I think a bigger challenge for Sprint, and especially it's customers, isn't just the devices and release dates, but the fact that customers will in all eventuality be downgrading to 3G for as much as 18 months because the LTE network won't be there to take the baton when the phone is activated.
I have 3 days left until my fiscal month ends and I will be activating the Droid DNA from Verizon unless there's a news flash that Las Vegas is getting 4G LTE from Sprint April 1st. After previewing a friend's DNA, the upload speeds are faster than Sprint's advertised download speeds. The coverage is amazing, the continuity between towers is superior and there's no waiting for capacity upgrades to occur.
Sprint has severely hemorrhaged customers as WiMax users like myself, whom are accustomed to 4G, are faced with the downgrade dilemna--renew your contract for 2 yrs with a new device without 4G for an unspecified time OR; flip to a different carrier that already has LTE. We can always reevaluate the option of returning in 2yrs when/if Sprint will be live nationwide but after 30 days we'd be paying early termination fees because the carrier grossly overstated that it's devices are 4G. If the network isn't 4G, neither is the phone.
What perplexes me is, why are they allowed to even advertise something that they don't even have? Or even have an estimated delivery date yet we have to commit up front for 2 years?!?!?
If I were a gambling man, and remember, I live in Vegas Baby, I'd bet the farm on Verizon, AT&T and other financially healthy carriers having filled in coverage gaps before Sprint finishes swallowing the Nextel mistake and providing 4G. At the present the Softbank deal is being challenged in court and Sprint's 4G improvements are hinged entirely on that cash infusion.
The lawsuit is being considered for a very legitimate reason...that a foreign entity would have control of a sizeable portion of American bandwidth. If they can kill the T-Mobile deal in court for anti-monopoly arguments, the idea of foreign owned bandwidth has significant credence as potential harm to the consumer and American communications network are a distinct possibility.
At some point by mid summer, Sprint will either go live in 100 true markets or end up getting Blackberried and becoming irrelevant. And by 'true' markets I mean Vegas, Phoenix, NYC, Miami, Houston, Seattle, San Diego, LA County, San Jose, Oakland, Charlotte, New Orleans, Nashville...population centers of 250,000+ residents and not bum eff TX, Arkansas and Winona, MN.
Personally I wouldn't commit to any device that requires you to use 3G as the primary data connection. In fact, until LTE is live in your locale, I wouldn't even entertain a device upgrade at all only to be let down by the carrier.
Sprint, you're on notice. Show me something soon or you're the #1 typewriter manufacturer of the new millennium.
Run a search on "motorola sprint phones 2013" and add about three-six months to predicted release dates. After the Google-Motorola buyout confusion and management change will probably delay the next releases into 2014.
Run the same search with your own favorite vendor substituted.
Run a search on "s4gru" as they have been really good about posting tech data as soon as the new devices hit the FCC.
They just posted another FCC application review Feb 22 on the HTC One.
yah i know lol. i just cant get myself to snag up a sammy..my brother and mom both have the SIII and for one..its freaking skinny as no other...it just doesnt have a solid feel to it..i have large gorilla hands so i need to feel like im not going to smash the thing when i hold it lol
yup it was unvieled on tuesday http://www.htc.com/us/smartphones/htc-one/?PS=1&ci
Sprint, T-mo, and AT&T are going to carry it
Sammy is suppose to unveil the GS4 on March 14th. The rumors are Octcore but you know how reliable rumors can be
HTC unveiled the HTC ONE i believe it was yesterday or the day before that... they also already have a forum for said phone
and from what someone posted in there it will be packings a .....drumroll..... 1.7 QUADCORE
Your best bet is to google search. Check out sites like phone arena and others. Rumors are as good as you are going to get. Heck, HTC and Samsung have yet to even unveil what there new devices are for this year at this point. How can sprint tell you about them?
- AnaMariaSz as specialists we do not see device road maps. Those are only known to people that need to know and until something is confirmed (aka we get info that it will be launched) we cannot say anything about it.
Like fireguy_6364 already mentioned there are so many factors playing a role that giving a date as a carrier way ahead of time is not doable
its been like that for years. and it doesnt affect the sales of existing phones as much as you think. heck people are STILL picking up SII's and 3D's...if anything happens and say they miss a quarter that they said it was going to be released in then as usual there will be an uproar..happens constantly which is why theyre so tight lipped now..miss a OS update by a few days and uproar..you get used to it lol.
im however still trying to pull up specs on that HTC ONE that sprint might or might not be getting...i was hoping to hold out until a phone is released that can use both 1900 LTE and 800LTE...not that they will be turning on 800 anytime soon..but i would rather be ahead of the game than behind the times
Yeah, I know-otherwise I wouldn't be on this discussion ;-)
And I get that announcing phones a long time in advance introduces the risk of impacting the sales of existing phones, but you get a credibility problem when everyone already "knows" what the official sources refuse to admit.
what info dutchie kicked out is about as much as we will get..more than that his/her responce was more on their own opinion on a couple of the things than anything. to many variables can come up to delay a delivery...this was learned with the LTEVO release...