Wi-Fi Coming to Sprint, Verizon Phones to Compete With Rival AT&T

July 11, 2009

(ChattahBox)— With AT&T, expanding its Wi-Fi network for its popular phones having Wi-Fi capability, rival telecom carriers Sprint and Verizon, have announced that all future phones from the two carriers will come equipped with Wi-Fi.

As consumers are increasingly demanding Wi-Fi capability on their CDMA smart phones, Sprint and Verizon finally had to give in to consumer’s wishes or risk losing market share in the competitive cell phone market.

AT&T already has more than 20,000 domestic Wi-Fi hotspots to support its wireless network.

Sprint will now offer Wi-Fi in most future handsets and Verizon will offer Wi-Fi in all future devices starting next week.

Consumers loudly voiced their disapproval last year, when Verizon launched its touchscreen BlackBerry Storm without Wi-Fi capability. Sprint’s new BlackBerry Tour currently doesn’t offer wireless features, but the company plans to update the Tour next year to include Wi-Fi.

Sprint may find itself updating its Blackberry Tour sooner than it plans, if the new device experiences lackluster sales.



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