What to expect at CTIA WIRELESS 2010?

What to expect at CTIA WIRELESS 2010?
The annual CTIA WIRELESS is traditionally held in the spring and the upcoming edition takes place in Las Vegas in the period March 23-25, 2010. The event gives carriers yet another opportunity to showcase new products and services, so should we expect to see a number of really exciting new devices... or not?

Unlike in previous years, however, we do not expect ground-breaking news or many novelties there. The bits of information that have been leaked on the Internet are just a few and the confirmed facts are even less. This, however, does not mean this edition of CTIA will be boring to be at or that carriers will fail to surprise us. One possible explanation is that manufacturers have tightened security, addressed every potential informational loophole properly and are actually preparing to show off products, services and technologies that will shock and change the mobile world forever.

It seems certain that 4G networks will be in the centre of attention and one of the buzzwords at CTIA WIRELESS 2010. Sprint has already deployed its high-speed, WiMAX network in major cities across the country and is now expected to showcase the first handsets capable of actually utilizing it (the rumor has it the HTC Supersonic is one of them). With its downright impressive hardware, the device can really help 4G get off to a flying start - it integrates 4.3-inch AMOLED display, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 512MB RAM/1GB ROM, 5-megapixel camera and Android. A little bird told us we would see at least one WiMAX capable device for Sprint at the exhibition, although no further details about it were provided.

Verizon and AT&T are also expected to jump on the 4G bandwagon, although their plans include utilizing the LTE standard instead. Big Red should deploy its network in 2010 (with its first LTE handset probably hitting the shelves as soon as summer 2011). AT&T intends to embark on a full scale 4G network installation sometime next year. We do not really expect to see 4G cell phones for the carriers at this particular event, but who knows... Still, it´s more probable that the audience is presented with more accurate plans as to when, where and how the companies plan to pull off the 4G stunt, including relevant deadlines and milestone targets.

Hm, what else? But of course, the big green robot. Android is all the rage now and we will not be surprised to get our hands on new Android-based handsets for the major carriers. We expect to see the official announcement of the HTC Incredible for Verizon and truth be told, we suppose it will prove to be an awesome device with huge AMOLED display, 1GHz Snapdragon processor (possibly downclocked to 768MHz) and 8-megapixel camera. Sounds monstrous.

In the meantime, it does not seem unlikely that AT&T procures the American version of the HTC Desire. On the other hand, Sprint customers are holding their breath for the official announcement of the HTC Hero2 that will actually be a modified edition of the famous HTC Legend. The word has it that T-Mobile intends to release the Android-based Samsung T959 any time now and there is hardly a better place than CTIA WIRELESS to put a handset in the spotlight.

Now, let us stay on target and press on. What is the other buzzword in the cell phone world? Correct, Windows Phone 7 Series. MIX10 answered many open questions relating to Microsoft´s brand new operating system, so we do not expect to stumble upon any stunning revelations at CTIA WIRELESS 2010. However, it appears that Samsung will announce something called "the S’Life". Whatever this may be, a new service, AndroidWP7S/bada handset or just a feature phone, "S Life" remains shrouded in impenetrable mystery and nobody seems to have a clue what it is.

Well, we guess we will also manage to unearth more details about many (and not as grand) topics, feature phones, services and accessories that might prove to be quite interesting as well.

So, where are you to find extensive information and latest news from the event? At PhoneArena.com, of course, because we will be reporting live from CTIA WIRELESS for the seventh consecutive time.

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