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Sprint's LTE Evo Has HD Talk, No WiMax

Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) and High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (Taiwan: 2498) have revamped their EVO brand with a new flagship smartphone that will support 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) when the operator launches that network later this year. (See Sprint Unveils HTC Evo LTE.)

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse described the HTC EVO 4G LTE as the "gold standard" at the launch event in New York City on Tuesday. "It's the next stage in our evolution," he quipped.

Click on the image below to see a few scenes from the launch event.



The device is Sprint's second announced smartphone to support its new LTE network, promising data speeds even faster than the 3Mbit/s to 5Mbit/s average downloads offered over its WiMax network. (See Sprint Bites Into LTE Phones Ahead of Network .)

With no WiMax support included, however, early users of the new EVO will be defaulting to Sprint's slower 3G CDMA network a lot to begin with. Sprint has so far only announced that it plans to have LTE in 10 cities to begin with. (See Sprint's First 10 LTE Markets Coming by Mid-Year.)

Hesse said that Sprint will have more news about further LTE launches soon. Sprint hopes to cover up to 120 million potential customers with its LTE service by the end of 2012.

Another notable feature of the device is "HD Voice," a technology that uses two microphones in the phone and noise-cancelling software to make actual voice calls (remember them?) clear. Sprint, however, didn't go into much technical detail about this feature at the launch.

The new EVO will be available for pre-order on May 7. It is priced at US$199.99 with a two-year contract.

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joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:37:01 PM
re: Sprint's LTE Evo Has HD Talk, No WiMax

I suspect Sprint & HTC had to make the choice not to offer this as a WiMax/LTE/CDMA device because they wanted to use a Qualcomm chipset and keep the cost down and battery life in check.


Still its pretty wild to cut users off from a faster option than CDMA just because its not flavor of the month anymore.

joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:37:00 PM
re: Sprint's LTE Evo Has HD Talk, No WiMax

No, I asked them, just to be sure, they have said it before but they're definitely not doing any new WiMax-capable devices.

kaps 12/5/2012 | 5:37:00 PM
re: Sprint's LTE Evo Has HD Talk, No WiMax

Whatever happened to that Sequans hybrid LTE/WiMAX chip? Is it being used anywhere? Maybe in that tri-mode hotspot?


Seemed like it would have been perfect for Sprint phones for at least this year... ah well

kaps 12/5/2012 | 5:37:00 PM
re: Sprint's LTE Evo Has HD Talk, No WiMax

Whatever happened to that Sequans hybrid LTE/WiMAX chip? Is it being used anywhere? Maybe in that tri-mode hotspot?


Seemed like it would have been perfect for Sprint phones for at least this year... ah well

Sandpaints 12/5/2012 | 5:36:58 PM
re: Sprint's LTE Evo Has HD Talk, No WiMax

Not to mention the possible damage Sprint just did to their "Partner" by making unlimited WIMAX unavailable, thus undercutting a chunk of Clearwire's future income. What does unlimited mean to Sprint when their new devices really do not support it?


Outside of the LTE network, when it is completed, Sprint was last to develop the most advanced 3G phone available in the most places- a first, if anyone thinks that's progess.


This might lead to a reduction in Sprint's customer service rating?

joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:36:57 PM
re: Sprint's LTE Evo Has HD Talk, No WiMax

Well, I guess the theory is that Sprint will support the WiMax network through 2014 even if it doesn't intro new devices. I agree though, not good news for Clearwire...

VoiceOnTelecom 12/5/2012 | 5:36:53 PM
re: Sprint's LTE Evo Has HD Talk, No WiMax

I know HD Voice has been talked about forever.  But could this be the beginning of real momentum for it?  No one has ever really addressed it in the North American market before, and that is big.  Plus, this is something that really, truly is an improvement in user experience ...


Though their half-hearted push is not a good sign.


http://thevoiceontelecom.blogs...

joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:36:52 PM
re: Sprint's LTE Evo Has HD Talk, No WiMax

Hard to say for sure yet. The phone is not out there in the real world at this point. It seems like a sensible upgrade, nonetheless.

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