Sprint is staying with unlimited plans and will launch LTE network in early 2012

Everyone is wondering when Sprint is going to drop their unlimited data plans, but don’t look for any changes now. Sprint Chief Technology Officer Stephen Bye says there are no plans to change anything.

“There’s clearly a cost to support unlimited,” Bye said, but added that not every unlimited subscriber is a high data user and billing is simpler and more efficient without tiers.

In other positive news, Sprint plans on launching its LTE network in early 2012. They are already installing LTE equipment and field testing in select areas. They hope to launch commercial service by the end of the 1st quarter, but hopeful the target could move up.

This project is expected to cost $4 billion to $5 billion over the next three to five years, but over a seven-year period they will save between $10 billion and $11 billion.

If Sprint can keep unlimited going along with LTE, things could get very interesting.

[via cnet / cnet]

Sprint Posts Motorola Admiral Video Ahead Of Official Announcement

A two and a half minute YouTube video entitled ‘Motorola Admiral Overview’ was posted by Sprint yesterday, which outlines the features and design of this “productivity powerhouse” as they call it. The video mostly confirms the specs from a leak we showed you last week, such as its instant Direct Connect service, 3.1-inch display and 5 megapixel rear-facing cam. A launch date goes unmentioned, which makes perfect sense because the device has not actually been unveiled yet! Oops?

Mistake or not, the video serves as a signal atleast, that a price and launch date are near. Hit the break to see the Admiral video before Sprint has a chance to take it down.

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HTC Hero S press shot for US Cellular

We recently wrote about the HTC Kingdom coming to US Cellular under the title HTC Hero S. The Hero S is supposed to come with a single core 1.2 GHz processor, a 4-inch qHD (540×960) touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera, and a secondary front-facing cam. The photo above is US Cellular’s first press shot of the Hero S. It’s pictured beside the Motorola Electrify; a US Cellular variant of Sprint’s Photon. The Hero S is also planned for Sprint under the name HTC Evo Design 4G. Alltel is also expected to carry this phone as the Acquire. Obviously the device is attractive to carriers, we’ll see how it fares with the consumers.

[via pocketnow]

Sprint’s Mobile Hotspot Will Be Capped At 5GB Starting October 2nd

We just recently said goodbye to Sprint’s Premier Program and saw a trim to the length of their return policy. Oh yeah, don’t forget they just increased their early termination fees as well. Up next Sprint is putting a 5GB limit on their 3G/4G hotspot usage for new and existing customers. There’s also a nice little overage fee of $.05/MB for you to enjoy as well. Note though, this does not apply to tablet plans or your smartphone’s normal data usage, so you’ll still be able to enjoy your unlimited data. There you have it folks take it as you will. The dominoes just keep on falling. Anyone on Sprint looking to jump ship or are you still happy there?

[via sprintfeed]

Sprint’s EOL list – a Eulogy

Not in cruelty, not in wrath,  EOLs leaked today; the Kyocera and Evo 4G, Sprint has planned to slay.

Ladies and gentleman, tonight we bring sad news. As evidenced by the photo above six phones have been discontinued this evening, two of which are our own; the Kyrocera Echo and the Evo 4G. We remember the  Evo 4G having had a long wonderful life; reaching a ripe old age of one and a half years. In that time it was able to win the hearts and minds  of  many an Android user. The poor Echo however has left us a mere 5 months young, and was looked upon as an outcast by many of the community for its unique dual screen architecture. The world wasn’t ready for you Echo!

While we mourn the loss of these prominent Android devices and pray they may be recycled correctly, we should also find room for happiness. From the plastic and metal of old will rise the shiny new stuff. Customers will again shout  “Shut up and take my money!” and it will be a joyous occasion.

Of Android we discuss, Talk Android.

