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.
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 -:
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.