Sprint finally announces its first Windows Phone 8 phones from HTC and Samsung coming this summer

Sprint has finally jumped into the Windows Phone 8 bandwagon today with the announcement two unnamed Windows Phone 8 handsets (one from HTC and one from Samsung) coming the yellow carrier this summer. This may sound a bit vague given that summer is still 5+ months away but don’t be surprised if these two handsets are “updated” version of the 8X and ATIV S. Mobile Word Congress is probably when we are going to learn more of the hardware so I’ll just leave you with the press release in hopes that this whole endeavor fares better than the poor fate of the HTC Arrive..

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HTC EVO 3D hardware specifications

HTC has just officially announced and unveiled their highest end and most powerful product ever: the HTC EVO 3D. The only handset comparable to it is the LG Optimus 3D which has essentially the same features but is differentiated by the chipset and SoC used to power the device. Contrary to the Optimus 3D which uses a TI OMAP4 4430 the HTC EVO 3D is using Qualcomm’s latest dual-core Cortex A8 SoC the MSM8660 and its Adreno 220 GPU which I showed you in action here. It has a similar 4.3inch qHD 960×540 glasses free 3D display (parallax barrier) has 2 5Mpix cameras on the back for shooting 720P 3D video, a 1.3Mpix front facing cam and HDMI out via the micron USB connector for 1080P (2D) and 720P (3D). In terms of hardware this device is a real beast. The device will be running Android 2.3 Gingerbread at first with the latest version of HTC Sense on top.

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Get the Sprint HTC Arrive for $49.99 now

The HTC Arrive is now finally no longer on pre-order and finally available for only $49.99 on a 2year contract. It obviously doesn’t support WiMAx but if you are on Sprint and really want a Windows Phone 7 device (full review of the OS here) then this one’s for you. It also feature the best hardware keyboard I have ever seen on a mobile handset to date (it’s a shame though that WP7′s current landscape support isn’t better).

HTC EVO 3D & HTC EVO View specifications partially leaked

CTIA is shaping up to be big for Sprint who is apparently scheduled to unveiled its new line up of WiMax enabled Android devices on March 22. The first one is going to be the HTC EVO 3D which seems to be the CDMA/WiMAX version of the long rumored HTC Pyramid. The EVO 3D will be powered by an MSM8660 SoC and its Adreno 220 GPU which you can see in action in my MWC video here. It will also pack 1GB of RAM, 4GB of ROM and and glasses free auto-stereoscopic 4.3 qHD 960 x 450 3D display , similar to the one found on the LG Optimus 3D which I showed you here. It will also have a 1730Mha battery, 1080P hdmi output for regular 2D content and 720P 3D output, a 5mpix camera & 1.3 Mpix front facing one.

As I said before; Windows Phone 7 doesn’t necessarily need more powerful hardware right now but when you look at the specifications above (and most other high-end Android devices to be released soon) and factor in the fact that Microsoft is being sluggish with the OS updates I personally  think that most people are not going to buy an WP7 handset in the coming months. Now if Microsoft was more reactive then things would be different but only 2 updates a year? That’s not going to cut it.

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Sprint HTC Arrive now available for pre-order

Sprin’t HTC Arrive, which is the first CDMA Windows Phone 7 device is now officially available for pre-order at Amazon for $149.99 with a 2 years contract. The HTC Arrive is essentially the CDMA version of the HTC 7 Pro currently available in Europe and has one of the best hardware keyboard on a mobile device. The only issue being that Windows phone 7 doesn’t have really good landscape support right now.

Sprint HTC Arrive aka HTC 7 Pro announced. Launching March 20th for $199.99

The first CDMA Windows Phone 7 handset finally has a release date. Sprint has just announced the HTC Arrive which is be essentially the CDMA version of the HTC 7 Pro already released in some European countries. The Arrive will be available on March 20th for $199 after mail-in rebate on a 2 year contract. Head over here if you want to compared the full hardware specifications of the device compared to all the other Windows Phone 7 handsets. Full press release after the break.

