 said,
Can someone tell me what a 4G network is, does it add anything to the existing 3G technology? or is it just the same thing with a quicker speed?

I've just answered my own question, Wikipedia tells me that they have to target 100mbps speed for moving devices and 1Gbps for non moving objects.

Everything needs to be IP based, so voice is now VOIP rather than on another separate channel to IP data...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4G

Hopefully this thing has Android. HTC seems to love Android lately, and I think it has the best potential of really utilizing 4G speeds from a platform perspective.

vaximily said,
Hopefully this thing has Android. HTC seems to love Android lately, and I think it has the best potential of really utilizing 4G speeds from a platform perspective.

No telling. Practically speaking, though, WP7 would be a more ideal device to showcase 4G, since it seems to be a very data-intensive platform. It would be very 'nice' to have 4G powering Android, but after using it for three months, I don't feel like the OS would really feel 'upgraded' by it. If you know what I mean.


But with the amount of time still before 4G really spreads, Android could evolve to integrate data as effectively as WP7 seems to. Either way, there will eventually be devices on both platforms, and everybody will win.

Edited by Joshie, Feb 19 2010, 10:28pm :

fr0st42 said,
Hopefully the HTC Supersonic will come this summer.

There are rumors that te supersonic is the phone, i didnt include it in the article becuase i couldnt find enough evidence to support it