Sprint issues mysterious, magical invite for Feb. 7

Sprint promises another industry "first", some speculate about first 4G iphone

The one-upmanship between carriers will continue Feb. 7, as Sprint has issued an invitation to a press event in New York City featuring magician David Blaine and "yet another industry first" from Sprint.

Word of Sprint’s event at the Edison Ballroom comes just a day after Verizon finally officially announced plans to offer an the iPhone 4 on its network.  Sprint, whose event will be hosted by CEO Dan Hesse, is inviting reporters to "See what Sprint has up its sleeve."

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There’s some thinking that Sprint too could get in on the iPhone game since Verizon and Apple did not make an exclusive deal for the iPhone to work only on Verizon’s CDMA network. 

Though Chris Burns of the Android Community blog wrote that "Chances are it WONT be an iPhone unless Sprint has some magical way to integrate 4G connectiveness without changing the iPhone hardware (that was the holdback for Verizon yesterday), it’ll be more than likely some other kind of wackiness." Others think the announcement probably is related to Google Android

Sprint made plenty of noise in the spring about making available the first 4G phone, the HTC EVO 4G. Sprint last week introduced a new version of the EVO 4G called the EVO Shift 4G.

That fact that Sprint refers to Blaine as both a magician and "world record holder" might also play into the carrier's marketing scheme.

Sprint was recently busy at CES 2011 in Las Vegas, where among other things it announced with Research in Motion that they will deliver a WiMax version of the PlayBook tablet computer this summer. 

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