Sprint has been doing everything in its power to earn customers lately, but this may be the thing that reels in the biggest fish: according to CNET, The Now Network will be announcing a 4-5 billion dollar LTE deal with LightSquared during its upcoming earnings call on July 28th. Sprint launched its WiMax network early-on with Clearwire, which proved to be a hole-in-one for the duo, but Clearwire has since slowed the growth of WiMax due to financial reasons.
In what can only be described as a real sphincter-clencher for Sprint customers, the nation's last true unlimited smartphone data provider has made a move that may signal the eventual end of that philosophy.
Yesterday, Sprint announced that customers on its Virgin-branded pre-paid arm, Virgin Mobile, will now be subjected to data throttling after 2.5GB of usage in a month. Sprint claims this will only affect 3% of all Virgin mobile data subscribers.
Nearly a month ago a Gingerbread build for the Samsung Epic 4G leaked, and if Sprint's website is any indication (and it is), the finalized update may be nearly ready to go. The official product listing for the Epic now says the device ships with Android 2.3 - a pretty strong suggestion indeed, and not likely to be a typo.
We don't have any indication of when, but given Sprint and Samsung's history on updates, anything we did hear - even if official - would probably get pushed back anyway.
Sprint's newest dual-core device, the Motorola Photon 4G, is set to land on The Now Network sales floor on July 31 for the now industry-standard price of $199 with a two-year agreement. This is the first WiMax phone to come out of Motorola's camp, and it sports some rather impressive specs:
- 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor
- 4.3 inch qHD display
- 1GB RAM
- 16GB onboard storage
- 8MP rear shooter, VGA front facing camera
- Mobile hotspot
- Advanced, enterprise level IT security
- Webtop capable
Judging by the official press release, it looks like the Photon won't be lacking any accessories either.
Sprint has been making great strides to bash its competitors and show us who has the real unlimited data plan as of late, but this new ad puts it all on the table: Verizon and AT&T charge overage fees for anything more than 2GB and T-Mobile throttles your speed after a certain amount of consumed bandwidth, but The Now Network gives you unlimited data, sans-catch for one price. Have a look:
The more Sprint ads I see, the more I want to jump ship from Verizon, so they must be doing something right.
July 11th has come and gone, but owners of the Samsung Nexus S 4G still haven't received the bug-fixing, NFC-enhancing GRJ90 update that was supposed to begin its rollout yesterday. Well thanks to Android Central, we now have an idea of why this is so:
Also noteworthy is the bottom half of that screenshot - specifically, the two bullet points about the Samsung Transform and its EF09 update, which began rolling out about a week ago but has now been pulled.
While we're on the subject of why Sprint is the carrier to go with nowadays ($50 contract extension credit "just because," unlimited data without expensive and complicated tiers **cough Verizon cough**, great customer service, etc.), I wanted to throw yet another reason for existing Sprint customers to stick around.
Side-by-side with the $50 credit promo that I mentioned above, it turns out that the company is running a different deal in parallel that pays you for a month of free service right back to your account upon contract renewal for 2 more years.
A few weeks ago, we saw a leaked Gingerbread build for the Samsung Epic 4G and it looks like Sammy has been putting the finishing touches on it since then. According to SprintFeed, Epic owners could see an OTA hit their device around July 24th. This is a tentative date, so don't grab the sharpie and make it permanent on the calendar just yet (oh, who am I kidding - no one uses a traditional calendar anymore).
If you're one-or-two months away from the end of your Sprint contract, or your renewal date has already passed, the Now Network has a new incentive going to draw you back into the store to grab a new phone and sign on the dotted line. According to an internal document nabbed by SprintFeed, if you meet the aforementioned conditions as of July 8th, you will receive a $50 credit when you renew your contract.
The Nexus S 4G is, without a doubt, a great phone - but as of now, many units ship with a major flaw: they often have trouble connecting to 4G or even WiFi. The issue doesn't affect all Nexus S 4Gs, as shown by Android Central's poll on the subject, but those suffering from it are understandably unhappy with their devices.
And though it may have seemed that Sprint was turning a blind eye to these users' woes, it turns out they've actually been working on an update that will address this issue.