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HTC WiMax Android device for launch this Summer confirms Sprint

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HTC WiMax Android device for launch this Summer confirms Sprint
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse has told Forbes that his company is about to drop something bigger than a pin on the cellphone industry. According to Hesse, a HTC manufactured WiMax Android phone will be offered by the carrier this Summer. The handset will run on the 4G network being built out by Sprint with Clearwire Corp. that currently reaches 27 markets or 30 million people. Those figures will rise by the end of the year to 120 million people and include such major cities as New York, Boston, San Francisco and Washington. Sprint's President of Business Markets, Paget Alves says that 4G is a multi-billion dollar business opportunity. The carrier says that 4G is up to 10 times faster than 3G which certainly helps to keep those pipelines running with streaming video and data. During a recent conference call with analysts on February 10th, CEO Hesse said that 2010 is "The Year of 4G" and that the company is working with "several equipment manufacturers that will embed 4G capability into dozens of devices."

The HTC phone appears to be the previously discussed Supersonic which Sprint execs say will have a dual Ev-Do/WiMax radio and will be targeted to business and governmental workers besides consumers.

HTC Supersonic Preliminary Specifications

source: Forbes via PhoneNews

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:45

1. herbiederb (Posts: 275; Member since: 28 Jan 2010)


This is EPIC.. and Im a VZW loyalist.

posted on 19 Feb 2010, 13:15

2. Ray (Posts: 62; Member since: 30 Apr 2009)


Wow! this is really gonna take sprint to tha top and the htc supersonc will be mine!! I cant wait..

posted on 19 Feb 2010, 13:20

3. Kappy (Posts: 108; Member since: 14 Dec 2009)


I think the supersonic is gonna be pretty badass

posted on 19 Feb 2010, 13:32

4. rwolf1984 (Posts: 518; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)


Completely retarded and pre-mature...typical Dan Hesse behavior (his wife and gay lover will second that). You cannot grow your business with Pre-Paid and a device that only works in 20 cities. You need to get your network launched. WiMAx development in the USA is behind because Sprint/ClearWire is a joke! Get VZW or ATT!!! ATT and T-Mobile have better coverage than Sprint. What a joke Sprint is!!! 1x RTT CDMA + EV-DO + 4G WiMax + bluetooth + Wi-Fi + Android + HTC = $900 phone. 2 yr contract price will be about $700

posted on 19 Feb 2010, 14:24

8. miikeyroks (Posts: 26; Member since: 07 Feb 2009)


Actually The only thing this has over the hero is the 4g chipset, sooooooo more like 500 off contract 249.99 on contract worse case scenario.

posted on 19 Feb 2010, 14:33

10. rwolf1984 (Posts: 518; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)


I am thinking atleast $300 - $400. Remember Sprint only has one price for new and renewals. This not going to be an affordable phone.

posted on 19 Feb 2010, 14:33

11. donjonson410 (Posts: 32; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


+snapdragon, more ram/rom, higher screen res, dual led flash. But your price point should is still accurate. Look at the nexus one, $179 w/ contract. No higher than $199 after rebate, which btw was the Droid pricepoint upon release.

posted on 19 Feb 2010, 14:44

14. imthatguy704 (Posts: 33; Member since: 26 Jan 2010)


Actually, the only thing(s) it has over the hero are 4.3 capacitive screen and a 1Ghz processor. In which I will agree with rwolf1984 in saying this phone will not be cheap. I say $300-$350 w/2yr. contract and $600-$650 off contract.

posted on 19 Feb 2010, 15:00

16. jbroots3 (Posts: 104; Member since: 29 Jan 2010)


RWOLF, NO ONE CARES WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY BC YOU'RE A P.O.S. any time you say anything on this website it's GARBAGE. Grow up. Get a life. Get the AT&T wang out of your mouth. Why do you have to go off on a company that's making technological advancements anyways? Does it offend you that we're not still using rotary phones??? Get real.

posted on 19 Feb 2010, 16:29

20. rwolf1984 (Posts: 518; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)


