CTIA News -- Tuesday

The big news Tuesday at CTIA was Sprint’s event at which CEO Dan Hesse and HTC CEO Peter Chou announced the HTC Evo 4G.This is the US’s first 4G smartphone.It’s an Android 2.1 device with a very large, vivid 4.3 inch display, an 8.0 megapixel camera, an additional 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, and other typical features of cutting-edge smartphones such as Qualcomm’s 1 GHz Snapdragon processor/platform.Its Wi-Fi can also act as a bridge to allow up to 8 Wi-Fi devices to connect to the Evo 4G and use it as a broadband modem, a feature also previously introduced by the Palm Pre Plus.

Even without WiMAX, this is a great smartphone – probably one of the best if not the best on the market today. Having WiMAX makes it that much more cutting edge.It was inevitable that smartphones with WiMAX would hit the market, but what’s special about this announcement is the timing of availability.Last year, it was widely assumed that a 2010 WiMAX smartphone would likely hit the market at the very end of 2010, but this phone is in fact expected to be available this summer.This will be a key device that is highly likely to not only stem defections from Sprint, but also cause subscribers to other mobile operators to consider switching to Sprint.