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CTIA 2010 Blog

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I wonder when Sprint is going to stop talking about 4G and start catching up to every one else. Your got the phones but where the hell is the coverage. Sprint you have forgotten something with all these 4G phones.... WHERE IS THE COVERAGE.....

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Virgin Mobile USA, one of Sprint’s prepaid brands, also nominated for no contract

MiFi 2200 device


Vote for your favorite Sprint device today at www.ctiashow.com/awards



Finalists have been announced for the annual CTIA Hot for the Holidays awards program honoring the most cutting-edge mobile consumer electronics products and applications for this holiday season – and you can help determine the winners. A panel of mobile consumer electronics media and analysts judged entries and selected finalists in 10 categories based on innovation, functionality, creativity and “hotness.” One winner will be selected from each category.

Five Sprint devices and one Virgin Mobile prepaid device were selected as finalists in eight of the 10 categories, including Shutter Bug, Fashionista, Gadget Guru, Music Enthusiasts, Gamer and Entertainment Fan, Globetrotter, Road Warrior and Social Butterfly. The voting has just begun and you can help your favorite Sprint devices win by voting at www.ctiashow.com/awards.

CTIA Hot for the Holidays awards winners will be announced at CTIA ENTERPRISE & APPLICATIONS™ 2010, which takes place in San Francisco at Moscone Center West

Oct. 6-8.

Vote now for one of your favorite Sprint devices (voting ends on Monday, October 4 at 5 PM PST):

HTC EVO™ 4G – The world’s first 3G/4G Android handset, exclusively from Sprint, HTC EVO™ 4G, offers a rich mobile Internet experience with a fully integrated suite of services built on the Android™ 2.1 platform.

Samsung Epic™ 4G – The second 4G capable handset from Sprint, a Galaxy S smartphone and Samsung Mobile's first 4G Android-powered device. It is part of a new breed of Samsung smartphones offering the very best in screen, speed and content quality for a premium user experience, offering a fully integrated multimedia, messaging and social networking experience at 4G speeds on Samsung's industry-leading 4-inch Super AMOLED touch screen display.

Samsung Restore™ – Offers environmentally conscious customers the perfect blend.of technology with an environmentally friendly design.

LG Lotus Elite™ – Makes a distinctive fashion statement with its unique square shape, amazing tattoo pattern, full QWERTY flip and Sprint® One Click, a highly-customizable user interface that provides easier access to favorite features.

Virgin Mobile Prepaid MiFi™ 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot – A personal wireless hotspot that can connect up to five wireless enabled devices at one time. Available on Virgin Mobile’s prepaid Broadband2Go plans, the MiFi is the perfect connectivity solution for those who need Wi-Fi on-the-go but don’t want to be tied down with a monthly contract.

Samsung Galaxy Tab™ – Combines the popular Android™ platform and award-

winning data features of the Samsung Galaxy S™ lineup of mobile devices with the reliability and value of Sprint and access to the Sprint 3G network. Available from Sprint this fall!

In addition to the online voting, show attendees in San Francisco can choose “CTIA 2010 Hottest in Show,” the showcase entry that earns the most text votes onsite at the event.

Last year, the eco-friendly Samsung Reclaim™ earned the overall Hottest in Show award, determined by votes texted in onsite during the conference; HTC Touch Pro 2 was named hottest smartphone; and Novatel MiFi™ 2200 was named hottest mobile Internet device or Netbook.



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Sprints Kevin Packingham and Fared Adib show  HTC EVO 4G product specs, key features and the difference 4G makes in  the customer experience live from CTIA Spring 2010.

Demonstration #1

Demonstration #2

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While much of the buzz coming from CTIA seems to be focused on the new HTC EVO 4G phone, today Sprint made some news with Lenovo.

Lenovo and Sprint announced support for Sprint 3G and 4G wireless connectivity in the U.S. across Lenovo’s line of ThinkPad laptops. All of Lenovo’s ThinkPad laptop models are 3G-enabled, and Lenovo offers the largest selection of 4G-enabled laptop models, including the recently introduced ThinkPad Edge laptops built for small to medium businesses.

Dilip Bhatia, executive director, ThinkPad Product Marketing, Lenovo

“Adding Sprint to our network of supported carriers gives customers even more 3G choice and expanded connectivity points with the fast speeds of Sprint 4G.”

