4G battle is brewing in the U.S. and while there are currently two
competing technologies including WiMAX and LTE being used, most only
expect LTE to survive the battle. Everyone but Sprint and Clearwire
are backing LTE and Clearwire has cleared the way to move to LTE if
it desires.Despite the murky outlook for WiMAX, there are
several markets around the country where WiMAX from Sprint and
Clearwire is in use. One of the things missing from these areas so
far has been a mobile phone that could operate on the 4G network. So
far, only modems for computers have been offered.A screenshot
has leaked from The Shack (formerly Radio Shack) that shows
that pre-orders for the HTC EVO will start later this month. That is
not a firm date, but the screenshot seems real enough and the time
frame meets with rumors that have been circulating about the device.
The screen shot reportedly came from the internal employee computer
system at The Shack.The image also lists some
of the specs we already knew about the EVO. The device will
run the Android 2.1 OS, use a 4.3-inch TFT LCD screen with a
resolution of 480x800 and uses a 1GHz Snapdragon processor. The
handset also has 512MB of RAM, an 8-megapixel camera, and a
1.3-megapixel front facing camera for video conferencing. Bluetooth,
Wi-Fi, mobile HDTV, and HDMI output will be featured along with a
microSD card slot for storage.Phandroid reports
that tipsters have claimed that training on the EVO will start on May
24 and the handset has a June 6 launch date. Pricing is still
unknown, but one of the many rumors pegs the device at $199.99.
quote: My BlackBerry was bumped from around $100 at the start of my contract a year and a half ago to $135 now. I vowed never again to buy a BlackBerry and to quit Verizon after that crap.
quote: I say good luck trying to get tethering.