Friday, May 7, 2010

Clearwire Reportedly to Unveil 4G Phone

4G Wireless Evolution

Voice is coming to 4G.

According to at least one report, Clearwire is expected to launch a device called the HTC EVO 4G soon.

The report labels the device “America’s first 4G-enabled phone,” and indicates Samsung (News - Alert) will be providing the wireless service provider with a similar device, which will be tagged with the Clearwire brand.

If this is true, it would of course mark the first time voice is provided over a 4G network, as the first iteration of 4G services – whether based on WiMAX orLTE ( News - Alert) technologies – are data only.

However, it’s unclear whether the phone will actually use the 4G network for voice traffic. Clearwire could potentially leverage the existing cellular network of its partner/investorSprint ( News - Alert) for the voice service.

Clearwire didn’t have anything about the phone news on its website this morning, and the company’s public relations person, Susan Johnston, was not available to comment on the matter when TMCnet call her this morning.