updated 01:50 pm EST, Wed January 12, 2011
Sprint and T-Mobile both plan separate events
Sprint today sent out invitations to a special event. Its event is due in New York City on February 7 and will have both CEO Dan Hesse and illusionist David Blaine on hand. The event will show an "industry first" and that the "impossible is possible," its invitation reads.
What would appear at either event isn't certain. Android devices are a strong possibility, but it already used CES to introduce the Evo Shift 4G and has historically waited until the CTIA spring expo, this year due in March, for any more significant releases. A possibility includes its first second-generation webOS devices, such as the Pixi 2 or the Topaz tablet. HP was rumored to be using WiMAX exclusively for 4G on the Topaz, although the claim has been called into doubt after HP didn't show its new slate in public at CES.
Despite AT&T's exclusivity with the iPhone having been broken by Verizon in a non-exclusive deal, an iPhone isn't considered likely. Sprint has been evasive and has only alluded to being in talks with Apple.
Update: The earlier article claimed that a T-Mobile event was in the works based on sources; we contacted T-Mobile and it said there were no special events planned in the near future.