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Sprint Requires WiFi on All New Smartphones

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We’ve long felt that Wi-Fi is a must for smartphones, and while some of you disagree, Sprint’s on board.
Fierce Wireless is reporting that the carrier will require WiFi in their “PDA equipment,” which sounds like smartphones to me.

Sprint is introducing RIM’s BlackBerry Tour this weekend, and like Verizon’s edition, it isn’t equipped with WiFi. That will change next year as Sprint is reportedly planning a version of the Tour that includes a Wi-Fi radio.

Some dissenters in the past felt that their 3G radio is more than enough signal. Not to harp on a hot topic again today, but it’s in areas where carriers have those pesky bandwidth caps that WiFi can be a huge lifesaver. Aside from gaining faster throughput, you’re not hitting your data cap when using a WiFi network for voice, data, or media.

Verizon hasn’t yet made the commitment to include WiFi on every handset, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see them to follow suit at some point. This may be another one of those U.S. challenges, so if any readers outside of our country can share the WiFi handset landscape with us, please do.

[Source: jkontherun.com]

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Daniel Black is the President and CEO of MobiMadness, Inc. Over the last 4 decades Dan has been an IT Director, Project Manager, Firefighter, EMT, and Army Staff Sergeant (retired).

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