Sprint has announced its new Galaxy S class variant ‘super phone’ from Samsung and its very clear Samsung has got its phasers set to ‘stun’ in regards to their competition. For the first time in nearly five years, every major US carrier will carry the same phone from the same manufacturer. This is amazing as Google tried, and failed on its own, to do this. Sprints version is arguably the best as its got some great key features that distinguish it from its otherwise ordinary peers.
One, It has a slide out physical keypad (this is huge, as very few high-end Android phones posses them) and Two; is Sprints nascent (but growing) 4G Wi-MAX service capable (if you live in a major metropolitan area, chances are you’ll have 4G service very soon). Not clear as of now is a software build that will have some special, key Sprint exclusive bundled in for multimedia purposes.
I am waiting to hear from Sprint if I can get a review unit and If I do, will write a through practical review comparing it to the EVO 4G and of course, iPhone 4.
According to multiple sources, I can finally say with eighty percent certainty that the Sprint HTC EVO 4G will be launching June 13th, 2010. As for what is 100% certain is that the phone will launch in June and that there will be no extra charge for basic 4G access. Wireless eight person Hot-Spot service will cost extra, rightfully so on 4G and will not have a data cap or be throttled.
The final piece of the puzzle I do not have for you yet is how much the device will cost, with full subsidies for new subscribers. There have been rumors of $199 after all Sprint mail in rebates, but I can not confirm this just yet. The new BlackBerry Bold 9650 is launching this May 23rd, at $199 after all M.I.R. are accounted for, so either Sprint will reduce the Bold (very unlikely as RIM devices have long been a Sprint staple) pricing after three weeks, or because of the sales strength of the Tour and now its successor, keep it at $199 and have it go up against the EVO at the same, static price point. This is really the big story for me in all of this, as how can a two-year old phone (technology wise) be sold for the same price as the latest and greatest?
I have a lot of friends down at SXSWi right now and one of them tweeted tonight about going to Android & ditching the Death Star, for reasons not yet clear to me. So, it got me thinking, with Android shooting up in the ratings by double digits, Windows Mobile basically dead and RIM even getting WAY old in the tooth, whats in your pocket, Now?
There have been rumors of the Alexander / Calgary for almost over a year now, but with the new release of Fring today for Android 2.0 & Symbian (for our European Nokia friends), the device is clearly listed as a download option. So, if you combine this with BGR's information along with all of the rumors, you pretty much have a done deal. Its not like we didn't expect for a 'budget' DROID to come out coupled with MOTOBLUR. In fact, I think Motorola has a good idea and strategy on its hands here!
As I first reported over a year ago, the Apple Tablet (Newton II) will ship on VZW for 3G access. This is a consolation concession given to VZW since they will never, ever get an iPhone, 3G or 3G S. They will get a LTE 'phone' (I say 'phone' because voice will still be handled over CDMA2000 1xRTT, as it is now), perhaps as early as Q1 2011.
Its truly rare that little old me ever scoops any of the 'big guys', but when it happens, iGloat. Hah