GSMA announced the winners of the coveted Global Mobile Awards at the 2010 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. And the winners are:
Best Mobile Handset or Device: HTC Hero
Sprint is the only national U.S. carrier to offer HTC Hero™. It is a full-featured smartphone with Wi-Fi, a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen with pinch-to-zoom capability and a fingerprint resistant coating, integrated GPS navigation, and trackball navigation. HTC Hero also features an integrated 5.0 MP camera and camcorder.
HTC Hero was the first U.S. device to feature HTC Sense, an intuitive experience that was built with a guiding philosophy to put people at the center and allows the device to be completely customized to the wants and needs of the user. The device's seven-panel wide home screen can be populated with customizable widgets that bring information to the surface.
It is the first Sprint device to offer HTC Footprints™, an application experience that enables the user to chronicle their special moments by capturing a digital postcard on their phone. Once captured, Footprints provides the ability to take notes and an audio clip of that favorite restaurant or special place while identifying its specific location. In addition to identifying each postcard with its specific GPS coordinates, Footprints also auto-names each postcard with its general location or area.
HTC Hero also lets users easily create and switch between Scenes to reflect different moments or roles in their lives, such as work, social, travel and play.
At launch, Wall Street Journal columnist Walt Mossberg called Sprint's HTC Hero "the best Android phone I've tested, and a worthy competitor to the iPhone, the BlackBerry and the Pre."
About.com readers have also nominated HTC Hero as their favorite smartphone for the 2010 Reader's Choice Awards. Now through Feb. 24, 2010, readers can vote for their personal favorite. Vote for HTC Hero from Sprint as Best Smartphone for About.com's 2010 Reader's Choice Awards at http://smartphones.about.com/od/phonereviews/ig/Best-Smartphone-Nominees/.
Best Mobile Connected Device (non-handsets): MiFi Intelligent Mobile Hotspot
Sprint MiFi Intelligent Mobile Hotspot is part of Sprint's game-changing open approach to rolling out new types of wireless services and delivering the significant value and capabilities of the Now Network to its customers. This portable, secure and truly wireless mobile broadband access device was the first of its kind to be added to Sprint's portfolio.
Users can connect to the Internet by bridging Wi-Fi-enabled devices like laptops, MP3 players and gaming devices, to America's most dependable 3G network, the EVDO Rev. A Sprint Mobile Broadband Network.
Sprint Mobile Hotspot is ideal for businesses looking to extend the speed and anywhere convenience of America's most dependable 3G network.
How MiFi works
The Sprint Mobile Hotspot creates a personal cloud of high-speed Internet connectivity that can be easily shared between up to five users and a variety of Wi-Fi-enabled devices through its connection to America's most dependable 3G network, the EVDO Rev. A Sprint Mobile Broadband Network.
Easily fits in the palm of your hand
Provides mobile broadband Rev. A Internet access wirelessly
Simple to connect with Hands-Free Activation (OMA-DM). No software installation required
Universal Wi-Fi compatibility
Advanced security through WPA2-PSK, WEP and SPI Firewall
Battery provides four hours of user time, 40 hours standby on single charge
PC Magazine said Sprint's MiFi card "is the one to get," because "Sprint does a better job, makes it easier, and comes cheaper if you decide to get the Simply Everything plan with Mobile Broadband, which includes data, text, Sprint TV, and GPS Navigation."
PC World surveyed the three major carriers' 3G networks in 13 cities and reported: "Sprint easily delivered on its dependability promises in our tests, with a reliability rate of 90.5 percent." Sprint was more reliable than AT&T in every market, and tied or more reliable than Verizon in 8 markets, the magazine said.
Boy Genius said "Wow. Sprint's average EV-DO Rev. A download speed bested AT&T by a huge margin — 428kbps — and it nearly doubled Verizon's showing amongst our readers."
TheStreet.com announced results of its own tests of wireless Internet service and modems and reported, "If you want to stay connected to the Web wirelessly as you travel, it's hard to beat Sprint."
Recognition like this is one of the many reasons Sprint is well recognized for offering the best device portfolio of any U.S. wireless carrier.
These devices are also an important part of why Sprint is the best value in wireless. These exciting devices combined with the fact Sprint tested as the most reliable network in comparison to AT&T and Verizon in a 13-city 3G performance test conducted by PC World, and Sprint's Everything Data plans with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM, gives customers unlimited calling on the Sprint network to and from any U.S. wireless carrier, unlimited nationwide texting, email, Web browsing and much more, starting at just $69.99. And, for those who want unlimited voice, data and text, the Simply EverythingSM plan from Sprint offers a truly unlimited experience for only $99.99 per month. (All price plans exclude surcharges and taxes. Other exclusions apply.)