That disappointment comes straight from the mouth of Sprint CEO Dan Hesse in this morning’s WSJ interview, who says that he “thought we would have more of a head start than we’ll end up having” in 4G. Evo is still the only 4G phone out there, but other carriers have their own WiMax and LTE blueprints nipping at Sprint’s heels.
While Hesse focuses on Evo shortages – blamed on manufacturer HTC, which in turn blames component providers like Samsung – the other big issue for Sprint is WiMax 4G availability. While they plan for the network to cover 120 million people by the end of the year, there are still tens of millions of potential customers who won’t benefit from 4G but still have to pay the $US10 “premium data” plan.
Most importantly, if you want an HTC Evo 4G – and by most accounts you should – you’re out of luck for the time being. At least Sprint knows it’s a problem; let’s just hope there’s a forthcoming solution as well. [WSJ]