Will the AT&T Attain, Verizon Function, and Sprint Within be the US versions of the Galaxy S II?

When the original Samsung Galaxy S phone came to the U.S., it was branded as the Verizon Fascinate, AT&T Captivate, T-Mobile Vibrant, U.S. Cellular Mesmerize and the Cellular South Showcase. Is it any surprise that the same thing is going to happen all over again for the new Galaxy S II. For some reason the Fascinate 2 or Captivate 2 is just not good enough.

An online web store has a listing for a silicon gel case that’s compatible with the generic Samsung Galaxy S II, but also lists Attain (AT&T), Function (Verizon), and Within (Sprint).

Get ready for the bloatware and other tweaks from the U.S. carriers. It  will also be interesting to see if NFC makes it over on any of the U.S. versions.

A notable exception from the U.S. carriers is T-Mobile. They were the first to offer the Samsung Galaxy S. They even had a second version with a slightly tweaked 21 Mbps HSPA+ radio. Right now the biggest competition to the Galaxy S II would be the HTC Sensation which will be on T-Mobile. Is it possible they will not go head to head on the same carrier?

[via intomobile]

Nexus S 4G, $99 on Wirefly.com for new Sprint customers

The Nexus S 4G is one of Sprints latest offerings on their network. From Sprint you can get this Android 2.3 device for $199, and at Best Buy for $150 as reported last week. Now Wirefly has showed them both up by offering the Pure Google phone for $99. I don’t need to tell you guys this is a great deal for this Google+Samsung device. You won’t find many differences between this Nexus S 4G and the Nexus S (T-Mobile), other than the 4G version will have the capability to run on Sprints WiMAX network.
Key Features:

  • 4-inch (480 x 800) Super AMOLED display
  • Hummingbird ARM Cortex A8 1 GHz processor
  • 512MB Ram
  • 5-megapixel rear facing camera, VGA front facing
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 16GB internal memory
This deal however is only for new customers. So if you’re hoping to upgrade for that price, it ain’t gonna happen. You’ll of course get a slight discount at $150 as an existing customer. So if you’ve been on the fence about leaving your current carrier, this may be a great time to do so, and get your hands on an awesome device at a great price.

HTC Sensation Continues Their Anti-Rooting Trend with a Locked Bootloader

A little while back, my esteemed colleague Robert brought us news that the HTC Incredible S would have a locked bootloader. What this means is that it makes it much more difficult (not impossible mind you) to root the phone and then add custom ROMs, kernels or recoveries to it. This has been an increasing trend with formerly-development-friendly HTC, with both the Incredible S and the Thunderbolt including locked bootloaders.

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Nexus S 4G now available at Sprint for $199, Best Buy for $150

It is the same phone as the Nexus S except for the addition of the WiMAX radio. The Nexus S 4G is available today at Sprint for $199. If you are a brand new customer to Sprint, you can save $50 at Best Buy.

Don’t forget that you can now enjoy Google Talk video chat since the Nexus S 4G has Gingerbread 2.3.4.

Other key features include:

  • 4-inch (480 x 800) Super AMOLED display
  • Hummingbird ARM Cortex A8 1 GHz processor
  • 512MB Ram
  • 5-megapixel rear facing camera, VGA front facing
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 16GB internal memory

[via engadget]

One more time……What is the HTC Kingdom?

That in the picture above we now visually can tell is not the HTC Kingdom. If you read Mitch Wrights’ article from this past Tuesday – What is the HTC Kingdom? – you’ll see that he wrote of all the debate and controversy that was going on over this new device and its ROM leak, and linking us to the XDA thread that has over 1,700 replies since it was posted 3 days ago. Through dissection of the HTC Kingdom they continued to argue.

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Clearwire posts $227 million loss with 533% subscriber growth, discontinues Rover service

Clearwire had an interesting first quarter. They posted revenues of $242 million, but had a loss of $227 million. They had a record subscriber growth of 533 percent year-over-year from quarter one 2010. How did this happen? They had higher costs from network expansions and they wrote off the “abandonment of projects that no longer fit within management’s strategic network plans.”

