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Friday, April 15, 2011

Leaked: HTC Mazaa For Sprint

Posted by Richard Chao in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 11:30 PM

"The code name for this guy is HTC Mazaa and it will run on Windows Phone 7."

XDA-Developers was leaked these images of a new Windows Phone 7 device reportedly headed to the Sprint network under the name Mazaa. The phone sports a 3.7 inch screen and may be a global phone with CDMA and GSM connectivity. Other hardware specs are still unknown at this time .

Friday, March 25, 2011

HTC Arrive on Sprint - Comprehensive Review by PhoneArena

Posted by Nelson Ocampo in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 11:00 AM

"Windows Phone 7 launched last fall, but without CDMA support a vast majority of users in the US have yet to be exposed to the complete overhaul of Windows Mobile. This drought has come to the end with the launch of the HTC Arrive for Sprint. Though this is the first CDMA Windows Phone 7 (WP7), it is middle of the pack in terms of features. That said, all WP7 devices are generously spec’d so the Arrive is hardly underpowered. Featured specs include a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, a crisp 480x800 3.6” display, 16GB of storage and a 5 megapixel camera with flash capable of recording 720p HD video. The HTC Arrive also comes with the latest version of WP7, allowing users to copy and paste. Included with the Arrive you’ll get a 1500mAh battery, microUSB cable and AC wall adapter."

PhoneArena does a great job at explaining the pros and cons of the HTC Arrive. The review is very positive overall, with compliments on the phone's build quality as well as the smooth and snappy operating system.In the beginning of the review, comparisons are made the the HTC Shift because they are similar looking devices from the same manufacturer. PhoneArena concludes that while the HTC Shift is a very solid device, the build quality of the HTC Arrive is superior. The Arrive also offers a screen capable of displaying 16 million colors as opposed to the Shift's 65 thousand.Check out the link for the detailed review. Will you be picking up an Arrive?

Monday, March 21, 2011

Sprint's Statement Regarding AT&T's Purchase of T-Mobile USA

Posted by Richard Chao in "Windows Phone News" @ 09:00 AM

"Sprint has officially voiced its opinion on the $39 billion AT&T acquisition of T-Mobile USA."

There were rumors last week that Sprint was in talks to acquire T-Mobile. That all ended yesterday with the announcement of AT&T's acquisition of T-Mobile USA.

Sprint was the runner up in the bidding so they naturally would be one of the first to give their thoughts into the matter and they definitely raise a genuine concern. With the acquisition, Verizon and the new AT&T would command 80% of the market. It was already hard for Sprint to compete in the environment prior to AT&T's new acquisition, with two carriers dominating 80% (and increasing) coupled with the nature of the cellular industry infrastructure, it does appear there will not be a chance Sprint or anyone else can compete effectively. From looking at their issued statement, it looks like Sprint will be appealing to the FCC to block the sale. It'll be interesting to see Verizon's take into this matter which I'm sure will be issued soon.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

AT&T Buys T-Mobile USA

Posted by Richard Chao in "Windows Phone News" @ 12:05 PM

"AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Deutsche Telekom AG (FWB: DTE) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which AT&T will acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom in a cash-and-stock transaction currently valued at approximately $39 billion. The agreement has been approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies."

Earlier in the week, there were rumors of merger talks between Sprint and T-Mobile making them a stronger competitor to AT&T and Verizon. It looks like the rumor stage is as far as that will ever go. Engadget has just reported AT&T has agreed to buy T-Mobile USA for $39 billion. Once the purchase is approved by government regulators and the transaction completed, AT&T will be the only cell provider that uses the GSM standard.

How does this make those of you who have HD7s or Venue Pros feel? Are you looking forward to or dreading the merger?

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Review: Sprint HTC Arrive

Posted by Danny Simmons in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 09:27 AM

"HTC often likes to highlight "firsts" in its marketing messages. While the days leading up to the launch of HTC's Arrive are noticeably devoid of any relevant advertising, Sprint and HTC could have easily kept the "first" theme alive had they chosen to raise awareness. The Arrive is Sprint's first device to run Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system. In fact, it's the first modern Windows Phone in the world compatible with a CDMA network. Finally, HTC's Arrive is also the first phone to launch with Microsoft's "NoDo" update for Windows Phone 7 - a prerequisite for CDMA compatibility. But do all these firsts add up to a first-class smartphone experience, or are Sprint customers better off waiting to see what's announced next week at CTIA before making any buying decisions?"

