Mar 05 AT 12:07 PM Taylor Wimberly 10 Comments

Rumor: Cox Wireless to launch Kyocera 4G LTE Android phone

Cox Wireless is coming soon. We normally don’t cover Cox, but I received a hot tip this morning that is Android related.

The nation’s third largest cable company is testing an Android phone from Kyocera for its upcoming LTE wireless network. The company currently piggybacks their wireless service on Sprint’s 3G CDMA/EVDO network, but they previously purchased half a billion worth of AWS spectrum for LTE. In fact, Cox just completed LTE trials in Phoenix and San Diego where they reached peak speeds in the 25 Mbps range.

Cox plans to launch its network in March (CTIA?), and will continue to partner with Sprint for roaming coverage.

Kyocera announced they would have Android phones in 2010, but details have been scarce. The handset maker normally works with smaller US operators like Virgin Mobile, MetroPCS and Cricket. New information claims Cox has chosen the Japanese company to produce a dual-mode CDMA/LTE device.

“Worked on a quick short-term sub-sub-sub contract where I wrote an app for Android, to be run at a trade show. The hardware I installed on was a Kyocera, but even more interesting was the Cox logo on it. The logos were taped over but quite legible from the bumps nonetheless. There were also some Cox apps included; I think one was either for watching TV or controlling DVR? Not entirely sure. The screen was WVGA800, very nice and sharp, though the hardware wasn’t the fastest. Unfortunately I didn’t have a chance to photograph or examine it too closely since I only had about an hour to load and debug.”Anonymous Tipster

Cox Wireless will launch 3G service in three test markets including:

  • Hampton Roads, Virginia
  • Omaha, Nebraska
  • Orange County, California

Cox said it hopes to expand quickly, and plans to open retail stores to sell its services.

P.S. On the topic of cable companies, Time Warner is also piggybacking service on the Clear/Sprint 4G WiMax network and I’ve heard a couple of handset rumors floating around.

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