In the United States, it is always big news when the iPhone appears on carriers. There was a huge announcement by Verizon when they got their hands on Apple’s smart phone earlier this year. Swirling around with all the iPhone 5 rumors, we have heard talk that Apple will be offering it’s killer device to yet another American carrier this fall.
It looks like that is probably the case. The Wall Street Journal, which isn’t known for being wrong about Apple products, is reporting that Sprint will get Apple’s next iPhone at the same time that it launches on AT&T and Verizon. This will bring the world’s best selling smartphone to America’s third largest cellular carrier.
This is big news for data users, however. While AT&T and Verizon offer the ability to keep your unlimited plan when you upgrade, you cannot regain it if you lose it. Sprint, on the other hand, still offers unlimited data for a new and existing customers. This is also true unlimited data, unlike the plans offered by T-Mobile which become throttled after a certain amount of data use.
In their article, the Wall Street Journal also said that Sprint would begin selling the iPhone 5 in mid-October. This lines up with the rumored launch date I have previously reported. This also means that these potential sales will not contribute to fourth quarter profits for any carrier, as that ends in September.
Interestingly enough, Virgin Mobile, which operates under the Sprint umbrella in the States, has been working on restructuring it plans. The new plans will feature data throttling, and are set to launch in October. The obvious conclusion would be that Sprint will try to bring the iPhone to prepaid customers in the US for the first time.
It was only in the first 3 months of 2011, that the different variants of the Galaxy S in the U.S got the Android 2.2 Froyo update. Galaxy S owners in Europe got a taste of Froyo way back in October, and tasted Gingerbread recently!
Up until now it was unclear whether Samsung will update the Galaxy S series of handsets in the U.S. to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, because of the huge Froyo update controversy.
Now, it looks like Samsung indeed intends to release the Gingerbread update for the at least one Galaxy S branded handset the Sprint’s Epic 4G.
The folks over at ACS forums are reporting that an Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Epic 4G has leaked on the Internet. The ROM has already been rooted and de-odexed and is available for Epic 4G owners to download and test. Notable features of the ROM include working Netflix app, working FM radio, and Google Talk with video works as well!
I hope Samsung will sort out the bugs and issues and release the official Gingerbread update for the Epic 4G soon. Hopefully, other Galaxy S branded handsets in the U.S. will also get the Gingerbread update.
Sprint and Kyocera today announced the entry-level Sanyo Vero phone. This handset is ideal for those, who are seeking a phone that is intuitive and easy to use, specially the youngsters. It has some user-friendly features like a huge keypad, a vibrant 2.4 inch QVGA display, strong battery life and a large-font option for easy reading.
“So much attention being paid to the growing market for smartphones, but there remains a robust demand for an extremely affordable handset like Vero that looks good and does a fantastic job with the basics like calls and messaging. Vero’s combination of features and value make itideally suited to seniors, kids and anyone who wants a dependable, affordable communication tool,” said Yasuhiro Oishi, vice president of sales and marketing at Kyocera Communications Inc.
Sanyo Vero features a 1.92 inch QVGA TFT display with 240 x 320 pixels resolution, 1.3 megapixel camera with digital zoom, 2.5 mm headset jack, SMS Threaded text messaging, Stereo Bluetooth, 36 built-in ring tones as well as polyphonic ring tones, Easy-to-use keypad, large number fonts, Speakerphone with dedicated access key, Parental Controls, up to 5.2 hours of continuous talk time and 840 mAH lithium ion battery
This handset is available only in Graphite color and it comes with a price tag of $9.99 with a new two-year contract, after a $50 mail-in rebate. This handset will be available for purchase from next month.
Sprint recently unveiled the Sanyo Innuendo feature phone manufactured by Kyocera. This handset has a sleek design and the external dial pad glows through the phone’s luxurious mirrored finish and then disappears when not in use. It opens like a book and reveals its unique side flip QWERTY keyboard, under the number pad.
Sanyo Innuendo comes with an 1.3 inch OLED external display, 2.8 inch WQVGA internal display with 400 x 240 pixels resolution, Side flip QWERTY keyboard, 3.2 megapixel camera with full-screen video playback.
Other features include a MP3 player, MicroSD card slot, 32GB expandable memory, 1GB card included, GPS Navigation, Integrated stereo Bluetooth wireless technology and up to 4.5 hours of talk time.
This handset supports push email from most online and IMAP/POP3 accounts. You can get this handset with a new contract for just $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate.
Sprint and Samsung have officially announced the availability of Samsung Intercept, a phone which runs on Android 2.1 and has a full QWERTY keyboard, large touch-screen display and a premium social networking experience.
Samsung Intercept has a 3.2 inch display, 3.2 MP camera which supports video and a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Samsung Intercept also packs in several social networking apps and includes one touch picture posting to top social sites like Twitter and Facebook.
Samsung Intercept operates on the Sprint 3G network and also supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The phone also has a integrated GPS navigation and accelerometer. The phone comes with a MicroSD card which can be expanded up to 32 GB. Sprint Wireless is the official carrier for Samsung Intercept and will start selling the device from July 11, 2010 at a retail price of $99.99 (excluding taxes). More info and details about pricing and data plans can be found in the official Sprint press release here.
(Image Credit: Engadget)
Here is some good news and bad news for Sprint customers. HTC EVO 4G is set to receive and Android 2.2 Froyo update in near future. However, the bad news is that HTC Hero and Samsung Moment will not be getting a Froyo update, from Sprint at-least.
Also any future devices which are launched with Android 2.1 will receive an Android 2.2 update too. So if you are a HTC Hero or Samsung Moment user, you can kiss goodbye to Flash 10.1 and other goodies packed in Froyo, unless of course you root your phone and install the Froyo ROM yourself.
