Sprint to Release 10 Google Wallet-Capable Phones This Year
Google said that it will expand the availability of its Google Wallet product to Sprint customers with the launch of 10 new phones throughout the year that will have the proper NFC support. The first phone to gain Google Wallet functionality will be the LG Viper, which was announced earlier this year and is one of the first LTE-equipped phones that will be sold by Sprint. Osama Bedier, vice president of Google Wallet and Payments, said that the company continues to work with banks, retailers, and tech companies to expand the availability of the service. Google Wallet is support by 22 of the nation's largest retailers, the MasterCard PayPass system, and is available in approximately 300,000 locations.
Hands-On: LG Viper for Sprint
Sprint showed off one of its first LTE 4G smartphones at CES, the LG Viper. We took a quick look at it and here are our thoughts.
Sprint Announces LG Viper with LTE
Sprint today provided a few details about the LG Viper, an upcoming Android smartphone that will be one of the first to use Sprint's forthcoming Long Term Evolution network. The LG Viper has Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 4.0-inch WVGA touchscreen, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a primary 5.0-megapixel camera and front-facing VGA camera, and Near Field Communication and Google Wallet.
Sprint's LTE to Launch On 1900MHz Only
All of the Long Term Evolution 4G devices released by Sprint this year will use only its 1900MHz spectrum, said Sprint spokesperson David Owen in an interview with Phone Scoop. Right now, Sprint doesn't have access to Clearwire's spectrum nor LightSquared's spectrum for LTE services, so it will repurpose its 1900MHz spectrum assets to handle both its current CDMA voice/data network and future LTE data network.
LG Viper for Sprint Available for Pre-Order April 12 for $99
Sprint today announced that the LG Viper smartphone will become available for pre-order starting on April 12. The Viper will cost $99.99 and requires a two-year contract with an unlimited everything plan.
LG's Viper Bites Sprint Customers April 22
As previously announced, Sprint made the LG Viper available for pre-order today. The company also revealed that the device will go on sale April 22.