That makes Sprint: 3, pretty much everyone else...nothing yet
Remember in school when there was that one kid who always finished his test and raised his hand like 40 minutes before anyone else finished? That's kind of like Sprint in this all important 4G mobile race.
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Except, now imagine that kid asks to take another test, and another, and finishes them before you even finish the first one. Sprint's big 4G partner, HTC, has just unveiled a successor to the Evo 4G while other mobile companies are still scrambling to get their first 4G phone.
The Evo Shift 4G will launch on January 9 for $150 after a two-year contract subsidy. This makes it Sprint's third 4G phone, putting it lightyears ahead of the competition. Other carriers claim their 4G networks offer faster or more powerful service, but until there are phones to back it up, Sprint continues to lap them.
The Shift has a 3.6-inch capacitive touchscreen as well as a 5-megapixel camera and 800 MHz Qualcomm MSM7630 processor. HTC's Sense interface is present, as is Android 2.2, and we expect it to easily be upgradeable to Android 2.3. These tech specs come from a Sprint press release this morning.
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Also mentioned is a new MiFi hotspot for Sprint's 4G network, allowing users to carry around a tiny little box that gives them fast Internet access anywhere Sprint 4G service is available. But it can also default to 3G if the more advanced network is nowhere to be found.