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Sprint HTC 7 Pro aka HTC Arrive to be announced tomorrow

Sprint’s branded version of the HTC 7 Pro is apparently confirmed to be named the HTC Arrive based on the fact that if you type www.sprint.com/arrive you are redirected to a coming soon page and not a generic 404 error. The HTC Arrive name already popped up late last month in a UPSTO filing so it is now fairly safe to think that this is what we can expect to see unveiled tomorrow.

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Sprint HTC 7 Pro to be announced on February 24th

Sprint has apparently outed the upcoming February 24th announcement date of the HTC 7 Pro via its official twitter account just a few hours ago by mistake and then erased all trace of it. The device which has already been released in some European countries is the second Windows Phone 7 device to feature an horizontal sliding hardware keyboard and from what I saw last week at MWC this is shaping up to be the best keyboard ever on the landscape device.

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CDMA Windows Phone 7 phones coming out in March?


As you have probably already heard, Microsoft has outlined its Windows Phone 7 update roadmap today during MWC and announced that the forthcoming NoDo update, now scheduled to be pushed out in early March, will also include support for CDMA handset. It is now safe to assume that Verizon and Sprint will finally release their Windows Phone handsets in the weeks following the update’s release.

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HTC Arrive Windows Phone 7 handset coming to Sprint ?

HTC has registered the HTC Arrive product name in the US last week and according to Engadget’s tipster this is a Windows Phone 7 handset headed to Sprint this year. So there you have it folks. There’s nothing much else to say here other than wonder if this is a brand new unannounced product or just a re-naming of the HTC 7 Pro which has just been released in Europe and has yet to be seen in America where it was first unveiled and supposed to launch.

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Windows Phone 7 hitting Sprint and Verizon before June 30

CDMA users who wish to get a Windows Phone 7 handset won’t really be happy about this news, but according to Microsoft’s Aaron Woodman the first CDMA Windows Phone 7 handsets will be ready on Sprint and Verizon by June 30. When exactly? Well, “by” is the keyword here I guess so it could be a lot earlier than that given that we have already seen Verizon branded applications in the Marketplace. So let’s just wait until MWC for more concrete info. As a matter of fact the CDMA version of the HTC 7 Trophy has just recently passed the FCC certification.

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Sprint opening HTC 7 Pro pre-orders to Microsoft employees on November 8th

Looks like you are out of luck if you are a regular Joe mooking for a Windows Phone 7 phone these days. After the disastrous October 21 launch, the PDC freebies and 86000 devices hand-out to Microsoft employees last week it seems apparent that you have to work for Microsoft if you want to get your hands-on a WP7 device lately.  Today’s news is that Sprint is supposedly only going to allow Microsoft employees to pre-order the HTC 7 Pro on November 8th according to the latest rumors. Nice…

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Zune Desktop software updated with Windows Phone 7 support and Marketplace up and running

Microsoft has just updated the Zune desktop software to version 4.7. This new version finally includes Windows Phone 7 support and and has a fully functional marketplace up and running. The Marketplace currently only features 77 applications (we have already seen the majority of them) that are obviously the ones that have been made available in the past couple of weeks to beta test the infrastructure. Twin Blades is in there, Rocket Riot too and a couple of other games and utilities. Just hit the software update button in the setting menu to download and install the software.

Verizon isn’t really excited about Windows Phone 7

We already knew that Verizon (and Sprint) wasn’t going to sell any Windows Phone 7 device before 2011 because Microsoft’s focus on GSM networks and seems like things aren’t really looking good according to Verizon’s new president and chief operating officer, Lowell McAdam. McAdam thinks that  there are only three major Mobile operating systems in the US: BlackBerry, Android and iPhone’s iOS:

What about Microsoft Windows Mobile 7 phones? Microsoft is launching new Windows Mobile 7 phones next week on AT&T’s network. Will Verizon offer some new Windows Mobile 7 devices on the LTE network?
McAdam: I can’t really say which phones we’ll offer yet. We like our relationship with Microsoft. But clearly in the U.S. there are three major mobile operating systems: RIM, Google, and Apple.

