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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  • http://Website Mike

    Did they say what version of the OS was running on the phone they tested? What versions was the app written for?

  • http://Website disposed

    My first thought is yay for cox, my second thought is boo for kyocera.

  • Andrudes

    I’ve only had experience with one model from Kyocera, but it was not good. I’m thrilled to see Android being selected for implementation on low-dough (or free) handsets, I just hope Kyocera doesn’t give Android a black eye.

    • http://Website David

      I had the Kyocera 7135 PalmOS phone for almost 5 years before it started dying. It was a great phone. I really wish they hadn’t dumped Palm. I also wish someone would come out with a clamshell Android phone. It’s so much more convenient and you don’t have to deal with buying cases or worry about scratching the screen.

      Anyway – I’m really wanting to know more about the Cox wireless, but no one seems to have any info – including the guys at the local (Irvine – which is supposed to be one of the first test markets) Cox solutions store.

  • http://Website AndroidFan

    This might be a chance for Kyocera to reenter the smartphone space. Hopefully they dont **** up on the performance and user experience.

  • http://Website DroidUser

    Great news for Cox.. I doubt that this phone is LTE, since Cox is just planning to deploy their own 3G network in addition to the their Sprint MVNO.

  • http://Website Mark

    Cox is going to be using Kyocera cell phones. The phones are decades behind the iphone, HTC, and LG and designed by what looks to be third graders. Cox has no chance to grow as a leader in the wireless industry with phones that are used as throw away pay as you go like boost mobile uses.

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  • http://Website o boy

    my mom works for cox and she is up there with the head people she says it will be the first 4g for phones it so my thought is it might come out before sprints 4g phones

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