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Sprint Plans To Deploy LTE-Advanced In The First Half of 2013, Has Plans For Voice Over LTE, Says Iyad Tarazi

There's been a lot of buzz over Sprint's LTE plans lately, but the company's vice president of network development and engineering, Iyad Tarazi has just added more fuel to the fire, indicating that Sprint plans to deploy LTE-Advanced in a 10x10 configuration by the first half of 2013, using its 800MHz spectrum, offering download speeds of around 12-15 MB/s.

Meanwhile, Sprint's deployment of LTE on their 1900MHz spectrum is still on track for commercial launch by mid-2012.

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[Update: $30 At Amazon Wireless] Deal Alert: HTC EVO Design 4G $50 With New Agreement At Wirefly

So, you want to jump over to Sprint, but don't need the fastest device on the planet? Both Amazon Wireless and Wirefly have a good deal going on the just released EVO Design 4G by HTC: $50. Update: It's still $50 at Wirefly, but Amazon Wireless just dropped the price to $30. Of course, this requires a new two-year contract, so all current Sprintsters will be stuck paying $80, which still saves about $20 over the in-store price.

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Samsung Transform Ultra Drops Boost Mobile Exclusivity, Coming To Sprint

The mid-range Samsung Transform Ultra was recently announced for Boost Mobile, a pre-paid subsidiary of Sprint. It looks like the Now Network loved this little guy so much, though, that it just had to snag its own version, too -- but don't expect many (or any, really) changes over the Boost Version.


The Transform Ultra is sporting a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 512MB RAM, a 3MP rear camera and VGA front-facing, with a 3.5-inch display, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and Android 2.3.

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How Bad Is Sprint's 3G Network Post-iPhone Launch? 45 Pages Of Complaints Bad

If there's one thing the iPhone 4S seems to be screwing up after its very successful debut, it would seem to be Sprint's 3G. Since the launch of Apple's newest iThing, Sprint 3G speeds have absolutely tanked for users in many areas. How widespread is the problem? Well, this 45-page (and growing) thread with nearly 700 replies over on the Sprint Community forums would seem to indicate the answer is "very."

The problem has affected everyone - as shown by lackluster results from some of our own Sprint devices of late while on 3G.

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Motorola Announces The Admiral, The First Android Phone With Sprint's Direct Connect

If you're a Sprint customer who has been waiting for an Android device that incorporates Direct Connect functionality, then the Motorola Admiral has your name written all over it. This Blackberry-esque handset is the first Android-powered device to rock Sprint's push-to-talk functionality, wrapped in a rugged shell:

Pax_Front_1, 7/5/11, 10:42 AM,  8C, 4650x2700 (616+2672), 100%, Bent 6 Adjuste,  1/20 s, R69.0, G51.2, B75.9
 Admiral_Dyn_R_vert_Hero_Sprint_m Pax_Back_1, 7/6/11, 2:45 PM,  8C, 4648x2704 (688+2840), 100%, Bent 6 Adjuste,  1/20 s, R78.0, G60.2, B84.9

  • 3.1-inch display
  • 1.2GHz single-core processor
  • 5MP rear shooter
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • 4GB internal storage, microSD card slot
  • Gorilla Glass
  • Dust, shock, vibration, solar radiation, low pressure, and high/low temperature resistant
  • Android 2.3.x

I have to say, I'm actually impressed with the look of this device.

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HTC Announces The EVO Design 4G For Sprint, 4 Inches Of qHD and WiMax Goodness For Just Under A Benjamin

After yesterday's absolutely insane phone announcement-bomb, HTC and Sprint have subtly unveiled the EVO Design 4G. If you're looking for an upper mid-range device that won't break the bank, the Design 4G has your number, as it's packing decent, but not (yet) outdated hardware:

  • 4-inch qHD display
  • 1.2Ghz single-core Snapdragon processor
  • 5MP rear shooter with HD video capture (720p), 1.3MP ffc
  • Android 2.3.5 with Sense
  • WiMax


Sure, it doesn't compare to the recently announced Motorola Droid RAZR or the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, but at $200 cheaper it definitely has its appeal.

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[Update: It's Official] Google Voice MMS-To-Email Rolling Out To Some Sprint Users

What? Google Voice is getting a feature update? People still work on Google Voice?

Update: Well, it's official. Just like suspected, it's currently only working for Sprint customers, and text to email forwarding must be enabled. Not to worry, though, El Goog is working on incorporating this feature into the Voice inbox.

They're also working with other wireless carriers to enable the feature for all Voice users as soon as they can, so just sit tight if you're not on the Now Network -- shouldn't be too long.

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Bug Fix OTA Update Now Rolling Out For The Motorola XPRT

Remember the Motorola XPRT? No? Allow me to refresh your memory... yeah, that phone. The Droid Pro. Only... not. Whatever it is, it's currently getting an OTA update to fix some bugs and, well, that's pretty much it. Here's the changelog:

  • CDMA Settings
  • Dialing International voice calls with 1+ while on the Sprint network (dialing from the US) and while in domestic roaming mode
  • Sending SMS messages with more than 160 characters
  • EAS PIN support
  • Email marker to indicate if a message was replied to or forwarded
  • Voicemail issue associated with phone number swaps on existing devices

So, if you're one of the seven (give or take a few) people that bought the XPRT, hit Settings > About Phone > Software Updates > Update Motorola Firmware to make it happen.

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Editorial: 5 Reasons Why I Think The iPhone 4S Is The Least Competitive iPhone Yet

I’d like to start by stating I am not a rabid Android “fanboy.” In fact, I heavily considered the iPhone 3GS back in the day (er, last year), before deciding to pick up my Nexus One instead. Admittedly, I was a bit bedazzled by the concept of a “Google phone” and, as a confessed mega-geek, I found the bleeding-edge experience Android offered to be more exciting for some reason.

So I chose an Android device.

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Sprint Delays Data-Throttling On Virgin Mobile Until 'Sometime In 2012'

Back in July, Sprint announced plans to begin throttling speeds for customers who use more than 2.5GB of data in a month on its pre-paid subsidiary, Virgin Mobile. Naturally, this announcement did not sit well with Virgin customers, despite Sprint's claim that the change would only affect "3% of all data users."

However, the Now Network has decided to delay this throttling plan until sometime in 2012 to "ensure [they] have all the necessary systems in place so that [their] customer experience will remain positive."

There's no word as to exactly when this changeover will take place, but the company "will provide further information on timing beforehand so [their] customers have advance notification."

So, Virgin customers, breathe a sigh of relief, because it looks like you'll be able to bathe in unlimited data for a while longer.

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