Sprint Adds Another 4G Market – San Francisco Bay Now Live

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Sprint has been telling us for weeks that they were going to flip the switch on the 4G market in the San Francisco area on the 28th. Well today, they make good on their promise and issued a press release this morning stating that 4G was live in the Bay. San Fran residents can now take full advantage of either of Sprint’s 4G Android phones, or their 4G wireless cards. This brings the total count of Sprint’s 4G-compatible cities to 71, and we’re expecting to hear announcements of the next few markets within the next couple of weeks — quite possibly at CES. Here’s hoping my hometown makes the list soon. Read the full press release after the break, and San Francisco residents, please let us know how the service is!
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HTC Evo 4G hack aims to get around Sprint data throttling and caps, maximize data speeds

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Looks like the boys over at xda have some new hacking goodness coming your way, and this time it’s against the carrier for the HTC Evo 4G, Sprint. You see, if you go over your allotted amount of data in a given month, Sprint will give you a little slap on the hand by throttling your data. This means that your data speeds will drop dramatically, leaving you scratching your head and throwing your phone.

However, xda user BThomas22x has found a weakness in the Evo file system, allowing your device to not succumb to Sprint’s data throttles and caps. The hack does require your device to be rooted, but is as simple as putting a file on your sd card and flashing it through recovery. If it doesn’t work that way, however, there is an alternate, more complicated method. It should be noted that this hack will not do anything to your current internet or data speeds, but will simply destroy any data throttles that Sprint tries to put on your device. If you’re ready to don your geek hat and give it a shot, check out the mod thread here, and be sure to let us know how it goes and what you think in the comments!

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HTC EVO Shift 4G pops up in Best Buy’s system priced at $150

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It seems that an image has popped up showing off an internal Best Buy document which tells us that the HTV EVO Shift 4G will be priced at $149.99 with a new 2-year contact, and a ridonkulous $549.99 without.

Obviously we need to take this leaked image as just that, a leaked image. However, given the specs of the device, $150 sounds about right. I’m sure we’ll be getting a formal announcement and release date at CES next week, so stay tuned.

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Best Buy offering five Android phones for free with new 2-year contract

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Didn’t get that shiny new Android phone you wanted this holiday season? Well, Best Buy has you covered, with a grand total of five new Android devices for the low low price of $0 with a new 2-year contract. The five phones are the Droid Incredible, LG Optimus S, LG Optimus T, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, and the LG Vortex.

So, if one of these phones tickles your fancy, hit up the Best Buy page here for all the juicy details.

Sprint Picks Name as Evo Shift 4G Accessories Show at Best Buy

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Best By is starting to stock accessories for the new 4G smartphones from Sprint expected to be announced at CES 2011 in a few days. The name on the package shows that Sprint has decided to stick with the name Evo Shift 4G for the device, as seen above. Since Best Buy is stocking, the device should be available nation-wide within a couple weeks. The device should be priced at approximately $150 with a 2 year contract, and $549 without a contract.

We’ll see more at CES.

[via Android Central]

Sprint Trash Talks T-Mobile’s HSPA+ Network, Oh It’s On…

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Stephanie Vinge, a corporate communications manager with Sprint, today sprinkled a little trash talk on T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network using her Twitter account.

“A little #4G math: # of T-Mobile 4G phones: 0 (oh wait, they don’t have a 4G network yet) # of VZW 4G phones: 0. # of Sprint 4G phones: 2.”

The words, “open mouth, insert foot” come to mind, in this clear case of misinformation.  This is strangely ironic, since the ITU, those fellas responsible for defining what 4G is, just declared LTE, WiMax and HSPA+ to be labeled as legitimate 4G technologies.  But what do they know? They have only been around for 145 years.  In addition, to further add insult to injury, a few tweets later she states that the ITU is just one “perspective.”  Really?  That’s like saying a particular law ruled by the Supreme Court is not valid because it’s just one perspective. » Read the rest

XDA Saves The Day, Samsung Intercept Bricked By Froyo Update Gets a Fix

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Were you one of the unfortunate Samsung Intercept owners who inherited a glorified paper weight thanks to the 2.2 Froyo update?  As usual, XDA has come to the rescue by providing a fix for your rather expensive investment.  Member Whosdaman, a sales rep for Sprint,  has provided a fix that will get your Intercept up and awake from its beauty rest in no time.  However, he warns that you MUST have the 2.2 update already on your phone.  If you meet the criteria, then head over to the thread and get full instructions on how to fix the issue.  Stop back and let us know how the fix worked out for you.

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Samsung Epic 4G to receive Froyo on December 26th

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Got a Samsung Epic 4G?  Be prepared to open one extra present the day after Christmas.  It looks like Sprint is just about ready to rollout Froyo to their Epic 4G customers and it’s not a moment too soon.  We know the big news lately has been around Gingerbread, but progress is progress right?  Besides, Gingerbread was just released 5 days ago, and we know it can be months before carriers get an update out.

Let’s just be thankful for once and excited that you’ll now be rocking new features like the ability to move/install apps to the SD card, improved bluetooth device support, GPS enhancements, Flash Player!!1!1, and overall a faster, smoother running system.  Expect the rollout to begin on the 26th of December, but don’t be discouraged if you don’t get it right away as it is expected to be pushed out to all customers over a 4 day period.

[via phonearena]

Sprint Gears Up 4G In San Francisco on Dec 28th, Releases Next Video Installment

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Today, Sprint unveiled the next latest and greatest city to get their 4G WiMax switch flipped into the upright position.  On Dec 28th, San Francisco, among several other cities, will begin receiving 4G technology love to a number of their high end handsets. Among these are the Evo 4G, Epic 4G and the Sprint Overdrive.  Those living in the Bay area can expect to experience a boost in speeds when uploading and downloading content, video chatting and browsing the Internet.  As Sprint claims in their press release, users should see speeds of up to 10 times faster than their 3G service.  Sprint, in a series of 4G videos, revealed their next installment, touting what the advantages are for those who will soon have WiMax at their disposal.  Currently, Sprint offers their WiMax service in 70 markets and counting.  If you’re in the San Fran area on the 28th, let us know what kind of speeds you’re seeing and what device you’re rocking in the comments section.

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Sprint 4G Goes Live in Denver and Bridgeport

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The 4G wars are officially raging. Sprint had a bit of a head start, but they’re not just resting on their laurels. They have 2 4G handsets out, and just launched 4G service in two new markets, bringing their total count to 70. Sprint customers in Denver, CO and Bridgeport, CT with 4G handsets can now take advantage of that premium data charge. Press release below.

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