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Sprint Samsung Galaxy Tab Overclocked to 1.2GHz

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is quite the impressive device, but that doesn't mean that it can't get even better. Bauxite, over at XDA, has developed a kernel that overclocks the Sprint Tab (SPH-P100) to 1.2GHz and with it comes some massive improvements.

Skip the Activation Message on the Sprint Galaxy Tab with this Quick Hack

If you have a Sprint Galaxy Tab, then you know the activation message every boot up can be quite the annoyance. There are many ways to get rid of it on the other carrier's devices but, for some reason, these all do not work too well with the Sprint device. Well leave it to the smart developers at XDA to find a way past this message.

HTC ThunderBolt to Support Both Voice and Data in LTE Areas Simultaneously

Say what? If you're on T-Mobile or AT&T or Sprint, you've never heard of this before - non-simultaneous voice and data? That's wacky! Up until now this sort of thing was not available to Verizon customers, but it appears as though it's about to be, and on the HTC ThunderBolt on their 4G LTE network no less. Seems kinda like this should have always been a feature... right?

Android Community Daily Wrap Up: January 18 2011

What a busy day in Android news! As we approach Mobile Word Congress 2011, we are getting many leaks of upcoming devices that are set to be showcased at the worldwide event in Barcelona next month. Grab hold of the massively wild story surrounding Samsung's possible charging of fees for Android updates (refuted by they themselves late tonight.) Take a peek at the G-Slate, see where you can grab 300+ free games in the Android Marketplace, and help us stop a pirate! What a fabulously exciting list of updates awaits you here in the Android Community Daily Wrap Up!

Dual-Screen Android Tablet Sprint’s “Big Announcement” for February 7th?

Just last week Sprint sent out an email to the press inviting them to a special event where they will release an "Industry First." The internet went crazy with rumors as to exactly what this industry first could be. Was it a 4G iPhone? Probably not, all Android sites were invited to the event. Now we may have a little bit more information as to exactly what it could be - a dual-screen Android tablet.

