What would Sprint's "industry first" be?
Sprint was relatively quiet at CES this year, but was it the kind of silence just before a storm? The 4G-capable ThunderBolts, Tegras and even Verizon iPhones of our time have sounded off and left us wondering what could Sprint bring to stir up our geeky imagination. That is when the carrier promised to put an “industry first” up its sleeve on February 7th and it won't be alone, but accompanied by illusionist David Blaine.
So while everyone waits for Sprint's own Dan Hesse to pull a magic trick, let us analyze and weigh all the possibilities behind the invitation-only event. First, let's see how Sprint's lineup looks now. The company had no earth-shattering devices since the HTC EVO 4G and the Samsung Epic 4G, which took our hearts by delivering amazing speeds for their time. The affordable HTC EVO Shift 4G unveiled just before CES can hardly compare with the dual-core 4G-capable Motorola Atrix 4G (AT&T) and Motorola DROID Bionic (Verizon).
So could it be that Sprint will announce its first dual-core handset? Many are looking forward to an EVO2 or a second generation of the Epic 4G, while some even hope (don't look at us!) that a dual-core Nokia handset will come to the Now network, which we find very unlikely. While dual-core handsets will imminently land on Sprint, they certainly would not be an “industry first”.
And combining Android with the presence of illusionist David Blaine, we can think of one product that stands out and that would match all the novelty – an HTC 3D Android phone. Will it be a stereoscopic 3D phone that Hesse has hidden up his sleeve? While it is still too early for this, we have seen rumors circulate for a while and the technology is certainly out there. The stereoscopic Android phone could have 3 camera sensors installed and 2 cameras shooting side by side. Most major Android blogs are invited as well, which makes this our pick.
Other options include a CDMA Windows Phone 7 with WiMAX support, which is certainly on its way and actually the HTC 7 Pro would match this profile perfectly. While it is nothing that revolutionary, the HTC 7 Pro will in fact be the industry's first CDMA phone with the latest mobile Windows. Let's not forget that Sprint could also confirm RIM's PlayBook tablet running on a 4G network, but we see nothing magical or new about this either. There are many speculations out there, but what do you expect to see and why?
1. phone333 posted on 14 Jan 2011, 09:58 2 1
I'm hoping for EVO2 with dual core. I guess it would have to be 3D to fit the "industry first" profile.
22. narley posted on 14 Jan 2011, 16:24 3 7
first company with the illusion they're doing any better when they're actually going bankrupt and just losing customer slower?!?!!
... nah thats already known.
42. phonearenaperson (unregistered) posted on 20 Jan 2011, 18:56 0 0
Your an idiot! Troll somewhere else
45. sprintfanitc212121 (unregistered) posted on 24 Jan 2011, 10:30 0 0
First of all sprint is the only comapany that has unlimited data on phones no caps aka verizon and at&t even tmobile is going to have a cap so my thoughts are iphone 4 for sprint with unlimited data no caps or first 3D evo 2. dont sleep on sprint they are going to be doing it huge.
31. apocalypsebc posted on 15 Jan 2011, 12:32 1 1
It will be Iphone 4 with wimax, WP7 with frontward facing camera and wimax, dual core android phones with wimax, 3d phones with wimax, and Iphone 5~WP7~Android 3d phones with wimax
2. waazzupppp (unregistered) posted on 14 Jan 2011, 10:04 1 1
It won't be an Evo2... There's nothing leading about that at this point, plus they will bring that out at the beginning of summer when all of the 1 year upgrades are available from everyone that bought the first one.
By best guess is on the 3-D option... Sharp has had one for a few months now, and I bet it will be ready for primetime for a launch about now. The bigger question, will it feature SprintID or Android or Sharp's own spin on things?
4. remixfa posted on 14 Jan 2011, 11:15 5 1
3d screen would be pretty cool, just for the wow factor. phone porn just got better.. LOL.
5. taeh1291 (unregistered) posted on 14 Jan 2011, 11:22 2 1
I'm hoping for a Nokia handset with their advance hardware. They always lacked an exciting OS and with unlimited plans still available with Sprint, it could be interesting.
6. Redharvest (unregistered) posted on 14 Jan 2011, 11:47 1 1
I would hope this all wouldnt be for a WP7. Given its a cool phone but nothing that couldnt have been done the same time as the htc evo shift.
7. imthatguy704 posted on 14 Jan 2011, 12:24 1 0
Too many attendees are Android affiliates. Therefore, I would assume it's for an Android device. So, I highly doubt there will be an iphone and/or a WP7 phone announced. Think about it.....
8. downphoenix posted on 14 Jan 2011, 12:41 1 1
1st 3D glasses-less display would be likely, I hope.
You can also bet it will be a dual core device clocked at least at 1GHZ in order to handle all this, and the phone will probably have something like the Nintendo 3DS with a slider for turning 3D effects on and off.
