CTIA Spring 2011: Hot Smartphones Galore!

If you're in the market for a phone this spring, you're going to have quite a hard time making a decision. Remember all those cool phones we saw at CES back in January and last month at Mobile World Congress? And do you recall that virtually none of them had pricing or availability attached to them? Well, CTIA Spring is when all this information is released. You'll also see a lot of familiar phones launched overseas get rebranded for US carriers. Here's what to expect from the Big Four carriers.


Besides the HTC Thunderbolt, was one of Big Red's hottest phones at CES. The , and we are still waiting to hear more on the Bionic. I have a feeling we might find out when this dual-core beast is coming to Verizon as well as more information about the other 4G phones we saw, like the LG Revolution and that "Samsung LTE Phone" (which is rumored to actually have a name now, "Stealth").

We should also be finding out more information about when the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is coming to the carrier. The Xperia Play debuted at Mobile World Congress, but made its here in San Francisco. I'm curious whether the other Xperia phones from Mobile World Congress are headed toward our shores and whether they too will go to Verizon or to AT&T. Sony Ericsson and AT&T have had a tight relationship in the past (every subsidized Xperia phone has gone to AT&T).

Last but not least, there's the rumored which is rumored to sport a 4-inch Super LCD display, a 1GHz processor and have a front-facing video camera. But the best rumor about this phone is that it supposedly will have at launch. Finally! With all the 2.2 phones coming out, a Gingerbread phone seems almost mythical.