For all of you T-Mobile users who are eagerly awaiting 4G to arrive, don’t hold your breath. Rene Obermann, CEO of T-Mobile USA’s parent company, Deutsche Telekom, stated that there are currently no plans for building a 4G network in the US for at least 2 years. Obermann instead affirmed that, “With HSPA+ we’re in a very good position. We still have plenty of capacity, so we are competitive.” It seems as if the T-Mobile brass are satisfied with their current 3G offerings, and are not overly concerned about competing with early US 4G adopters like Sprint, at least not right away. For now, the most T-Mobile customers can expect is continuous upgrades to the existing 3G network, which is reported to be hitting speeds of up to 42 Mbps sometime in 2011.
Sprint’s lead development guru, Kevin Packingham, has announced he will be leaving the company on Monday. Packingham, who headed development on the flagship Evo 4G and upcoming Epic, plans to run another company in Kansas City. The timing seems rather odd, considering Sprint will soon be starting a marketing push for the upcoming release of their next 4G device, the Samsung Epic. There is no word yet as to who his replacement might be, or which company Packingham is heading to. We will continue to follow this story and bring you more details as they become available.
You may have read our article yesterday about all the Samsung Galaxy S-class phones that are to be arriving at the Shack. Well, here’s a reminder, folks… today is the day to get into RS and get in your pre-order. Keep in mind, the actual launch will be August 31st, and you get a $50 gift card towards your purchase and ensure you a seat. Full presser from RadioShack is below.
However, if you prefer to get your order in with Sprint, that can be arranged. (Insert mafia voice here) The Big Yellow is taking their own set of reservations, which can be handled over at the Official Epic 4G site. I would hurry, though, whichever you plan on, as reserve quantities can go quickly.
RadioShack is now adding samsung’s Galaxy S lines of phones to their mobile lineup. The phones include:
Samsung Epic 4G on Sprint
Samsung Vibrant on T-Mobile
Samsung Captivate on AT&T
The Epic will be available for pre-order starting today (8/13) in limited numbers, and can be reserved by purchasing a $50 gift card that would be applied to the purchase price on arrival on August 31st. T-Mobile’s version, the Vibrant, comes on the 31st as well for $149.99 on a two-year contract, and customers will receive a $50 gift card. Finally, the Captivate will be available the same date for $199.99 on a two-year agreement, and customers will receive a #20 accessory gift card.
As the days until the Samsung Epic 4G from Sprint continue to dwindle, there’s a major question surfacing: with Sprint about to offer two 4G phones, which one is better? Sprint has released a video today of a video faceoff between the Samsung Epic and the HTC Evo. The video (obviously) highlights the features of the Epic over the EVO, touting its:
super AMOLED screen
media capabilities to stream wirelessly to DLNA devices
So, as you can see, this is Sprint’s latest at gathering up some more hype before the release, which will hopefully be on August 21st, but we’ll see if that really ends up happening. Video after the break
What does every sleek and sexy smartphone need? Sleek and sexy accesories, that’s what. Samsung has answered that call for Galaxy S accessories by announcing multiple accessories for their slightly popular Galaxy S phone. These accessories are:
Need another rumor to help your Tuesday move along? How about this one: Samsung’s new baby, the Epic 4G, will be headed to the clamoring hands of consumers on August 21. According to previous speculation, some thought that we could see this handset on Sprint as early as August 11th, but let’s face it… that’s tomorrow, and we haven’t heard a peep from Sprint or Samsung, thus making the new rumore much more feasible.
What do you think? Will we see the Epic later rather than sooner, or will Sprint pull a fast one tomorrow? Let us know in the comments!
Sprint has been getting better and better about promoting their products lately. Most recently, they announced that they will be hold a sweepstakes contest with one grand prize and ten first place prizes. The lucky grand prize winner will get a 4-day, 3-night vacation to anywhere in the continental U.S. with $1000 bonus spending cash in conjunction with the release of the movie “Going the Distance.” The 10 first place winners will each receive an Epic 4G phone, not bad for just giving your email, huh?
I’m not sure which one I’d rather have, a vacation, or the Epic…. Which would you pick? Let us know in the comments!
There was a rumor that the pre-orders for the Samsung Epic 4G were supposed to start today, but nothing has shown up on their site as of yet. According to a source over at Engadget, there officially was an internal Sprint email stating the device would in fact be available for pre-order starting today though the 17th. There is no word on why the pre-orders are not active. Was it cancelled or pushed back?
Whatever the reason I hope the delay is not long, there are many of us who want that 4G speed
Here is a copy of the internal email
Reserve Now allows customers to reserve a Samsung Epic™ 4G a Galaxy S™ phone for pick up at participating company owned retail stores on launch day.
Effective Date: 8/5/10 – 8/17/10 or until inventory runs out
· Reserve Now functionality opens to Sprint Premier customers beginning 8/5/10 and opens to all other customers beginning 8/6/10.
· Sprint Premier customers will receive an e-mail on 8/5/10 with a direct link to begin the reservation process.
· The general public will receive an e-mail on 8/6/10 with Reserve Now pre-registration site updates, store locator and sprint.com/shop information.
· The Samsung Epic is not available to Employee or SWAC customers at the time of launch.
· Reservations are made through sprint.com/epic4G.
· Customers can only reserve one Samsung Epic 4G phone per reservation.
· No money or credit card information is required.
· Reserve Now closes on 8/17/10.
· Note: Reserve Now will close early if inventory runs out.
· Reserve Now orders not picked up by noon the day after launch are canceled.
· Use Reserve Now for Samsung Epic to help customers reserve their Samsung Epic 4G phone.
According to an insider source at Boy Genius Report, reports are coming in that the Samsung Epic 4G will be heading to the public on August 11th. Other reports from their insider source are stating that this information is in Sprint’s playbook, and that some Sprint stores will be opening at 8 AM on that date to accommodate. This puts the possible launch date just one day before the Motorola Droid 2 on Verizon.