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Sprint Lays Out Smartphone Roadmap

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Oct 29, 2009, 1:26 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @zeman_e

Sprint's David Owns provided some information about what the company will be doing later this year and next year with respect to its phones and services. Owens confirmed that both the HTC Hero and Samsung Moment will receive Android updates, though he didn't specify to which version. Sprint is looking into offering dual-mode CDMA/GSM Android devices, but has no set plans. It is, however, considering an Android phone that offers functionality similar to Novatel's MiFi router. Owens said it will be selling lots of Android devices from HTC in 2010, and that he expects price points to come down as the platform is more widely adopted. On the Windows Mobile front, it is currently testing an update to WinMo 6.5 for the TouchPro2, but Owens wouldn't commit to a release schedule. Sprint hopes to offer Windows Mobile 7 phones as soon as possible, but is dependent on Microsoft to prepare it. As for Sprint's BlackBerry offerings, the Tour will gain Wi-Fi, and Sprint will release other Wi-Fi-enabled BlackBerries. Last, Owens noted that WiMax phones will be available next year, and that it will no longer allow tethering on its smartphones.

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Oct 29, 2009, 2:23 PM

Sprint no longer allow tethering?

Are you kidding me? No more tethering on Sprint Smart Phones??? Well this may finally drive me to another carrier!
why tether anyways? it's so expensive and you get S...L...O...W... speeds. it only costs like $15 more to get a ton faster speed with a connection card. And besides that, why switch, every other carrier is trying to phase it out too. you're going to l...
That was the most significant part of this article in my opinion. This infers that they will have WiMax smartphones soon and no intention to allow users to benefit via tethering. I wonder if Verizon will do the same when they get LTE up and running....
Long Time Sprint User said:
Are you kidding me? No more tethering on Sprint Smart Phones??? Well this may finally drive me to another carrier!

honestly, if you have a simply everything plan and an aircard, with spri...

Oct 29, 2009, 1:45 PM

The Future is SO BIRGHT...

😎 I gotta Wear Shades 😎

well at least it sound good so far. 🙂
What happen to Nextel!?

Poor Nextel, still living in the ice age, no future data & voice improvement.
Sprint definitely has a bright future. the only way is up from here

what was that bit about not allowing tethering, can someone from sprint clarify?

Oct 30, 2009, 10:16 AM

Sprint has the best total device line up in the industry

Which carrier is better on devices? Please tell me if im wrong. Not a fan boy. But I havent seen so much buzz from one carrier since cingular in the razr crzr days.
techjunky said:
Which carrier is better on devices? Please tell me if im wrong. Not a fan boy. But I havent seen so much buzz from one carrier since cingular in the razr crzr days.

True. I give credit where credit i...

Oct 30, 2009, 10:46 AM

About the tethering thing...

I suppose they refer to this:

Some sprint customers are able to tether without a PAM plan, I've heard from a guy that has the Instinct (PAM plan not compatible) & he was able to tether.

Probably what Sprint its telling us is that in phones that are tethering without a PAM plan or non PAM plan compatible that are tethering will no longer do it.
This is something that they could have just resolved in their Switch. Making an announcement signals that they are simply going to stop allowing it on PDAs.

Oct 29, 2009, 2:21 PM


Why the GSM/CDMA dual handset ? Maybe a Sprint/T-Mobile hook up still in the works ?
For the same reason Verizon has them, so they can attract international travelers. One of the biggest drawback of CDMA carriers is their phones can't be used in Europe which is problem for some business users.
If you are a Sprint customer like me and travel out of the US, you want to have a CDMA/GSM phone otherwise you need a spare gsm phone beside your regular phone.

So far Sprint has a poor selection of CDMA/GSM phones. Beside TP2 (too bulky) and BB To...

Oct 29, 2009, 8:55 PM


Why are there no Sprint PDA phones with Direct Connect Qchat? Don't all AT&T's smartphones have PTT? All sprint's phone's should have the option to have it. They have the ability to put PTT on there......any reason why they don't?
Honestly it is a dying technology. If you look at Nextel's network, it can not handle really any data at all. It would cost more money to do, than the return. Texting and social networking on the internet is taking over a lot of that direct connect an...

Oct 29, 2009, 9:01 PM

Why need tethering?

If they are going to introduce a mifi like feature in the phone, it is essentially tethering. It just broadcasts the signal, which in turn is better, because you can connect more than one computer. Right now, Sprint has tethering for free or dirt cheap, the other carriers charge a lot for it. I think it is a great idea for a wireless "tethering."
That explains why they are getting rid of it.

Oct 29, 2009, 2:05 PM

Don't give up on the Pre...

The Pre has the potential to rattle the iPhone. It needs work, but as a platform it's far ahead of Android or the giant turd that is WinMo.

Sprint is only going to be an also-ran with Android and WM.
In what way, shape, or form is Pre ahead of Android?
The Pre's OS has already surpassed the function and abilities of the iphone. They both use the same OS platform and CPU chip. But the Pre utilizes the platform much more effectively in operation. The iphone is very simple to use but cannot perform to ...
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