Sprint CEO Dan Hesse on Tuesday shared strong opinions surrounding AT&T’s recent announcement that it plans to acquire T-Mobile USA from Europe’s Deutsche Telekom. Speaking on Tuesday morning at the CTIA Wireless 2011 convention, Hesse said AT&T’s plans to acquire T-Mobile will hurt customers. He also said that if approved by regulators, the deal would leave two big players — AT&T and Verizon Wireless — in control of 79% of the U.S. wireless market. “I do have concerns that it would stifle innovation and too much power would be in the hands of two,” Hesse said during a roundtable discussion. His comments were met with applause from the audience. Hesse added that Sprint will appeal to Congress in an effort to halt the merger. AT&T Mobility boss Ralph de la Vega defended the deal on Tuesday, saying it would address the spectrum shortage the U.S. is currently facing, and would bring mobile broadband service to more people. Verizon Wireless CEO Daniel Mead, who was in attendance at the roundtable discussion, seemed less concerned with the potential merger. “We’re observing what’s going on,” Mead noted. “We’re not going to get distracted by this.” More →
We just met up with T-Mobile during CTIA Wireless 2011 to check out the brand-spanking new T-Mobile G2x by LG, an Android 2.2 (Froyo) smartphone that packs a punch. Seriously, this puppy insanely quick thanks to its dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. In our hands, applications literally felt like they were opening and closing instantly. T-Mobile’s 4G network helps matters too, of course, and the BGR.com homepage loaded up in just a few seconds. Hit the jump for some more hands-on impressions of the G2x and don’t forget to check out our full gallery of photos.
Samsung wasn’t exactly coy about its plans to launch an 8.9-inch Galaxy Tab during CTIA this week, and that’s exactly what it just did. On Tuesday Samsung took the wraps off of the Galaxy Tab 8.9, its third Android-powered tablet. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb, and features a mini-apps drawer for quickly launching your favorite applications. A future update will also bring Samsung’s custom UI to the slate. As its name implies, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 has an 8.9-inch screen with a 1280 x 600-pixel resolution. Despite being thin and light — it weighs just 470g and is 8.6mm thick — it packs some serious hardware muscle including a 1GHz dual-core processor and support for 802.11n Wi-Fi in both the 2GHz and 5GHz frequency bands. The 16GB Wi-Fi-only model of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 will retail for $469 and the 32GB version will cost $569 when the devices launch later this year. Hit the jump for the full release, and be sure to check out our hands-on. More →
At this point there’s little doubt Sprint will be announcing these two exciting devices later today at its media event — which we’ll be covering live beginning at 1:00 p.m. Eastern — but seeing the devices pop up on the Sprint website is always comforting. We scooped both the HTC EVO 3D and the HTC EVO View 4G tablet last week and details were reaffirmed on Monday ahead of this year’s CTIA Wireless show. The EVO 3D is said to feature a 4.3-inch qHD 960 x 450-pixel Autostereoscopic 3D display, 4GB of RAM, 1GB ROM, a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, dual rear 5-megapixel camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera and a hefty 1730mAh battery. The EVO View 4G tablet is rumored to sport a 7-inch device with a 1024 x 600-pixel touchscreen, an aluminium unibody design, HTC Scribe with optional pen support, the latest HTC Sense UI optimized for tablet devices, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, the Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 4000mAh battery, DLNA and HDMI-out support. Launch details and pricing information are not yet available. More →
Greetings from CTIA Wireless 2011! The conference is about to officially kickoff, and what better way to start an event than with a keynote. While we’re not expecting to hear any product announcements at this particular keynote, the group on stage will definitely have plenty to talk about. Verizon Wireless CEO, Dan Meade; Sprint CEO, Dan Hesse; AT&T CEO, Ralph de la Vega; and T-Mobile USA CEO, Philipp Humm will be sitting down for a “carrier roundtable” hosted by CNBC’s Jim Cramer. We’re hoping to hear some dialogue on the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile from the wireless executives. The event kicks off at 9:00 a.m. ET, hit the jump to follow along! More →
As tech writers we get to play with a ton of phones, but nothing really takes us back to our high school days like playing with a Sidekick — and we just had a chance to sit down with the first one powered by Android. Built by Samsung, the Sidekick 4G features Android 2.2 (Froyo) and, despite our initial fears that it would be a lackluster device compared to the high-end beauties recently announced, we were pretty pleased with what the Sidekick 4G offers. It includes a horizontal-slider form factor, a throwback QWERTY keyboard with rounded keys, and more power under the hood than any Sidekick before it. Hit the jump for our hands-on with the Sidekick 4G, and some initial impressions.
Following a number of overnight announcements from buzzing carrier T-Mobile, pricing has been confirmed for two anticipated devices set to launch this spring. First up, the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G will cost $99.99 after rebate on a new two-year contract. Built by Samsung, the new Sidekick will feature Android 2.2, a slide-out QWERTY keypad, a 3.5-inch TFT display, a 1GHz processor, a 3-megapixel rear camera and a VGA front-facing camera for video chat. Also priced was T-Mobile’s upcoming G-Slate by LG. The tablet will run $529.99 after rebate with a two-year contract for data service, and specs include an 8.9-inch HD display capable of 3D playback, a dual-core 1GHz Tegra 2 processor and the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) operating system. Both devices will be available this spring, though specific release dates have not yet been revealed.
That’s right folks, CTIA’s annual CTIA Wireless show kicks off tomorrow and the BGR team is on the ground in sunny, humid Orlando to bring all the latest news to you as it breaks. In spite of the huge news that came out of AT&T’s camp over the weekend, Sprint is shaping up to be the star of the show this year thanks to several planned device announcements. We’re sure there will be some great surprises in store this year, however, so we hope you’re all ready for an action-packed convention. It goes without saying that CTIA Wireless is one of the biggest shows of the year in the mobile industry, so stay tuned to BGR — and keep an eye on our special CTIA tag — to make sure you don’t miss a thing!
We here at BGR are well aware that Motorola’s Tao (aka Sholes) is the current object du désire for Android lovers and smartphone junkies alike, so we’re pretty encouraged by a rumor being peddled by The Street that would see Motorola announce the Tao next week. Ordinarily such rumors are approached with guarded skepticism (especially considering The Street’s not so hot track record of late), but we see no reason to doubt this particular tidbit. Not only is CTIA kicking off in San Diego on October 7th, but Motorola’s own developer conference, MOTODEV, also starts the very same week. Add in the fact that the Tao just recently got clearance from the FCC and someone felt brave enough to go wild with some pics of the device, and we’d say this phone is ready to burst onto the scene.
UPDATE: We’ve heard without a doubt that The Street (more like Skid Row) is wrong and this handset won’t be introduced next week.