“Demand for constant, fast wireless technology has become an expectation, and it’s now mission critical for doing business today.”

Danny Bowman, president, Integrated Solutions, Sprint

“Our business is about powering businesses through voice and data solutions, now and into the future.”

“It’s more than just the quality of the network though. It’s about having a broad range of devices that are certified to operate optimally on Sprint’s Now Network, and adding a trusted brand like Lenovo ThinkPad laptops gives businesses an unparalleled technology solution.” 

The Future of Connected Data-Centric Devices

ABI Research predicts there will be 2.5 billion connected data-centric devices worldwide in 2014. For business customers, wireless technology has grown increasingly important, requiring more bandwidth for live streaming video, on-demand applications and virtual meetings. Sprint is building out its 4G capabilities to meet the next generation’s data needs with service already available in 27 markets across the U.S., including Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia and Seattle. Newly announced markets that will see 4G in 2010 are Cincinnati, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Miami, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City and St. Louis. Earlier this year Sprint also announced that it plans to launch 4G in Boston, Denver, Kansas City, Houston, Minneapolis, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., in 2010.

Lenovo makes connecting to Sprint 3G and 4G simple.

The laptop comes with a SIM card already installed. Lenovo’s Access Connection tool helps users easily connect to the wireless network and is the only tool available from a PC maker that can manage both 3G and 4G network connections1.

For the latest Lenovo news, subscribe to Lenovo RSS feeds or follow Lenovo on Twitter and Facebook.
For the latest Sprint news, follow Sprint on Twitter @sprint and @sprintnews and on Facebook.

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Sprint CEO Dan Hesse introduces the worlds first 3G/4G Android phone to  the world.

HTC CEO Peter Chou shares how the power of HTC EVO 4G is realized  through the Sprint 4G Network.

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More from the Las Vegas Convention Center as Sprint makes it official and introduces HTC EVO 4G phone.  It's as fast and powerful as most people's basic DSL and cable wired connections.  Just a few of the many standout features include:

  • 3G/4G capability Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ QSD8650 (1GHz) processor 4.3” capacitive display with pinch-to-zoom and tactile feedback

  • World-class HTML browser – bandwidth and quality that rival that of netbooks

  • Android 2.1, with access to more than 30,000 apps on Android Market Google mobile services including Google Search, Google Maps,

  • Google Talk, Gmail, YouTube , and syncs with Google Calendar Access to Google Goggles™ to search with pictures instead of words

  • Sprint Navigation, with turn-by-turn driving directions and 3D maps Updated HTC Sense, award-winning user experience, which includes

  • Friend Stream to integrate Facebook, Twitter and more into a single flow of updates Visual voicemail Messaging – personal and business email, IM and text messaging 3G/4G

  • Mobile Hotspot capability – connects up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices

  • Access to over 30,000 apps from the Android Market

Gizmodo's first take summed it up nicely. "Sprint Announces HTC Evo, the First Ever 4G Phone: Meet the New Terrific."

Images of HTC EVO 4G

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This morning Sprint announced it extended its lead in making 4G technology a reality for millions of customers by announcing more planned coverage across the country.

As the first national wireless carrier to test, launch and market 4G technology, Sprint made history by launching 4G in Baltimore in September 2008.  Today, Sprint 4G covers more than 30 million people in 27 markets and expects to have up to 120 million people covered by the end of 2010.

Sprint had previously announced plans to launch service in multiple markets in 2010, including  but not limited to, Boston, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Minneapolis,  New York City, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

Today the list of cities getting Sprint 4G in 2010 grew to include: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Miami, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City and St. Louis.

Sprint currently offers 4G service in 27 markets, including, but not limited to, Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Portland, Ore., San Antonio and Seattle. Following is a comprehensive list of markets by state where Sprint 4G is currently offered: Georgia – Atlanta, Milledgeville; Hawaii – Honolulu, Maui; Idaho – Boise; Illinois – Chicago; Maryland – Baltimore; Nevada – Las Vegas; North Carolina – Charlotte, Greensboro, (along with High Point and Winston-Salem), Raleigh (along with Cary, Chapel Hill and Durham); Oregon – Portland, Salem; Pennsylvania – Philadelphia; Texas – Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Killeen/Temple, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, San Antonio, Waco, Wichita Falls; Washington – Bellingham, Seattle. For more information, visit www.sprint.com/4G.

