the fact that MS, LG and Sprint were supposed to big an announcement on Jan 6th....and there were huge expectations that it would be a Wimax-capable phone? If they don't announce one tomorrow, I'll be extremely disappointed. You can't tout 4G so much and not provide a product that will use it. the portable WI-FI is a step in the right direction but does not make the splash that a phone would.
I never said the overdrive was not significant, it's a good product that will address a niche market (such as the one you're mentioning).
It is not a game changer. Sorry to sober up those who think it is....but the stock will not go over $5 until Sprint puts out a 4G phone. I hope they don't wait too long to do it.
uhmmm....ok....all that nonsense and no point made.
I have a 3g/4g card that I take with me anywhere in the city and it does everything you've mentioned.
Why would I want an overdrive wireless router. To share the connection with my friends? to watch TV? yah, I don't think so....that only addresses a niche market.
Now if you show me a 4g phone, well that would incentivize me to buy it. Because I want content on my phone and I wanted fast....and I don't wanna carry an additional router with me wherever I go.
Anyways, thanks for referencing multiple articles that talk about the "potential" of 4g in several aspects.....all articles that I had already read...but your missing the point:
A wimax phone is what's going to make Sprint anew, not the overdrive....that addresses a niche market and most people who already have data cards won't need it.
You can kick, scream and posts all the messages you want, but that's a fact. You want a game changer? do you want Sprint to go to $6? Ask them to put out a badass wimax phone.
Read the last paragraph of this post...the number of "techno-geeks" jumped 72% betwen 2nd Qtr 2008 and 2nd Qtr 2009.
And it looks like Google and Apple are betting on the techno-geeks.
Per the post that follows...they're both "view the mobile market as a key to their continued success in the next decade."
They (Google and Apple) both just purchased companies that specialize in PLACING ADS ON MOBILE PHONES.
Re: The "mob" is coming...
6-Jan-10 06:28 am
Google, Apple spar in high-tech heavyweight battle.
By Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer , On Wednesday January 6, 2010, 12:08 am EST
"The growing use of high-powered phones for Web surfing has become a flash point in the brewing battle because both Google and Apple view the mobile market as a key to their continued success in the next decade."
"Meanwhile, Apple is taking a stab at Google's heart by expanding into advertising sales. Apple let it be known that it had bought a mobile advertising service, Quattro Wireless, just before Google held a news conference at its Mountain View headquarters to announce the Nexus One."
"The acquisition also serves as a counterpunch to Google's proposed $750 million acquisition of Quattro rival AdMob, a deal that may be tied up in a regulatory review for several more months."
"Google hopes AdMob can help it become as dominant selling ads for mobile phones as it has been in placing ads on Internet-connected computer screens during the past six years."
January 5, 2010, 9:21 am
Apple Buys Quattro, a Mobile Ad Company
"Quattro is involved in the young but quickly growing business of placing mobile ads on smartphone screens. Its clients include Ford, Procter & Gamble and Visa, and the ads range from full-blown applications to small brand ads on a group of Web sites that include those of Time, CBS Interactive and Gawker Media. Quattro places the ads on iPhones, Android devices and other smartphones."
"According to Nielsen, the number of smartphone subscribers in the United States jumped 72 percent to 26.1 million between the second quarter of 2008 and the same period in 2009."
You certainly missed the following thread...which at the time you started the current thread...WAS THE THREAD IMMEDIATELY BEFORE YOURS.
Wednesday January 6, 2010, 11:00 pm EST
"Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Sierra Wireless Can Bring Sprint's 4G Speeds to More Than 400 Million Wi-Fi-Enabled Devices"
"THERE'S NO NEED TO WAIT FOR 4G DEVICES TO ENJOY THE BENEFITS OF 4G:"
"Overdrive creates a connection between the Sprint 4G network and virtually all of the hundreds of millions of Wi-Fi-enabled electronics devices owned by or available to customers today."
“This device delivers the connected lifestyle to our customers in overdrive,” said Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO. “The fact that it connects up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices is especially meaningful because at 4G speeds, customers can download and upload more data—gigabytes, not megabytes—in a matter of seconds. The Overdrive on the 4G network is made for the multitude of bandwidth-hungry applications customers want to access wirelessly, like video streaming. 4G beats 3G for speed and for value.”
"Beginning on Jan. 10, customers will be able to purchase Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot exclusively from Sprint for $99.99 (excluding taxes) after a $50 mail-in-rebate with a two-year service agreement. Customers can purchase the device and sign up for 3G/4G plans at select Sprint retail stores and select Best Buy stores; available through business sales, Web (www.sprint.com) and Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) in coming weeks. Also beginning Jan. 10, Sprint will offer simplified 3G/4G data plans for consumers and businesses at $59.99 monthly (price plans exclude surcharges and taxes)."
Wow, now I'm really disappointed. I'm also stunned at the fact that you blind-following sprint coolAid drinking fools think this will have a bigger impact than a 4G phone...which is pretty ridiculous. 4G is not nationwide yet and even then, only technogeeks will carry a mobile wifi device around.
I'm guessing Sprint is not releasing a wimax phone, because the 4G coverage does not justify it. That's still a disappointment, but I'm sure it's on the way.
Are you serious? 4G wifi is the kick ass application. Not everyone has need of a 4g smartphone but everyone wants high speed internet access along with the ability to fire your local telco or cable company for broadband service.
Sprint is in the drivers seat. Sometimes people cant see the big picture because they are focused on a narrow pathway..