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CTIA 2011 guessing game: What to expect from T-Mobile and Verizon [OPINION]

March 18, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka

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CTIA 2011 kicks off in Orlando, Florida next week. Like many tech conferences in recent years, the Google Android operating system should be the focal point as thousands of app developers, cellular networks, and manufacturers crowd the Orange County Convention Center.

There may not be much noise coming from T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless for different reasons. While Sprint has to have a big showing to make up for its absence at CES 2011, and AT&T looks to bounce back from a PR flub, the remaining two major American networks are just tying up loose ends.

Verizon has already spent most of the year announcing its upcoming products and banging the 4G drums. Meanwhile, T-Mobile has been dealing with its own problems and trying to play catch-up. Here’s how T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless will treat CTIA 2011.

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T-Mobile USA needs to do something big. There’s no massive press conference like Sprint is throwing, but a T-Mobile Android phone will be announced. We’ve already heard that The LG Optimus 2X is coming to T-Mobile as the G2X. The rumor floating since early February has been that T-Mo will launch the HTC Pyramid, a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon phone with a 4.3-inch qHD display and HSPA+ support. All of you people waiting on an “EVO for T-Mobile”? That’s not going to happen, but how about a next generation EVO for T-Mobile? That sounds like a welcome compromise.

We could also see an announcement on the tablet front. The G-Slate is T-Mobile’s Honeycomb tablet (aka Optimus Pad) but we don’t know when it’s coming out. T-Mo might narrow the release window on that device. I don’t expect many news items from T-Mobile, but I feel confident in saying that T-Mobile loyalists will be rewarded with a great new phone.

Verizon Wireless is never short on big news. The hype surrounding the Thunderbolt and Motorola Xoom proves as much. Verizon at CTIA might not ignite as much hysteria; however, don’t be silly enough to think nothing new will come from them next week.

There’s a strong possibility that Verizon will announce a sequel to the HTC Droid Incredible called – you guessed it – the Droid Incredible 2. HTC announced the Incredible S last month, so it stands to logic that Verizon would bring this phone to its network. That’s a 4-inch screen, 1 GHZ processor, 768 MB of RAM, 8 Meg…you know what, it’s a good phone and you should already know that.

Keep in mind that Verizon has done so much this year that it wouldn’t surprise me if they actually do something even bigger, like announcing the Samsung Galaxy S II, at CTIA 2011. I’m scheduled to attend a few Verizon events and will be sure to grab as much hands-on time as I can.