Sprint announced last week that pre-orders for one of its first 4G LTE-enabled smartphones were going live on April 12th, and now the carrier has made launch details official. LG’s affordable Viper 4G LTE will become available in just over a week on April 22nd for $99.99 on contract. While this makes LG’s new smartphone one of the most affordable LTE-equipped smartphones on the market — in line with the Nokia Lumia 900′s retail price, though the phone is free for the time being — buyers will be hard-pressed to find LTE service for the time being. The LG Viper 4G LTE features a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, a 4-inch 800 x 480-pixel display and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Sprint’s full press release follows below. More →
LG is reportedly preparing a new flagship smartphone that will compete directly with Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S III, Digital Daily reported on Monday. The LG handset, code-named D1L, is said to be equipped with a 4.7-inch, 1280 x 720-pixel display and a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.5GHz. The publication’s sources also claim the handset will feature 4G LTE and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, with a launch date slated for May. An LG official confirmed the company is “developing a phone with a project name D1L,” though the company did not confirm any additional details. More →
Sprint is known for its unlimited data plans and it is currently the only major carrier that doesn’t throttle excessive data use. Following the announcement that Sprint planned to discontinue its WiMAX buildout and switch to the more widely used LTE standard, however, the company never mentioned whether its upcoming LTE network would continue to offer unlimited data plans. To clarify the issue, Sprint on Tuesday confirmed to TechHog that its 4G LTE devices “will be available on Sprint’s network featuring unlimited data.” While the carrier’s initial 4G LTE rollout will be limited, data-hungry users who are not pleased with AT&T and Verizon’s 2GB and 5GB plans may be tempted to switch to Sprint when the carrier’s LTE services begin to go live in the coming weeks and months. More →
HTC and Sprint have a big press conference scheduled to take place this evening, and all signs point to a new flagship smartphone. Persistent rumors suggest the flagship HTC One X will be the star of the show, and with specs that include a 4.7-inch 720p HD display, a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor, a remarkable 8-megapixel camera, Beats Audio and 4G LTE on board, there’s no question it would make a great star. A recent report suggests the One X could launch on Sprint later this year as the EVO One, but nothing is set in stone until we hear it straight from the horse’s mouth. BGR will be reporting live from the event in New York City, so be sure to check back for all the news as it breaks.
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Sprint on Tuesday announced the company’s first 4G LTE smartphone, the LG Viper, will be available for pre-order on April 12th for $99.99. The handset features a 4-inch WVGA display with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and a 5-megapixel rear camera. “LG Viper pairs perfectly with our unlimited data plans to bring customers the benefit of new technology, including our upcoming 4G LTE capabilities at a great price,” said David Owens, vice president-Product Development, Sprint. “This smartphone is packed with the tools our customers need to stay connected. Best of all, customers can feel good about owning LG Viper because of its robust list of eco-friendly features.” The company did not announce a release date, however previous rumors have the device slated to launch on April 15th. Read for Sprint’s press release. More →
A purported press image of Sprint’s upcoming HTC EVO One has leaked prior to the handset’s rumored announcement later this week. The image, which was obtained by Pocketnow, pictures the device between the HTC One X for AT&T and the T-Mobile-bound HTC One S. Sprint’s One-series smartphone is rumored to feature a 4.7-inch 720p AMOLED display and a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.5GHz. The handset will also supposedly be equipped with a 2,650 mAh non-removable battery, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD slot, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2.0-megapixel front-facing camera, 4G LTE connectivity, Beats Audio and Sense 4.0 atop Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. HTC and Sprint are holding a joint press event on April 4th at 5:30 p.m. Eastern, and we will be on hand to report all the news as it breaks. More →
Sprint’s version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus may launch on April 22nd according to a purported internal document obtained by The Verge. In terms of hardware, the handset is identical to the Verizon Wireless version, however Sprint customers will have access to Google Wallet. The internal document also points to Sprint’s first 4G LTE phone being the LG Viper, which will be available just ahead of the Galaxy Nexus on April 15th. The handset features a 4-inch WVGA display with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and a 5-megapixel rear camera. The Viper comes equipped with an NFC chip and will also have Google Wallet access as well. Sprint’s LTE network is expected to launch in mid-2012 in San Antonio, Houston, Dallas and Atlanta. More →