[via sprintfeed]

Gingerbread 2.3.3 Beginning To Arrive On Sprint’s LG Optimus S

As promised, we’re beginning to see the the OTA for Gingerbread 2.3.3 hit Sprint’s popular little mid-level power-horse, the LG Optimus S.  . The official software version, LS670ZVH,  offers a plethora of new features and enhancements such as:

  • Volume adjustment from handset when backlight is off and in a Bluetooth call
  • Initiation of a 3-way call in certain markets
  • Updated color scheme (includes darker notification bar and black-based menus)
  • New on-screen keyboard (supports multi-touch input and a smart auto-correction function)
  • Improved cut-paste functionality
  • New integrated download application for ease in accessing downloaded files
  • Updated camera application
  • Power management and task killer applications

There was some confusion earlier last week as to whether or not this would be an OTA update.  Well, it is.  So rest assured that you should be receiving the push shortly.  If you’ve already received the update and are reaping the benefits, feel free to let us know what you think of the enhancements and improvements below.  Enjoy it, because we’re not entirely sure the device will ever be graced with the up and coming Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS)  However, only time will tell so don’t quote us.

[Thanks Tony D.]

LG Optimus Q2 Coming Soon?

LG continues to stay in the Android race with their mid-to-upper based phones. Their next step into the world of slider phones: The LG Optimus Q2. While the phone’s simple 5 MP rear camera and VGA front camera may not impress you too much, some of its other specs are nothing short of cutting edge. LG assures us that the phone is slimmer and lighter than all other slider phones in its class. Tack on the 1.2 GHz Tegra , a 4 inch IPS LCD screen, and Android 2.3 you’ve got yourself quite a device here. The device is expected to launch in South Korea within the next month. Unfortunately, there’s no news yet of when LG plans to bring the device stateside. Rumor has it the device will be coming to Sprint.

[via electronista]

7 States join Sprint and Feds to block AT&T/T-Moble merger

Last Friday the U.S. Department of Justice announced that seven state attorneys general jumped on the bandwagon to appose the merger of AT&T and T-Mobile USA.

The attorneys general representing California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington joined the U.S. Department of Justice’s lawsuit to prevent the acquisition. The amended complaint has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

It’s nice to know that Sprint has some valuable backing power within this lawsuit, and they commend the group for doing so. The $39 billion merger would not only upset many consumers and violate the antitrust law, but would also harm the nations economy and take away thousands of American jobs.

The rapidly growing force of opposition has left AT&T in a bit of a quandary, forcing them to search for more supporters in order to save the deal from its impending doom.

How do you feel about the proposition? Leave your comments in the field below.

Full press release after the break.

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Sprint Announces Thin And Superlight LG Marquee

Sprint announces the LG Marquee today, also known as the LG Optimus Black, that’s set to be released on October 2nd. The Marquee will have a 4-inch 480 x 800 (WVGA) NOVA Display that’s supposed to have better indoor and outdoor visibility along with reduced power consumption compared to conventional LCDs. Loaded with Android 2.3 and a 1GHz processor it also has 5MP rear and a 2MP front cameras, Swype built in, Sprint ID, WiFi, GPS, bluetooth, 2GB included microSD expandable to 32GB, 512MG RAM, 2GB ROM, and a 1500 mAh battery.

You can catch it on pre-sale that will run for one week starting Sept. 20th. Anyone who purchases the Marquee on pre-order will also start to receive their devices a little early starting Sept. 29th. The price will be set at $99 on contract with a $50 mail-in rebate to boot. Another note in the press release is that this device will be launched at MADE Fashion week in NYC. Stacy London from TLC’s What Not To Wear show will act as a mentor to five MADE designers as they create chic style carrying cases for the Marquee. Interesting marketing, but odd at the same time. What do you all think about that one? You can check out the full press release via the source link.

[via sprint]

[Leak] Sprint’s New Mil-Spec Direct Connect device – The Motorola Admiral

Today we got ahold of evidence of yet another device landing at Sprint in the near future. A rather official picture has surfaced on the interweb showing a new device from Moto, the Motorola Admiral. This new CDMA phone will include Sprint’s Direct Connect service, a.k.a. push-to-talk. Thanks to an unknown tipster we not only have an image of the Admiral, but we have specs to go along with it:

  • Physical portrait QWERTY keyboard
  • 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8655 processor
  • 1860 mAh battery
  • 32GB MicroSD slot
  • 3.1″ VGA (640 x 480) display
  • 5 MP camera w/ 720p HD video capture

Keep in mind, the Admiral is built according to military specifications, so these specs aren’t bad. This is one Admiral you could trust to be by your side during battle within the concrete jungle.

[via endgadget]