Sprint set to release a 4G enabled tablet "with another OS" in 2011

Sprint set to release a 4G enabled tablet "with another OS" in 2011
Tablets and "4G speeds" are the two latest crazes in the high-tech world and it seems Sprint is aiming to take the leadership in the 4G tablet business with a new tab not powered by Android. That leaves RIM (QNX OS), Windows Phone 7 or even webOS as the possible options for the new, 4G Sprint tablet's operating system.

The folks at Sprint were the pioneers that launched the first 4G-enabled handset back in 2008 and it's only fitting that the third-largest carrier wants to take the lead in the world of the 4G tablets. That's understandable as there is considerable interest in tabs, particularly from the business world, which sees tablets as perfect replacements of the notebooks. This is only confirmed by Paget Alves, Sprint’s President of Business Markets, who says that "the adoption rate for tablets in the business sector is much, much faster than we expected", claiming that 70 to 80% of the CIOs he has talked to express interest in deploying tablets for a sizeable part of their employees. According to Alves, the key is in attractive data plans and that's why "lots of different prices are being tried right now."

Do you think this is Sprint's subtle way to say that it's getting the PlayBook? Or probably HP is targeting the tablet business more than the smartphone one? Or this probably means that WP7 is more optimized for tablets than phones? Tell us with your comments.

source: Reuters

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9 Comments

9. WillieFDiaz

Posts: 127; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Ummm...Sprint wasnt the first to launch a 4G handset in 2008. It was 2010 they launched a handset. It was 2009 when they launched a hotspot and 2008 when they launched a worthless USB 4G. I see so many things that are incorrect on this site, Im starting to wonder the reputation of the rumors that have stemmed from here.

5. ltjustas

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

yeah... i can't wait

4. Droid X Doug unregistered

Sprint still has to get a larger/wider 4G footprint. Verizon is not sitting on their hands (so-to-speak). 2011 could be interesting.

2. JeffdaBeat unregistered

It must suck when your "4G" network is slower than 3G technology. It's probably going to be the PlayBook by RIM.

3. ibap

Posts: 873; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

It would if that were true. I've had VZW and Sprint. Sprint's 3G was about the same as VZW, and 4G just flies.

6. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

It must suck that you dont know what you're talking about because I have 4G here in Atlanta and my average download speeds are 4-6mbps. During off-peak times I can consistently cruise at 8-10mbps. Also, I was just in Tampa for business and 4G flies there too.

7. smpdx

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

HAHAHA yeah right! Sprint 4G is WAAAY faster than 3G!

8. JeffdaBeat unregistered

Yeah...so have you guys heard about HSPA+ that can go upward of 21mbps? Hell, I get 4-6mbps on plan ol' HSPA with my iPhone. So why am I wrong?

1. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

:O its probably the web os tablet :)))(guessing)

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