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Clearwire plans on launching a 4G handset in the second half of 2010

Clearwire plans on launching a 4G handset in the second half of 2010
We’ve been graced with 3G capable handsets for some time and rarely find ones that doesn’t offer it. Now that 4G WiMax services have been readily available in most major markets across the country, the next evolution of handset are hopefully expected to arrive this year. According to Clearwire chief executive William Morrow, the US-based WiMax network operator plans on launching the first 4G-enabled dual-mode smartphone in the second half of 2010. Not only is this considered a surprising move by Clearwire, it will jump start the movement of getting next generation handsets into the market. The obvious things are there with a handset like this – it’ll enable mobile users to download internet content up to five times faster than current 3G handsets.

This may coincide with Clearwire’s aggressive stance in building up its WiMax network – especially with the news surrounding a $10 price drop for its 4G data services. Additionally the rumors about Sprint and Walmart teaming up together in constructing towers at Walmart retail locations shows their commitment in harnessing a decent market share before any competition arrives on the scene. Without any concrete information regarding what other partners are included in Clearwire’s future handset offering, definite news about its expected release before the end of the year is uplifting.

source: Financial Times via MobileTech News

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