Fed up with your 3G connection? Yes, just like you several others are too, which is why the next generation of network namely 4G is the most anticipated in the mobile circles. If you are in North America, the wait for using the 4G network just inched closer with Sprint announcing the first 4G phone in America, produced by HTC, and named HTC EVO 4G.
Sprint released a press release today, where they announced the availability of the first 4G phone in America, HTC EVO 4G with features including mobile video chat, simultaneous voice and data calls and HD video capture.
"HTC EVO 4G is a fantastic 3G device, but when you use it in our growing 4G coverage area, it becomes a multimedia powerhouse," said Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO. "The EVO 4G experience is much like going from TV to HDTV. But EVO has more than just an impressive list of features – it is also fun to use with remarkable gaming, video and web-browsing capabilities."
HTC EVO 4G runs on Android 2.1 and boasts a range of features which are bound to draw eyeballs including:
- Simultaneous voice and data capability in 4G and Wi-Fi coverage areas, enabling Web surfing and more while the conversation continues.
- Offering a new way to search with pictures instead of words, Google Goggles(TM) works with everything from books, DVDs and barcodes to landmarks, logos, artwork and wine labels.
- Superfast 1GHz Qualcomm(R) Snapdragon(TM) processor, ensuring a smooth and quick movement within phone menus.
- Two cameras – an 8.0 megapixel auto-focus camera with HD-capable video camcorder and a forward-facing 1.3 megapixel camera.
- Built-in mobile hotspot functionality allowing up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices to share the 3G or 4G experience on the go with a laptop, camera, music player, game unit, video player, or any other Wi-Fi enabled device.
- Integrated HD video capture with the ability to capture and share live video via the Qik Web site, Facebook, YouTube or Twitter(TM).
- Ability to easily watch video with the device on an HDTV via an HDMI cable (sold separately).
- Custom Web browser optimized for the 4.3 inch display and Sprint 4G speeds to deliver a full, no-compromise Internet experience.
- A handy kickstand built into the back, making it easy to watch videos on-the-go.
- Adobe Flash technology ensures that rich Internet content, such as embedded video and animation, are displayed the way they are meant to be seen.
- Pinch-to-zoom and automatic text reflowing provide easy Web page views.
HTC EVO 4G will be available in all Sprint retail channels, including Sprint.com and national retail partners, RadioShack, Best Buy and Wal-Mart. Sprint will price the award-winning device at $199.99 with a two-year service agreement and after a $100 mail-in rebate (taxes excluded) with a new line activation or eligible upgrade. Pre-registration is available now at www.sprint.com/evo.
HTC Supersonic an Android based phone has reportedly made its way into the Sprint inventory. The inventory lists the phone as HTC A9292 WiMax, which is also known as HTC Supersonic.
The phone was spotted by an AC forum member while checking the Sprint inventory. WiMax based phones will supposedly run on the Spring 4G network, so does this mean that HTC Supersonic will make its debut soon considering that Sprint is busy promoting their 4G network with introduction of new phones?
HTC Supersonic might have a 4.3 inch touchscreen display and will run on Android 2.1 and will run on HTC sense.
We will keep an eye on this phone, in the meantime you can check the original Sprint inventory image here.
Some recent tests on the Verizon Wireless 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network have clocked some amazing download speeds, easily surpassing the current 3G networks.
According to a press release from Verizon, they have been testing the 4G LTE network in Boston and Seattle since August 2009 and have seen peak download speeds of 40 to 50 megabits per second with upload speeds ranging between 20 to 25 Mbps.
The tests included data calls, VoIP calls, streaming videos and file uploads and downloads along with regular web browsing. This is definitely good news since such speeds have rarely been see on mobile networks and it would definitely make mobile web browsing and downloads better than what they are right now.
For example, you could easily download and watch a 650 MB movie over the air in 10 minutes or lesser, which would currently take you around 30 minutes or more.
Verizon Wireless plans to make the 4G LTE network available in 25 to 30 US markets by the end of 2010.
Even before the 3G service has been deployed in India, India is now getting ready to welcome the fourth-generation (4G) service. The early preparation might help in introducing the service in next four years at least (Work on 3G started way back in 2003). The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Wednesday sought industry views on advanced 4G mobile systems, as it prepares a consultation paper on the new technology, that it said would be 10 times faster than 3G.
It is necessary that our country should be prepared to introduce 4G services at the earliest,” the TRAI said. Countries like Sweden are already enjoying the 4G service. he TRAI said it would deliberate on issues such as pricing of spectrum and licensing in its consultation paper. There were talks that Indian operators might skip 3G altogether, but now that looks highly unlikely as we have seen that operators upgrading their network for 3G.
Do you think 4G might arrive earlier than 3G, considering there won’t be any problem with the spectrum allocation?
We yet haven’t heard about the next 3G auction date. As a matter of fact, in a public poll many voters suggested that the government should drop the 3G auction and concentrate on bringing in the 4G technology in India, so by the next 2-3 years we could actually use 4G connection and we could cope up with the latest technology. And to think of it, by that time I am sure everyone would also be flaunting a 4G mobile device with them.
While we talk about 3G and 4G, Airtel has launched an interesting GPRS plan for prepaid customers. With a recharge of 98 INR you will now be able to get 2GB free data usage plan and with multiple recharge you can extend the limit in multiples of 2. To counter attack BSNL launched five new plans with an unlimited download plan. The coming week, I expect Vodafone, Aircel and others to join the flame. It’s always better to have options.
As if caller tune was enough irritating on wireless connections, Airtel wants to cash on its 2.9 million fixed line connections with similar service. Airtel has launched a new service called Family Namewhere you can set your Family Name as caller tune for Rs.15 one time download and Rs.30 monthly subscription. Thousands of standard’ family names are available and more would be added soon.
Last week, we saw some astonishing figures and statics. Indian operators collectively signing up 19.1 million new subscribers for wireless services in December 2009. This is the highest figure so far for new subscribers in a month. India’s mobile subscriber base now touches 525.15 million. So by March 10 we could definitely cross the predicted 529 million subscribers. With this we have achieved the overall tele-density of 47.89. Take a look at the Net addition of wireless connection in the month of December 2010 in percentage.
Apart from that, we saw the launch of three new handsets last week. RIM introduced Blackberry BOLD 9700 in the Indian market with the price tag of 31,990 INR. It will be available on Airtel, Aircel, BSNL, Idea Cellular, Loop Mobile, MTNL, Reliance, Tata and Vodafone. Acer introduced it’s first Android based phone: Acer Liquid. This touch screen handset is priced at 24,990 INR. Nokia, launched Nokia 5233 a cheaper version of it touch screen Nokia 5230, just without 3G. Nokia 5233 will be available for 7500 INR which is almost 1000 INR cheaper than Nokia 5230.
That’s all for this week. See you Next week and Enjoy the weekend.