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Samsung Galaxy S III Pre-Order and Release Date Announced By Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and U.S Cellular

Earlier today, Samsung announced that its latest and greatest flagship, the Galaxy S III will be hitting the five major operators in the United States sometime in June.Fast forward a few hours later, nearly all the major operators have announced their on-contract pricing and release date of the handset. While Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile will start accepting pre-orders for the handset as early as June 6th, U.S cellular will start the pre-order for the handset on June 12th.

The on-contract pricing of the Galaxy S III — $199 for 16GB variant and $249.99 for the 32GB variant on a two year contract – remains the same across all the three major operators – Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile. While Sprint and T-Mobile will start shipping the handset on June 21st, Verizon is yet to announce a proper release date of the handset. U.S Cellular did not announce anything about the pricing or the release date of the handset. The press release states that the carrier will do so when the pre-order for the handset begins. The handset will support the LTE network of all the carriers, including U.S Cellular’s nascent LTE network.

This is the first time that Samsung has managed to launch the Galaxy S III in the United States simultaneously on five different carriers, and most importantly with no design modifications. The original Galaxy S had nearly 5 different variants, while the Galaxy S II had nearly 4 when it was launched in the United States. This time, except for a change in SoC and a bump in the RAM to 2GB, the European variant and the U.S variant of the Galaxy S III are similar to each other.

It is just a matter of time before the AT&T’s PR team wakes up, and sends a press release announcing the release of Galaxy S III on their network.

Sprint Rolls Out A Software Update To Fix Galaxy Nexus No Mobile Data Bug

Late last week, we reported that owners of the newly released Sprint Galaxy Nexus were facing mobile data connectivity issues with the handset. While calls and SMS work just fine, the handset would just refuse to connect to Sprint’s 3G network. One Sprint representative confirmed the bug and stated that Sprint will try to release the update by early next week.

Thankfully, Sprint has managed to stick to its word and has started rolling out the FD02 software update for the Galaxy Nexus, which fixes the mobile data not connecting bug along with several other minor bugs. Below is the small change-log of the update -:

Enhancements/Fixes:

  • Device not connecting to data services after activation
  • Device not displaying correct network time after activation
  • Google Wallet Update
Sprint aims at completing the roll-out of the software update in the next 1-2 days. Owners of Sprint’s Galaxy Nexus need to make sure that they are connected to a Wi-Fi network so that their handset can download the update. Hopefully, this update will fix the mobile data issues of Sprint’s Galaxy Nexus owners. Oh! and if you are wondering about the Android 4.0.4 update for the Sprint’s GNexus, then the handset runs on it right out of the box.

Sprint’s Galaxy Nexus Having 3G Connectivity Issue; Fix On The Way

Back at CES, Sprint announced that it would soon be selling the Galaxy Nexus officially in the United States, and will be the second carrier after Verizon to do so. After a few months of complete silence, Sprint finally released the handset on April 18th for $199 along with a $50 credit in Google Wallet. The Galaxy Nexus sold pretty well, and was sold out within hours of its pre-order going live.

However, not all is rosy among Sprint’s Galaxy Nexus owners. Reports sugest that the Sprint’s version of the Galaxy Nexus is also suffering from network reception issue. The phone, apparently, has a very hard time connecting to the carrier’s 3G network.

The good news is that a Sprint’s community moderator has already confirmed that Sprint and Samsung are aware of the problem, and are working hard on rolling out a software update sometime next week. Below is the official statement -:

Sprint/Samsung are aware of this problem and will be releasing a software update to resolve the issue. Can’t commit to a date yet, but they are trying really hard to get it released early next week. Sorry for your troubles.

So yeah, if you own a Sprint’s Galaxy Nexus and are not able to connect to the carrier’s 3G network, just be a little patient for the software update to be available.

Sprint’s Galaxy Nexus Coming On April 22nd For $199

Back at CES in January 2012, Sprint sent out a press release announcing that it will soon be releasing the Galaxy Nexus under its network in the United States. However, the carrier did not announce the launch date or price of the handset.

Fast forward to three months later, and Sprint has today officially announced the release date and price of the Galaxy Nexus. The Sprint’s variant of the Galaxy Nexus will hit the carrier on 22nd April and will cost $199.99 on a two-year contract. For the unknown, the latest Nexus handset from Google packs in a 1.2GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor from OMAP, a PowerVR SGX540 GPU clocked at 308MHz, a gig of RAM, and a beautiful Super AMOLED HD screen with 720p (1280*720) resolution. Other specs include a mediocre 5MP camera with Instant capture feature, 1080p video recording, NFC, and the usual bunch of connectivity features, and obviously the highlight of Galaxy Nexus, the latest version of Android – Ice Cream Sandwich.