So you don’t view Microsoft as a major player in mobile anymore?
McAdam: No not at the moment. Microsoft is not at the forefront of our mind.

Does this have anything to do with the short-lived Microsoft Kin? That was kind of a mess. (Editor’s note: The Kin was a “social media” phone that was only on the market for less than two months earlier this year before Microsoft pulled it and halted development in lieu of Windows Mobile 7. It was offered exclusively on Verizon Wireless.)
McAdam: This really goes back to what I said earlier about how innovation in wireless devices and applications is moving so quickly. Our device suppliers have to demonstrate to us that they will be developing leading edge products. And if they are not leading edge, then we can’t afford to carry them in our stores. But if they are innovative, we’ll offer them.

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No Windows Phone 7 handsets on Sprint this year either

Microsoft has decied to be up front and clear about the Windows Phone 7′s CDMA support after Verizon announced a few hours ago that they won’t be selling any Windows Phone 7 handsets before 2011. According to Microsoft’s Greg Sullivan the company decide to concentrate on GSM carriers (they are the majority in the world) and put CDMA carriers (Sprint and Verizon) on the side:

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Verizon won’t sell Windows Phone 7 handsets before 2011

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to you if you have been following the Windows Phone 7  and Kin lately but it is definitealy nice to finally have the official word on the subject. Verizon has announced today that they won’t sell any Windows Phone 7 handset this year (but plan on doing so in 2011). I don’t see this a a really big deal given that the other three major carries are on track to launch their WP7 devices this Fall. Sprint has also confirmed to Bloomberg that they are on board update: Sprint won’t sell WP7 devices in 2010 either. AT&T is officially the premier Windows Phone 7 carrier in the US with over 6 handsets planned to hit the streets before the end of the year and we know that T-Mobile has the HTC Schubert / Mozart scheduled to launch on November 17th (and maybe something called the HTC HD7). Verizon has already its hands full with a vast portfolio of Android device and launching one or two WP7 phone this fall wouldn’t have made a big difference anyway.

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Samsung Epic 4G user manual available for download

The hotly anticipated Samsung Epic 4G is about to hit retail in a few days (August 31th) and as it’s frequently the case the device’s user manual is already up on Samsung’s servers. You can grab it right now if you are planning to get the device next week and be familiar with the product. I just took a quick glance at the pdf and can already tell you that it doesn’t deffer much from the other Galaxy S user manuals.

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Sim Unlock your Samsung Galaxy S in less than five minutes without rooting it

The Samsung Galaxy S is shaping up to be one of the best smartphone released this year and things are getting even better. For those who don’t know yet, several mobile operators in Europe are actually selling their own branded versions of the Galaxy S totally sim-unlocked. I don’t really know how this happened or if this is still the case but the first batch of phones shipped in France for example didn’t get locked before hitting retail. But if you are in the possession of a sim-locked handset (especially in the US with the Vibrant, Captivate, Fascinate and Epic 4G) you can now easily unlocked your device in less than five minutes for free and without even rooting it. Thanks to dagentooboy over at XDA-Devs here are the instructions:

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Samsung Epic 4G Review round-up

The usual suspects have posted the first round of Sprint’s Samsung Epic 4G reviews today. All three of them (Engdaget, Gizmodo, and Slashgear) have found the Epic 4G to be the best Android handset currently on the market and definitely a step up from the HTC EVO 4G available on the same carrier. One has to keep in the mind that the Epic is basically just a Samsung Galaxy S with a sliding keyboard and WiMax radio so one can concluded that Samsung keyboard-less offering (the Glaxy S,  Vibrant, Captivate, Fascinate) are also really top notch products. I’m currently using a Galaxy S and can confirm that Samsung has done an awesome job this time around and the 720P capturing mode is really good IMO (I’ll talk about it once I post my HTC Wildfire review really soon).

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