It was a while back that carriers caught on and started blocking customers from downloading wireless tethering apps from the Android Market. You may still be able to tether via USB cable but the wireless method is now all but extinct. Sprint held out the longest allowing customers to use their phones in conjunction with a third-party app to serve as a free wireless hotspot. Those days are gone my friends, Sprint devices are now too blocked from downloading such apps from the Android Market.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise because the Now Network has already put a cap on 4G mobile hotspots and broadband usage, charging $.05 for every MB exceeded. If your device is rooted though, you still have an option for stickin’ it to the man. You can sideload the third-party apps by doing so directly from their websites, ie. WiFi Tether. So although it sucks and pisses us off, lets at least be thankful for all those great developers out there who always have our back in a pinch. Thanks guys, you rock!
[via Android Police]
SensorLogic, a provider of cloud-based platforms for machine-to-machine (M2M) application development, on Tuesday announced that they are teaming up with Sprint, to assist enterprise customers to help fast-track M2M initiatives.
The partnership of the two companies is expected to give enterprise customers better ways to produce and deploy M2M applications and managed services. The association allows the two companies to promote both of their offerings in hope of meeting the needs of the growing market for M2M services. Read more
The iPhone vs. Android debate is a never-ending debate and can be purely objective. However, Apple may have Sprint to thank for manipulating prospective customers or those on the fence to use the Apple iPhone on the NOW network as opposed to an Android device. All Things D reports Sprint CEO Dan Hesse argues that “iPhone users are expected to use less 3G than the typical user of a dual-mode 3G, 4G device. Even adjusting for more total new customers being added to the network, we believe they will put less load on our 3G network than they would have if we did not carry the iPhone“. Read more
We already know that Sprint will deploy LTE by mid 2012, but we also learned that they plan on launching LTE-Advanced on its 800 MHz spectrum in the first half of 2013. Iyad Tarazi, Sprint’s vice president of network development and engineering, confirmed this at the 4G World conference. He expects that LTE-Advanced to achieve 12-15 Mbps download speeds.
Tarazi also added a little about the LTE rollout for next year. He confirmed the use of the 1900 MHz spectrum and the mid-2012 launch. He said they expect to have 250 milion to 277 million POPs covered with LTE by the end of 2013, which will be a bigger footprint than its existing CDMA network. For starters, voice will continue over CDMA, while data will be over LTE. By early 2013, they will switch over to voice over LTE (VoLTE). Last but not least, you can expect to see about 12 LTE devices next year.
HTC and Sprint have been hard at work trying to fix a security issue which came to light some time last month. The two companies worked closely on the new update, ever since they found out there was a security gap with a number of Sense UI devices.
Earlier reports were that the EVO 3D was getting the update, but Sprint reports that the entire EVO line will be getting the update along with the Wildfire S.
To manually download the update go to Settings >System updates > HTC software update > Check Now. If the update isn’t there check back later. Now if only they would update Sense reloading every time I hit the home button.
Let us know if you got the update, Did it change anything noticeable? Hit us up in the comments.
Yesterday Samsung let us know that the Transform Ultra (SPH-M930) will not be limited to just Boost Mobile as it will be available on Sprint as well. That was certainly a quick turnaround! The official announcement from Sprint is here and so are the numbers. The Transform Ultra can be yours for just $79.99, after a $70 instant rebate and $50 mail in rebate. So perhaps you’re wondering what you get at this price. The Transform Ultra specifications list is just below.
- Android 2.3
- 1GHz processor
- 3.5” HVGA touch screen
- Full QWERTY Keypad
- 3MP rear camera with video
- VGA front-facing camera
- Wi-Fi®, GPS and Wireless Web enabled
- Front-facing VGA camera
- Easy access to Gmail™ and Google Talk™
- Stereo Bluetooth® Wireless technology
- Speakerphone with voice-activated dialing
- Supports microSD® cards up to 32GB (2GB card included)
- Voice mail, caller ID, call waiting and three-way calling
All in all, a great mid-range device, at a great price.
Thanks to BriefMobile we’ve got a shot of a packing list showing a Nexus Prime poster for Sprint. We should feel pretty comfortable about the Galaxy Nexus coming to Sprint as we showed you the other day it could be going to seven carriers including Sprint. BriefMobile also claims to have spoken to a Samsung dev confirming the name “Nexus Prime” was the internal codename for the Galaxy Nexus after all. That’s all we’ve got for now, but stay tuned and continue to get excited if your not with Verizon. You’re carrier could be officially announced any day now.
Today, Sprint announced a new app that allows the hearing impaired to talk on there cellphone in a brand new way. The new app, Wireless CapTel by Sprint, uses services provided by Raketu, the company who has for years given the hearing impaired a way to communicate on their land-lines. Incorporating this technology to the mobile market has been difficult, but today, Sprint removes the barrier from it’s cellular customers allowing seamless communication for the hearing impaired.
As soon as the Wireless CapTel app is installed, the user dials a number and the special relay service activates immediately. Hard-of-hearing users can then type their conversation on their phone, which in turn gets transferred into voice for the person on the other end. When the other person responds, it automatically gets transcribed into text for the Wireless CapTel client allowing both parties to carry on a seamless conversation.
“Sprint Relay is pleased to add another groundbreaking solution to its portfolio – and bring to the market a service that improves our customers’ experience,” said Sprint Relay director Mike Ellis. This free Wireless CapTel app is available now in the Android Market, and is compatible with “select” phones running Android 2.2 or later. Jump past the break for a brief YouTube video, download links, and full press report.
Sprint has made it official that they will be switching to capped 4G data for their Mobile Hotspot and Mobile Broadband plans. Beginning on your next bill from Sprint, you will no longer have unlimited 4G. As you can see in the chart above, Sprint is showing you how this will all shake down and the charges you will incur by going over your limit. I’m sure this doesn’t come as a shocker to anyone as the unlimited goodness is sure to come to a close for everyone soon enough. The question now is not a matter of if, but rather when will smartphones get the same treatment? I have no doubts Sprint can’t hold on to unlimited data for their smartphones forever, but I hope to be proven wrong. What do you think?