Posts Tagged ‘Sprint’

Sprint Epic 4G Page Now Up

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

Sprint has an Epic 4G teaser page up now. There isn’t a lot on it yet, but you can sign up for their mailing list and check out some basics.

Sprint- Epic 4G page

The page shows a person holding the Epic 4G in the ocean while recording dolphins swimming. The dolphins aren’t in the background ocean shot, so I’m not sure why they showed the video that way. There are some “coming soon” features on the site, regarding game play and movie watching. Currently the “faster text messaging” feature is displayed. Considering the fact that the Epic 4G is the only US-based Galaxy S phone to have a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, I don’t know why anyone would want to use this feature on the virtual keyboard. It’s not a bad feature, but it is not one I see myself using a lot at this point.

There isn’t any pricing or launch information yet, so hopefully that will be coming soon. Check out the site. It is good for a few pictures and a brief video, if nothing else.

Sprint Announces Samsung Epic 4G

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Sprint has announced its second 4G-capable phone, the Samsung Epic 4G. The Epic 4g is billed as a Galaxy S phone.

Here are the specs:

  • Android 2.1
  • 4″ Super AMOLED capacitive display
  • Samsung 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird Application Processor
  • Dual camera: 5 MP camera/camcorder with auto-focus includes Power LED flash and 3x digital zoom, records HD video (720p); front facing VGA camera
  • Onboard Memory: 1 GB ROM, 512 MB RAM
  • 16 GB microSD card (included); expandable to 32 GB
  • Full QWERTY keyboard
  • WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP Stereo and EDR
  • Digital compass, six-axis motion sensor, proximity sensor, light sensor, GPS
  • 3G/4G capability
  • Simultaneous voice and data capability in 4G and Wi-Fi coverage areas
  • 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability – connects up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices
  • 4G data speeds (WiMAX) – peak speeds of 10 Mbps down/1Mbps up (3-6Mbps average)
  • 3G data speeds (EVDO Rev A.) – peak speeds 3.1 Mbps down/1.8 Mbps up (600 kbps-1.4 Mbps average)
  • Visual voicemail

The Samsung Epic 4G

“will have access to the Samsung Media Hub, making it the first and only 4G handset to feature a video store with movies and TV available for purchase or rental, and video content set up for an HD-like entertainment experience on a handset screen. With 4G from Sprint, users will be able to get turbo-charged downloads of a full library of video and literary content powered by some of the biggest names in entertainment.”

The Samsung Epic 4G also features Samsung’s AllShare cloud service, which allows sharing of music, pictures and HD video to Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) devices.

Sprint designed the phone to be business friendly, offering support for push email and integrated calendar services including Google, Yahoo, and Exchange ActiveSync. The 4G supports the full range of Google Mobile Services. It also features enhanced device management and security features.

Samsung will be upgrading the Epic 4G to Android 2.2 in the “near future”, but there is no announced upgrade date yet. Sprint has not announced pricing or availability.

This phone is loaded with features, as you can see. It is interesting that Samsung chose to divide the Galaxy S into so many devices and divvy it up among the carriers. They share basic features, but the hardware and perks are adjusted by carrier. No matter which carrier you have though, Samsung is swinging for the fences with the Galaxy S. You will likely be happy with whichever phone your carrier picks up.

First Prepaid Android Device from Boost Mobile June 20

Friday, June 4th, 2010

While today’s Sprint news is going to revolve around the release of the HTC EVO, there was an announcement yesterday that shouldn’t be overlooked. According to the release, Boost Mobile will bring the “first walkie-talkie-enabled touchscreen phone powered by Android.” Combined with the $50 Boost Mobile unlimited talk, text and web plan, this phone should be pretty popular. The Motorola i1 will be released on June 20 at Boost Mobile retail stores as well as Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile.

Here are the specs:

  • 5MP camera with auto-focus and flash
  • Wi-Fi enabled
  • Email Access to Exchange, Gmail, MSN and Yahoo
  • Gtalk (Google Chat) preloaded
  • Nationwide walkie-talkie
  • 2 Web Browsers – Android and Opera Mini 5
  • Stereo Bluetooth
  • 2GB microSD card, expands to 32GB
  • SWYPE virtual keypad (optional)

You can see more pics and their flashier announcement here. The page didn’t work so well on Chrome, but Firefox was fine.

As I recall, Boost Mobile had pretty specific user areas, and I haven’t heard of any improvements with Sprint’s acquisition. I’ll have to look into it and report back. If Boost did gain from Sprint’s network, this could be a reasonable alternative to a traditional plan.

This looks like a pretty solid phone, and the service plan is definitely more affordable than the post-paid plans, especially in light of AT&T’s nixing of the unlimited data plan. Bringing Android to pre-paid is a good move by Sprint. I’d like to see the other carriers do the same. This is a big week for Sprint, so they’d better live it up. AT&T and Apple are going to do their best to regain the spotlight on Monday.