The announcement to this effect was made by a Sprint employee on their community blog. It reads as such (emphasis added):
Sprint expects to launch Android 2.2 in near future
As work on finalizing the software is under way, Sprint expects to launch Android 2.2 in the near future.
Sorry for any confusion created when we initially made this announcement. HTC EVO 4G will receive the 2.2 update, Samsung Moment and HTC Hero will not. Future devices launching with 2.1 also will be updated to 2.2
With the Android 2.2 upgrade, customers can expect improvements to include the following benefits: updates to user interface, improved EAS Support, improved browser performance, including Flash 10x Support, voice dialing over Bluetooth and application storage on external memory.
So that’s about it then, Sprint has officially kicked out HTC Hero and Samsung Moment users out of their update radar. What do you think about this announcement.
The first 4G phone HTC EVO 4G just went on sale in Sprint Stores across the United States. HTC EVO 4G currently runs Android 2.1 and is expected to get an Android 2.2 Froyo update in near future.
HTC EVO 4G is available at Sprint stores and online for $199 with a 2-year contract, the phone in itself is a monster and performs really well, however, there have been reports that Sprint’s network and software are a sore point with the phone.
You can try overcoming some of the problems by rooting the HTC EVO to run Android 2.2 Froyo, however, the network might still be an issue there.
After a lot of speculations and rumors, the Android 2.1 Eclair update is now finally available for Sprint customer using HTC Hero. This update, which was originally slated to be released in April has finally made its way out in May.
Quite sometime back, we had reported about Sprint releasing an Android 2.1 update for Hero in April, however, that turned out to be false and had irked many Hero users who were stuck with an old Android OS.
However, that is a thing of the past now as HTC Hero customers can download the official update from Sprint. HTC Hero users can download the update by visiting this official Sprint firmware page.
The new update carries a software update version 2.27.651.5 and a Android 2.1 "Eclair" firmware ROM. The release also carries enhancements to the Sense User Interface and enhanced corporate email support (exchange).
The update may wipe out your current data, so it is highly advisable to backup your device before carrying out the upgrade, and finally, hope the wait was worth your while. Enjoy the best Android OS yet on your device right away.
Fed up with your 3G connection? Yes, just like you several others are too, which is why the next generation of network namely 4G is the most anticipated in the mobile circles. If you are in North America, the wait for using the 4G network just inched closer with Sprint announcing the first 4G phone in America, produced by HTC, and named HTC EVO 4G.
Sprint released a press release today, where they announced the availability of the first 4G phone in America, HTC EVO 4G with features including mobile video chat, simultaneous voice and data calls and HD video capture.
"HTC EVO 4G is a fantastic 3G device, but when you use it in our growing 4G coverage area, it becomes a multimedia powerhouse," said Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO. "The EVO 4G experience is much like going from TV to HDTV. But EVO has more than just an impressive list of features – it is also fun to use with remarkable gaming, video and web-browsing capabilities."
HTC EVO 4G runs on Android 2.1 and boasts a range of features which are bound to draw eyeballs including:
- Simultaneous voice and data capability in 4G and Wi-Fi coverage areas, enabling Web surfing and more while the conversation continues.
- Offering a new way to search with pictures instead of words, Google Goggles(TM) works with everything from books, DVDs and barcodes to landmarks, logos, artwork and wine labels.
- Superfast 1GHz Qualcomm(R) Snapdragon(TM) processor, ensuring a smooth and quick movement within phone menus.
- Two cameras – an 8.0 megapixel auto-focus camera with HD-capable video camcorder and a forward-facing 1.3 megapixel camera.
- Built-in mobile hotspot functionality allowing up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices to share the 3G or 4G experience on the go with a laptop, camera, music player, game unit, video player, or any other Wi-Fi enabled device.
- Integrated HD video capture with the ability to capture and share live video via the Qik Web site, Facebook, YouTube or Twitter(TM).
- Ability to easily watch video with the device on an HDTV via an HDMI cable (sold separately).
- Custom Web browser optimized for the 4.3 inch display and Sprint 4G speeds to deliver a full, no-compromise Internet experience.
- A handy kickstand built into the back, making it easy to watch videos on-the-go.
- Adobe Flash technology ensures that rich Internet content, such as embedded video and animation, are displayed the way they are meant to be seen.
- Pinch-to-zoom and automatic text reflowing provide easy Web page views.
HTC EVO 4G will be available in all Sprint retail channels, including Sprint.com and national retail partners, RadioShack, Best Buy and Wal-Mart. Sprint will price the award-winning device at $199.99 with a two-year service agreement and after a $100 mail-in rebate (taxes excluded) with a new line activation or eligible upgrade. Pre-registration is available now at www.sprint.com/evo.
Looks like Sprint and Verizon users have been pushed to the wall with Android 2.1 updates for the Motorola Droid on Verizon, and the HTC Hero and HTC Moment on Sprint being delayed over and over again.
Earlier we had some rumors which suggested that the Android 2.1 update for HTC Hero and Moment was coming on March 26th. A user also shared a voice message left by a Sprint rep which said that March 26th was the date.
Alas, it looks like the Android 2.1 update is not coming today, and is instead going to be released on April 9th according to a leaked document that the Phandroid blog got their hands on.
Please take this with a pinch of salt as Sprint does not look to be too keen on releasing a much awaited updated on one of the best Android based phones they are selling. We’ll keep you updated on further progress in the coming weeks. For the bravehearts who can’t wait till April 9th, there is a cooked up HTC Hero Android 2.1 ROM available right now.