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Sprint announced the upcoming availability of Windows Phone 8 smartphones today for their nationwide network. Sprint will initially have two handsets – one each from Samsung and HTC.

Sprint introduced its all-new 4G LTE network in July 2012 and now offers service in 49 markets. Sprint has announced nearly 150 markets that will see an official LTE launch in the coming months.

Both the Samsung and HTC smartphones will offer Sprint 3G and 4G LTE along with dual cameras, dual-core processors and support for expandable external memory.

Additional device details, including pricing, were not available.

The Samsung ATIV Odyssey Windows Phone might be a good bet. Samsung’s ATIV Odyssey uses the Qualcomm 8960, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor with lots of spectrum flexibility. It will run on Sprint’s FD-LTE system on the PCS band. It features a 4-inch display with WVGA 480×800 resolution.

The HTC 8X features a 4.3-inch 720p display, 16GB of NAND on-board (no microSD card slot), and an 8MP f/2.0 rear facing camera with a 28mm lens. The HTC 8X currently does not list support for 2.6 GHz.

Will Sprint’s new phones also support TD-LTE at 2.6 GHz?

Sprint is preparing to launch new phones in the second half of 2013 that support LTE technology in all of the company’s major frequency bands, according to Sprint Product Marketing Director, Trevor A. Van Norman.

The company had previously hinted at dual-band phones, but now plans to skip straight to tri-band, to fully support all of the company’s planned LTE deployments. In addition to Sprint’s current LTE band near 1900 MHz (band 25), the phones will also support LTE near 800 MHz (band 27) and 2.6 MHz (also known as band 41).

Sprint plans to use the Clear TD-LTE network to augment its LTE coverage and capacity. Android phones that support 2.6 GHz TD-LTE are likely to be coming from Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola, Huawai, ZTE, Pantech and others. Many of these phones may also support T-Mobile’s LTE-A in the AWS band. Currently, T-Mobile says the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Note II will work on their LTE network.

Most of the phones and devices that support TD-LTE in the 2.6 GHz band are likely to be announced next month at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Currently, LTE phones from AT&T and Verizon don’t allow any LTE roaming.

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