By: Matthew Pankey February 17th, 2014
The number of mobile device theft continues to increase in the U.S. As a result, a number of senators want to impose a kill switch on all smartphones and they want it to become a federal law.
The proposed law is called the Smartphone Theft Prevention Act. It is backed up by Mazie Hirono (HI), Barbara Mikulski (MD), Richard Blumenthal (CT) and Amy Klobuchar (MN). In the state of California, Sen. Mark Leno also proposed the Senate Bill 962 that requires all smartphones sold in California to have a kill switch. Sen. Leno wants the change to happen by January 1, 2015.
“Cell phone theft has become a big business for thieves looking to cash in on these devices and any valuable information they contain, costing consumers more than $30 billion every year and endangering countless theft victims. This legislation will help eliminate the incentives for criminals to target smartphones by empowering victims to take steps to keep their information private; protect their identity and finances; and render the phone inoperable to the thieves,” says Sen. Klobuchar in an official statement.
What’s great about the kill switch on smartphones is that a phone owner can render the phone useless once it’s stolen. However, there is also the downside of having kill switches. Hackers can simply hack into the system and disable a huge number of smartphones just for the fun of it.
CTIA Vice President Jon Carpenter says that he agrees with Sen. Klobuchar regarding the need to stop mobile device theft, but the method of doing it is unclear. “We clearly disagree on how to accomplish that goal. Rather than impose technology mandates, a better approach would be to enact Senator Schumer’s legislation to criminalize tampering with mobile device identifiers. This would build on the industry’s efforts to create the stolen device databases, give law enforcement another tool to combat criminal behavior, and leave carriers, manufacturers and software developers to create new, innovative loss and theft prevention tools for customers who want them.”
Right now, only Samsung and Apple have kill switch features on their phones. Samsung already had the kill switch last year, but the U.S. market didn’t want it. For Apple, the Activation Lock feature acts like a kill switch and is already available in the iOS 7 system.
By: Matthew Pankey February 15th, 2014
“HTC EVO 4G LTE owners on Sprint haven’t had it easy. Essentially an HTC One X with a kickstand, EVO 4G LTE owners have had to sit and watch as the HTC One X recently found itself updated to Android 4.2.2, with the prospect of Android 4.4 KitKat in its future. Ouch.
Other than its flashy red kickstand, it looks like there’s another area that sets the EVO 4G LTE apart from its One X cousin: the partition size. Apparently, this is the reason HTC/Sprint have been having so much trouble updating the device to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (promised in back October, but later delayed until mid-February). That being said, do you guys want the good news or the bad news first?
The Bad News
It’s been decided that because of the memory constraints with the EVO 4G LTE’s partition, this device will not be seeing Android 4.3 rolling out over-the-air. Boo.
The Good News
HTC has already begun developing a new process that will allow more “technical” EVO 4G LTE customers the option of updating their devices manually. Awesome.
This actually sounds like the perfect compromised and shows HTC’s commitment to providing updates to those that really want them (technical users), while leaving customers who couldn’t care less about Jelly Beans or updates the opportunity to live out their lives in blissful ignorance. The best part? HTC is considering ways to streamline the update process by providing customers with ways direct apply updates themselves. No details were provided on what they might have up their sleeves, but HTC asks us to stay tuned.
Those looking to get a head start on updating their HTC EVO 4G LTEs to Android 4.3 can sign up for the new trial by emailing HTC at: HTCTrial@htc.com (wont go live until later tonight).
Now, HTC, how about Android 4.4 KitKat?”
Courtesy: Phandroid and HTC with trial email link
By: Matthew Pankey February 14th, 2014
Sprint is finally rolling out an update to the Galaxy S4, making it the first US carrier to do so. This means that GS4 users on Sprint will finally get to enjoy the benefits of KitKat, such as better security, full-screen mode and more. Follow the link below for step by step instructions on how to manually check for the update on your Sprint Galaxy S4.
How to manually check and update
By: Matthew Pankey February 13th, 2014
By Kevin Fitchard of GIGAOM
“Sprint has been promising a monster of a 4G network for years, but it’s failed to deliver. CEO Dan Hesse says that Sprint still maintains its mobile broadband ambitions, it’s just taking longer to realize them.
Sprint has been talking about building the most powerful mobile broadband network in the country since 2007, but seven years later, it is still far from its goal. As it stands now, Sprint’s 4G network is the slowest in the country, has least amount of coverage in major cities and has the smallest overall capacity.
As I’ve written many times before, Sprint has always had the potential to build the most powerful LTE network in the country, but despite years of promises it has failed to live up that potential. I think it’s quite fair to ask if Sprint really does plan building the mother of all networks or if it’s resigned itself to delivering a run-of-the-mill mobile broadband service.
On Tuesday I got my chance after Sprint’s Q4 earnings call where it reported a $1 billion loss but new subscriber gains. In an interview with CEO Dan Hesse I asked if Sprint still maintained its grand 4G ambitions. Hesse’s answer: ‘Yes, but it will take us a while to get there.’”
