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Sprint is holding an event on February 7th to announce "yet another industry first"

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Sprint is holding an event on February 7th to announce
After seeing only the HTC EVO 4G Shift being announced during CES, some wondered why Sprint's presence during the show was pretty much absent.

Well, it seems that they plan on having the stage all to themselves after invitations for an event happening on February 7th have been sent out to various gadget web sites. Away from the busyness of CES, Sprint is planning on announcing “yet another industry first.”

It surely makes you wonder what they have planned, especially when they were relatively quiet for CES, but their announcement is coming only days before mobile's biggest event commences; MWC! Regardless, you can't count out the possibility of an iPhone because Apple's very own Tim Cook did mention that the CDMA flavored iPhone isn't exclusive to Verizon. However, the notion of being an “industry first” only makes you wonder more about it – maybe a WiMAX enabled iPhone?

Nonetheless, there's no arguing that February 7th is looking to be Sprint's day.

via MobileCrunch

Sprint is holding an event on February 7th to announce "yet another industry first"

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posted on 12 Jan 2011, 13:47 6

1. overratediphone (Posts: 26; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


oh oh I know this!! David Blaine is going to show a sprint phone with bars! don't worry though ... it's just an illusion haha

posted on 12 Jan 2011, 15:41 1

17. apocalypsebc (Posts: 148; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


It will be a wimax Iphone and WP7 device.

posted on 12 Jan 2011, 15:53 1

19. XxVerbalxX (unregistered)


as much as i do love sprint and wish they were where i now live ( i cant roam all the time?! dammit!!) that's just plain funny lol

posted on 12 Jan 2011, 16:45

21. messiah (Posts: 433; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)


That doorknob still around?

posted on 12 Jan 2011, 13:48 5

2. mike (unregistered)


is David Blaine going to make their network magically not suck?

posted on 12 Jan 2011, 14:03 5

8. cheech (unregistered)


u must have AT&T or t mobile to make a comment like that, cuz sorry to tell ya Sprint is tied right up there with Verizon in coverage and data reliability as per last consumer reports. its good to have roaming agreements with the largest carrier with the biggest network.

posted on 12 Jan 2011, 15:21

14. ojb5000 (unregistered)


Sprints coverage is horrific in Oklahoma. Verizon has come in and dominated coverage here.

posted on 12 Jan 2011, 16:32

20. downphoenix (Posts: 2285; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Oklahoma is just such a high demand area that demands that every carrier should spring towers all around there to compete with Verizon.

And verizon should put towers up here because we have sprint, t-mobile, and at&t here, but no Verizon, if they were so high and mighty how come they have no towers here?

posted on 12 Jan 2011, 18:50 2

25. KParks23 (Posts: 446; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


actually sprint has prolly the second best network not everyone is going to get sprint everywhere and that goes for every carrier sorry for u central folks sprint dominates the east coast!! i live in maryland and work in DC and baltimore and have never had a single service problem and have been to newyork and down to florida and only know of one place where i actually roam and sprint roams off verizon!! so everyone stop bashing sprint there not the same as they were years ago!!

posted on 13 Jan 2011, 18:03

38. Tim in CO (unregistered)


Even in Colorado, Sprint is good. When my friends and I stay in the mountains, I can send/receive texts, to people in our cabin, and if they have Verizon, they have to drive down the mountain to receive them. AT&T worked if they just stood outside, it was surprising that Verizon was the weakest signal. That is between South Park and Breck, around 11,000 feet.

posted on 13 Jan 2011, 19:58

40. maccmill (Posts: 67; Member since: 29 Oct 2010)


south park colorado is a real city? lol

posted on 14 Jan 2011, 22:39

43. Robert (unregistered)


Actually yes they are the same they were years ago. I had Sprint about 10 years ago and finally got rid of them because of their poor coverage in the Chicgoland area. I tried them this summer and the coverage was sitll just as horrible. i was amazed they didn't fix the service around here.

posted on 13 Jan 2011, 05:07 2

35. KyleC (unregistered)


actually Sprint and Verizon are much more reliable than ATT or T-Mobile because for one they have more customers and better coverage at least in Nevada and Minnesota. and Sprint actually has an unlimited data plan other than ATT where they charge you per GB over your allowance. Tell Me what wireless company doesn't have a unlimited data plan. Sprint also has unlimited mobile to mobile nation wide no matter what carrier. They also have better customer service. Sprint is defiantly cheaper than Verizon and ATT, I am currently a sprint customer and will never leave. I hope their announcement is the WiMax iPhone, Sprint is faster than Verizon, and you can surf while you talk. Which I don't ever use so doesn't matter if they have that feature or not. If they don't announce it I'll wait!

