Sprint: WiMAX, New Smartphones In 2010

Posted: Oct 30 2009, 9:06am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 5:11pm CDT, in News | Mobile Phones

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Sprint's numbers showed some improvement last quarter, but the carrier is still weathering some financial issues. They're losing customers (albeit at a slowed rate) and it's going to take more than some new marketing and the Palm Pre to reverse that trend. Today, in a live chat (via Boy Genius), Sprint executive David Owens talked about how his company intends to get back on the right track.

First off, Sprint will be giving its customers more of what they want. More Android smartphones (mostly from HTC) will be coming soon, and Owens stated that he expects a price decrease for Android smartphones once a significant volume have been sold. Sprint's current Android devices, the Samsung Moment and HTC Hero, are both due for an update soon. For the Hero, this likely means Android 2.0; the Sense UI doesn't work on 1.6, and HTC has confirmed that they are working out a 2.0 release for the Hero.

Owens also said that Sprint is looking into the possibility of an Android smartphone with a built-in MiFi-type router. Combo CDMA/GSM Android smartphones could also be in the near future, although nothing has been decided yet.

Sprint will also be bringing new WinMo devices to their customers. A WinMo 6.5 update should be ready soon for the Touch Pro 2 (and others), look for that to come in early 2010. Owens stated that his company is eager for Windows Mobile 7 phones, but that the timetable is up to Microsoft. New BlackBerries will also be landing next year, along with a WiFi update for the Tour.

The most exciting news from this chat was Owens' confirmation that WiMAX WILL be coming to Sprint in 2010. Unfortunately, you won't be able to use your 4G network to tether; Sprint's killing tethering on all smartphones. Ah, well, give and take.

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