Read more at GIGAOM
By: Matthew Pankey February 11th, 2014
Today Sprint announced that customers in Philadelphia and Baltimore now have access to Sprint Spark, a unique combination of advanced network capabilities built for data delivering peak wireless speeds of 60Mbps today on capable devices, with the potential for speeds three times as fast by late next year.1 With today’s announcement, Sprint Spark is available in 14 markets, including the countries largest markets such as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, and is part of Sprint’s all-new 4G LTE network, which now covers more than 200 million people across the country.
Also coming soon to Sprint’s network in Baltimore and Philadelphia will be the the availability of HD Voice, a new Sprint standard for mobile phones where background noise is virtually eliminated and sound quality is drastically enhanced. HD Voice is designed to provide a better experience than a landline.
By: Sarah February 6th, 2014
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), February 05, 2014 – Sprint (NYSE: S) today introduces “The Crossover,” a video series featuring stories about NBA players that takes fans beyond the game and gives them an inside look at players’ lives beyond the court.
Each week through May 29, Sprint will feature one to two NBA players, providing fans a look into their lives through untold stories. With “The Crossover,” fans will get to know more about their favorite players, including their personalities, family life, and how their passions outside basketball affect their lives as professional athletes. A total of 30 players will be featured and all videos can be found at Sprint.com/NBA.
The players will be featured in 3- to 5-minute segments, shown through the unique lens of some top directors in sports, music and entertainment. Sprint joined forces with five directors – Coodie and Chike (Coodie Simmons and Chike Ozah), Madbury Club (Phillip T. Annand), Carl Ford, Timothy Johnson and One 50 One Productions, and Danny Hastings – who will direct and produce the segments to tell the players’ stories.
“Fans tell us that they want to learn more about NBA players off the court so they can better understand their performance on the court,” said Steve Gaffney, vice president-Marketing, Sprint. “We are working closely with players and directors to give fans a unique and intimate perspective on the players as people – their lives, their struggles and what motivates them to be the best.”
Currently three players – Boston’s Jeff Green, Denver’s Kenneth Faried and Jared Dudley of the Los Angeles Clippers – are featured on the site. Sacramento’s Jimmer Fredette will join the group when his segment launches on Feb. 6.
All videos will be archived on sprint.com/NBA and each will include a brief biography about the player and director.
By: Matthew Pankey February 3rd, 2014
Sprint is the first U.S. carrier to offer the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update to its variant of the HTC One. The update can be downloaded manually by HTC One owners via the settings menu starting today. Sprint will begin delivering the update over the air beginning next Tuesday February 11. In addition to Android KitKat 4.4.2, the update also brings the One to the newest version of HTC’s popular Sense UI.
More info can be found at HTC
By: Matthew Pankey February 3rd, 2014
Sprint today announced it has added more Sprint Direct Connect-capable handsets to its push-to-talk portfolio. On the new phones, push-to-talk service can be installed quickly by accessing the Google Play store and downloading the free “Sprint Direct Connect Now” application. Sprint Direct Connect service is included for no additional charge on many service plans or available for an additional $5 per month for other plans.
The new phones that can be made push-to-talk ready with the Sprint Direct Connect Now application today:
Samsung Galaxy S 4
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
LG G Flex
LG Optimus F3
Kyocera Hydro Edge
Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mini
Samsung Galaxy Mega
Samsung Galaxy S 4 with Sprint Spark
Sprint Direct Connect Now features:
Sprint Direct Connect on 4G LTE capable devices
New enhanced user experience
Interoperable with Sprint® Direct Connect® devices
Convenient touchscreen controls
TeamDC and Opt-In TeamDC closed group calling
Call alerts to notify others you want to talk without interrupting
Displays contact image for speaker
Synchronizes contacts with device’s address book
Create favorites for most contacted Direct Connect® contacts
For more information on Sprint Direct Connect Now or to see Sprint Direct Connect handsets, click Sprint Direct Connect
By: Matthew Pankey January 31st, 2014
Sprintusers is proud to announce new sections to our ever evolving forums.
Have an app that you love and just can’t live without? Have you used an app that makes you want to beat your head against the wall? Well, express yourself in our new app sections. Click below to praise, rant about, or just give a general review of an app. We encourage folks on all the cell phone carriers to participate. Please indicate if you’re using a carrier specific app. Please only post paid app links that direct to the app stores themselves and not how to obtain apps illegally (outside of their respective app stores).
Apple iOS apps
Windows Phone Apps
By: Matthew Pankey January 31st, 2014
Ok, phone addicts. Best Buy is offering their $50 credit again which can be applied directly to the purchase of a new phone! So it’s a free $50 off the already discounted phones, pretty good deal if you ask me. Can make a $50 phone free or save more money off more expensive phones.
The catches: You can only get this on on upgrades, not new lines. Also requires the typical 2 year contract, which should be obvious. I don’t know why anyone would buy full cost at Best Buy since they typically price higher than carriers full cost.
Timing: You have to sign up between Feb 2 – Feb 10. However, once signed up you can use it anytime through 2014.
Carriers: This will work on Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T. It won’t on T-Mobile though since they don’t have contracts anymore. Sorry T-mobile users.
Here’s the link and don’t forget to sign up at Best Buy
Comments? Check out the Thread started by SprintUser member th3taman