posted on 13 Jan 2011, 20:01

41. maccmill (Posts: 67; Member since: 29 Oct 2010)


You know LTE slaughters WiMax right? Not to mention sprint rents tower bandwidth from verizon.

posted on 14 Jan 2011, 16:59 1

42. noneneon (unregistered)


all carriers rent from other carriers thats how roaming works.

posted on 12 Jan 2011, 14:01 1

5. moofoodooloo (Posts: 137; Member since: 04 Jan 2011)


I wonder how many G's Blaine gets for making an appearance and doing some fake magic..

posted on 12 Jan 2011, 14:02 3

6. Anthony (unregistered)


Haha... I dont have any issues with my sprint phones and their network is just as good as the verizon network. I love how ppl hold onto an old image of sprint from like 5 or 6 years ago.

On with the comment about the post:

A WiMAX enabled iPhone would be a pretty interesting to see. Maybe Apple would be able to change my mind about apple products, which I dislike (strictly a personal opinion).

posted on 12 Jan 2011, 23:25

31. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5576; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


How about the BB PlayBook announcement?

posted on 12 Jan 2011, 14:02 7

7. ibap (Posts: 688; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


Every network has its good areas and bad. For my family right now, Sprint gives us the coverage we need where Verizon didn't. I ticked off one dad in our high school who was mouthing off about how the school blocked cell signals since his Verizon phone didn't work. WRONG! - Sprint, T-mob, Alltel all work there, Verizon might ring but you couldn't talk, and all the iPhones on ATT were totally dead. And if you leave a major highway, T-mob is a no-go - and totally dead at my house.

At work I get 4G as well, and as I told my nephew who insisted 4G was no better than 3G - WRONG! I've run the same things with 4G and 3G from there, and wow! what a difference! And at that location as well, Sprint beat Verizon.

So get a grip - none of them have totally equivalent service, and what works for you now, may not be what you need in a year. So could we please have unlocked CDMA?

posted on 12 Jan 2011, 14:06 2

10. fab (unregistered)


WP7 wimax device

posted on 12 Jan 2011, 15:05 4

12. Socalvenom (unregistered)


why does everyone say Sprint's network sucks when AT&T drops phone calls left and right. Yet I don't hear about Sprint customers with that issue and I guess its because their to busy enjoying all the benefits of Unlimited everything on their 69.99 plan? Go figure. Give an Iphone fan boy an Andriod phone and they just can't use it I guess it's to hard for them without being commanded by Emperor Jobs on how to properly use it when and where.

posted on 12 Jan 2011, 15:39 1

16. apocalypsebc (Posts: 148; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


It Might be a wimax IPhone and WP7 device.

posted on 12 Jan 2011, 15:42 3

18. Blink&Go (unregistered)


Everyone else is just feeling salty because their carrier isn't making an announcement, while sprint continues to provide an excellent service.

posted on 12 Jan 2011, 16:48

22. abcd (unregistered)


They're bringing in an illusionist? Why not the illusion of 3D? FIrst 3D phones in America?

posted on 12 Jan 2011, 17:25

23. 3rnie (unregistered)


Like sprint or not, They have been the first for many things wireless. First national fiber deployment. First Nationwide 3G. First 4G. and first camera. If they are claiming another "first" its not likely to be a re-hash of something we already know (i.e. 4g iphone or 4g WP7). What would an illusionist have to do with an industry first? how bout a 4G glasses free 3D super phone?" New HTC anyone?

posted on 12 Jan 2011, 18:31 1

24. theBankRobber (unregistered)


The big important thing is this did NOT get mentioned, BUT ALL ANDROID BLOGS AND SITES GOT A INVITE. There's no iPhone or wm7 phone ether. It's a ANDROID DEVICE. Why can't some of these sites get their Shit right.

posted on 12 Jan 2011, 18:58

26. Slammer (Posts: 964; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


Remember, the new generation networks are capable of handling much more demand of data transfer. With this said, WiMAX is now present in over seventy markets, I could see them announcing a joint measure with Dish Network or Direct TV for live tv right to your device through Sprint's network. Previously it would have been nearly impossible to deliver with any kind of quality. They have the capacity to handle it. It would be an industry first.