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Earlier today, Sprint and Motorola introduced Motorola i1, the world's first Android-powered smartphone with Nextel Direct Connect.  Additionally, Motorola announced a partnership with Mike Rowe for a new face of iDEN, the technology that powers Nextel Direct Connect.

Mike has worked as an apprentice at more than 250 of the toughest jobs in America and his experience and reputation as a hard workers is a perfect fit for Motorola's iDEN portfolio, which comprises many of the Nextel Direct Connect phones Sprint offers.

"Typically, the work I’ve done tends to takes its toll on my phones and I end up breaking ‘em on the job," said Mike. "It'll be fun to use one that's not afraid of a little dirt."

Following today's announcement, Motorola and Sprint partnered to host an intimate gathering of some of the industry's top media and analysts.

Check out what Mike had to say tonight in this exclusive video from SlashGear: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5kWIlj--CE

Get some details about Motorola i1 from this SlashGear video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHVMkRuM9SU&feature=channel

The media also got some hands-on time with Motorola i1.  Wondering what they had to say?

"This looks and feels like any other Android phone, but it can withstand some punishment."

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Sprint & Motorola Announce World’s First Nextel Direct Connect Android-Powered Smartphone – Motorola i1

Today Sprint and Motorola, Inc. broke new ground with the announcement of Motorola i1, the world’s first Nextel Direct Connect Android-powered smartphone. Sleek and attractive, yet durable, Motorola i1 is the first iDEN device to carry the features of a modern smartphone including a 3.1-inch touch screen, Wi-Fi, optimized browsing experience with the latest Opera Mini 5 browser, access to thousands of apps and a push-to-talk experience that includes exciting new features.

With solid body construction that meets Military Specifications for protection against dust, shock, blowing rain and vibration, Motorola i1 is designed for those who work and play hard. nIt automatically syncs and integrates office and personal information such as emails, calendar appointments and contacts. Key features include:

  • Popular business tools such as Microsoft Document Viewer and corporate sync ensure Word or PowerPoint files can be accessed on the go.

  • Message entry is a breeze with both Android standard virtual keyboard  and Swype™ virtual keyboards being offered.

  • A 5.0 megapixel camera with flash, geo-tagging and panoramic capabilities provides crisp photos and clearly displays them on the vibrant 3.1-inch HVGA screen. Video can also be recorded and stored on a provided microSD for sharing or future viewing straight from the device.

  • The latest Opera Mini 5 browser enables quick browsing over the Nextel National Network and Wi-Fi. The Android browser allows you see Web pages and Flash 8-enabled sites in full view using Wi-Fi.

  • Motorola i1 can be continuously customized with thousands of applications from Android Market™.

  • Motorola i1 meets Military Specification 810F for dust, shock, vibration, blowing rain and more.  Motorola i1 also offers all the high-end features smartphone users have come to expect, including a 5.0 megapixel camera, stereo Bluetooth, microSD card slot and media player.

Availability and Pricing

Motorola i1 will be available in North America through Sprint this summer. Pricing and availability will be announced at a later date.  Customers interested in i1 can pre-register at www.sprint.com/motoi1.

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If you are a student, you are likely increasingly reliant on mobile devices to communicate and manage your life.  At the same time, many educational institutions are looking for ways to use mobility to attract and engage students.

The answer may be found in a partnership between Sprint and Blackboard that will help turn the “everywhere” mobile device into an anytime learning option. The two companies will offer Blackboard Mobile Learn – a new application from Blackboard that will let students learn when and where they want – to users of Sprint devices at no additional cost to institutions.

Mobile Learn will be available on select Sprint smart phones and will allow students to complete class work, check grades, interact with professors from virtually anywhere, anytime and at no extra charge on the Now Network.

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This morning at CTIA Sprint announced the latest addition to it's lineup of eco-friendly phones with the LG Remarq.  LG Remarq will join the award  winning Samsung Reclaim to give Sprint customers two choices when  selecting environmentally friendly devices and be available starting May 9.

Learn more about the LG Remarq and Sprint's Green Initiatives

If you are interested in a comparison of Sprint's two eco-friendly phones and learning more about what makes an eco-friendly phone check out the following chart.

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