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Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint Kill Off Galaxy S5 Download Booster Feature

Download Booster

Download Booster on the Galaxy S5 from Samsung was one of the cooler, flagship features introduced on the device. The feature allows users to simultaneously utilize the 4G LTE and WiFi connectivity on the device when downloading files, cutting download times significantly, as advertised on the official Galaxy S5 page from Samsung.

Unfortunately, anyone buying the device on AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint won’t find it anywhere on their phones. In an interesting move by these carriers, they have opted to remove the feature, possibly trying to help users save on their capped data plans. 

Representatives for both Sprint and Verizon confirmed the omission of Download Booster on the GS5, while a few AT&T customers receiving their Galaxy S5 units can confirm that the feature is not present. However, anyone getting the phone from T-Mobile still has reason to smile, as the company has not removed it, even promoting the Download Booster feature on the device.

Any users of Verizon may know that a carrier removing features is nothing new, as Verizon was known for removing the Blocking Mode from Samsung devices last year.

No exact reason was given by the carriers as to why the move was made, but it does seem rather shady.

Via: Fierce Wireless
  • kelly1519

    Morgan Stanley is the latest of the sell-side
    analysts to raise Verizon’s outlook for 2014, pegging its target price at $52, Here
    is why http://bit.ly/1eGzqGR

  • Stephen D

    Seriously? This is one of the coolest new features. Makes me glad I’m on T-Mobile.

  • JayEvans

    I’ll relate a story that may answer why. I had a mid 90s’ model of a car, where the oil pressure gauge was fully functional. Needle changed with RPM. Bought a new model in 2002 but the oil pressure gauge was really nothing more that an Idiot light, the needle registered either you had oil pressure (needle in the middle) or you didn’t (0).

    When I asked Mazda why the change, suspecting cost as the issue, they said it was because too many customers complained of low oil pressure at idle! Well duh, that’s how it works!

  • Lee Long

    Shady? Saving cap space is shady? Not really. Should they have left it up to customers with a warning nag? Probably. But shady?

    • needa

      lol. hell yes it is shady.

  • http://www.twitter.com/SexciiP JaQuez Avondre

    Well that defeats the purpose! That’s one of the main reasons as to why I even wanted the Galaxy S5. I guess I’ll just keep my Galaxy S4 for now. Maybe I’ll just opt for the new note. Smh, I’m so disappointed in Verizon.

    • Steve B

      Are you? Are you really?

    • Lee Long

      Or, you could root it and trust that some Dev will be able to put in back in there…

  • Steven

    Sprint no I’m gonna root my s5 just for that feature back not cool

  • JWellington

    SO glad to be a TMobile customer. Switched from verizon 2 years ago and never looked back.