Sprint HTC Tablet Seems Imminent as HTC Goes for Evo View Trademark

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With CTIA making its way quickly upon us and Sprint having no real flagship device announced yet for this year, expectations are high for the carrier to make an announcement or two. This coincides rather nicely with a bit of information given to Engadget recently: HTC’s attempt to aquire the trademark for the Evo View 4G. Being that “Evo” is a Sprint related moniker, one could come to a likely prediction that HTC will be announcing a WiMax-enabled tablet coming up pretty soon. Nothing is set in stone, obviously, but if this information is to be believed, then it’s looking pretty likely that Sprint customers will have their first 4G enabled tablet to play with. Is anyone else as excited as I am? Let us know in the comments!

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Sprint to Acquire T-Mobile USA According to Bloomberg

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Alright guys, now take this one with a pinch of salt or two, as this has been a rumor for a while now, but according to a report by Bloomberg, Sprint has been in talks with the US division of T-Mobile for a possible acquisition of the company. In response, a Deutsche Telekom spokesperson commented that the company “could sell all or part of the U.S. business, and all options are open,” leaving plenty enough ambiguity to make the rumor possibly viable.

There is, however, the usual argument of two networks operating on completely different networks, Sprint on CDMA and T-Mobile on GSM. This would make it difficult for Sprint to incorporate T-Mobile’s network infrastructure into its own, and considering Sprint’s previous and current hardships with Nextel’s iDen network, it seems they would probably be hesitant to make a deal. It is possible though that Sprint’s announced possible conversion to LTE would make such a transition much smoother and the benefits may outweigh the difficulties for both companies. The merger would still leave the company behind Verizon and AT&T, but by a much smaller margin and Sprint would have more options for its world-traveling customers with the acquired GSM technology.

We can toss rumors and speculation all day. In the end, the corporate heads and company shareholders will have the final say, whether it be an acquisition or a less extreme business deal.

Are you a Sprint or T-Mobile customer? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!

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Is Sprint gearing up to launch their own Nexus S?

by Mikka Burrell on
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Rumors have been swirling on the internet about Sprint announcing its own variant of the Nexus S, and now that possibility seems pretty certain. If you try visiting now.sprint.com/nexus in your web browser, you’ll get the above message from Sprint, saying the page will be ‘ready soon’. What do you think guys? Is this unofficial confirmation that there will be a CDMA Nexus S?

The Nexus S that Sprint is planning to release is rumored to be called the Nexus S 4G. Perhaps the Sprint Nexus S will be officially announced at CTIA in two weeks. As always, we’ll just have to wait and see. Leave your comments below!

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Which New Android Devices Will Sprint Reveal at CTIA?

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Of course, none of what I’m about to mention is set in stone, plus Sprint was rather quiet at the last couple events, maybe making us a little more than anxious to hear something big.

I, for one am excited for the next devices released from Sprint. Especially since I’m a customer. So, what do they have in store for us?  Thanks to an “anonymous tipster” who spoke with Engadget Mobile, we just may have an idea of what Sprint could be revealing:

  • The possibility is there that Sprint will be launching the Nexus S 4G which is pretty much the Nexus S, but with WiMAX. And as Engadget mentioned, Sprint was close to releasing a version of the Nexus One, But instead went the route of the HTC’s Evo 4G
  • Next, there is the chance we might see an Evo 3D, which obviously is an Evo capable of 3D. This would be pretty interesting. This to follow the Evo 4g and Evo Shift.
  • Lastly, the Evo View Tablet. And if this item is on the table, we can see this being a rebranded version of the HTC Flyer.

So, let’s keep our eyes and ears open so as to get more info on what’ll be the biggest news at CTIA, whether it be Sprint or one of the other carriers out there.

[via Engadget]

Sprint ‘could have US covered with LTE by 2013′ if they decided to

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Sprint’s Steve Elfman, President of Network Operations, stated yesterday at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference that if Sprint decided to go LTE, they could have it p and running with devices in 2012, and coverage over the entire US by the end of 2013. Many think, possibly investors too, that this is what Sprint should jump into since WiMax is on its way out after every other carrier in the US has decided to go 4G/LTE.

Sprint decided to go with WiMax because Intel was heavily supporting it at the time, and Sprint figured, ‘hey, if we get a whole bunch of companies to go in this with us, we’ll rake it in…’ Umm, not. Hence, Clearwire was created and rather than build a strong WiMax customer and client base, they got all high on themselves and started pushing USB sticks.

In a nutshell, it isn’t working out so great, however, Clearwire has already shown that they can push out 90Mbps downstream speeds and 30Mbps Upstream with LTE technology. So…why not Sprint…just do it.

We’re sure to hear more about this from Sprint’s mouths as a more official statement, rather than a leaked part from a speech. Stay tuned!

