Can the Padfone change the restrictive tethering policies of U.S. carriers?
Since we were first introduced to the ASUS Padfone, almost a year ago, we were intrigued by the possibilities created by this seemingly wacky device. Is it a phone, is it a pad? It’s a Padfone! This comic book-reminiscent tagline summarizes the whole idea behind ASUS’ shape-shifting product. Instead of confining their thinking to the proverbial box, the Taiwanese chose to go their own way. The result is a device that is truly ground-breaking, not only in terms of design, but also through the concept that it promotes.
Why run around with three devices, when you [...]
That carriers love Android is not really a surprise. Go to any carrier, anywhere in the world, and you’ll notice that most of their smartphones are now based on Android. They even have their best promotions and marketing campaigns around Android smartphones. Android phones are a great way for carriers to also hook customers that have never used a smartphone before and never needed data, on their data plans, and get them to sign more expensive contracts. The conclusion: carriers make more money with Android.
But is the same true about the iPhone? Do carriers love the iPhone, too, and are they making money from it? Apparently not, and this is why it’s a [...]
Sprint recently announced that it will be changed its terms. Because of this, several users were trying to find a way to get out of their contracts early. When Sprint heard of this, they decided to keep their ‘upgrade eligible’ customers from leaving their service. One way to do this is to offer discounts between $25, $50 and even $100 to their loyal subscribers.
With regards to the criteria of eligibility for the offer, no clear information has been released by Sprint. But we’re quite pleased that Sprint decided to offer this, especially with their loyal Android smartphone subscribers. Meanwhile, customers who do not have any plans on leaving can cash in on the new [...]
There was so much news last week at CES, there is still more news trickling down to us. Sprint said last week at CES that their focus is now on LTE and producing LTE devices, meaning they are done with WiMax. You might remember back in the spring of 2010, Sprint was the first to market a 4G device, the HTC EVO 4G, although it was WiMax 4G and not LTE 4G. Which as we now know WiMax didn’t pan out like the way Sprint wanted.
Sprint is now in the process of migrating their WiMax coverage over to LTE which is what Verizon and AT&T are already using for their 4G networks. LTE has now become the standard in wireless, with half of the major US carriers already having it [...]
Finally the Sprint variant of the Samsung Galaxy S2, the Epic 4G Touch, now has an official MIUI release. For those who do not know what MIUI is, it’s a ROM that – in many peoples’ opinions – feels a lot like iOS. Mostly due to the fact that there is no app drawer, and all your apps are placed on your homescreen. While others can and will argue that it does not feel like iOS because there is to much customization on MIUI for it to be iOS-like. But we can all say, it’s closer to iOS then Android right?
Anyways let’s get down to business, if you’re an Epic 4G Touch owner, and have rooted your device then you may want to [...]
Sprint has posted that the HTC EVO 3D version 2.17.651.5 update should start rolling out today. It’s a minor maintenance release that addresses the following:Updated Peep client (to align with Twitter) Battery life improvements Security update
I know you guys with the HTC EVO 3D are dissappointed you aren’t getting Ice Cream Sandwich yet. Yes, HTC did say they’d start rolling out ICS updates for their phones in January, but you know how updates are in the Android world unless you have a Nexus. Now back to the HTC EVO 3D and it’s newest maintenance release from Sprint and HTC.
The OTA should start rolling out to devices today, but you can [...]
Great news for all of us looking for the Sprint Galaxy Nexus. The ads that had the Sprint Galaxy Nexus shown with only 16GB of storage seem to have been wrong. I emailed Sprint yesterday asking them why they weren’t offering the 32GB version, and they got back to me today saying that they are offering the 32GB version of the Galaxy Nexus. So now all your Sprint customers thinking of switching to Verizon just for the 32GB Galaxy Nexus don’t need to.
So now the question is will Sprint charge the same $299 that Verizon is charging? Or will it keep to it’s $199 pricing structure that they said they would keep for their LTE devices? We’ll have to [...]
Over the last couple of days we have seen a ton of Press releases, but it looks like we missed something important. Sprint slipped in some information with their Press Release of the Galaxy Nexus, and the LG Viper.
Sprint says they have 15 LTE devices set to launch in 2012, on top of that it looks like they will be keeping unlimited data for their LTE network. Good news right? Now we did not hear anything about throttling, so they could be taking the T-Mobile route and giving you a cap, and once you hit that cap reducing your network speeds.
Lastly, it was also stated that the prices of their LTE devices would not be crazily high like with Verizon – come [...]
Yesterday was a very busy day in the world of Tech, I’m sure you noticed here at Android Authority. After all we had 19 brand new devices announced yesterday by LG, Motorola, Samsung, Pantech, Sony, ASUS, and Lenovo, and CES is not even officially under way until today. Out of those 19 devices, AT&T announced 6 of them! Just to recap them so we know you didn’t miss anything, let’s go down the list – keep in mind most of these do not have prices or specific release dates yet.LG Spectrum: With a 720p and 4.5-inch display and sporting a 8MP back camera and a 1.3MP front camera, starting at only $199 on Contract at Verizon LG Connect 4G: One of [...]
Late last week ads leaked out on CNET’s CES page of a Sprint Galaxy Nexus, and today at CES 2012 it is official. Unlike the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, Google Wallet will be on Sprint’s Nexus. We’ve also seen in those leaked ads from Friday and Saturday that the Sprint Nexus would have a 1.5GHz dual-core processor instead of the 1.2GHz dual-core processor that the Verizon Galaxy Nexus and the GSM versions have. Sprint will only be offering the 16GB version, which is surprising since Verizon has a 32GB CDMA version of the Galaxy Nexus.
So why did Sprint announce it so far in advance? Their LTE Network won’t even be going live until around June, and [...]