We're on the ground in New Orleans for CTIA Wireless 2012, the largest cell phone event in North America. Tune in here all week for full coverage.
At CTIA this week, Sprint and Qualcomm revealed new details of Sprint's forthcoming HD Voice service. Sprint says they won't charge for the feature; it will automatically be used for all voice calls whenever the network and both phones support it. According to Qualcomm employees involved in the project, Sprint is also requiring that all phones marketed as supporting HD Voice include active background noise cancelation using two microphones. The HTC EVO 4G LTE is the first US phone to support HD Voice. The feature will initially be disabled in software, but can easily be enabled by Sprint once the network is ready. Network support for HD Voice will be deployed as part of Sprint's Network Vision upgrades throughout 2012, which also include LTE 1900, CDMA 800, and CDMA 1x Advanced. For the near future, it will only work between two Sprint HD Voice phones, and only on parts of the network that support CDMA 1x Advanced.
Verizon's new pride-and-glory smartphone was on display at a private event hosted by Big Red in New Orleans. Here are Phone Scoop's initial thoughts in the phone.
Verizon Wireless and HTC today announced the Droid Incredible 4G LTE, a new Android 4.0 smartphone that boasts a 4-inch super LCD qHD display, 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, and an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus, LED flash, back-side illumination, and an f/2.2 and 28mm lens. The Droid Incredible 4G LTE also features a user-facing camera for video chats, mobile hotspot for up to 10 devices, and support for 32GB microSD cards. It includes NFC for Android Beam, HTC's Sense 4.0 user experience, and Beats Audio for enhanced sound. It will be available via Verizon's sales channels in the coming weeks. Pricing was not disclosed.