ABI Research forecasts that the carrier will ship almost 3 million 4G handsets for its WiMAX network by the end of 2010.” “That number is greater than many observers expected.”
If this prediction proves accurate, it means that the only two WiMAX smartphones available –the HTC EVO 4G, and the Samsung Epic 4G– are selling like crazy.
Based upon Sprint’s total postpaid CDMA subscriber base at the end of the third quarter, ABI’s prediction means that 12% of Sprint subscribers will be using one of those two phones.
This’s noteworthy for a couple of reasons. Firstly, they’ve only been available for a limited time: EVO 4G has been available for purchase since June, and Epic 4G only went on sale a little less than two months ago.
Secondly, they’re only available in ZIP codes where Sprint offers its 4G service, and U.S.’ most densely populated cities will only contribute to the growth for a short period of time before the year ends. In its Q3 report, Sprint said its WiMAX network would cover an area including 120 million people.