Sprint $10 Premium Data smartphone fee coming Jan 30 2011

Bad news if you were considering grabbing a Sprint smartphone from February onwards; the carrier has decided that, since smartphone users are responsible for 10x the data gobbling compared to featurephone users, they should pay more too. As of January 30 2011 new subscribers buying smartphones will have to pay a $10 Premium Data surcharge every month. The extra fee won't get you any more functionality or features, it just makes your bill $240 more over the course of an average agreement, and gives Sprint some extra cash to develop its network. [via SlashGear] Press Release:
Smartphones Drive Wireless Data Explosion Sprint takes step to ensure customers continue to enjoy unlimited data while on the Sprint Network, without overages Smartphone penetration is expected to double during the next four years.1 Market share for Google’s Android operating system grew by 23 percent last year alone.2 Mobile data traffic is forecast to double worldwide each year through 2014.3 OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), January 18, 2011 - Today’s ability to do more things on the go – such as watching videos, sharing pictures or checking directions – is not only changing the way we live; it is driving exponential growth of mobile data traffic. Sprint (NYSE: S) is committed to providing its customers a great wireless experience now and in the future. From its packed portfolio of innovative phones and devices to its leadership in introducing 4G services, to its consumer-friendly Everything Data plans, featuring unlimited text, Web and calling to any mobile phone, Sprint offers the best value in wireless. Sprint will increase its postpaid rates by applying a $10 per month Premium Data add-on charge to activations of smartphones beginning Jan. 30. The charge will assist Sprint in offering simple and affordable unlimited plans for its customers while maintaining a wireless network able to meet the growing appetite for a richer mobile experience. Subscribers with smartphones will still receive the best value in wireless, including the Any Mobile, Anytime feature offered nationwide only by Sprint. Sprint also offers a full range of traditional feature phones, including popular eco-friendly or touch-screen handsets that do not require the Premium Data add-on charge but still have a great range of capabilities with voice, text and data access. Existing Sprint smartphone customers are not affected unless they upgrade to or activate another smartphone. “Sprint wants its customers to experience the range of entertainment and productivity possibilities available with today’s wireless technology,” said Bob H. Johnson, president of Sprint’s consumer business. “While some of our competitors impose overage charges and complex plans, Sprint continues to provide a worry-free, unlimited data experience while on the Sprint network. This is responsible, sustainable and reflects our commitment to simplicity and value.” “Sprint’s decision to apply the Premium Data add-on charge to activations of smartphones going forward recognizes the enhanced user experience that today’s smartphones deliver, which, in turn, drives substantially higher data usage and cost,” said Roger Entner, analyst and founder of Recon Analytics. “Building, maintaining and expanding wireless data networks isn’t free – there are real costs involved. In effect, Sprint has chosen to increase the price of its unlimited Everything Data plans, which is still below that of its major competitors, for the segment of customers – smartphone users – who are using wireless data the most and are driving up costs. Consumers have many choices. They can choose unlimited, worry-free data plans on the Sprint network or they can have tiered, metered plans and overage charges with other wireless carriers.” Smartphone customers use, on average, 10 times more data than users of traditional feature phones. Smartphone users have access to more data capabilities, applications and other functionality than traditional feature phones. Examples include access to thousands of applications and games through online marketplaces and full HTML Web browsing with Adobe Flash technology that allows users to browse the Internet on their devices just like they can at home or in the office. Sprint defines smartphones as devices with robust operating systems that deliver a rich wireless experience by bringing the full function of mobile applications and programs to life, including Blackberry, Android, Windows Mobile, Palm, and the Instinct family of devices. The Premium Data add-on charge previously applied to HTC EVO 4G, HTC EVO Shift 4G and Samsung Epic 4G devices. “Sprint continues to be the carrier for people who want to do more than just talk with their wireless devices,” said Johnson. “Customer growth on our 3G and 4G networks, exponential increases in the use of mobile data applications, and the growing use of smartphones is proof that consumers are getting the message. “Sprint’s unlimited data plans, with or without the $10 charge, continue to beat the offerings of our top national competitors, who cap users’ data, charge data overages, and do not offer the unique functionality of Any Mobile, Anytime, which gives subscribers on the Sprint network unlimited calling to any other wireless user in America regardless of carrier.” About Sprint Nextel Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 48.8 million customers at the end of the third quarter of 2010 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, Common Cents Mobile and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 6 in its 2010 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint. 1 Heavy Reading, Assessment of Sprint’s Network Vision Initiative, by Berge Ayvazian, Dec. 10, 2010. 2 Ibid. 3 Cisco Visual Networking Index: Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update, 2009-2014.

Sprint Event Hinting at 3D Android Phone?

Just a few days ago (January 12th to be exact,) we received an invite to a Sprint event to be taking place on February 7, 2011 that promised no less that an "industry first" in wireless, this event to be joined by illusionist David Blaine. Now we may have (MAYBE) put the puzzle pieces together in an older post (old as in November 2010) which pointed toward an HTC phone with 3D capabilities.

EVO 4G Price Drop to $99 on Amazon

So you're thinking about grabbing a big fat phone but you don't know which one's the best at a $100 price point? Perhaps you'd like to take a glance right on over here? The EVO 4G, for sale on Amazon, has had a price shift from $199 all the way down to $99. The price on the Sprint website remains the same.

Canada Doesn’t Care About the New Galaxy Tab

Really. They don't even care at all. Why else would they only offer up a $100 discount to their Bell Samsung Galaxy Tab when the fabulous businesses like US Cellular who is doing a Valentine's Day 2 for 1 deal, or Sprint who slashed their Tab down to a mere nubbin - $300! Clearly Canada plans on taking some of my stash of old Tabs that I requested upon the announcement of the new Tabs at Mobile World Congress.

HTC EVO Shift 4G Review

The HTC EVO Shift 4G finally is available to the masses and you’re probably wondering if it’s worth the upgrade. The phone seems to be marketed as a high-end entry-level device, and from our time with the device over the last week or so we’re ready to give it the full Android Community review.