Nokia launched a viral advertising campaign this past weekend to support the launch of its upcoming Lumia 900 smartphone. A website called Smartphone Beta Test targets Apple’s iPhone through a series of videos that remind users of “antennagate,” the device’s fragile design and the trouble of using the handset in direct sunlight. The website features Saturday Night Live alumnus Chris Parnell impatiently waiting for a countdown to expire, which is scheduled to run out on April 6th. While there is no mention of Nokia or the Lumia 900, WPCentral discovered a single Java script link-back to Nokia.com in the website’s source code, more or less confirming the company’s involvement. The Nokia Lumia 900 is scheduled to launch on April 8th on AT&T’s 4G LTE network for $99.99, though new subscribers can pre-order the sleek smartphone for free. The Smartphone Beta Test videos can be found after the break. More →
The Nokia Lumia 900 is now available for pre-order. The handset features a 4.3-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display, a 1.4GHz single-core processor, 4G LTE, an 8-megapixel rear camera with Carl Zeiss optics and the Windows Phone 7.5 operating system. When the Lumia 900 launches on April 8th for $99.99, it will be one of the most affordable flagship devices AT&T has ever offered. To make this sleek smartphone even harder to resist for current AT&T customers, Walmart is already offering the device for half off — $49.99 with a new two-year agreement. For new customers, order through AT&T’s website and you’ll get your new Lumia 900 for free. More →
While speaking at the Competitive Carriers Global Expo, Sprint’s senior vice president of networks Bob Azzi said that while the company has experienced success with its WiMAX handsets, it will not launch any additional WiMAX devices. The announcement comes after Sprint previously confirmed that it would continue to offer 4G WiMAX devices through 2012 and support the service through 2015. Instead, the company plans to focus on its Network Vision project and upcoming 4G LTE netowrk, Fierce Wireless reported on Thursday. “We are wrapping up final field integration tests,” Azzi said. “The technology works and delivers more benefits than we expected.” The executive noted that the company’s Network Vision project will result in a 50% reduction in cost-per-gigabyte to deliver data and cost-per-minute to deliver voice. “This is a huge benefit to us,” he said, adding that there are between 5,000 to 6,000 people devoted to the project, which is slated to be completed by the end of 2013. More →
Earlier this weak, Australian regulators claimed that Apple was misleading consumers with false promotions and advertisements for its new “4G” iPad tablet. While the new iPad supports some 4G LTE networks, users in most regions are stuck with HSPA and HSPA+ 3G networks. After the allegation, Apple began to offer refunds to Australian iPad owners who felt duped by the company’s 4G claims. Now, regulators in the U.K. have confirmed that they are looking into various complaints regarding the new iPad, Pocket-lint reports. The Wall Street Journal is also reporting that Sweden’s Consumer Agency is considering an investigation into whether Apple’s “4G” marketing is misleading as well. Apple has not addressed the matter publicly. More →
Apple’s hot new iPad tablet has been a massive global success. The company recently announced that it sold more than 3 million new slates in fewer than four days of availability, making it the second most successful launch in the Apple’s history behind the iPhone 4S. Heat issues aside, Apple found itself in a bit of hot water earlier this week when Australian regulators took issue with Apple’s use of the term “4G” in its advertising. The new iPad indeed supports 4G LTE networks internationally, but is it not compatible with Telstra’s Australian 4G network. Apple argued in Federal Court on Wednesday that its iPad can connect to Australian HSPA networks which are considered to be “4G” in other markets, but the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission didn’t bite and neither did the court. In the end, ABC News in Australia reports that Apple agree to issue a statement clarifying that the new iPad does not support Telstra’s LTE network, and it will offer a refund to any buyers who feel they have been misled by Apple’s 4G claims. More →
Sprint CFO Joe Euteneuer said at an investor conference on Tuesday that the company has a deal in place to offer a future Apple iPhone that supports 4G LTE, The Dow Jones reported. The CFO declined to say if Apple had such an iPhone planned, however Euteneuer revealed that the company’s agreement with Apple is similar to both its rivals — AT&T and Verizon. “If you make the assumption that they launch a device at a similar time that they did last year, you’re basically done with the major markets,” Euteneuer said in regards to Sprint’s 4G LTE buildout, noting that the carrier plans to initially cover roughly 100 million Americans. “So I don’t think we are really disadvantaged at all.” Sprint has taken a $15.5 billion gamble on Apple’s iPhone and has said it might not turn a profit on the device until 2015. The CFO’s comments come after Verizon CTO David Small also suggested that a 4G LTE-equipped iPhone is going to launch this year. More →