Sprint has so far revealed that several devices will arrive next month. "You'll see a buildup of a lot of devices being launched May on forward," Sprint VP of Product Development Fared Adib said at the Network Vision event in Kansas City last week. (See Photos: Inside Sprint's Network Vision .)
The first phones, however, will arrive on April 22. Sprint said Monday that the Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: SEC) Galaxy Nexus will be available this Sunday. The LG Electronics Inc. (London: LGLD; Korea: 6657.KS) Viper is also slated for that date. (See Sprint's LTE Evo Has HD Talk, No WiMax and Sprint Bites Into LTE Phones Ahead of Network .)
Sprint has so far said that Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and San Antonio are expected to have 4G LTE and enhanced 3G service by mid-year 2012. Steve Elfman, Sprint's president of network operations, said at the event last week that the first LTE smartphones would launch before the mid-year due date for the network, and a spokesman confirmed this Monday that April 22 is not the launch date for the LTE network.
Why this matters Sprint is playing catch-up with Verizon Wireless and AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) on deploying LTE in the U.S. The operator is racing to cover 123 million potential customers by the end of 2012, but its LTE handsets will fall back to CDMA speeds for at least the first few weeks.
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— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile