Sprint Gives LightSquared 6 Weeks To Make Right With The FCC And Begin Delivering 4G LTE For 2015

Sprint and LightSquared were all set on their venture to begin delivering 4G LTE to Sprint’s customer base however, there’s one small stepping stone.  And by small, I mean huge as heck.  The FCC has presented quite the challenge in a number of areas for LightSquared primarily in regards to an alleged GPS interference issue.  The entire ordeal has moved to the FCC inquiring public approval before moving forward.  However, Sprint isn’t allowing the matter to linger any longer than it needs to. The carrier would still like to use LightSquared to assist in rolling out 4G LTE speeds to its customers however, they’ve given the company a deadline of six weeks to straighten matters out before they look elsewhere for services.  The folks over at BGR managed to get a statement from LightSquared:

“Sprint and LightSquared have agreed to extend our network agreement through mid March. Sprint continues to support our business plan to bring wireless broadband to more than 260 million Americans and our ongoing efforts to work with regulatory agencies to resolve interference concerns.”

So, stay tuned to Talk Android as we see if LightSquared can reconcile things with the FCC by mid March.  Im sure there is a plethora of Sprint customers that would love to see 4G LTE speeds on their network, 260 million to be exact.

source: Down Jones Newswires
via:  Phandroid



Download: Sprint Nexus S 4G Gets Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich IMM26 ROM

There’s great news for those loyal fans who stuck with their Sprint CDMA Nexus S 4G handsets instead of running over to Big Red and snatching a Galaxy Nexus.  The incredibly talented folks over at XDA managed to get the Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 ROM up and running for the second iteration in the Google Nexus family.  The ROM is reported to be in its final stages of testing and offers a few new features and updates.  Among them are a new software modem, bootloader and is now at biuld IMM26.  Most if not all of the features are stable and working, including the WiMax radios.  Further proof of a new build is revealed by its build date, January 30th 2012.  So rest assured it’s not the same build we saw previously.  It will be nice for Nexus S 4G owners to be slightly ahead of the curve, as you all know Google has already released the Android 4.0.3 ICS build for the Nexus S 3G model as well as for a few other devices.  If you’re feeling frisky, hit the downloads below and don’t forget to report back any issues you may find. Feel free to report them in our forum so as to alert other Nexus S 4G owners as well.  As always, be aware that you’re doing this at your own risk and the staff here at TA are in no way responsible if you brick your device.  So, in short, know what the heck you’re doing!  Good luck and enjoy.  For your convenience, we’ve provided all the downloads you need below courtesy of XDA (dev mrxkills).  Big thanks goes to the rest of the developers who gave their blood, sweat and tears on tweaking this update for the Nexus S 4G.

Update: For some unknown reason, the dev has been asked to pull this down from the site.
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New TI OMAP 4470 Chip Seen in New Galaxy Nexus? Also Benchmarked?

Back when it was first leaked that Sprint would be sporting a Galaxy Nexus of their own it was suggested that their version of the phone would be running a 1.5GHz processor. Considering the original runs a 1.2 GHz OMAP processor everyone was a little surprised. It caught some to question the fact that Google and Samsung would consider dropping a higher-end Galaxy Nexus on the world. Well if the benchmark folk NenaMark have anything to say about it, then a higher-end Galaxy Nexus we shall have! Read more

Google Brings Sprint Galaxy Nexus Sign-Up Page Out of the Freezer

A few weeks ago, at CES, Sprint made the announcement that they would bringing the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in the 32GB variety to their newly minted LTE network. If you are one of those folks on Sprint that are looking forward to this device and you’re impatiently waiting it appears that the release is coming soon. The registration section for the Sprint device has gone live on the official Galaxy Nexus site which will allow you to be notified when the phone goes up for sale.

The Sprint version will come with Google Wallet installed unlike Verizon‘s, and will also be free of any bloatware, again unlike Verizon’s version. However there is nothing to suggest what the phone will be going for when it becomes available on Sprint but if you are interested in being one of the first in knowing when it’s available you can hit the source to sign up. You can check out our hands on with the Sprint Galaxy Nexus at CES. Also if you’re interested you can check out the review on Verizon’s version here. While it’s on a different network I am sure it’s essentially the same device. Enjoy!

[via Google]


Will We Finally See the Release of the Samsung Epic 2?

The sequel to the original Samsung Epic 4G was rumored to be seen on Sprint‘s network way back in quarter three of last year. However there hasn’t been much in terms of news regarding this device since then. Heck, the phone hasn’t even seen a release since it was first announced. Well it appears that we may actually see a release after all, as the device (SPH-D705) has made a showing in the Cellebrite system (see below). Usually this means that the release is imminent in the near future.

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[Deal] Amazon Offering Sprint Epic Touch 4G At Discounted Price: Black Version is $79.99, White Version is $99.99

Always fancied that Sprint Epic Touch 4G phone, but was concerned about the steep price of the phone? Well you will want to pay a visit to Amazon, ASAP.  The online retailer is offering the ever-popular Galaxy S II Epic Touch 4G for a lowered price. Yup, it’s offering the 1.2GHz Exynos-powered Gingerbread handset for a lowered price which should entice more than a few people. It is offering the popular Black version for $79.99 while the intriguing white version is offered at a cool $99.99 for new customers. If you’re a current Sprint customer and you want to upgrade, the upgrade price is a mere $149.99 for both versions. Also keep in mind it is offering free 2-day shipping when you order the phone by 3PM Monday-Friday. You can hit up Amazon today to grab either of the phones and when you do, let us know what you think of them when you finally get your greasy mitts on the great phone.

[via Amazon black, white]

ZTE Optik Tablet Available Soon For Sprint


Sprint is getting a shinny new tablet for their line up. The ZTE Optik Tablet will be the Now Network’s latest addition to their collection of Android devices. The Tablet is available for $99 on a contract, and you can have it shipped to you as early as February 5th or if your are a patient person, it will be ready for in-store purchase March 11th. Read on past the break for all the specs.

  • 7-inch display
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 16GB internal memory
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 4,000 mAh battery
  • 5-megapixel primary camera
  • 2-megapixel front facing camera
  • Mobile hotspot for up to 5 devices (3G)
  • Stereo speakers
  • bluetooth
  • Android 3.2
This is not a power-house device, but it is impressive for only $100. I am a Sprint customer and I will defiantly be checking out this device when it lands in stores. Will you? Let us know in the comments section below.

Sprint EL29 Update For Samsung Epic Touch 4G Phone Rolling Out

Sprint is officially rolling out the EL29 update for the Epic 4G Touch smartphone. Shouldn’t be too surprising considering we saw the source kernel became available last week and we expected the subsequent update to drop at any given moment. In case you’re interested, here’s the changelog for the update:

  • Security update
  • Dismissing multiple calendar alerts
  • Commercial Alert System (CMAS) activated

Notice the security update enhancement? This must mean that Sprint is chugging along in its quest to remove Carrier IQ from its devices. The EL29 update will bring your software build to version S:D710.0.5S.EL29 and will be released in stages. Moreover, Sprint highlights all devices should get it it within the next 10 days. If you’re an Epic 4G Touch owner, keep a lookout for the update notification to indicate your phone is ready to receive the update. Of course if you are the impatient type and want to do a manual update, just go to the menu –> settings –> about phone –> system updates –> update to get your phone updated.

[via Sprint by Android Central]

AT&T Opposes Sprint For Using Roaming Agreement Rules In Support Of Huge Privation

AT&T has strongly voiced its opinion lately in a move made by Sprint in their Oklahoma and Kansas City markets to shut down some of its own home services in favor of roaming agreements with other CDMA carriers.  AT&T specifically points to two policy changes made by the FCC which allowed Sprint to make the move.  The first policy pushes the end of the Home Market Rule, which prohibits a carrier to establish any roaming agreements in a market where it owns its own spectrum.  The other was pushed last year when the organization required for carriers to offer high-speed data roaming on top of traditional voice services.  AT&T Senior VP, Bob Quin says:   Read more