What would Sprint's "industry first" be?

What would Sprint's

Sprint was relatively quiet at CES thisyear, but was it the kind of silence just before a storm? The 4G-capableThunderBolts, Tegras and even Verizon iPhones of our time havesounded off and left us wondering what could Sprint bring to stir upour geeky imagination. That is when the carrier promised to put an“industry first” up its sleeve on February 7thand it won't be alone, but accompanied by illusionist David Blaine.

So while everyone waits for Sprint'sown Dan Hesse to pull a magic trick, let us analyze and weigh all thepossibilities behind the invitation-only event. First, let's see howSprint's lineup looks now. The company had no earth-shatteringdevices since the HTC EVO 4G and the Samsung Epic 4G, which took ourhearts by delivering amazing speeds for their time. The affordableHTC EVO Shift 4G unveiled just before CES can hardly compare with thedual-core 4G-capable Motorola Atrix 4G (AT&T) and Motorola DROID Bionic (Verizon).

So could it be that Sprint willannounce its first dual-core handset? Many are looking forwardto 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 theNow network, which we find very unlikely. While dual-core handsets will imminently land on Sprint,they certainly would not be an “industry first”.

How about a Sprint-branded iPhone 4?While this would be far from a novelty, Apple's heavyweightrunning on the WiMAX network could make a big splash. But let's notoverspeculate here - even though many out there would love to see it,Sprint has a loyal and well-established relationship with Android andwe have no reason to believe it would end soon.

And combining Android with thepresence of illusionist David Blaine, we can think of oneproduct 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 itis still too early for this, we have seen rumors circulate for awhile and the technology is certainly out there. The stereoscopic Android phone could have 3 camera sensors installed and 2 cameras shooting side by side. Mostmajor Android blogs are invited as well, which makes this our pick.

Other options include a CDMA WindowsPhone 7 with WiMAX support, which is certainly on its way andactually the HTC 7 Pro would match this profile perfectly. While itis nothing that revolutionary, the HTC 7 Pro will in fact bethe industry's first CDMA phone with the latest mobile Windows. Let's not forget that Sprint could alsoconfirm RIM's PlayBook tablet running on a 4G network, but we seenothing magical or new about this either. There are many speculationsout there, but what do you expect to see and why?



1. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

I'm hoping for EVO2 with dual core. I guess it would have to be 3D to fit the "industry first" profile.

22. narley

Posts: 357; Member since: May 14, 2009

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

Your an idiot! Troll somewhere else

45. sprintfanitc212121 unregistered

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

Posts: 148; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

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

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? http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE67307L20100804 http://www.geek.com/articles/mobile/sharp-plans-3d-smartphone-for-international-launch-later-this-ye ar-2010084/

3. shellnick2003

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 23, 2010

I think its a windows 7 phone.

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

3d screen would be pretty cool, just for the wow factor. phone porn just got better.. LOL.

5. taeh1291 unregistered

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

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

Posts: 33; Member since: Jan 26, 2010

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

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

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 unregistered

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. I dunno...

11. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

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

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

Your picture looks like Dihanni Jones (prob. spelled it wrong) but if thats you, look him up. Was a linebacker for the Eagles.

10. Allday28

Posts: 343; Member since: Nov 19, 2010

3D is over rated and retarted.. LOL!

13. ... unregistered

And retarDed is spelled with a d, so...yeah way to fuck yourself on that one...

17. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009


19. JeffdaBeat unregistered

Maybe Allday is actually mentally challenged...don't pick on him!

12. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

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. John B

14. atdisney unregistered

3d phone is a possibility, but I think it is going to be the PSP phone. that would be an industry first

32. Dollgrin

Posts: 19; Member since: Nov 21, 2010

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

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Or, it could be the BlackBerry PlayBook. Being the first to sell the PlayBook would be an industry first....

18. donpeppino9

Posts: 67; Member since: Jan 24, 2010

Iphone 5 with wimax... and then it'll start the 90 day countdown to its release.

26. Na... unregistered

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

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

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.

29. BHuta

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 08, 2010

actually this might be plausible...

21. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

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

Since its going to be like two days b4 HP/Plam's some how it think it maybe the next plam device

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