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Wirefly Launches Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch Pre-Order - Reserve Yours For $50 Less Than At Sprint ($149.99)

The freshly announced Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, or as I like to call it, Get-In-My-Belly, is my next Sprint device, replacing the now senile EVO 4G with its state-of-the-art gorgeous 4.52" screen and blazing fast Exynos dual cores sprinting at 1.2GHz each. Sure, the Prime may be on the horizon, but who knows when or if it will be announced on Sprint at all? In the meantime, the Epic 4G Touch is almost here to tower over all competition.

The September 16th launch date is fast approaching, and today Wirefly, one of the top online mobile retailers, launched the Epic 4G Touch pre-orders for those who want to claim these beats ASAP.

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Latest EVO 3D PRL Forces Users To Use 2G - But You Can Fix It

HTC has an above-average track record with software updates, but they appear to have misstepped with the most recent PRL version for the EVO 3D. For some unfathomable reason, said PRL (version number 50580) seems to be blocking Sprint's 3G network for a lot of users; as a result, they are left with no choice but to rely on the considerably slower 1xRTT technology (2G) for data.

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Fortunately, there's still hope for those who unknowingly applied PRL 50580 - simply revert to the previous PRL (21081) using the instructions at Good and EVO. Note, however, that your device will need to be rooted, and an official fix probably isn't too far down the road.

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Sprint Changing Early Termination Policy, Upgrade Fee, And Dropping One-Year Contracts

It looks like Sprint is changing the way things are done in order to keep up with the competition, which doesn't always translate into good news for the consumer. The early termination fee (ETF) is getting an overhaul that will go into effect on September 9th, which will bump the ETF on "advanced devices" (read: smartphones, tablets, netbooks, and notebooks) up to  a maximum of $350, putting The Now Network's policy in line with that of VZW and AT&T. If you're in mid-contract and are thinking of jumping ship, just take the remaining amount of months left in your agreement and multiply by $20 to figure out your exact ETF -- if you have less than 4 months left, though, you'll be spending a minimum of $100.

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[Updated: Full Specs Added] 4.52-Inch Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch For Sprint Revealed Ahead Of Today's Event

We've all been waiting for weeks - nay, months - for Sammy to bring the Galaxy S II to the US. Announcement day is finally upon us despite a bit of a delay due to bad weather, but Sammy has already revealed the Sprint version of the GSII, named the Epic 4G Touch, ahead of tonight's event.

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The Epic 4G Touch will sport a larger, 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, verses the 4.3-inch screen of its global counterpart. This version will also include 4G WiMax connectivity and the familiar 1.2GHz Exynos processor.

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While we were hoping for a bump in processing speed up to 1.5GHz, the larger display is definitely a welcome addition.

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Samsung Epic Touch 4G (Sprint's Galaxy S II) Press Shots Leaked: It's A Looker

Samsung's NYC event may have been rescheduled for August 30th, but that doesn't mean you'll have to wait till Tuesday to see the US versions of the Galaxy S II. We've already gotten a sneak peek at the visages of AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint's editions of the phone, and now (once again courtesy of Pocketnow) another press shot has been leaked:

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This is, of course, the Epic Touch 4G - Sprint's version of the device. It looks like Big Yellow has done thankfully little tweaking of the GSII: unlike most modern smartphones, there's no logo on the front of the device, and the handset appears to be just as svelte as its European counterpart.

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AT&T, T-Mobile, And Sprint Galaxy S II Models Outed In Leaked Image?

Update: On further reflection, we're going to tentatively call this image a "rumor" for now, as we have no way to confirm its authenticity, but we have no reason to think these images are fake, either.

Finally, visual proof that unicorns do exist! Someone, somewhere, has leaked a shot of the upcoming Galaxy S II US market handsets headed for three of America's big four carriers (ATT, T-Mo, Sprint). Without further ado, here they are:

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Where the image is from, we're not sure (pocketnow provided no details), but it could very well be a slide from Samsung's upcoming press conference to announce the arrival of the first US-friendly Galaxy S II phones.

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The Stars Have Aligned - The First Samsung Galaxy S II In The U.S. To Arrive September 9th, 2011?

After months of anticipation, we are now finally on the verge of the Galaxy S II launch in the U.S. Yesterday's events now have us strongly convinced that the first variant of the Galaxy S II, most likely on Sprint (as the recently approved by the FCC Epic Touch 4G, if you remember), will be launching Friday, September 9th, 2011.

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First, today we received a tip from a trusted source inside Sprint, putting the 9/9/11 date on the radar with a very high probability. The source has always been reliable in the past, and the only way I see the scenario not playing out would be if between now and the 9th Sprint cancelled the launch and pushed off the release date.

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2.08.651.2 Update With Native Screenshots Now Available For EVO 3D; Conquer 4G To Receive EG15 Update On Launch Day

Keeping with its tradition of addressing software issues in a timely fashion, HTC just started pushing out a minor bug-fixing update for the EVO 3D. The update (version number 2.08.651.2) began its rollout this morning and should be available to all EVO 3D owners by 8/23.

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This is hardly a game-changing update, but it does iron out some potentially irksome kinks (Update: and brings native screenshots, just like on the European Sensation - just hold the Power button and tap Home!):

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Additionally, the Samsung Conquer 4G will be receiving a security patch (EG15) on the day it launches (8/21), so if you're planning on picking one up, be prepared to update it as soon as you take it out of the box.

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[Deal Alert] Sprint's Motorola Photon 4G Drops To $99.99 At Radioshack

Motorola Photon 4G, Sprint's latest dual-core Android phone and EVO 3D's only true rival, is only 10 days old, but it's not stopping Radioshack from folding its price sticker in half and throwing it on a sweet-sweet sale - $99.99.

The deal is available immediately at RadioshackWireless.com, though it's currently limited to new accounts, as it oftentimes happens (don't even look at it if you're upgrading). Throw in free FedEx shipping, and you've got yourself a pretty good price on Sprint's second best offering today, at least until the Galaxy S2, a.k.a. Epic Touch 4G, arrives later this fall.

Amazon Wireless and Wirefly both currently list the Photon 4G at $179.99.

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Samsung Conquer 4G Hitting The Now Network On August 21st, Gingerbread And WiMax For $99

Sprint and Samsung teamed up this morning to announce the most affordable WiMax device to date: the Conquer 4G. The Conquer is a solid mid-range device, with modest-yet-capable hardware crammed into its 3.5 inch shell:

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  • 1GHz processor
  • 2GB SD Card Included
  • 3.2MP Rear camera
  • 1.2MP front camera
  • Android 2.3.x

The real story with with phone, though, is the price. You'll be able to score this handset in all its 4G WiMax glory for a mere $99 with a new two-year agreement. Granted, that is after a $50 mail-in-rebate, so your out-of-pocket on the date of purchase will still be $150.

The device will be available nationwide on August 21.

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