Sprint has recently decided to change their data plans for tablets and mobile broadband/hotspot in order to remain competitive with other mobile providers. It seems like Sprint has been tweaking its plans a lot lately and this new line-up has its ups and downs. All new changes went into effect today and only apply to non-smartphone devices. Smartphones will maintain unlimited data.
Sprint’s two high-tier plans offer more bandwidth than Verizon and AT&T and at a lower cost. You can get 12GB of data for $79.99 and 6GB fro $49.99. If you are simply using a tablet and want less data, you now have a 1GB option for $19.99 and 3GB plan for $34.99. The later also applies to hotspots as well.
All plans include 3G and 4G but if you go over in data you will definitely be punished for it. The Now Network is going to charge you an additional $0.25 per MB of overage, and if you manage to exceed 1GB you will have to pay a $50 penalty. Although the new pricing is really good and beats out Big Red and Ma Bell, the overage fees will definitely make you want to monitor your data usage more closely.
Jump past the break for the full low-down within Sprint’s press release.
Now what suspicious QWERTY device do we have here? Coming straight from Sprint’s Playbook, the mystery device known as the Express, will feature a 2.6-inch touchscreen, 600MHz processor, 3.2-megapixel camera, 1,500mAh battery, Sprint ID, and Gingerbread 2.3. The unbranded device is set to be available for a mere $19.99 (after 2-year contract) via Direct Ship on November 18.
While the specs and pricing screams entry-level, it looks like a solid device. The price point alone will entice new or even existing customers to purchase the phone. In addition, the QWERTY keyboard will no doubt win over Blackberry fanatics people who aren’t comfortable with touchscreen only devices. Look out for more details and information to come forward in the coming days.
(Picture courtesy of Android Central)
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There is a discussion going on over at the XDA forums giving a very in-depth look at some screen problems T-Mobile’s S II is having compared to Sprint’s version. While we did our own review on T-Mobile’s S II, and having seen this beautiful screen myself first hand, no immediate problems were noticeable. The image you see above was taken with the camera shutter down to see things not visible by the naked eye. There are also two more shots after the break showing you what the screen will look like in person, one of which shows the poor contrast compared to Sprint’s. I did’t see any problems in person that would kill the deal for me owning this phone, but you’ll have to decide for yourself. The full thread can be seen over at XDA found after the break. Don’t forget to let us know your thoughts right down there in the comments.
Today, Sprint plans on kicking off a slow Gingerbread rollout for the Samsung Epic 4G. The plans are to update only about 3 percent of devices on the first day (today) to try and avoid the major issues seen during the Froyo update. Sprint will continue the slow rollout over the next 8 days, until all handsets are updated.
You can expect all the usual goodies that come with Android 2.3, and the change log includes:
- Airrave notification fixes
- SMS area code fix
- PRL and Profile update fix
- EAS HTML Tagging fix
- Bluetooth headset quality fix
- Lock screen date fix
If at any time you dismiss the update notification or you just want to see if it’s available to you yet, press: Settings–> Menu–> About Phone–> System Update. The build number should be EI22. Jump past the break to see an image of the official update document.
The Samsung Transform Ultra is already available on Boost Mobile, but it will be released for Sprint on November 13 for $79.99 after a $50 rebate. Fans of budget-friendly phones are going to like this. It’s pretty much stock Android with the ability to do some easy customizing with Sprint ID, and the QWERTY keyboard makes texting and emails a breeze. It features a 3.5-inch (480 x 320) display, 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 3MP rear camera, VGA front camera, 1500mAh battery, and Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread. If you looking for a sub $100 phone and want a QWERTY keyboard, this is the phone for you. We will give a full review soon, but in the meantime, checkout the initial hands on review below.
With so many amazing devices being released it seems it’s about time we even it out by adding a couple not-so-amazing devices to the roster. A recent leak from Sprint outs a couple entry level phones that will be available just in time for the holidays.
The Samsung Transform Ultra, landing at Sprint on November 13th for $79.99, will be a great phone for young people or folks who don’t desire to have a high-end device in their pocket. Sporting a 1GHz processor running Android 2.3, the Transform Ultra comes with a full QWERTY keyboard, 3MP camera and front camera for video chat.
The second Sprint phone, also landing Nov. 13th, is the Kyocera DuraCore. This direct-connect device will only cost $69.99 but we haven’t gotten any specs on it yet.
It was a while back that carriers caught on and started blocking customers from downloading wireless tethering apps from the Android Market. You may still be able to tether via USB cable but the wireless method is now all but extinct. Sprint held out the longest allowing customers to use their phones in conjunction with a third-party app to serve as a free wireless hotspot. Those days are gone my friends, Sprint devices are now too blocked from downloading such apps from the Android Market.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise because the Now Network has already put a cap on 4G mobile hotspots and broadband usage, charging $.05 for every MB exceeded. If your device is rooted though, you still have an option for stickin’ it to the man. You can sideload the third-party apps by doing so directly from their websites, ie. WiFi Tether. So although it sucks and pisses us off, lets at least be thankful for all those great developers out there who always have our back in a pinch. Thanks guys, you rock!
[via Android Police]
SensorLogic, a provider of cloud-based platforms for machine-to-machine (M2M) application development, on Tuesday announced that they are teaming up with Sprint, to assist enterprise customers to help fast-track M2M initiatives.
The partnership of the two companies is expected to give enterprise customers better ways to produce and deploy M2M applications and managed services. The association allows the two companies to promote both of their offerings in hope of meeting the needs of the growing market for M2M services. Read more
The iPhone vs. Android debate is a never-ending debate and can be purely objective. However, Apple may have Sprint to thank for manipulating prospective customers or those on the fence to use the Apple iPhone on the NOW network as opposed to an Android device. All Things D reports Sprint CEO Dan Hesse argues that “iPhone users are expected to use less 3G than the typical user of a dual-mode 3G, 4G device. Even adjusting for more total new customers being added to the network, we believe they will put less load on our 3G network than they would have if we did not carry the iPhone“. Read more