Sprint and Verizon now rolling out Gear VR compatibility update for the Galaxy Note 4

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American customers of the Galaxy Note 4 were quite excited when Samsung and AT&T officially launched the Gear VR a couple of days ago. However, their excitement was very short lived as it was revealed that carrier branded units of the Galaxy Note 4 weren’t compatible with the Gear VR. Samsung’s support page mentioned that the Galaxy Note 4 needed a software update to bring support for the company’s head mounted wearable. Well that changes today with Sprint and Verizon officially sending out the update for the Galaxy Note 4, thus bringing official support for the Gear VR. Read more

Some Samsung Galaxy Note 4 devices need carrier updates to work with Gear VR

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Earlier this week Samsung finally started selling their new Gear VR device through their web site for $199. Even AT&T jumped in on the excitement, listing it on their site as well for interested consumers even though the device sold out quickly. As the devices are getting into the hands of consumers, buyers on Verizon and Sprint are discovering their Galaxy Note 4 devices are not quite ready to be used with the Gear VR for lack of a software update.

The users who find themselves in this situation are reporting that attempts to use Gear VR with their Galaxy Note 4 just generates a warning message that “you need to update your device.” Unfortunately, even though this was disclosed in the official press release about the Gear VR, it seems most people missed it. Even worse, thus far there is no information forthcoming from Verizon or Sprint regarding how long their customers will have to wait for the software update to be issued.

source: SamMobile

Verizon trumps all other carriers in download speeds

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When looking at which carrier to give your hard earned money, the quality of the network is vital. Customers have no reason to stick around if the network’s coverage is spotty or speeds are frequently bogged down. Cost comes into play, but carriers in the United States are expensive as a whole. You should pay for what you get.

So which network in the United States is the speediest when it comes to downloading? Hit the break to find out the answer to that question and more.

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Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure writes note touting Cut Your Bill in Half Event

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The aggressive Cut You Bill in Half Event hosted by Sprint started today. Customers from Verizon and AT&T could switch to Sprint and earn some benefits (that may or may not be very beneficial). CEO Marcelo Claure wrote a note published on the carrier’s site emphasizing that the promotion actually does good for the consumer. The “unprecedented offer and our boldest move yet” stays with Sprint customers for as long as they have the new plan.

Claure had this to say about what other carriers do compared to what Sprint has on its hands now:

As the new CEO of Sprint, I’m committed to talking with our customers in a clear and straightforward way. Too often in our industry we have companies trying to shout over each other with claims that they are offering the best pricing EVER. We will not just add to the noise.

“Best value in wireless” is not merely some slogan for those of us at Sprint. We stand behind it, and we want every American consumer to know it.

Source: Sprint

Sprint’s offer to reduce your bill does the same to data speed

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On Tuesday, Sprint announced a very aggressive approach to bring in new customers from Verizon and AT&T. The carrier said it would reduce bills by half of what the competition charges. It seemed like quite the deal. Why? Sprint will pay a customer’s early termination fee, give unlimited talk and text, and keep the data allowance at half the cost. The problem is that the carrier states within its press release that data speeds are going to be altered due to the influx of users on the network. Sprint is ensuring the network strength is as good as possible by not allowing data hogs to ruin it for everyone else.

In actuality, this promotion from Sprint is expected to save roughly 20% rather than fulfilling its purpose of slashing a bill in half.

Source: Ars Technica

Sprint gets aggressive in targeting AT&T, Verizon customers with half price deal

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Perhaps feeling the pressure to step up their efforts to maintain their customer base, Sprint has announced a new deal to lure customers switching to Sprint from Verizon or AT&T. Sprint’s latest effort offers to cut user bills in half compared to the other carriers. For example, if a user has a monthly bill for $140 per month with 10 GB of data shared between 4 lines, Sprint will setup a plan on their network for $70 per month for the same 4 lines and 10 GB of data. Talk and text will be unlimited on the new plans.

Sprint is opening the new deal starting this Friday when users can either upload a copy of their current monthly bill from Verizon or AT&T or take one by their local Sprint store to find out how much they can save. Users will have to buy new devices on Sprint and turn in their old devices as well as port over their existing numbers to qualify. As part of the special, Sprint is also offering to buy out existing contracts up to $350 per line via issuance of a Visa Prepaid Card that buyers can use to pay off their early termination fees. For a limited time, Sprint is also waiving the $36 per line activation fee.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this special offer and to check out the fine print, hit the source link.

source: Sprint

Lollipop ROM for Sprint’s Galaxy S 5 leaks

Samsung_Galaxy_S_5_Main_TAWe’ve seen a few leaks and details regarding Samsung’s Lollipop update for the Galaxy S 5, but today we get our first taste of some actual leaked software. A ROM for the Sprint variant of the S5 has surfaced, and it’s mostly functional, including being able to place calls and send text messages. Plus, it has all of the extra features of Android 5.0 that we’re all waiting for.

Installing the ROM will completely wipe the phone, and it’s still a test build, so things aren’t guaranteed to be 100% functional. If you’re willing to flash it despite those things, hit the link below to get started.

source: XDA

via: GSM Arena