Unlike Verizon’s variant of the Galaxy Nexus, Sprint’s version of the Galaxy Nexus will also support the big G’s Google Wallet service. In fact, readers who buy and activate the Galaxy Nexus by 22nd May will get $50 of free credit in Google Wallet. The pre-orders for the handset begin from today itself.

Sprint’s EVO One X Leaks In Pictures; Comes With a Kickstand!

Back at MWC, HTC re-invented itself and tried to regain its lost marketshare by announcing the HTC One series. The One series from HTC consists of three handsets, the One X, One S and the One V. All the three phones cater to the different needs, budgets and sizes of people, but have three things in common – an amazing camera, authentic sound with Beats Audio and an awesome build quality.

The One X and the One V have already hit the retail stores of quite a few major markets in various regions of the world. The early reviews of the One X also suggest that the phone is a very decent handset, with a stellar SLCD2 screen that runs circles around the HD Super AMOLED screen on the Galaxy Nexus, and that is saying something!

Nevertheless, like the previous two flagships from HTC, it looks like Sprint is all set to launch its EVO version of the One X. While the final name of the handset is still not known, the folks over at Droid-Life managed to spend sometime with the handset and they came impressed with it. The EVO One from Sprint will sport similar specs as the European version of the One X, except that it will come with a LTE radio to support Sprint’s upcoming LTE network. The EVO One is going to the first phone from HTC to support’s Sprint’s upcoming LTE network. Like the EVO 4G, the EVO One will also sport a kick-stand at its back, and will come with red accents to give the handset a sporty look.

For more pictures, readers can head over to an.droid-life.

Sprint Kyocera Echo Gets A Software Update

Last year, Kyocera launched the amazing Kyocera Echo smartphone. This handset is exclusively available for the Sprint customers in the US. The Kyocera Echo is the world’s first dual-touchscreen smartphone. It comes with a dual 3.5-inch LCD WVGA with 800 x 480 pixels resolution, 4.7 inches diagonally with 800 x 960 pixels resolution when opened, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor and more.

The Kyocera Echo was originally launched with the Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System. However, Sprint later rolled out the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) update for this device. Now, Sprint is rolling out a new software update for this amazing smartphone. Before you get too excited, let me tell you that it is not the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update. The latest update comes with security update as well as other enhancements and fixes. Check out the complete changelog below.

kyocera echo

Changelog:

  • MMS audio cuts off after 8 seconds
  • Changes to roaming guard display
  • Activation of Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS)
  • Security update

This update will be available via Over-The-Air (OTA). To check the update manually, go to Menu > Settings > About Phone > Software Update > Check for update. You will receive a notification, as soon as the update is available for your device. If you have already received and installed the update, please let us know in the comments below.

Sprint And Boost Mobile Announces The LG Rumor Reflex QWERTY Phone

LG recently announced a new entry-level phone in its popular Rumor family of handsets, the LG Rumor Reflex. This handset will be available for customers of Sprint and Boost Mobile. LG Rumor Reflex is basically a feature phone with 3 inch touchscreen display and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

This handset is the successor of the popular LG Rumor Touch phone. LG Rumor Reflex is the fifth device from Sprint with eco-friendly attributes and the second from Boost Mobile. The phone’s outer cover is constructed of 31 percent post-consumer recycled materials by weight as defined by UL Environment. The Lg Rumor Reflex is also a Carbon-Free certified device.

“LG is committed to being a leader of change in the mobile industry and is continually working to find new ways to weave recyclable alternatives throughout our product lineup,” said Tim O’Brien, vice president of LG Mobile. “We are proud of our continued collaboration with Sprint to develop budget-friendly and environmentally conscious devices that don’t compromise function or design.”

lg rumor reflex

LG Rumor Reflex features a 3 inch WQVGA touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 240 x 400 pixels, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 2 megapixel camera with video recording capabilities, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Sprint Mobile email, Sprint Music Plus, Sprint TV, up to 5.3 hours of talktime and a 1000 mAh battery.

This handset measures 4.2 x 2.1 x 0.6 inches and weighs 4.7 oz. Sprint customers can get this handset for $29.99 with a two year service agreement and $50 mail-in rebate. On the other hand, Boost Mobile subscribers can get this device for just $79.99 without any contract. LG Rumor Reflex will be available along with the recently announced ZTE Fury from Sunday, March 11.

Sprint Unveils The Android Powered ZTE Fury Smartphone

ZTE recently announced a new Android powered smartphone, the ZTE Fury. It is an entry-level smartphone which will be exclusively available for the Sprint customers in the US. This handset comes with a powerful 1 GHz processor as well as a 5 megapixel camera. The ZTE Fury currently runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, the owners of ZTE Fury should not expect the device to get the Android 4.0 update ever.

