For those of you who don't have the time to comb through all the news releases coming from CTIA Wireless in New Orleans, here's a very too short to report summary of all that happened at the event so far. When we have full stories on products, we will link to them.
Announced or demoed were the:
- Pantech Verse.
- Samsung Focus 2
- Verizon HomeFusion Broadband.
- HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE.
- HTC EVO Design 4G (Boost Mobile).
- Virgins' HTC EVO V 4G.
- Sprint Guardian service.
- Kyocera Rise.
- Kyocera Hydro.
- T-Mobile iPhone compatibility.
- HTC One V.
- Samsung Galaxy S III.
In the afternoon Keynote presentation, the CEOs of the four major carriers took to the stage to discuss the industry. Present were Sprint's Dan Hesse, AT&T's Ralph De La Vega, T-Mobile's Philip Humm and Verizon's Dan Mead.
Dan Mead recapped what Verizon Wireless has been doing for the last few months including 4G LTE and its plans to sell off the 700MHZ spectrum.
Dan Hesse called LTE "Lots to Explain" and illustrated 4G LTE confusion and innovation. He noted that fiction dominates over fact on research. Safety security and privacy are vital. He noted the high theft rate of smarpthones and how data is stolen. He advoacted new policies for privacy and opt-in or out features for customers' trust.
Dan Humm noted that T-Mobile needs more spectrum and the iPhone.
Ralph de la Vega talked about the digital lifestyle. What's the next big thing? (We substituted the carrier for the CEO's name.
- VZW: 4G LTE.
- Sprint: Privacy, safety and security.
- TMO: Evolution from access provider to value-added.
- AT&T: The smartphone to replace the wallet.
They jousted over network speeds, service, the iPhone and overages and then they were done.