1. eyecon82's Avatar
    HTC 'Supersonic' to ring in WiMAX on Sprint, Android-style -- Engadget


    Remember that mysterious HTC A9292 with WiMAX rumored for Sprint a few days back? Well, take a seat, folks -- we think we've got the lowdown on it here from a trusted source, and it's a bit of a monster:

    * Codename is "Supersonic" -- a name we've heard at least once before.
    * Feels a lot like you'd expect an Android-powered HD2 to feel thanks to a 4.3-inch non-AMOLED display and a svelte shell. (For reference, the HD2 is 11mm thick, but we don't have exact dimensions here.)
    * It's got a kickstand on the back. This wouldn't be a first for HTC; the Imagio on Verizon has one, for example.
    * Runs Android 2.1 with HTC's Sense UI.
    * Our tipster saw it in white; production devices could be available in different colors, of course, but white seems like it'd be an intriguing choice for a phone of the HD2's size and shape.
    * The phone's software stack is buggy enough right now to suggest that we're not looking at a release any time soon, but we don't have details on the projected launch window.
    * It's fast -- Snapdragon fast, it seems, though our tipster can't confirm the processor under the hood.

    We know 2010's just begun, but between all this noise and the promise of a legitimate 4G radio on board, let's be real -- we're already looking at a very, very early contender for smartphone of the year. Let's not run into any major roadblocks between here and retail, alright, guys?
    01-17-10 10:18 PM
  2. Webermanjensen's Avatar
    Yea sounds like a promising phone! Looks like the rumors are holding true on this one.
    01-17-10 10:24 PM
  3. lady_capricorn's Avatar
    I hope this comes out soon! I was wanting something close to the HD2 but with android on it. Now, my dream is finally gonna come true! I just wonder what would be the time frame that this device may come out?!

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    01-18-10 07:22 PM
  4. sprint_fan's Avatar
    They will kill with finally having a 4g phone in their lineup. This could bring a lot of people to sprint...

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    01-20-10 01:09 PM
  5. papped's Avatar
    They will kill with finally having a 4g phone in their lineup. This could bring a lot of people to sprint...

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    Most customers (and by most I mean a huge, huge portion) do not upgrade to the newest "network speed" this early on. Why do you think EDGE devices sold for years after 3g was basically everywhere already?

    In other words, having 4g even a year earlier than other companies isn't going to make a huge difference in subscribers. 3g devices will keep selling for quite a while after 4g.
    01-20-10 01:29 PM
  6. thedarkfinder's Avatar
    Most customers (and by most I mean a huge, huge portion) do not upgrade to the newest "network speed" this early on. Why do you think EDGE devices sold for years after 3g was basically everywhere already?

    In other words, having 4g even a year earlier than other companies isn't going to make a huge difference in subscribers. 3g devices will keep selling for quite a while after 4g.
    Wimax is independent of sprint. Regardless if sprint has one phone, wimax is going to rolled out.

    Wimax will be used, by most people before 2020. If you have an internet connection, you are problably going to get wimax, at some point.

    If you have comcast, you are going to get wimax as an 5-10 a month addon. If you have Time warner cable you are going to have wimax has an add on.

    If you going to have qwest you are problably going to have wimax as an add on.

    If you live in 1-100 cities that are going to offer free wimax, you are going to get wimax.

    wimax is not out for subscriber base, they already have that.

    Sprint help build wimax for that.

    It will have a vast network built for it, but hundreds of companies.
    01-21-10 04:33 PM
  7. papped's Avatar
    10 years is a lifetime in phone lifecycles... I don't really get what the point was. Wimax will be rolled out over time? Yeah that could be guessed by anyone pretty easily.

    The bottom line is that it isn't the network speed labels that sell the service contracts or the phones...
    01-21-10 04:40 PM
  8. thedarkfinder's Avatar
    10 years is a lifetime in phone lifecycles... I don't really get what the point was. Wimax will be rolled out over time? Yeah that could be guessed by anyone pretty easily.

    The bottom line is that it isn't the network speed labels that sell the service contracts or the phones...
    Let me clear this up.

    Please see if your city is covered by using this map.
    Clear 4G WiMAX Coverage

    But understand that even if the city is covered in the maps. Alot of towers need fiber optics ran to them in order to get the 40gbs.

    No current towers support that, none. If they do not have the fiber laid you will get between 750mbs-1gbs. All towers will be upgraded. The current list of cities that offer full wimax are about 30.

    Atlanta; Chicago; Dallas-Fort Worth; Honolulu; Las Vegas; Portland, Ore.; Philadelphia,Seattle, Abilene, Texas; Amarillo, Texas; Austin, Texas; Boise, Idaho; Bellingham, Wash.; Charlotte, N.C.; Corpus Christi, Texas; Greensboro, N.C.; Killeen-Temple, Texas; Lubbock, Texas; Maui, Hawaii; Midland-Odessa, Texas; Raleigh, N.C.; Salem, Ore.; San Antonio, Texas; Waco, Texas; Wichita Falls, Texas, Boston, Houston, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

    should be mostly covered by full wimax or will be very soon.

    The problem is that current wired systems can not handle the data flow. So new systems have to be built. It does take time. It is not like the current 3g issues which is just poor hardware, fast cable. This is fast hardware, slow cable.

    LTE will have to do the same thing, but it will have to do about 5 times the amount, because the radios cover smaller areas.
    01-22-10 12:49 AM
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