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Additionally, Verizon previewed the carrier's first global-ready BlackBerry smartphone from Research In Motion. Called the BlackBerry Curve 9370, the new 3G quad-band handset -- which is set for a Jan. 19 launch -- integrates support for the GSM, GPRS and EDGE voice and data services available in more than 200 countries.
Also on hand in Las Vegas this week, Sprint unveiled the first three super-fast devices destined for deployment on the carrier's coming 4G LTE network beginning in the first half of 2012: the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and LG Viper smartphones as well as a tri-band mobile hotspot from Sierra Wireless.
"These products combine with our unlimited data pricing plans to give Sprint customers a powerful wireless experience," said Steve Elfman, Sprint's president of network, wholesale and product development division.
T-Mobile Doubles 4G Speeds
Though T-Mobile USA has no LTE deployment plans of its own, the carrier told CES attendees that it is continuing to expand its existing high-speed network. Among other things, the company has already doubled the speed of its high speed packet access plus (HSPA+) service in a dozen additional U.S. metropolitan markets.
Moreover, T-Mobile announced its coming launch of Samsung's Galaxy S Blaze, which features Qualcomm's 1.5GHz, dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor and is also compatible with the boosted speeds of the carrier's HSPA+ network. Additionally, the Lumia 710 -- Nokia's first smartphone to run with Microsoft 's new Metro-style Windows Phone 7 mobile platform -- officially launched on Wednesday.
"We are here, in fighting shape, and we will compete aggressively to win and retain customers by delivering compelling 4G services -- all at a great value," said T-Mobile CEO Philipp Humm.