CTIA Fall 2008 started off with a bang yesterday with a slew of handset and service announcements, and is sure to be our busiest day at the show. Even prior to the show start, Research In Motion had announced the newand in all Nokia phones with the S60 operating system.
Once morning broke on September 10, Sprint had let loose a series of handset announcements, many of which make up a bulk of its upcoming fall lineup. Theis the quintessential music phone (complete with slide-out stereo speaker), the is the basic messaging phone, while the is poised to be the fashionista handset with a full QWERTY for messaging, as well as external controls for its music player. All three of these phones will have Sprint also released the for IDEN-lovers out there. Of course, the smartphone that a lot of people will be looking at is the business-focused , also available from Sprint this year.
In other smartphone news, RIM followed up its BlackBerry Pearl Flip announcement with the, which is a BlackBerry with push-to-talk functionality. Sony Ericsson will also finally launch the Xperia X1 soon, but only in the U.K., Germany, and Sweden. Last but not least, with an announcement that it is shipping its first-ever smartphone into the market.
Virgin Mobile also finally made known its plans of incorporating Helio into its fold with the new. As a part of this, they also announced the , which is the prepaid carrier's first-ever 3G handset. It has many of the high-end features of Helio handsets, but at a low price and without a contract.
Other news of the day include, , the supposed , to its voice services, , and .
For a full rundown of the announcements, photo galleries, videos, and more, check out our CTIA Fall 2008 page