9. JeffdaBeat posted on 14 Jan 2011, 12:43 1 1
Let's go through what's listed...
A 4G iPhone would be epic for Sprint simply because it's the word iPhone and 4G combined. No matter the speed or coverage, people will flock to the phone for name alone. But if Apple didn't put LTE on the iPhone 4 simply because it would take a redesign, why would WiMAX be any different?
A dual-core processor phone would be more likely...but as much as I get a nerd boner over it, I can't help but to wonder if we even really need that right now. I mean, yes, the phone would run faster and could handle more complex graphics, but think of what that entails. A developer would have to actually write a game or program that will utilize the extra speed and with it being the only dual-core processor phone on the market on the 3rd ranked carrier, is there really a lot of money a developer can get (run on sentence!)? I mean, it would be awesome...but I wouldn't run out and buy that phone for the extra money for it to do what any Android phone can do.
And a 3D phone would be awesome...but dude, 3D TV hasn't even taken off yet. It works on the big screen to some extent, but not compared to Avatar. I just don't know what other firsts they could come up with that would be substantial other than a cloud based phone...which would be cool, but it would require coverage everywhere.
11. downphoenix posted on 14 Jan 2011, 13:08 0 0
Well unless sprint plans on releasing a dual core phone THAT DAY, it wouldnt be considered an industry first.
And an Iphone 4 would be pretty unlikely, Im sure Sprint and T-Mobile will get their Iphone fix soon enough, maybe even this summer with the next model, but definitely not now, not so soon after Verizon's announcement, Verizon surely will have the only CDMA Iphone in the US for a good few months because Sprint would make them look foolish to announce one of their own not even a month later.
I say 3D is more likely than the other 2. Part of the reason people dont like 3D is the glasses. And with a small cell phoen screen, it would cost a lot less for a glasses less 3D display than it would on a large TV or computer monitor, its totally feasible.
40. de2philly posted on 19 Jan 2011, 10:40 0 0
Your picture looks like Dihanni Jones (prob. spelled it wrong) but if thats you, look him up. Was a linebacker for the Eagles.
13. ... (unregistered) posted on 14 Jan 2011, 13:18 0 0
And retarDed is spelled with a d, so...yeah way to fuck yourself on that one...
19. JeffdaBeat posted on 14 Jan 2011, 14:53 0 0
Maybe Allday is actually mentally challenged...don't pick on him!
12. Slammer posted on 14 Jan 2011, 13:15 3 0
My guesses in order:
1) 3D phone running Android.
2) Wristwatch phone running Android.
3) Android phone with full length movies or shows from Dish Network or DirectTV over Sprint's WiMAX services.
14. atdisney (unregistered) posted on 14 Jan 2011, 14:06 2 0
3d phone is a possibility, but I think it is going to be the PSP phone. that would be an industry first
32. Dollgrin posted on 15 Jan 2011, 17:41 0 0
I almost forgot about the PSP phone - mainly because I'm not familiar with the console, but that would be neat.
15. Droid_X_Doug posted on 14 Jan 2011, 14:09 1 0
The only way the iPhone 4 is moving to Sprint in 2011 is if someone provides a carrier unlock function.
Maybe they are going to announce the BlackBerry Storm 3? Or, better yet - the Palm Pre 2 CDMA edition.
Maybe a WP7 CDMA edition. That would be an industry first.
16. Droid_X_Doug posted on 14 Jan 2011, 14:14 0 0
Or, it could be the BlackBerry PlayBook. Being the first to sell the PlayBook would be an industry first....
18. donpeppino9 posted on 14 Jan 2011, 14:45 1 0
Iphone 5 with wimax... and then it'll start the 90 day countdown to its release.
26. Na... (unregistered) posted on 14 Jan 2011, 17:27 0 0
I thought that too, but that wouldn't really be good business sense for Apple...why would they announce the next gen iPhone when Verizon is getting one 3 days later? All that would do is undercut their business.
Plus (not that this necessarily means anything, but) Sprint has stated in the wake of the Verizon announcement that they think the EVO stands toe to toe with the iPhone, kind of the defensive pose Verizon put up with the first Droid. Doesn't sound like they're making any public attempts to court Apple right now.
20. skymitch89 posted on 14 Jan 2011, 15:59 1 0
Maybe they'll announce that they are going to be upgrading to WiMax2 and that all their current WiMax devices will be able to access the higher speeds. They might also announce a successor to the Evo that has the glasses free 3D technology.
21. downphoenix posted on 14 Jan 2011, 16:20 0 0
I thought about another possibility: A phone that docks into a tablet to take advantage of the tablet. This kind of product could be setup under 1 plan, so customer can have phone for when they need a phone, and dock into their tablet for bigger screen, some additional memory, etc. to use that too. Its certainly possible, considering they have announced a tablet at CES that can dock to go from Android to Windows 7 to use as a computer with additional memory and processing. This can also help make tablets more relevent, as despite all the hype and rush to put out tablets, most consumers dont really see the point other than having even more devices they dont really need to purchase just for cool factor.