“We realize that there are a lot of choices in the market when it comes to choosing the right cell phone that fits the needs of both a working parent and their family,” said David Owens, Sprint vice president-Product Development. “Providing affordable, Android-powered devices, like ZTE Fury, in our lineup helps give families the tools and information to better manage their wireless usage while still providing the style and functionality they need to keep up with their busy lives.”

zte fury

ZTE Fury features a 3.5 inch IPS capactive display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 320 pixels, 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, 5 megapixel rear camera with LED flash, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, WiFi 802.11 b/g, Mobile Hotspot capabilities, Bluetooth 2.1 w/ EDR, 2 GB microSD card bundled, Sprint Zone, Sprint ID, Sprint TV, Sprint Music Plus and a 1500mAh battery.

This handset measures 4.65 x 2.46 x .047 inches and weighs just 140 gms. Sprint customers can get this handset for just $19.99 with a 2 year service agreement and a $50 mail-in rebate. ZTE Fury will be available for purchase from Sunday, March 11.

Sprint Committed to $15.5B iPhone Contract in 2011

Earlier this month, Sprint revealed that it sold 1.8 million iPhones in the fourth quarter of 2011. Now according to Sprint’s 10-K report for the 2011 fiscal year, the carrier revealed that it is betting on subscriber dues to offset an expected 2012 deficit agreement with Apple. Apparently, this called for a minimum order of around $15.5 billion worth of iPhones, according to Barron’s.

What’s interesting is that even though the carrier saw a decline in wireless profits due to the high subsidy cost of carrying the iPhone, the carrier still agreed to purchase $15.5 billion worth of iPhones. By doing so, Sprint looks to make up for the profit loss with the subscriber revenue.

Carriers pay large subsidies to carry the iPhone, and Sprint is currently paying $450 for every unit sold with a two-year contract. In addition to this, the carrier offers “instant savings” by offering unlimited data for any iPhone model. The carrier plans to take a hit in profits early by purchasing and subsidizing the iPhone. Even though this might sound crazy, there might be evidence that their strategy maybe working because last quarter the carrier sold 1.8 million iPhones.

 

Sprint Rolling Out Software Updates For the EVO 4G, EVO View 4G and The EPIC 4G

Sprint recently started rolling out a minor software update for the HTC EVO 3D. The carrier and the company also promised that it will roll out minor software updates for all other handsets which will remove the Carrier IQ ‘spyware’ from these devices.

Apart from removing Carrier IQ, the update also brings some other minor enhancements. Below is the full change-log for all the devices the update is being rolled out -:

HTC EVO 4G

  • Security Update
  • Updated Peep client ( to align with Twitter)
  • Battery life improvements

HTC EVO Design 4G

  • Security Update
  • Updated Peep client (to align with Twitter)
  • Updated Sprint Zone client
  • Battery life improvements
  • 3LM Enterprise Tool Access (no user interface changes)

Samsung Epic 4G

  • Security update
  • Speaker feedback fix
  • The QIK and Asphalt 5 applications are no longer preloaded. When opening the applications using the application icon, you will be redirected to the Android market to download and install the full application.

The update is being rolled out in stages so it may not pop up on your Android device immediately. Sprint will also roll out software updates for the remaining Android devices under its network to remove the Carrier IQ spyware from them.

 

Sprint Rolling Out Minor Software Update For The HTC EVO 3D To Remove Carrier IQ

HTC has started rolling out a new, relatively minor, software update for its first ever-3D phone on Sprint’s network – the EVO 3D. No, its not the Ice Cream Sandwich update which the EVO 3D owners might be hoping for.  The new software update carries the version number 2.17.651.5 and does not bring any major changes, except for a new radio/baseband, improving the battery life and perhaps, most importantly removing the Carrier IQ spyware.

Below is the full change-log of the update -:

+ Removes Carrier IQ

+ Updated Baseband

+ Minor performance improvements

+ Improved battery life

The update is being rolled out via OTA and in stages, so you might not get the update immediately.

An official spokesperson from HTC has also confirmed that the Taiwanese handset manufacturer will be releasing software updates for all of its handsets available under the Sprint network in the coming weeks that will remove the Carrier IQ app. Sprint also confirmed the same and said that software updates to remove Carrier IQ for other handsets under its network are also coming soon.

Sprint Announces The Galaxy Nexus; Supports Its Upcoming 4G LTE Network!

Sprint just became the first carrier in the United States to announce the Galaxy Nexus in the United States, and end Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus exclusivity on it.

