Sprint HTC One (M8) Gets Lollipop Update Today

According to Sprint, their variant of the HTC One (M8) is receiving its Android 5.0 “Lollipop” today. Yep, today, not in a week or whatever a handful of leaks suggested, yesterday. The update drops in as build 4.20.651.10, but also removes the Lumen Toolbar. And that’s it!

We mentioned in our tour of Lollipop on the unlocked One (M8) that this update won’t necessarily look unfamiliar to one (M8) owners, because it’s still Sense 6 and it acts and looks like Sense 6. You will find notifications on your the lock screen, though, along with better notification controls, a new quick toggles and notification pulldown, screen pinning, and the new app switcher.

That gives both Sprint One (M7 and M8) models Lollipop before almost any other carrier has had a chance to push it. Nice job, Sprint.  (more…)

Through Agreement, Sprint Will Open Mini-Stores Inside 1,750 RadioShacks

RadioShack filed for bankruptcy recently, in case you were out of the loop. Because of that move, Sprint has decided to take advantage of the situation and swoop in, making them an offer they can’t refuse, which happens to be taking over a third of the retail space inside 1,750 RadioShack stores and turning them into mini-Sprints. Actually, the entire agreement is between General Wireless Inc., a subsidiary of RadioShack’s largest shareholder, and Sprint, granting them an opportunity to expand their branded store distribution.

As of today, Sprint has 1,100 company-owned stores, so if this transaction is approved by a Delaware bankruptcy court, they would more than double their footprint.  (more…)

Cheat Sheet: US Wireless Carrier Bands for Unlocked Phones

“Does this unlocked phone work with my carrier?”

How many times have you asked that over the last couple of years? I know we ask it often. In a time where prepaid services are very attractive, and more and more phones are available as unlocked models that work on a variety of LTE and GSM/CDMA bands, this a question you should be able to easily find an answer to. So since there doesn’t seem to be a quick reference guide for figuring out if a particular unlocked phone will work on a specific carrier’s network (trust me, I’ve looked), we decided to throw one together.

Below, we have given you a quick chart that shows each of the five major US carriers (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and US Cellular), along with 3G and 4G LTE bands and frequencies. By no means is this the most in-depth wireless carrier band and frequency chart, but it should help when you go to buy that next unlocked phone.  (more…)

Sprint Galaxy S5 Gets Lollipop Update Tomorrow as Build G900PVPU1AOA6

According to Samsung’s FAQ page for the Samsung Galaxy S5 on Sprint, an update to Android 5.0 “Lollipop” should begin arriving as early as tomorrow, February 5. The update drops in as software version G900PVPU1AOA6.

Samsung briefly updated their support page with a changelog for the update, but seems to have pulled it already (edit: it’s back). Thankfully, we caught it just in time.  (more…)

FCC Chairman on Net Neutrality: Title II, Ya’ll! (Updated)

“The internet must be fast, fair and open.” Those are the words of FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, penned in a post he wrote this morning that was published through Wired. Wheeler, in his statement, is talking about net neutrality, of course, the subject that will define the way we use the internet going forward, both on computers and on mobile. In his statement, Wheeler said that he will use his authority to submit the “strongest open internet protections ever proposed,” which means he is proposing Title II regulation.  (more…)

FTC: Unlimited Data With Throttling is Not Truly Unlimited

Today, news is breaking from the FTC’s order for TracFone, a prepaid service provider, to pay $40 million for slowing the speeds of customers who have paid for ‘unlimited’ data plans. While the act of throttling data speeds is not exactly frowned upon, the way in which TracFone implemented it was the issue.

While advertising ‘unlimited’ plans, users on TracFone saw throttled speeds after only 1-3GB of usage, then a complete suspension in service after 4-5GB of data. The FTC wants it to be known that they will not stand for false advertising, but as long as the terms of a plan are fully disclosed, carriers need not worry.  (more…)

WSJ: Google’s Wireless Service Might Let You Switch Between the Best Network Available From Different Carriers

Last week, headlines were dominated by talk of Google creating its own wireless service through network deals inked with T-Mobile and Sprint. Unfortunately, those were really the only details that surfaced through a number of stories all claiming to have “sources” close to the matter. We still don’t know pricing or plan details, where or when the service will be available, and why any of us would consider switching to it from our current carrier options. We talked on the DL Show about Google potentially having something special in mind that would attempt to change the way wireless service plans work in order for them to even consider entering the market, but didn’t necessarily have any suggestions as to what that “special” something might be. According to sources of the Wall Street Journal, we may now know.  (more…)