23. T-mac (unregistered) posted on 14 Jan 2011, 16:24 0 0
Since its going to be like two days b4 HP/Plam's some how it think it maybe the next plam device
24. Sam (unregistered) posted on 14 Jan 2011, 17:21 0 0
when i think industry first i think something none of the other carriers currently have...what if they introduce dual 4g technology. imagine being able to choose between wimax and lte.
25. Your Phone Sucks (unregistered) posted on 14 Jan 2011, 17:26 0 0
It'll be something to do with plans rather than actual phones. Maybe yearly plans or 6 month low price upgrades... but I don't think its a phone
27. eltigre1 posted on 14 Jan 2011, 18:13 0 0
Sprint won't bring the IPhone4 now because is running 3g therefore they will not be able to charge the extra $10 for the premium data plan. People would get the Iphone instead of the Evo/epic 4g. Also, I do not think it is a dual core phone because they would change their plans again. Most likely a tier plan. They excuse for the extra $10 we pay for the Evo is because for the 4g, connection but we know we pay for the hardware. We know that not all market has 4g yet. I guess they bringing a palm device and a tablet with 4g connectivity
28. Treysters (unregistered) posted on 14 Jan 2011, 18:27 0 0
Anyone else find it ironic that Sprint, a member of the Open Handset Alliance along with T-Mobile at first, said. Well more specifically Dan Hesse commented that Android wasn't far along enough when the G1 rolled out to be a prestigious member of Sprint(Hilariously the Samsung Instinct Aka Feature Phone being their flagship that year)
And yet it was that specific OS along with HTCs craftsmanship that truely created their first awe-striking phone in years along with a few sprinkles of delicious "4G" last year. Sprint was quick to change their tune after the Evo launch.
36. XxVerbalxX (unregistered) posted on 16 Jan 2011, 11:34 0 0
When the instinct came out android WASNT far enough along yet. It was about a year later or more when they announced the evo...dont you think maybe after a year that they felt android was then ready?
instinct was june/july 2008, evo was what, late 2009? i just dont see your point on how this conflicts.
44. PittsPgh (unregistered) posted on 22 Jan 2011, 03:58 0 0
The EVO came out in June 2010. The Hero(CDMA) came out in Oct 2009 (USA). Got mine in Nov 2009.
Then Verizon brought out the Droid in Dec 2009. That's when Android seemed to have taken off. All thier marketing. Sprint had very little marketing.
30. apocalypsebc posted on 15 Jan 2011, 12:30 0 0
Iphone 4 or with wimax, WP7 with frontward facing camera and wimax, dual core android phones with wimax, 3d phones with wimax, and Iphone 5~WP7~Android 3d phones with wimax
33. Rawrzellers posted on 16 Jan 2011, 02:04 0 0
It won't be an industry first. Most likely Asia already has it, or has done it.
34. tbd (unregistered) posted on 16 Jan 2011, 07:53 0 0
35. downphoenix posted on 16 Jan 2011, 11:02 0 0
well whatever it is, it better be hardware related and not something to do with plans. Sprint thoroughly disappointed at CES, they need to make up for it.
37. CRICKETownz posted on 16 Jan 2011, 13:43 0 1
Maybe the industry first is going to be an announcement of real 4G coverage and not that quick fix 3.1G.
38. John Doe (unregistered) posted on 18 Jan 2011, 23:12 0 0
Sprint's industry first will be "Tethering" included on all smart phone plan.
39. stuntz posted on 19 Jan 2011, 10:34 0 0
you guys keep forgetting about the Blackberry Playbook 4G, thats got some industry first in it, and they'll launch it before tmobile gets the dell streak 7 out, So it will be the first tablet sold with 4G.
41. de2philly posted on 19 Jan 2011, 10:47 0 0
You would THINK that since illusionist D. Blain will be there it'll have something to do w/ an ILLUSION - 3D.
43. moofoodooloo posted on 21 Jan 2011, 12:39 0 0
3D phone makes the most sense, with the presence of David Blaine and illusion being the theme.. but could Sprint be sly enough to use this to throw the scent off the trail?
I personally hope that it isn't a 3D phone and something more functional and necessary. I also hope it's not the iPhone, unless it's the fifth generation running wimax.
46. ndogg (unregistered) posted on 25 Jan 2011, 09:58 0 0
Actually sprint own no one any debt if you have done any research you would see that sprint went several years with out even giving their employees and raises and make massive cut back. sprint is actually regaining customers at such a fast rate its incredible. at the end of the day its all about who gives you the best bang for your buck. i would rather pay 69.99 or even 79.99 to have all things unlimited that having to go back to 1995 and have to watch the amount of internet i use.