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Sprint releases Total Equipment Protection app to protect Sprint Android phones

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For you Sprint customers out there who are signed up for the Total Equipment Protection service, Sprint now offers a new way to keep your device safe. The Total Equipment Protection app comes with many useful features to protect the contents of your Sprint smartphone:

  • Locate lost device by sounding an alarm on the smartphone even if in silent mode, doing a real time locate via GPS technology, or viewing the smartphone’s location history on a map via a Web Interface
  • Remotely lock their smartphone
  • Erase contacts in the address book on a lost smartphone
  • Backup, manage and restore contacts

The app itself is free if you’re already a subscriber of Sprint’s Total Equipment Protection program, which is a $7 per month service. You can get the app from Sprint here. Hit the break for the full presser!

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Sprint Reports Issues With Froyo Update for Epic 4G

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Sprint is citing some issues with the Froyo update causing problems with data connectivity and SD card quirks.   They are advising that a hard reset seems to clear up the problem (back up your data first), though it’s possible that OTA updates, if you haven’t received it yet, is being put on hold.  The download is still available at Samsung’s site, but you might want to be careful with it.  Definitely backup before doing anything. Fortunately, I have not had any issues myself, but a lot of people had, so the update will be pulled, retooled, and released again sometime, hopefully soon.

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Froyo EB13 for Epic 4G Available for Download from Samsung

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Sprint Epic owners, your wait is over! If you’re like me, you’ve been anxiously awaiting Froyo since at least November, when it was originally supposed to be available. But setback after setback has occurred, and that update keeps getting pushed back further and further. Well the plan was for Sprint to have it available this week, rolling out over the air over the next four days. If you haven’t seen it yet and you’re tired of waiting, you can head over to Samsung’s website and download an update file yourself. It’s a simple .exe that you can run from your computer while your phone is connected (USB driver download might be required as well, but that is also available from Samsung’s site), and it will update you manually. It will wipe your data, so be sure to make a backup of your data partition (if you have a custom recovery console that will allow it), or at least make note of what apps you have installed so you can redownload them, and make note of important texts.

Full press release below, and download available at the source link.

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Samsung Epic 4G and Sanyo Zio possibly receiving Froyo update February 21

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Information has been circulating on the internet about a Froyo update coming to the Samsung Epic 4G and Sanyo Zio. There’s also a rumored release date of February 21st for this Froyo update that many have been waiting for.

These points can’t be verified of course, so keep that in mind. Here’s what’s rumored about the updates:

Software Updates: Samsung Epic (EB13, Froyo) & Sanyo Zio (2.200SP, Froyo)
Effective 2/21/11, software updates will be available for both devices
Over-the-Air (OTA). Both updates will be pushed over a period of days, so
customers will receive them based on their status on the Google servers.
Details:

Samsung Epic
Update will be pushed over a 4-day period
After the update completes, verify the new software version (Menu > Settings
> About Phone)
Baseband Version = S: D700.0.5S.EB13
Build Number = FROYO.EB13

Enhancements/fixes: upgrade to Froyo 2.2, improved bluetooth device support,
bluetooth voice dialing, Flash Player 10.1, GPS enhancements, improved OS
performance, ability to install applications to external storage
Sanyo Zio
Updates will be pushed over a 5-day period
Customers are required to download (accept) three portions of the update to
receive Froyo 2.2
Customers should use WiFi if possible to complete the update
After the updates complete, verify the new software version (Menu > Settings
> About Phone)
Baseband Version = S.M910.04.5.DF05
Build Number = Samsung ÉCLAIR.DF05
Enhancements/fixes: upgrade to Froyo 2.2, addition of Swype, Sprint Zone
2.5.5, Sprint ID activation improvements, better battery life

The prospects of receiving the update soon seem pretty good, as Samsung has also released the source code for the Epic 4G. While this isn’t something you can immediately start using, rooted users should be able to use the “official” Froyo before Sprint gets it out on February 21st. If you’re a developer, be sure to click the link at the end of this article and search “D700″ at the Samsung Open Source website.

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Sprint’s Kyocera Echo Generates Screen Envy Amongst Android Users

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If Android ever wanted to brag about multitasking, all of their phones should have come with two screens. Sprint’s new Kyocera Echo brags just that. Even as I write this article, I can’t help but look at my own phone in disgust. Just sitting there, shamefully, with its one screen. Its embarrassing. Now, a phone exists that actually meets the definition of a multitasker. You can compose an email on one screen while browsing the web on another. Or have your text on one screen while the other screen is fully devoted to a huge touchscreen keyboard. There is however one limitation that I’m aware of. Currently the phone doesn’t run the apps on the seperate screens simultaneously. Rather, it quickly alternates between the two apps. I’m not sure how, or even if that takes a toll on performance. I’m sure the guys at Kyocera have that all ironed out though. The Echo sports a 1Ghz snapdragon processor and Android 2.2 . Perhaps with all that screen real estate, the Echo would do well with a port from Android’s tablet OS honeycomb 3.0.

[Via engadget]