The wait for Windows Phone 7 is nearly over for all you Sprint users out there! Are you excited? Zach Epstein at BGR put together a pretty good review here. He goes into pretty good detail on the hardware, and talks about some of the changes in the 'Nodo' update. Some good, some less than good. But overall, he really likes this phone. Does he recommend that you get it? Well, I guess you'll just have to read his review...

I'm very excited to finally see CDMA devices for WP7, and we expect to see Verizon jump on board in the next few weeks. But I'm concerned that Sprint has chosen a physical keyboard for their only option. Most people love the onscreen keyboard in WP7 and are looking for smaller, slimmer devices. I can only hope that they quickly add other options to their line-up very soon. People like variety. I think that's been the biggest problem with T-Mobile's rollout. Just one option in the HD7. Kudos to AT&T for bringing in three different manufacturers with HTC, Samsung, and LG and a variety of form factors. This leaves me asking two questions. Is there a need for a physical keyboard anymore? If so, what do you primarily use it for? If not, does Sprint have another Windows Phone coming down the pipes? Tell us what you think.

Monday, March 14, 2011

$49.99 Nets You a HTC Arrive From Wirefly

Posted by Richard Chao in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 01:30 PM

"The company has started accepting pre-orders for the HTC Arrive for just $49.99"

It looks like Wirefly is the place to go if you want to pre-order a Sprint HTC Arrive. The Arrive is Sprint's first WP7 phone and is slated to be released on March 20th. It is a CDMA device so it will come with NoDo preinstalled. The Arrive is available as a pre-order from Wirefly for $49.99 (new accounts) and $149.99 (eligible upgrades).

Monday, March 7, 2011

HTC Arrive Ships March 20th with "NoDo" and Free "Cloud" Storage

Posted by Steven McPherson in "Windows Phone News" @ 09:03 PM

Looking for a great review of the HTC Arrive? Check out the video review above provided by our friends at WireFly. The HTC Arrive looks to be a really nice device. It looks a little thicker than I would like but that is largely due to the slider keyboard and screen tilt features that the phones provides which similar to the HTC Tilt and the Tilt 2.

Sprint has done a nice job with their hub integrating Sprint TV and Radio but the one pieces that I found really interesting about this device is that it will ship with the Microsoft "NoDo" update. The Arrive will be available on the Sprint network on March 20th.

According to the reviewer the phone will also come with 25GB of "Cloud" storage. As far as I can tell this is unique to the HTC Arrive on the Windows Phone 7 platform.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Sprint to Release First CDMA Windows Phone, HTC Arrive March 20th at $199

Posted by Danny Simmons in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 01:13 PM

"Sprint picks up the QWERTY tilt-o-matic this coming March 20th for $199.99 on a two-year contract after $100 mail-in rebate, featuring a 3.6-inch WVGA display, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 5 megapixel camera with flash and 720p video capture, 16GB of internal storage, and 802.11b/g/n WiFi."

If you are one of the millions of people that have been waiting for Windows Phone 7 to "arrive" on the Sprint network, wait no longer! The HTC Arrive will be here very soon. Sprint has finally given us an official launch date and price. Check it out here. Hopefully they will be adding several more devices in the near future to give a little variety to their Windows Phone offerings. But this is a great start. Ok Verizon, now it's your turn!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Wait for a CDMA WP7 Phone is Almost Over

Posted by Nelson Ocampo in "Windows Phone News" @ 08:00 PM

IT World is reporting that we will be seeing a WP7 handset announced by Sprint this week:

"The next Windows Phone 7 handset, and the first for CDMA networks, is widely expected to be available on Sprint's network on Thursday: the HTC 7 Pro, with a sliding horizontal keyboard and a tilting 3.6-inch touch screen."

And how did they come to this conclusion? Well, apparently Sprint left a pretty big clue:

"This week, Sprint has begun tweeting (@Sprint) about the new phone. 'What do you think the next new Sprint phone will be? Find out Thursday!' A second tweet asked, 'If you could design a brand new phone, what would it have? Ours will have a hub for gaming, music, pictures and video.'"

Hmmm... hubs for gaming, music, pictures, and video? That sure sounds like a Windows Phone to IT World. It sounds like Windows Phone to me also.

However, a recent tweet today from Sprint adds a bit of mystery.

@sprint "Our upcoming phone puts your contacts, from email to Twitter in one place. How many of yours would overlap? #comebackfeb24"

Since Twitter integration is mentioned, does this still sound like Windows Phone to you? Twitter integration was brought up during the keynote at Mobile World Congress, but it isn't expected to be in the upcoming NoDo update.

