Sprint launched HD voice capabilities a few months ago in place of jumping of the VoLTE bandwagon before it was ready, and after just two months, 16 million customers now have access to HD voice. Dr. John Saw, Sprint’s chief network officer, says that Sprint wanted to focus on building out HD voice quickly so they wouldn’t be forced to deploy VoLTE ahead of time. After Sprint’s WiMax fiasco, I’d say that’s a pretty sound plan.
HD voice is just one facet of Sprint trying to quickly build out a better network to stay competitive with Verizon, AT&T, and the quickly growing T-Mobile Sprint offers about 30 postpaid and 33 prepaid smartphones that can take advantage of HD voice, which is considerably more than what’s available on the VoLTE side of the fence.
source: Fierce Wireless
Bad news for Verizon HTC One users today: according to HTC’s VP of product management, the HTC One M8 OTA update has been delayed until tomorrow due to an un-revealed issue. However, this is hardly anything to get too worried about, since the update should be released tomorrow without any issues. This update is the same one that was released last week to the M7. A highlight of the update is the new Extreme Power Saving Mode.
T-Mobile hosted the Un-carrier 7.0 event today bringing what they are calling “Wi-Fi Un-leashed.” Wi-Fi Unleashed brings Wi-Fi calling and texting to every Simple Choice customer, and they are including it on every smartphone they sell. What happens if you don’t have a phone that is Wi-Fi calling and texting capable? Well assuming you’re already a T-Mobile customer, they are offering you an exclusive enrollment window in JUMP!, which is their upgrade program.
If you don’t have a wireless router, or your current one sucks, T-Mobile will give you one made by ASUS called a T-Mobile Personal CellSpot. It has a unique patent-pending technology that prioritizes voice calls for HD voice.
Plenty of devices are seeing software updates this week and now we can add yet another to the mix. T-Mobile is rolling out an over-the-air (OTA) update to its Galaxy S 4 starting today. In the New Features category, the Galaxy S 4 is getting Android 4.4.4. On the Improvements side, T-Mobile says Wi-Fi calling has been enhanced.
Just yesterday, the Galaxy S 5 from Verizon received the same update that includes the latest version of Android.
Owners of the Galaxy S 5 on Verizon, be prepared for a software update. Fellow TalkAndroid writer Jack Holt shared the screenshot above that shows his Samsung device receiving a bump to Android 4.4.4 alongside some Bluetooth fixes. This means that Big Red’s version of the Galaxy S 5 is now running the latest version of Android.
Verizon customers that own the HTC One (M8), you can expect your update starting today.
Source: +Jack Holt
Sprint is the next company to offer highly competitive trade-in offers after T-Mobile launched its program on Monday. The carrier will now offer up to $300 to be put towards a new device or account credit when giving up an old one. A total of five devices per line can be used as a trade-in for a single calendar year. And three devices can be used at a single time to really maximize the trade-in value. If a customer has received a better trade-in offer, Sprint will either match it or better it.
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The Moto 360 sold out in minutes of it being first available online and has created a ton of buzz since its initial announcement.
Pretty soon, you’ll have another option for where you can pick one up.
According to an AT&T release, the carrier will be adding the device to its accessory portal on its website — customers will be able to purchase the Moto 360 as an accessory.
The release says pricing and availability will be announced at a later date, but don’t expect it to cost any more or less than what it can be gotten for now from other retailers/carriers.
Another carrier version of the HTC One (M8) will be receiving Android 4.4.3 on September 10. Mo Versi, the company’s vice president of product management, announced on Twitter that Verizon has approved the software update and its rollout will begin on Wednesday. Aside from bringing Android 4.4.3 to the HTC flagship, this software update will activate Extreme Power Saving Mode.
Be sure to let us know when you start seeing the update!
Source: @moversi (Twitter)
Have any old smartphones or tablets laying around that you’d be interested in trading in for a new device? T-Mobile is kicking off a promotion on September 17th where they will guarantee that you’ll get the best trade-in value for your used tech. This probably means T-Mobile is going to up its current values for traded in equipment, but there are a few extra things the Uncarrier is willing to do for you.
In case you do happen to find a better trade-in deal somewhere else, T-Mobile will match any competitor’s values, and then give you $50 in bill credit for the hassle. This is easily one of the best trade-in deals any carrier has ever done, so it’s worth checking out later this month.
The promo goes live on September 17th, but T-Mobile says they’ll only be doing it for a limited time. We’ve got plenty of new devices hitting shelves soon, so don’t pass this up if you’re on T-Mobile.
Bad news came this week from Motorola’s Punit Soni. For all of you using Verizon Wireless looking to purchase the new Moto X as a Developer’s Edition, prepare to be disappointed.