Clearwire expects they will have a million more subscribers then originally forecasted and they announced that they no longer plan on selling any of its spectrum due to a deal with Sprint worth $1 billion. I would say that should be enough cash to take care of operations for now.

In other news, Clearwire announced they are dropping the Rover pre-paid mobile broadband service. Since late 2010, Clearwire has been offering the Rover hot spot service for as low as $5 per day or $50 per month. Clearwire will offer new pre-paid plans under the Clearwire name.

Hit the break for the earnings press release

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Sprint launching updated tiered pricing for embedded devices on May 8th

It looks like May 8th will bring a change in data plans for Sprint mobile broadband and embedded devices like tablets. The new packages will be 3GB for $34,99, 5GB for $49.99, and 10GB for $79.99.

Sprint currently offers 5GB for $59.99 per month and a 2GB tablet-only plan for $29.99 per month.

These plans should be good for the Motorola XOOM, BlackBerry Playbook, and the new Samsung Galaxy Tabs.

[via bgr]

Google Voice Integration With All Sprint Numbers is Now Live

Sprint and Google have been beta-testing a full integration of Google Voice with the Sprint network over the past several weeks, and today the service has been declared “live.” Sprint customers can now use their Sprint number to run all of their Google Voice services, allowing them to set the phone to ring at multiple locations, or even different locations determined by the caller or time of day. Or if you’d prefer, you can have all outgoing calls go out through your Google Voice service. This brings a lot of versatility, and the process is fairly seamless, though by default it will disable SMS messages from coming into your phone and route them through Google Voice instead. This feature isn’t hard to reverse, and tonight we’ll be bringing you a quick how-to on that, plus any other tips and tricks we find this afternoon.  Catch the video promo after the break, and head to the official site to get started.

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Best Buy Says: Reserve Your Sprint HTC Evo 3D Today!


Finally, what many of us have been waiting for since the announcements from Sprint at CTIA. Best Buy has sent out an email to all those who have asked to be notified about information on whats to come. This latest mailer comes with great news! You can now reserve your Sprint HTC Evo 3D. Thats right! The newest installation in the line of Evo’s from Sprint can now be yours. So if you want this new Android 2.3 device, get over to your local Best Buy store and reserve it now, as via your local retailer is the only way to reserve! I know I’ll be headed to Best Buy the first chance i get.

Check out the specs below:

  • Android 2.3
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon CPU
  • 4.3-inch 3D capacitive touchscreen with 960×540 pixels res.
  • Dual 5-megapixel rear cameras for recording 3D video at 720p
  • 2D video at 1080p.
  • 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls
  • 4GB of internal memory, microSD expansion slot.
  • DNLA support and HDMI port
  • Dimensions: 5.0×2.6×0.48 inches

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AT&T & T-Mobile, Want To Add Your 2 Cents Worth? FCC Says Ok.

As you’re already aware, not everyone is happy with the AT&T&T-Mobile buy-out.  It appears that the FCC wants to know what you think about the whole acquisition, which is looking to be finalized about this time next year.  Have you had an opinion or thought on the matter?  The FCC has provided a place on their electronic comment filing page for you to chime in.  Now is the time to take advantage if you’ve been looking to get something off of your chest.  Head on over to their site via the source link and look for file number 147, proceeding number 11-65 and feel free to fire away in the comment box.  While you’re at it, paste that rant or blessing in our comments section first before pasting it over at their site.  We’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter.  Dan Hesse, there’s even a spot for you too my friend!  As a T-Mobile employee myself, I have much to say on the matter, but I think I’ll save that jazz for another post.  I’ll just suffice it to say this, I shiver at the thought of Android being solely left in the hands of AT&T.

I think our friend Zak Stinson, over at Android Police sums it up well as to what we should be worried about:

  • A lack of competition resulting from fewer, larger carriers may result in less innovation and increased prices.
  • Both carriers’ 4G HSPA+ bands are incompatible, risking loss of coverage for T-Mobile handsets once AT&T LTE starts rolling out
  • Only one major carrier will be buying GSM handsets, meaning they will have the lion’s share of control over the GSM devices that make it to the U.S. market

[via fcc by androidpolice]