What does this all mean? Will Twitter integration be part of NoDo?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Sprint Ups Data Rates by $10/Months on New Smartphone Plans

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 10:15 AM

"Ruh roh Shaggy, get ready to fork over an extra $10/month to Sprint to cover the wireless service provider's "Premium Data add-on charge to activations of smartphones." But don't worry, the additional funds coming out of your pocket is how Sprint shows it's "committed to providing its customers a great wireless experience now and in the future." Does that help ease the sting?"

This is going the wrong way - if carriers want more customers to get on board with ARPU-boosting data plans, they've got to get cheaper, not more expensive. Unless of course, due to spectrum constraints and an inability to actually cope with the data usage happening today, carriers like Sprint don't particularly want hordes of new customers signing up. I find that hard to believe - data service plans are one of the few areas of new growth for wireless carriers based on what I read.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Quick Look At Sprint's Upcoming WP7 Phone

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 06:30 PM

"At an executive dinner during CES in Las Vegas, while Sprint CEO Dan Hesse was talking up the company's upcoming 4G devices, I managed to snap a few pictures of the first Windows Phone 7 device coming to the carrier within the next few months. Hesse was coy about the exact timing, but did hint that we could expect the 3G-enabled smartphone to be available soon."

Philip Berne over at Phone Scoop managed to snap a few pictures of an as-yet unreleased Sprint Windows Phone 7 phone. Berne reports the phone is manufactured by HTC, which you can definitely believe when looking at some of his photos. It has a slide out keyboard, for those people who like the option of a physical keyboard. Complete specs are unavailable at this time, but if this is a carrier that you'd like to use and a nice new Windows Phone 7 phone is on your short list you will find the pictures of interest.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Verizon and Sprint Onboard With WP7 By June

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Mobile Operators" @ 09:30 PM

"Verizon Wireless and Sprint will start selling Windows Phone 7s by the end of June...In his keynote Wednesday night, Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said the software would be ready for Verizon and Sprint. Today, I spoke with Aaron Woodman, director of the mobile communications business atr Microsoft, who said devices would be ready on both networks by June 30."

Unhappy with AT&T and T-Mobile? On another network but hankering for Windows Phone 7? You'll have to wait awhile, but news from CES 2011 indicates that Microsoft is working with Sprint and Verizon to get WP7 handsets by the end of the 2nd quarter of 2011. There's nothing yet beyond this bare news, like pricing plans or subsidies, and it's a little longer than expected, but having some official confirmation on the timing is nice - time to save up the pennies!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Verizon Will Not Offer Windows Phone 7 Handsets at Launch...Nor Will Any CDMA Carrier

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 11:30 AM

"Verizon Wireless, the largest U.S. mobile-phone carrier, won't sell handsets with Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Phone 7 operating system when it debuts this year, a blow to the software maker's efforts to reach a broad market."

Oh snap! It looks like earlier reports were on target: Verizon will not be launching a Windows Phone 7 device when the new platform has its big day. Initially I thought this was happening because Microsoft royally screwed their relationship with Verizon with the debacle that was KIN, but it's looking like the real reason is that the CDMA version of Windows Phone 7 just isn't done yet. Sorry all you Verizon/Sprint customers in the US, and Telus/Bell customers in Canada. Does this change your plans for your next phone? Were you a CDMA customer hoping to get a Windows Phone 7 device?

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Microsoft Announces New Mobile Operating System for Enterprise Customers

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Motorola Windows Phones" @ 09:00 PM,281...24ynCeMYg88qAzQ

"Microsoft will soon release a new mobile OS for embedded and enterprise devices based on Windows Mobile 6.5, to be followed by an enterprise-focused version of Windows Phone 7 in 2011, Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said by video at the launch of a new Motorola enterprise smartphone on Thursday."

Wow...this came out of nowhere! Last year there were rumblings about there being two versions of Windows Phone 7 - one consumer-focused, one enterprise-focused - but it never materialized when Microsoft officially announced Windows Phone 7. Now it seems we know why: the enterprise version based on Windows Phone 7 won't be ready until the second half of 2011. Instead, within the next six months, Microsoft will release Windows Embedded Handheld, which is based on Windows Mobile 6.5. Read more...

Friday, March 19, 2010

Sprint Touch Pro 2 6.5 Upgrade Now Available

Posted by Jon Westfall in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 02:00 PM

Feeling like getting all crazy this weekend with Windows Mobile 6.5 on your Sprint Touch Pro 2? Then make a backup and have at it - the downloads are now available!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Seize the Day With the Samsung Intrepid from Sprint

Posted by Doug Raeburn in "Samsung Windows Phones" @ 07:30 AM

Product Category: PDA Phone
Manufacturer: Samsung
Where to Buy: Sprint
Price: $449.99 USD; $149.99 with a new or upgrade 2 year contract
Specifications: From the Samsung site


  • Great keyboard;
  • Design provides a good balance of features for business and pleasure;
  • Auto focus feature on camera.