Get the Sprint wang out of your ass. You need to get real. You need to read up on Sprint and NOT the Sprint Good News blog read real financial stories. Sprint is hardly making technological advancements. They are making financial regression. Dan Hesse and ignorant Sprint fan boys can brag about this 2010 year of 4G BS. Sprint/Clearwire 4G development is behind, badly there was just an article on this. Why are they behind? NO MONEY They are the service no one wants. They can buy some pre-paid customers, but those people aren't going to sign contracts and buy Sprint's crap over priced phones. Sprint has the worst handsets and the worst pricing on them. Verizon and AT&T are the real wireless carriers in the country. They are financially sound and profitable. Verizon will have 4G by the end of the year. AT&T is upgrading to 3.5G and will launch 4G shortly after Verizon. They have the best coverage, the lowest churn rates and the best handsets (T-Mobile also has better handsets then Sprint). Speaking of handsets Sprint always gets picked last and the customers get screwed out of prompt software updates, why? because it is Sprint's nature to suck!!! So JBROOTS keep sucking on that Sprint!!

posted on 19 Feb 2010, 18:44

23. jbroots3 (Posts: 104; Member since: 29 Jan 2010)


rwolf= garbage what do you care about sprints profits? this article was about a new wimax product... just sounds like youre missing out. when att loses their apple contract and apple starts making wimax iphones, it'll free up some bandwith for you and luke wilson to share. have fun.

posted on 19 Feb 2010, 18:56

24. jbroots3 (Posts: 104; Member since: 29 Jan 2010)


And if rwolf is totally ignorant to wimax services: "Thought WiMAX was just beaming high-speed internets to a very few lucky technosapiens in far-away lands? Think again! If all goes according to plan, more than 800 million people from the future will be wrapped in its soothing vibrations by the end of this year, and over a billion worldwide in 2011, surpassing expectations. That's an impressive spread given that Sprint just got things rolling domestically in Baltimore about a year and a half ago. Next up will be stops in New York City and San Francisco..." - engadget Comcast, google, and other companies besides Sprint are in on Clearwire...Sprint just holds a majority of their shares. So continue to ramble ignorantly about Sprint not being able to fund WiMax. They're also trying to stick wimax towers on every Walmart in America according to engadget. Sounds like a good plan, but you'll just post an ignorant/garbage reply about Sprint. Moron.

posted on 19 Feb 2010, 19:50

26. rwolf1984 (Posts: 518; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)


JBROOTS, you are retarded. Finances are required to operate a business. Sprint operates at a $2 Billion deficit annually. That's why Sprint couldnt help the Haitians right away, they had to make sure they could pay their electric bill. It takes cash money and the ability to borrow money for Sprint to do what they need to do. With Sprint's continued losses their credit rating is in the gutter and is consitantly lowered by Moody's. You obviously do not look at the whole picture. Companies like T-Mobile put up fake trees that are actually towers. I read and commented on that article regarding Sprint and Walmart. The "People of Walmart dot Com" like JBROOTS will be to call, text, surf and be able to get their embarrassing and humiliating pictures uploaded to the site. 800 million people? WiMax is not even close to reaching 800 million people. Try 508 by the end of 2010. 120 in the USA by the end of 2010. I read this too, did you?http://www.phonearena.com/htmls/WiMAXs-worldwide-growth-is-expanding-rapidly-while-North-America -plays-catch-up-article-a_9671.html There isn't a fight between WiMax and LTE. Both will be used worldwide. You are ignorant. Maybe you know how to operate a computer and a couple features on some smartphones, but there is much more to the business than the hardware. Jim Cramer from CNBC loves Verizon's stock, its a great buy. He has Verizon by the way. Sprint will not be able to recover. That's cool that Sprint's bringing WiMax, but Sprint isnt a good company. You can't operate a business at a 2 billion deficit. (JBROOTS, aka Typical Obama-voter, look up deficit spending. You can't grow an economy or a business on debt) The rebranding has failed. Sprints chrun rate is off the charts. How can you deny that Sprint is in trouble? Just launching a new network isnt the answer. Sprints approach is wrong. Verizon and AT&T are the top 2 carriers in the USA and not Sprint. AT&T isnt a top carrier just because they have they iPhone. Cingular and AT&T merged. Sprint = Garbage. Now there is plenty of room for you on Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile or Net10/Tracfone cuz your credit is wack like the typical Sprint customer!!!

posted on 19 Feb 2010, 20:20

27. jbroots3 (Posts: 104; Member since: 29 Jan 2010)


you crack me up buddy! obama-voter??!! cut me some slack. listen, i couldnt care less what carrier you drool over. I like technology as much as the next guy. It just takes one big D bag to get all bent over A PHONE ARTICLE. You make it sound like you had an inappropriate encounter with Sprint as a kid... something burning in the back of your mind causing you all this anger. hope you get some healing. im done with your tantrum buddy.

posted on 19 Feb 2010, 20:29

28. rwolf1984 (Posts: 518; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)


