Sprint and LG’s phone division have invited journalists to an event at the CES tradeshow next month, where the two will apparently announce a smartphone running Microsoft’s Windows Mobile OS that can connect to WiMAX networks.
This isn’t directly spelled out in the invitation, but it does say the event will be “showcasing Sprint’s 4G leadership.” Unlike all of its competitors, this carrier is using WiMAX as its 4G standard.
In addition, Steve Ballmer, the CEO of Microsoft, will be speaking at this event.
All these facts, in combination, point strongly to the announcement of an LG phone running Windows Mobile with support for Sprint’s WiMAX network.
This device, if real, won’t be coming out of left field. Early this fall, Sprint promised to launch its first phone with WiMAX in 2010.
This carrier went on to say that this will be a tri-mode device: CDMA, EV-DO, and WiMAX. With all three of these networking technologies, it will be able to make phone calls over Sprint’s voice network and use this carrier’s 3G service, as well as the WiMAX service offered by Clearwire, which will soon become a Sprint subsidiary.
At this point, no additional details are available on LG’s upcoming model.
The official unveiling of this device is scheduled for January 6.