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Sprint CEO Hesse says Android now ready for Prime-Time and his company

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Sprint CEO Hesse says Android now ready for Prime-Time and his company
When the Android OS was first released, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse felt that it wasn't ready to power devices in the Sprint line-up. Hesse told a industry conference in Pasadena, sponsored by Fortune, "The reviews say now it's ready for prime time. It wasn't when it first came out." The difference might be the recent upgrade to build 1.5. The star of television ads when he is not running the pin-dropping carrier, Hesse went on to say that Sprint will offer at least one Android based device this year.

Moving on to the Palm Pre, Hesse said that the only thing holding back sales of the smartphone is supply of the handset. With earnings due out soon, talk about the Pre had to be kept to a minimal , but according to the CEO there have been shortages of the phone. Also, talk that the Pre is being returned in droves is incorrect according to Hesse, "There's things all over people are speculating," Hesse said. "Most of the speculation I read is wrong." According to Sprint's Chief Executive, it might take 3 or 4 months to determine if the Pre is a big hit.

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source: CNET

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:43

1. realism121 (Posts: 67; Member since: 16 Aug 2008)


ok look...i love my service with sprint. i love the price i pay for 2 lines with sprint. i love the speed of the 3g with sprint. i've been a sprint customer for almost 9 years. but i'm OVER the horrible phone selection. i want an iphone so bad, but i would NEVER go to at&t. so...that being said...if verizon gets an iphone next year as the rumor mill is speculating, sprint better hurry up and get on the good phone selection band wagon. it's getting a little ridiculous.

posted on 25 Jul 2009, 12:29

2. phone333 (Posts: 331; Member since: 04 Feb 2009)


Mmmm!...let me see! Blackberry Tour, Palm Pre, HTC Snap, Treo Pro, Instinct S30, Samsung Exclaim...DC phones for those in needs. that's just to name a few. Maybe not 6-8 months ago...but the current selection doesn't look that bad at all...Unless of course you "Really" want an iphone and that's the only phone you'd consider "Good" at this point. If Verizon gets the iphone that would be great but that's not gonna happen anytime soon. By the time they do Sprint's selection will be improved as well...not to mention next gen Pre !

posted on 25 Jul 2009, 12:31

3. alma-cafe22 (Posts: 14; Member since: 29 Jan 2009)


dont get your hopes up. and im sure you would enjoy getting service in you own home if you had at&t.

posted on 25 Jul 2009, 13:02

4. Mali Mal (Posts: 35; Member since: 09 Apr 2008)


Thank for stating that. This other guy doesnt realise all the things a sprint phone has to offer. It seems all he cares about is the iphone obviously. In my opinion sprint has the best phones to go along with the best prices. Prices dont even compare. Sprint just has a bad rep ever since they merged with nextel. Now i seems sprint might be the first US carrier to carry the HTC Hero, that would be great, even i hav no problems with my Pre. I wonder if sprint would have gotten the iphone what people would have done, would sprint be the number one or number two carrier?? cuz if u think about most of the people that left sprint were nextel subscribers, they just would have switched their plan and picked up an iphone on sprint, what do u think??

posted on 25 Jul 2009, 14:25

5. realism121 (Posts: 67; Member since: 16 Aug 2008)


the Tour, in my opinion, is just a glorified curve. the pre...is SUCH a disappointment to me. i was waiting and waiting and WAITING for the pre. but once it was released i was SO let down. it feels so cheap to hold and the keyboard is somewhat difficult to type on. a friend of mine got in line at like 6AM on launch day to buy it and ended up returning it before the end of the week because of all the problems he had with it. even keeping that in mind, i was still thinking about getting it. but the straw that broke the camels back is when i went into the sprint store and the demo model was "bugged"...it was stuck in some loop and no one, even the sprint employees, could figure out what was wrong with it or how to fix it. Treo Pro - uuummmm...it runs windows mobile. thats enough said right there Samsung Exclaim - this is the only phone that I would agree with you on. its a VERY nice phone and its not that the only phone that i would consider a "good" phone is the iphone. g1? my 3g (or whatever that new android phone coming to t-mobile is) storm? bold? htc hero? there are SEVERAL phones out there that i would LOVE to see on sprint. and several phones that are coming out soon that i would also LOVE to see on sprint. but it really seems like sprint gets a 1 track mind in terms of phones and they're stuck on one specific phone and dont see anything else for months before and after that phone is released. its time to step it up and get some new, EXCITING phones!

posted on 25 Jul 2009, 14:35

6. realism121 (Posts: 67; Member since: 16 Aug 2008)


Mali Mal - actually, i do realize everything sprint has to offer, thanks. if you could re-read my post, you would see that i said i love SEVERAL things about sprint. and i've been with sprint since long before the merger with nextel, so sprint does not have a bad rep with me b/c of the merger with nextel. thanks.

posted on 25 Jul 2009, 16:26

7. Bawt (Posts: 17; Member since: 22 Dec 2008)


You really think the Storm is a nice phone...? The Tour is the Bold basically, just smaller. The G1 is crap I hate mine. Let me just say, out of the three phones I own (iPhone 3G, Pre, and G1) I enjoy using my G1 the most because of the actual reliable service and the notifications. Also, multitasking is nice. I just hope the Pre can handle high graphic games like the iPhone can.

posted on 25 Jul 2009, 18:21

8. sullyfl (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Jul 2009)


I owned an Exclaim. The display an OS sucks. My V9m had two better screen and a better OS (and that came out two years ago). I've owned 5 samsungs and they have always broke. The Pre is the best on the market, especially with web OS 1.1 (just came out on 7/23/2009). The iPhone can't multitask, doesn't have as good a screen, and has a much weaker OS. And it doesn't fit in your pocket like a Pre does. Plus, the Pre is all web based, so when G2 comes out you attached your Palm account and bam, everything will transfer right over. The Exclaim, really? I had this phone and there were at least 3 buttons to send texts. If felt awkward and huge. Lots of font size issues. Picks up too much wind on calls. Not even in the same ballpark as the Pre...not the same universe.

posted on 02 Aug 2009, 20:58

9. Bawt (Posts: 17; Member since: 22 Dec 2008)


Eh, I wouldn't say the Pre has a better screen than the iPhone. Better display, sure, because the pixels are more compact. However it is still plastic and not as sensitive as the iPhone's screen. I still prefer my iPhone over my Pre.. Even though the Pre is VERY nice to hold (and I mean perfect.) I just really, really, want some apps! I might cancel my Pre because of the lack of apps.. Why multi-task when there's nothing to do?

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