Every comment or comeback turns into something perverse or homo-erotic. I think you're the one that had the inappropriate encounter in the back of the Sprint store. When the next article comes out u'll request that i suck on a hairy fat one again. What is with you picturing me in your head with men? The best part was when you attempted to play it slick like me and quote articles and numbers. John Mayer has a word for you!

posted on 20 Feb 2010, 00:40

29. SamTime (Posts: 253; Member since: 07 Nov 2009)


@rworlf1984 "Completely retarded and pre-mature...typical Dan Hesse behavior (his wife and gay lover will second that)." Way to personally attack Dan Hesse and his wife. Whatever you think about his time at Sprint, the personal attack was simply uncalled for. "You can't operate a business at a 2 billion deficit. (JBROOTS, aka Typical Obama-voter, look up deficit spending. You can't grow an economy or a business on debt)" I'm pretty sure George W. Bush was deficit spending as much if not more so than Obama. War (especially on multiple fronts) is an expensive proposition. Don't blame Obama for deficit spending when he had to clean up a mess he inherited. There was major spending when FDR had to pull the country out of the Great Depression and that turned out pretty well wouldn't you say?

posted on 20 Feb 2010, 19:41

34. jbroots3 (Posts: 104; Member since: 29 Jan 2010)


youre not slick. i picture you fat and bald, playing world of warcraft in your mom's basement... but i really dont care for you or about anything you do. all you do on this site is write bull 5hit about a carrier that you don't have any perspective on. i probably wouldnt care if it weren't for you posting all your garbage after they came out with the article about sprint backdating free calls to haiti... but there's nothing i can do about that. no one can make you stop posting your b.s. and no one can make you grow up. its a shame.

posted on 19 Feb 2010, 13:40

5. donjonson410 (Posts: 32; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


4g is in 32 markets to be exact, that is larger than t-mobiles 3g network, so go hate on them for releasing 3g phones. You sound jealous, pull your head out of Ivans ass plz.

posted on 19 Feb 2010, 14:31

9. rwolf1984 (Posts: 518; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)


Okay Miami Vice. . .No 4G in Miami! Go Dolphins, BOO Sprint!

posted on 19 Feb 2010, 13:52

6. IHatePhones (Posts: 99; Member since: 12 Aug 2009)


He's just trolling... If the phone is halfway decent this could be very nice. As long as they have 4G at my work and at my house, I'm good.

posted on 19 Feb 2010, 14:15

7. rwolf1984 (Posts: 518; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)


Do you have 4G at your house? I am not trolling. I state the facts. Sometimes sarcastically. . .

posted on 19 Feb 2010, 14:36

12. Ray (Posts: 62; Member since: 30 Apr 2009)


the supersonic will work in 4g and 3g areas so it covers more than you know..

posted on 19 Feb 2010, 14:41

13. imthatguy704 (Posts: 33; Member since: 26 Jan 2010)


I think that sometimes you omit the facts as well. Sprint's 3G is more dependable than AT&T's 3G. Sprint's voice coverage is waaaaaaaaay better than T-mobile's coverage. Those are facts you can actually find.......

posted on 19 Feb 2010, 15:24

17. jbroots3 (Posts: 104; Member since: 29 Jan 2010)


RWOLF, NO ONE CARES WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY BC YOU'RE A P.O.S. any time you say anything on this website it's GARBAGE. Grow up. Get a life. Get the AT&T wang out of your mouth. Why do you have to go off on a company that's making technological advancements anyways? Does it offend you that we're not still using rotary phones??? Get real.

posted on 19 Feb 2010, 16:18

18. android#1 (Posts: 74; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


RWOLF you are an idiot. when new technology comes out it always becomes the same price as the predecssor when it first came out and the older models drop. newer phones dont go up in price by a couple hundred from the older models or else we would be buying the Hero for 399 with 2 year since the g1 was 199 one upon a time. 4G is new technology and it takes time to expand, like tmobiles 3g coverage. and in Los Angeles, Sprint is amazing, a lot better than VZW and ATT. You dont have any facts, just opinion. WOW YOU MUST HAVE CONNECTIONS TO KNOW HOW MUCH THE SUPERSONIC WILL BE WHEN IT IS RELEASED...SOME FACTS YOU HAVE HUH?

posted on 19 Feb 2010, 17:00

21. rwolf1984 (Posts: 518; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)


