While 3G connectivity becomes the norm, techie consumers and carriers themselves have their eyes on 4G technology. Sprint already has WiMax 4G internet service in 27 markets, but taking that to mobile phone users – who are… mobile – is a different story. Sprint was rumored to be launching a WiMax 4G phone in late 2010 but it appears that timeline may have just moved up.
Forbes is reporting that Sprint executives are planning to launch a 4G handset in the first half of 2010. Dan Hesse has said 2010 will be “the year of 4G” and after MWC it seems it will also be the year of Android… so will this handset be the Android-based HTC SuperSonic with WiMax 4G connectivity?
Time will tell but it seems like a logical move for all parties involved. Right now Sprint doesn’t seem to have much of an “angle” on consumers and launching an Android-based 4G handset would be a pretty big move for them. I wouldn’t call it a “win” because Verizon continues to work on their high-speed LTE network as does T-Mobile. But at least it will keep them in the hunt.
Not to mention – the render looks pretty slick.
UPDATE: While some think this is awesome, others say it doesn’t make much sense.