  • Windows Mobile 6.5 provides limited touch friendly control;
  • Stylus is very hard to remove;
  • Slow auto focus.

Summary: Windows Mobile 6.5 has hit the marketplace in a big way and phones featuring it are widely available from all of the major US providers. Among its offerings, Sprint features the Samsung Intrepid, a Windows Mobile phone in the classic BlackBerry-style form factor. The Intrepid distinguishes itself in that it's based on Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional, which adds a touch screen featured on only a small handful of devices of this style currently available from US carriers and not offered on BlackBerrys. So let's see if the combination of touchscreen and QWERTY keyboard puts the Intrepid at or near the top of the "must have" list. Read more...

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Sprint Says Touch Pro 2 6.5 Update By End of Q1

Posted by Jon Westfall in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 09:00 AM

"Windows Mobile 6.5 fever: catch it! AT&T had the good fortune of releasing the Tilt2 late enough to get 6.5 out of the gate, but the other guys have been falling in line ever since: first Verizon, then T-Mobile, and now Sprint's getting in on the action. The bad news is that they're only committing to a vague "by the end of first quarter, 2010" window at this point"

Ah the dysfunctional Windows Mobile update model. Microsoft releases the update, and providers screw around with it for months first deciding if they should release it (or hold back hoping people will buy newer models), then tote the official party line of "we must make sure it works well on our network" (Hint: It always does, this just gives them a stall line for another 4-6 months). Then they must decide what sort of crap to put in the ROM that you'll never actually use (That takes 1-2 more months I'm guessing). Finally they have the update ready, but usually decide to hold off another 1-2 months just for fun (Looking squarely at you T-mobile...). Finally around 10 months after Microsoft releases the version, it may show up on some handsets owned by the devoted masses, but most likely won't as they've already moved on. Seriously guys - this is messed up!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Sprint Announces Samsung Intrepid

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 04:30 AM

" SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 6, 2009-- Sprint (NYSE: S) and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the number one mobile phone provider in the United States1, today announced the upcoming arrival of Samsung IntrepidTM smartphone, a dynamic Windows® phone that lets the customer be productive on-the-go using America's most dependable 3G network (EV-DO Rev. A)2 domestically and through international roaming when traveling worldwide. Samsung Intrepid features Windows Mobile® 6.5 Professional, and improves on previous Samsung Windows phones with a user experience that offers a customizable Today screen to display the features the user accesses most often and shows important information like new emails, text messages, missed calls and calendar appointments. It also has a richer Internet browsing experience and new personalization options including a diverse selection of designer themes and the ability to create an original look for your phone with the built-in theme creator."

Another new device that will thankfully ship with 6.5. Wondering why their is no picture? Well for that gem you'll have to head over to the press release and click on the "Picture Gallery" link near the bottom. Whereas one would expect to see what the Samsung Intrepid looks like, instead one gets low and high res Samsung and Sprint logos. Classy - just want I want to see, a logo I already see everywhere else! Here's a hint though - the device looks quite a bit like a Blackjack from pictures purporting to be it on the web. Which makes it interesting as above it lists as a "professional" (e.g., touchscreen) device!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Sprint's Touch Pro 2 to have 3.5mm Jack

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 08:30 AM

"We already knew the CDMA HTC Touch Pro2 headed to Telus and Verizon had been upgraded with a 3.5mm headphone jack, so it's not a huge surprise that the Sprint version has one too"

I haven't used a 3.5mm jack in years, and so I haven't missed one for the last 3 years that HTC has shunned them. However here is more proof that they are on their way back. Now if we can just keep everything constant for 10 years - Mini-usb, 3.5mm jack, and microSD card, I'd be happy.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Phone Arena Reviews the Palm Treo Pro (CDMA)

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Articles" @ 08:55 PM

"We still like what we get in the Treo Pro, but at the same time can't help but look forward to the Pre. We're not quite sure where it fits in Sprint's lineup, given that HTC offers two devices that not only offer more features, but are better designed. Still, the Pro has a good design and will probably find its way into more than a few business suits."

Phone Arena has published a review of Sprint's Palm Treo Pro, which swaps GSM for CDMA. A few niggles aside, impressions are positive; however, with so many new, exciting, and more powerful devices on the horizon, this may be one device to avoid.

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