AT&T has comparable if not better coverage than Sprint. Sprint roams off Verizon, but only gets 1X RTT Cdma, slower data. AT&T has a presences in all 50 states. Sprint has a presences in only half of the states. AT&T's 3G is faster, expanding and being upgraded. Edge (2, 2.5G) is faster than EV-DO and is avalible in between. Regardless of debating the Sprint vs AT&T isn't it ironic that Verizon and AT&T are the top wireless companies and not Verizon and Sprint? Anything is better than Sprint. Sprint's supposedly this great business carrier. . .well who just got Preferred Partner Status from Microsoft. . .AT&T. So AT&T has Apple and Microsoft behind them. Who's backing Sprint? Dan Hesse and some creepy Brian Peppers looking ass fan boys. That is weak ass looking pin drop crew. Creditors are also behind Sprint, but they are just chasing after them to pay their bills!!! Weak finance!

posted on 19 Feb 2010, 17:02

22. rwolf1984 (Posts: 518; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)


That's no true. Devices don't magically get cheaper especially when there is a major upgrade. There is no predecessor to a brand new 4G phone.

posted on 19 Feb 2010, 19:08

25. android#1 (Posts: 74; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


yes i know that. but phones keeps getting better because of the feature improvements. There is always NEW in a new or upgraded phone. the supersonic's 4g is the new of 3g. and besides, ive never seen an android phone more than 199 with a 2year contract. I UNDERSTAND this is 4G, but there once was a time when the droid had the largest display too but the price on that phone wasnt exaggerated either. Just because it is 4g with a 1ghz snapdragon doesnt mean its going to retail more than the Sprint Hero, it will probably be the same price and the hero will drop in price. Electronics only get cheaper in the sense that something better is the same as was the older product once was.

posted on 20 Feb 2010, 10:00

31. donjonson410 (Posts: 32; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


http://vzwmap.verizonwireless.com/dotcom/coveragelocator/images/maps/3Gcomparison.pdf , Hmm spotty 3g coverage anyone? Sprint have 3G coverage in all 50 states, thanks for trying!

posted on 20 Feb 2010, 13:01

32. rwolf1984 (Posts: 518; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)


@DonJohnson Miaimi Vice Sprint does not have RETAIL presences in all 50 states because the coverage is so bad. That is comparing Sprints broadband network which includes some of the resources Sprint shares with Verizon. You are looking at the wrong map. That's not the phone coverage map.You will see that Sprint does not have 3G voice in a From the Sprint website: "Sprint covers more than 170 million people with EVDO services, and over 20 million people with EVDO Rev A coverage" That is significantly less than what Verizon and ATT covers From ATT: AT&T has the nation's fastest 3G network. This network covers 233 million people or 75% of the population...over 300 metropolitan markets...3G and EDGE Covers 96% of US population Now let's check out Verizon Our growing high-speed wireless network covers more than 280 million people in 264 major metropolitan areas... This is the correct maphttp://coverage.sprint.com/IMPACT.jsp EVDO is 3G not 1x RTT It doesn't matter who has the best map...It's who is signing up and keeping subscribers and making money. Sprint is not making money. Sprint has been operating at a defcite for over 10 years and the stock has fallen from 75 to 25 to less than $4 in the last 11 years. Investors and consumers lack confidence in Sprint. This is very clear. They are in trouble and Sprint will be re-branding for the next 10 years. I bet google will buy them up and start google wireless. I wouldnt want to work for Sprint. I work for companies that make money.

posted on 19 Feb 2010, 14:57

15. scorpio85 (Posts: 160; Member since: 16 Jan 2010)


Im freakin happy about this, but being im a Sprint rep Im pissed. We cant buy this phone just like all new releases like this one for 1-3 months! AAAHHHH

posted on 19 Feb 2010, 16:23

19. omarc26 (Posts: 357; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


how bout they expand their 4G coverage?? there is no 4G over here in LA....... all im getting is 3G from sprint and 4G would be nice....

posted on 20 Feb 2010, 07:27

30. scottmbolt (unregistered)


Boy... I just love how many people know Sprint so well, and their problems, and how to fix them. I wonder why some of YOU don't work for Sprint then? I bet a lot of you arm chair warriors would make great executives with all of your amazing business prowess.

posted on 20 Feb 2010, 14:02

33. easytochris (Posts: 126; Member since: 21 Jan 2010)


so glad i live in boise and i am in one of the existing 4g markets. this may mean i would consider leaving tmo after 6 years, i mean i love my mt3g and all, but if i can have a 4g android 2.x phone, omg

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