On Thursday August 7, 2014, Sprint announced its plans to close WiMax, the United States’ first ever ‘4G’ network, before the end of 2015. Today, thanks to an anonymous Android Central reader, we now know the exact date for the closure is Friday, November 6, 2015.
WiMAX may be kaput here in the States, but major manufacturers continue to churn out WiMAX devices abroad. Case in point: an HTC WiMAX smartphone that casually appeared on HTC’s website, but was quickly pulled shortly after. According to reports, the WiMAX-based device called the J ISW13HT– will be featured on mobile carrier KDDI’s WiMAX network. Details of the device includes features such as a 4.3-inch qHD screen, Snapdragon S4 chip, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of memory, a microSD slot and Ice Cream Sandwich with a topping of Sense 4.0. Yummy.
No word on the official release date of this device, but we suspect it will be out very soon.
Sprint has been fairly busy lately preparing for its LTE network launch along with finalizing the finishing touches on their recently announced LTE smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and LG Viper 4G. If you’ve been wondering whether Sprint was going to continue supporting WiMax, well the answer is yes and no. Earlier today, senior vice president of networks at Sprint, Bob Azzi announced that Sprint will not launch any additional WiMax devices going forward and will mostly focus on the deployment of its new Network Vision initiative which involves combining their 3G, 4G and iDEN network towers into one single, more efficient super tower. The new project is estimated to reduce the cost of providing voice and data by 50%. Now do keep in mind that Sprint does intend to continue maintaining current WiMax towers for the foreseeable future in an effort to support the millions of subscribers that have already invested in a WiMax device. With that in mind, there’s no need to throw your Evo 3D out the window just yet.
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.
We had a chance to get our hands on a new Samsung Conquer 4G on Sprint, and we would like to share it with you. The phone is considered an entry level device, although we here at TalkAndroid are giving it the thumbs up to be called mid-range. With a 1GHz CPU and the overall snappiness of the device, this phone deserves a little more “oomph” than “entry level”. The overall feel of the phone is good, and the fact that it comes with stock Vanilla Android as the UI excites the heck out of this writer.
If you’re wanting the full rundown of the device, hit the break for both the unboxing and review videos, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments.
Sprint has begun taking measures that may lead to its eventual acquisition of Clearwire. Currently, Sprint is the majority shareholder of Clearwire, however it needs to buy out shares owned by Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Brighthouse in order to have complete control over Clearwire’s WiMax network. So far Sprint has been discussing the matter with Comcast to provide funding to Clearwire so that it can speed progress of upgrading its network to LTE. Clearwire shut down service back in February to work on upgrading its network but progress has been slow. Sprint knows that LTE will be a necessary upgrade for Clearwire to remain competitive. So far no further comment has been made by Sprint, Comcast or Clearwire, but we will keep you posted.
The Sprint Samsung Conquer 4G: a great little mid-range Android device, running on Sprint’s 4G WiMax network. While this little ditty hasn’t been released yet, that doesn’t mean that we here at TalkAndroid can’t get our hands on it. This little guy sports an HVGA resolution screen, Android 2.3, a 1GHz CPU, and 3.2 MP camera on the back (plus a front-facing camera as well), and is sure to get the job done. Be sure to hit the break below to check out our unboxing of the device, and let us know what you think of it in the comments.
Well, once we heard that Sprint employees were
playing training with the Samsung Conquer 4G, it was only a matter of time until the carrier made it official. According to the folks over at Business Wire, you can conquer this device on August 21st with a 2yr agreement for $99 after a $50 mail-in rebate.
- Dual-Mode 3G/4G device – dependable 3G nationwide coverage and turbo-charged Sprint 4G speeds where available
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and GPS capable
- MicroSD card slot that supports up to a 32GB memory card (2GB card included)
- 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capable, supporting up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices on the Sprint 3G or 4G networks
- Stereo Bluetooth wireless technology
- Access to more than 250,000 apps through Android Market™
- 1GHz CPU
- 3.5-inch Touch Display
- Android 2.3 (Gingerbread
- Sprint ID