John B.

posted on 12 Jan 2011, 20:02

27. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)


I highly doubt it's going to be an industry first. They probably have something planned that's been around for a long time and they're just calling it something else.

posted on 12 Jan 2011, 22:21 3

30. Kevin (unregistered)


Even if it is, why not?
Not like that stopped Apple from doing it.

posted on 12 Jan 2011, 21:13 2

28. hornetmx (Posts: 71; Member since: 12 Mar 2010)


I know, I know, I know, the Sprint announcement is going to be................(drum roll).............they are the first..............................TO GO BRANKRUPT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wait and see. Call me hornetdamusmx from now on. Just my opinion AND I admit there is small chance I could be wrong.

posted on 12 Jan 2011, 21:52

29. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


AT&T VERIZON T-MOBILE AT&T ALL HAVE THE WORST AND BEST COVERAGE IT DEPENDS WHERE YOU LIVE AND HOW MUCH YOU MOVE. SO STOP MAKING THESE STUPID COMMENTS AND JUST APPRECIATE BECAUSE LAST TIME I CHECK YOUR VERY OWN NETWORK THE ONE YOU RUN DOES NOT EVEN HAVE COVERAGE OR A PHONE. YOU DON'T HAVE ANY RIGHT TO SAY A CARRIERS/NETWORK SUCKS WHEN YOU DON'T EVEN HAVE ONE. PHONEARENA DELETE USELESS NEGATIVE COMMENTS ITS JUST MAKES YOUR WEBSITE LOOK LIKE A DEBATE FORUM. P.S. CONGRATS SPRINT I HOPE YOUR NEWEST IDEA BLOWS MY MIND AGAIN JUST LIKE THE EVO, EPIC AND TRANSFORM (

posted on 12 Jan 2011, 23:37 1

32. Napoleon (Posts: 60; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)


FINALLY! Sprint please give me a good reason to leave Verizon!!!! I hope this is the EVO2

posted on 13 Jan 2011, 00:54

33. wazupken (Posts: 5; Member since: 01 Jan 2011)


All I gotta say is if Sprint is coming out with the iPhone, then I'm 110% for it. WiMAX iPhone too? That would be nuts!

posted on 13 Jan 2011, 08:50 1

36. pam (unregistered)


I've had both AT&T and SPRINT, and trust me, SPRINT has better coverage with far superior plans. With the EVO, EPIC, and the GALAXY TABLET.... I simply cannot wait to see what they come out with next!! GO SPRINT!!

posted on 13 Jan 2011, 15:17

37. ZelaDro (unregistered)


Its probaby going to be the first 3d phone , but i do hope it is the samsung orion, thats a powerhouse of a phone that putts all new phones to shame.lol If the samsung orion comes to sprint they will dominate the market, and sell more phones than the first 4g phone the evo 4g, well see, plus they own like over 51% of winmax, do it sprint , do it show these rook cell phone companies a thing or 2.lol

posted on 13 Jan 2011, 18:05

39. Tim in CO (unregistered)


I am sure it is an iPhone, there is no benefit to Apple to exclude it from any carrier.

posted on 15 Jan 2011, 11:25

44. JamesSoroe (unregistered)


This will be about Tablets, the PalmPad and a Windows 7 Tablet.

posted on 16 Jan 2011, 21:50

45. haifa111 (unregistered)


what i think it will be is a WP7 device, the blackberry playbook, web os tablet, and a android 2.3 update for the htc evo and shift

posted on 20 Jan 2011, 11:20

46. radicaldude (unregistered)


Is it WP7 on 4G??

Samsung hints 4G Windows Phone 7 devices could launch in February
http://thenextweb.com/mobile/2011/01/07/samsung-hints-4g-windows-phone-7-devices-could-launch-in-feb ruary/

posted on 24 Jan 2011, 15:25

47. Wolves11 (unregistered)


OK, read through all of this, and only 1 person pointed out a HUGE point, almost every ANDROID blog site recieved a invite to this event. Why would that be to intoduce a Iphone or wm7 phone??? Those peices may b a part of this event, but not the focus. This will be a ANDROID announcement of some sort. EVO 2 or a 3D androind phone are the for runners in most experts opinions. may even b the same thing. I have 2 upgrades for my sprint account and will be watching this event. MAYBE it is a announcement to get my EVO to last 24 hours on a single battery charge? one can only dream....

posted on 01 Feb 2011, 22:00

48. my 2 cents (unregistered)


hopefully sprint will release the Android backed Global Phone everyone is waiting for…. I know I cant be the only one out here patiently waiting…… I am sick of using a crack-berry for work, but it is the best option spint has for international phones.

PLEASE DONT TELL ME THE SHIFT& EVO HAVE WIRELESS AND I CAN USE THAT TO MAKE CALLS WHILE INTERNATIONAL, I WANT A PHONE THAT WILL WORK WHEN I'M TRAVELING (IE: BB TOUR, BB BOLD).

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