The specs of the Sprint’ version of the Galaxy Nexus remain same as its Verizon’s counterpart, which includes a beautiful 4.65-inch HD Super-AMOLED screen with a 720p (720×1280) resolution. Internally the Nexus packs in a 1.2GHz dual-core OMAP 4460 processor, a PowerVR SGX540 GPU, 1GB of RAM and 16/32GB of Internal memory. The usual bunch of sensors like Accelerometer, Gyroscope etc. and connectivity features like GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi etc are also present. At the back of the Galaxy Nexus is a 5MP camera with zero-shutter lag, which is also capable of recording videos in Full HD (1080p) resolution. Most importantly, the Galaxy Nexus runs on the latest version of Android – Ice Cream Sandwich.

The Galaxy Nexus will also be the first phone to hit Sprint’s network which will support the carrier’s upcoming 4G LTE network.

Sadly, Sprint did not announce anything as to when the Galaxy Nexus will exactly hit its network, and how much $$ it will cost. What Sprint did announce is that they will be releasing nearly 15 4G LTE devices in throughout this year

White Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch Coming To Sprint On January 8

Back in August, Samsung finally launched the much-awaited Galaxy S II in the US. This handset is available in 3 variants exclusively for the AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint customers. The Sprint version of Galaxy S II is called as the Samsung Epic 4G Touch. This handset runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System and it comes with a large 4.52 inch Super AMOLED Plus display, powerful 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, etc.

The Samsung Epic 4G Touch was originally available only in Vortex Black color. Now, Sprint has announced another variant of this handset. The Samsung Epic 4G Touch will be available in the new Frost White color, exclusively for the Sprint customers, starting from January 8, 2012. The specs of both the devices are almost same.

white galaxy s ii sprint

Sprint Epic 4G Touch features a 4.52 inch Super AMOLED Plus display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core Samsung Exynos processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, TouchWiz 4.0 user interface, Swype, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 4G Connectivity, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, etc.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, Samsung Kies Air, Android Market, full HTML web browser, DLNA, HDMI out, 16 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Sprint ID, 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capable, Samsung Media Hub, Samsung Social Hub, Bluetooth 3.0 and a 1800 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

The Samsung Epic 4G Touch will be available for $199.99 with a new two-year service agreement. Sprint customers can get this device from Sunday, January 8, 2012.

Sprint’s HTC EVO View 4G Android 3.2 Honeycomb Update Now Available

It was a month ago that HTC started rolling out the Android 3.2 Honeycomb update for the HTC Flyer in Europe. Today, HTC and Sprint have started rolling out the Honeycomb update for the Sprint’s version of the Flyer, the EVO View 4G.

The update with the version number 2.23.651.1 weighs in a little over 217MB in size, so EVO View 4G owners are recommended to use Wi-Fi to download the update. The jump from Gingerbread to Honeycomb was quite a big one, and brings in quite a lot of big changes including H/W  acceleration, new web browser, new Google Apps, new launcher, a tablet optimized UI and much more.

Below is the full change-log of the update-:

  • Physical Hard keys replaced with on screen Soft keys
  • New Google search, available on every page
  • System Bar: Quick access to notifications, status, and soft navigation buttons available at the bottom of the screen
  • Notifications menu moved to the bottom right corner of the screen, on the System Bar.
  • The Action Bar–which can be accessed by touching the Plus Sign icon at the top right of the screen–is the key to contextual, changing menus that are controlled by each application.
  • Enhanced security including Sprint Data Link and 3LM

Fixes include:

  • Google video chat
  • Bluetooth capable in Airplane mode
The update is being rolled out in stages, so it might take a while before the update hits your tablet.

Sprint’s Epic 4G Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now

Sprint has finally started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Samsung Epic 4G. The update comes weeks after Google announced the much awaited successor to Gingerbread, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The European version of the Galaxy S also got its Gingerbread update nearly 5 months ago. Better late than never, eh Sprint and Samsung?

Apart from the bump in the Android version, the update also brings some bug fixes, and other Gingerbread goodies like a Download manager app, improved copy & paste functionality and much more.

Below is the full change-log for the update -:

Enhancements/Fixes:

– Upgrade of the Google OS from Froyo to Gingerbread (Android 2.3)

– Audible Sprint AIRAVEâ„¢ notifications when answering call

– SMS messages sent without area code

– PRL and Profile update

– EAS (Exchange Activesync) email displaying HTML

– Bluetooth headset sound improvements

– Fully visible date on device lock screen

Sprint is the first  U.S carrier to roll out the Android update for its variant of the Galaxy S. AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon’s variant of the Galaxy S are still stuck with Android 2.2 (FroYo), with no official time frame as to when they will get the update. An Android 2.3.4 based firmware did leak for the AT&T Captivate and the T-Mobile’s Vibrant, confirming that the update is under works for these handsets.