March 24, 2010

Big Day for CDMA: Sprint's First WiMax Phone & Verizon's SKYPE News

I'm generally not a big fan of the CDMA network because of its incompatibility with network outside of this country but two big news came out today suddenly changed the way I view these players.  The biggest news first: Sprint announced its first WiMAX smartphone powered by Android way ahead of others. In addition to the speediness of WiMax (for streaming media and all sorts of coolness), the actual device itself is super hot: Android 2.1, 4.3" screen, 8.1MP camera with FRONT-MOUNTED 1.3MP Camera (hello Skype Video via WiMax on the go!), WiFi, HDMI out and Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU.  I haven't felt this excited about a smartphone since the HTC Touch Pro and/or iPhone 3G.  This Android phone will kick some ass for  Sprint and I can't wait.

(Update: Wow, judging by Engadget's coverage and their user comments, I'm not the only one thinking this is a super-awesome phone, Sprint could have scored big this time around... question is, will this phone come out just before the whatever new iPhone is?)

Verizon on the other hand announced a partnership with Skype.  If I'm reading this article right, 9 devices spanning across different two mobile OS (Android, BlackBerry) will get Skype app and is going to be able to make VOIP calls over Verizon's 3G (EV-DO) network.  This is pretty bad-ass for you to make Handset-to-PC calls to stay connected with your international friends and family where ever you are in the U.S.  Your's truly once tried using Skype via Fring via Nokia N95-3 over ATT's 3G network at a local Starbucks and while I got it to work the result was choppy so I'm definitely interested in knowing how good this is going to be.

Kudos to both Sprint and Verizon on two excellent news that will sure improve their customer's total mobile experience!

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