Motorola's XOOM has been caught in the wild apparently wearing Sprint branding, more indication that the carrier expects to launch its own version of the Android 3.0 Honeycomb slate. Leaked by SprintUsers' r0fl, the slate has no 3G or 4G branding; however, rumors yesterday suggested that Sprint was readying both a WiMAX-equipped XOOM and a WiMAX version of the Motorola ATRIX 4G.
Sprint has updated its portable WiMAX hotspot, in the shape of the Sprint Overdrive Pro. Offering both 3G and 4G connectivity, the Overdrive Pro boosts the number of simultaneous supported clients to eight (up from five on the original Overdrive) as well as coming in at a lower price.
We all know that Sprint is looking at anything and everything to get its network back in to the fight with AT&T and Verizon as it continues to lose ground to the two largest networks. Some of Sprints plans for the future have surfaced and these will reportedly be implemented over the next three of our years. Whether they will happen and if they will help remains to be seen.
Sprint announced today that they will expand their push-to-talk coverage, increase their data capabilities, and add some new features as they roll out their Network Vision overhaul. The improved services will be launched under the branding Sprint Direct Connect, and will come with a new offering of handsets packed with next-gen push-to-talk features.
Early last month, Sprint and Kyocera jointly unveiled the world's first dual-touchscreen Android phone, the Kyocera Echo, in an event opened with an appearance by magician David Blaine. The device, however, turned out to be less magical but interesting nonetheless. And now its confirmed to ship this April 17 for $199 with a Sprint two-year contract.
To help with the relief efforts after the devastating Japanese earthquake and tsunamis, all the major carriers are jumping in to help. Following the announcements by AT&T and Verizon of free calls and texts to Japan, Sprint and T-Mobile have both confirmed their own program to help.
Clearwire has lost three top executives including CEO Bill Morrow, who has resigned for "personal reasons." The news comes shortly after a lawsuit was filed against the company, alleging Clearwire throttled home WiMAX connections and did not provide the high-speed internet service that it had promised.
With tomorrow's iPad 2 launch, it's a win-win-win for Apple, consumers, and the nation's two largest carriers AT&T and Verizon. But what about the nation's third and fourth largest carriers, Sprint and T-Mobile? Despite the end of AT&T's exclusivity agreement, Apple continues to snub Sprint and T-Mobile, leaving them scrambling to stay in the game.
When it comes to odd bedfellows, GSM and CDMA generally don't mix, but according to the latest carrier rumors that may not be the case forever. Businessweek's sources claim Sprint is in talks with Deutsche Telekon over buying T-Mobile USA in return for "a major stake" in the resulting combined company, with negotiations currently caught up on a fair valuation of T-Mobile.
Looks like the HTC EVO View 4G really is incoming at CTIA 2011 next month, with HTC filing a couple of trademark applications for the mysterious new device. Good and EVO spotted the listings - here and here - which confirm both the name and the 4G connectivity; we still don't know, however, whether the device is a smartphone or a tablet.
That Sprint has ambitious plans for CTIA 2011 was obvious; the carriers hefty 2.5hr presentation at the show was evidence of that. According to the latest leaks, however, there should be no shortage of devices to fill that slot: an EVO View tablet that's tipped to be a CDMA version of the HTC Flyer, according to Engadget's anonymous source, together with a Samsung Nexus S 4G.