Sprint’s legacy network may not be the fastest, but the carrier is taking steps to improve it. Today, the Now Network announced it has begun rolling out Spark, the carrier’s tri-band 4G LTE designed to improve speeds in congested markets, to customers in Philadelphia and Baltimore. Sprint also said that the network upgrade will include HD Voice, a much-improved voice codec that increases the call quality. (more…)
Sprint announced availability of Direct Connect Now for six new devices this morning, adding compatibility for the push-to-talk app that brings Sprint users closer together with the push of a button. Starting today, owners of a few LG, Samsung, and Kyocera devices can grab the app right off of Google Play for free, as long as their plans allow for it. (more…)
Even though the Kit Kat (Android 4.4) update for the HTC One reached the “certification” stage a couple of weeks back, followed by a confirmation last week from HTC USA president Jason Mackenzie that the update was still about a week out, HTC went ahead and surprised us on Saturday morning with an announcement that the Sprint variant was receiving a build already. The other carrier variants are more than likely still a week or two away, but Sprint was able to give approval somewhat early.
If you own the Sprint One, you can pull the update by heading into Settings-> About -> Software updates. If you miss this message, your phone will receive the update by over-the-air push on February 11.
Any bets on which variant is next?
If you have needed a good excuse to upgrade your handset, Best Buy is looking to help you out. For a limited time, February 2 to February 15, you can sign up to receive a $50 Best Buy gift card to put towards the purchase of a new phone on either AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint. You can sign up to four different lines for the credit, so if you were looking to surprise the whole family, then there you go. (more…)
According to a recently leaked internal document from Sprint, the Nexus 5 in Bright Red is set to hit Google Play on February 4, 2014. Since the Nexus 5 works on three out of the four major carriers in the US, it makes sense for carriers to start seeding out information to their employees before the release.
It doesn’t appear that the red Nexus 5 is going to be a Sprint exclusive, given that Google wouldn’t place the device on sale through Google Play for a carrier exclusive color. Plus, it’s a Nexus – there has never been a carrier exclusive colored Nexus device, so we assume they aren’t going to start now. (more…)
A new update for the LG G2 on Sprint brings Spark connectivity, which should increase the speed of data that is being sent to and from the device. Software version ZVA also brings fixes for Google Hangout issues which pertain to voicemail and MMS messages, but that’s about it.
For Sprint users who live in a 4G LTE area that can connect to Spark, this should be great news. (more…)
Sprint may still be playing catch-up in the 4G LTE market game, but with today’s announcement of 40 new markets, they are starting to hit some sort of a stride. If you count today’s new additions, their total tops out at around 340. While that is still far below Verizon’s total, it feels like we are getting there. Keep in mind that Verizon lit up their 500th market back in June of 2013.
The list of markets isn’t necessarily focused on one part of the country either. You’ll see Eugene, Oregon on the list, right next to Georgetown, South Carolina. Idaho Falls is on there as well, next to Jackson, Mississippi. (more…)
The Moto X received Android 4.4 “Kit Kat” in what can only be referred to as record time back in November. That record was short lived, however, as its little brother (Moto G) topped it by seeing Android 4.4.2 from Motorola only weeks later. That new Moto G record has had Moto X owners wondering for weeks when they would see similar love.
Last week, a single, lucky user received Android 4.4.2 on his Verizon Moto X, but no other reports outside of that showed that the update was anywhere near rolling out to the masses or even in a smaller soak test-like capacity. And then this weekend, another lucky Moto X owner – this time on Sprint – received a similar update to 4.4.2. The update bumped his phone to build 161.44.22, which is certainly newer than the 4.4 update build of 143.44.8. The Verizon build from last week was 161.55.25. (more…)