Will HTC be the first to launch a WiMAX-enabled mobile phone?

Summary:Fellow Mobile Tech Roundup podcast co-host Kevin Tofel went to the Sprint/XOHM WiMAX launch event in Baltimore this week and wrote up his thoughts. The event was focused mainly on the devices that support the WiMAX network that was launched the week before and as a mobile guy I was most interested in the Nokia N810. The N810 is the only mobile device I have heard of that supports WiMAX, until today when I read about the rumored HTC T8290.

Will HTC be the first to launch a WiMAX-enabled mobile phone?
Fellow Mobile Tech Roundup podcast co-host Kevin Tofel went to the Sprint/XOHM WiMAX launch event in Baltimore this week and wrote up his thoughts. The event was focused mainly on the devices that support the WiMAX network that was launched the week before and as a mobile guy I was most interested in the Nokia N810. The N810 is the only mobile device I have heard of that supports WiMAX, until today when I read about the rumored HTC T8290.

Apparently, HTC will be adding a WiMAX radio to a phone (I was wondering if phones would add this radio) and to make the experience even better for browsing the rumored specs show it as having a 3.8 inch 800x480 WVGA display, GSM radio, WiMAX radio, 802.11b/g radio, and Bluetooth radio. That is a whole lot of radios and antennas to fit into a mobile device and it will be interesting to see if it actually gets released. I would expect HTC to be the one to do it if any manufacturer would as they have devices that target people across the entire spectrum of mobile usage.

Check out the NEDGE2K.com site for images of this rumored device.

Topics: HTC, Mobility, Networking, Wi-Fi

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Matthew Miller started using a mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host with GigaOM's Kevin Tofel on the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned over 200 d... Full Bio

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