Kansas City, Kan. - Sprint is gearing up for the launch of its 4G LTE network in 10 markets before the middle of this year with the announcement that the LG Viper 4G LTE will be available sometime later this month through all carrier channels.
The Viper, said to be eco-friendly, is among three LTE-equipped devices that Sprint announced at International CES, including the Galaxy Nexus Android phone and Sierra Wireless Tri-Mode mobile hot spot. Sprint, however, has not announced pricing or availability of these two LTE devices.
The two planned LTE phones feature 4G LTE but not 4G mobile WiMAX. The Sierra Wireless hot spot, on the other hand, combines WiMAX, LTE and 3G CDMA EV-DO Rev. A.
The first six markets to get LTE service in midyear will be Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and San Antonio. Sprint has said it will expand 4G LTE service to 250 million people by the end of 2013.
Sprint also announced that new and existing subscribers can preorder the Viper beginning Thursday, April 12, at
The LG Viper features Android 2.3, a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, mobile hot spot capability, 4GB MicroSD card, a MicroSD slot that supports up to 32GB cards, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with flash, VGA front-facing camera for video chats, Near Field Communication (NFC), compatibility with the Google Wallet NFC application, and a 4-inch touchscreen with Corning Gorilla Glass.
With a purchase, consumers will get 50GB of free Cloud storage and sharing directly from LG. The 50GB of free storage is exclusive to LG devices until July 22.