On Monday, an update for the Motorola Moto X on the T-Mobile network began to roll out on that network. The update included some significant improvements to the camera and some smaller fixes for issues like choppy audio in voice calls, an inability to report location in the Lost Device Finder app, the device reading out text messages when not in Drive mode, and assorted stability improvements. Motorola indicated the update should roll out to other carriers “soon” and for customers on the Sprint network, “soon” is today.
According to source, the build number on Sprint devices is 139.14.1 and the changelog mirrors the improvements that rolled out to T-Mobile devices. If you have a Moto X on Sprint, you can check for the update by going to Settings -> About phone -> System updates.
Meanwhile, Moto X owners on the AT&T network that are part of Motorola’s Feedback Network have been receiving a notification that a “new software release” was available for installation as part of a soak test. No details are available and a schedule was not provided, but it appears AT&T is moving to get their customers the latest update.
source: Droid Life (Sprint), Droid Life (AT&T)
With the innovations we’re seeing in most areas of technology these days it’s hard to not let our minds wander to what could be. While some are dreaming of innovations that could take us beyond our planet, there are others who are dreaming up the next idea that will make our lives closer to home a lot easier. The folks over at Sprint are no different. In a five minute video they demonstrate what an always connected world could look like. It includes kids from two different countries playing baseball together. Adult’s could check in on their aging parents and get on their cases about their health if they so choose.
Of course the video demonstrates aspects of technology that aren’t created yet, but one’s that we here at TalkAndroid would love to see in action. That being said the amount of data that this family would go through would be astronomical. Luckily for them they’re on Sprint and probably have the Lifetime Unlimited Data plan. We have the video for you after the break. Check it out and let us know if this is a world you’d be excited to see.
If you’re on Sprint and in the market for a new phablet or smartwatch, then today is your lucky day. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be available on the nation’s third largest network beginning on October 4. But Samsung’s large device won’t be alone. The Galaxy Gear smartwatch will join in on that date as well.
Customers will be able to buy either device in-store at a Sprint retail location or online. All 5.7-inches of the Galaxy Note 3 will be available in Classic White or Jet Black with a price tag set at $349.99. The Galaxy Gear will bring along a $299.99 price with a few more color options. Jet Black, Oatmeal Beige, and Wild Orange will be available at launch. Also, there will not be an option to bundle both devices, unlike with Verizon. Hit the break for the full press release.
Republic Wireless is a newer MNVO operating on Sprint’s network that offers some really cool pricing plans thanks to it’s unique WiFi calling/texting features. They offer plans as low as $5 with exclusively WiFi calling and data usage, but up to $40 a month for unlimited WiFi/3G/4G usage. Up until now, the only device they offered on their network was the fairly outdated Motorola Defy, but today they’re updating their lineup by offering the Moto X for an impressive $299.
Republic Wireless hasn’t given a date for the release of their Moto X outside of a vague “November” date and there’s no word on whether or not you’ll be able to get Moto Maker customization, but if you’ve been itching for a new carrier to try out, you’re going to be hard-pressed to find better value than this.
source: Republic Wireless
Now that T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon Wireless all announced early upgrade plans, Sprint will finally join the party. Sprint is calling their plan “One Up” and it allows customers to play for their phone over 20 monthly installments with no money down. An example would be $27 per month for a phone retailing for $649.99. After one year, customers can upgrade to a new phone by trading in the device and signing up for One Up again.
As far as monthly plans, you will have to sign up for My Way or All-in plan. The good news is that if you’re signed up for “One Up”, you will get a $15 discount per month off the normal monthly rate. An example would be unlimited talk, text, and data for as little as $65 per month.
We now have official word from Sprint that the LG G2 will be available to customers by the holidays, and that you’ll be able to start pre-ordering the device on Oct. 11.
It’s a way later than what we’ve suggested from other carriers, but remember, this is the first time we’ve heard any official word on release dates for the phone. Earlier reports were simply rumors, and can (and most likely will) change.
Here’s the info that we have gotten about T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T.
- T-Mobile: Rumored for September 18th
- Verizon: Rumored for September 12th
- AT&T: Rumored for September 13th
Hit the break for the full press release from Sprint.
Motorola has posted bootloader unlocker tools on their web site for several versions of their new Moto X device. Consumers on the Sprint and US Cellular networks in the U.S. can use the new tools to unlock their devices, which just went on sale for them this past week. Motorola has also made versions of the bootloader unlocker tool available for Moto X owners in Canada, including those on Rogers, and for Latin American markets.
The bootloader unlocker gives owners of the Moto X the option to root their devices, install third-party ROMs, or just generally tinker around with their devices. This additional flexibility does come at a cost though as installation of the unlocker with void the device’s warranty. If you want to give the unlocker a try despite the risk to your warranty, hit the source link below.
Sources indicate it is unlikely Motorola will provide an unlocker for Verizon, AT&T or T-Mobile versions of the Moto X. However, developer editions of the device are expected for those networks that will give buyers a similar option.
Rumors of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mini have been swirling around for a while now, and we’re today we’re seeing FCC documents of a device which appears to be the Sprint variant of the phone (We’ve already seen Verizon and AT&T versions). The body is a bit bigger than the other S 4 variants, however. We might be seeing a carrier-specific device here, but if it were the S 4 Mini we wouldn’t be surprised.
Well there you have it, folks. Sprint just announced that they will be making the Moto X available tomorrow, September 6th, for $199.99, and will also be throwing in a “Lifetime Unlimited Guarantee.” If you are switching to Sprint from another carrier, you are also eligible for a $100 credit toward the phone you choose to buy. (This would make the Moto X $99.99.)
The Sprint Unlimited Guarantee promises customers unlimited talk (calls to any wireline or mobile phone), text and data while on Sprint’s all-new 3G and 4G LTE network, for the life of the line of service. This guarantee is available to new and existing customers who sign up for Sprint’s new Unlimited, My WaySM or My All-inSM plans, and will apply to customers as long as they remain on the plan, meet the terms and conditions of the plan and pay their bill in full and on time.
So that’s pretty good news to hear… In their press release, Sprint also made it known that Moto Maker will be available to customers looking to customize their Moto X within the coming months. Other than that, everything seems to be pretty much the same as it is with every other carrier.
Any of you Sprint customers out there looking to buy? Hit the break for the full press release.
While the Moto X launched today for AT&T along with the Moto Maker customization tool, Moto Maker won’t be making its way to other carriers until November. Still, Motorola’s Vice President of Product Management Punit Soni posted on Google+ assuring us that the X will be available on other carriers in the next few days. Also, the developer’s edition of the Moto X will be rolling out in the coming days.
We don’t have official announcements from other carriers yet, but we can assume that we will see Verizon and Sprint versions of the Moto X before September comes around.
Source: +Punit Soni