A few days after the unlocked variant of the Essential Phone began receiving its latest update, now too is the Sprint enabled version of the PH-1. The update is the same as it was for the unlocked version of the phone, bringing the same updates and improvements to the only carrier locked version of the Essential Phone.
The update brings the April Android Security Update patch to the phone which, despite being a few days behind the unlocked variant, still makes it one of the first to get updated to the latest security patches. Also, the software to enabled Bluetooth 5.0 is in this update. The radios for 5.0 have been in the PH-1 all along but were not enabled via the software on the device. That now changes with this update.
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Just a few days after the Android Oreo update for the Galaxy Note8 began rolling out for AT&T customers, Sprint and Verizon customers are now starting to receive the update. It means that three of the four major carriers in the United States have begun the updating process for their customers. Only T-Mobile remains.
For readers who are on Sprint, you are looking for build N950USQU3CRC2 for your Note8. For those of you on Verizon, the company hasn’t officially announced the update is available so a build number is not known. However, multiple sources have indicated that Verizon is indeed rolling out the update.
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Following Verizon and T-Mobile, the Samsung Galaxy S8 on Sprint is now getting updated to Android Oreo. The update began rolling out yesterday and should be landing on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ on the network over the course of the next few days.
For those of you who have the Galaxy S8, you are looking for build G950USQU2CRB9 while those of you who have the S8+, you are getting build G955USQU2CRB9. Both updates come in at just over 1.5GB in size so you will certainly want to download them via WiFi when you get the notification of it being available.
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Following in the footsteps of AT&T, Sprint has announced their first six cities in the United States where they will be deploying their Massive MIMO technology include Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C.. The Massive MIMO technology serves as a bridge to get customers a 5G experience while the actual 5G deployment goes on behind the scenes.
“The race to 5G is heating up, and let me be clear, today’s announcement is a huge step toward Sprint being first to offer a 5G mobile network,” said Marcelo Claure, Sprint CEO. “Our deep spectrum position gives us an incredible advantage no other carrier has in the U.S. We’re making significant investments using state-of-the-art technology, and working with leading chip and handset partners to deliver an incredible Next-Gen Network for our customers.”
Deployment of the fifth generation mobile network from Sprint is slated to roll out in 2019.
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HTC Vice President of Product Management, Mo Versi, has once again taken to Twitter to announced a new update for one of the company’s phones. This time it is for the HTC 10 for customers of Sprint here in the United States.
The release of Oreo on the Sprint variant of the HTC 10 comes literally a month to the day after the build was released for the unlocked variant of the 2016 flagship phone. That update just over 1.5GB in size so those of you who have the 10 on Sprint, you can expect a similarly sized update for your phone.
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Good news for those of you who have the HTC U11 on Sprint here in the United States. The Android Oreo update for the phone will start rolling out tomorrow according to HTC’s Mo Versi.
This announcement follows up the November 2017 release of the build for the unlocked variant of the phone.
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Sprint, the US’ fourth largest carrier, has posted their fiscal 2nd quarter (calendar 3rd quarter) financial report today. The report was better than analysts expected but the company still had a $48 million loss for the period ending September 30, 2017. The company reported an operating income of $601 million with earnings of $2.7 billion before EBIDA.
The carrier added some 279,000 post-paid phones in the last quarter with 95,000 pre-paid net adds. That is a massive swing from the same quarter in 2016 where the company reported 449,000 pre-paid losses. The post-paid additions also represents 9 consecutive quarters that the carrier has increased subscriptions.
The carrier also reported that it has $6.4 billion in cash reserves with a total of $11.4 billion in liquidity.
It has been widely reported that Sprint has been struggling for years but new leadership and direction, as well as revamped advertising campaign, has brought refreshed hope for the carrier.
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For readers who are on Sprint and wanted to pick up the new Essential PH-1, today’s a good day. Starting today, you can pick up the PH-1 from the carrier both online and in stores. It will mark a turning point for availability of the phone as shipping from Essential has been slow and it has hasn’t even started from Amazon yet.
Sprint has a promotion running on their Sprint Flex Lease scheme. Effectively you save 50% off the cost of the phone if you order now which drops the price of the phone to $14.58 per month for 12 months. Using this program, you save about $260 according to the carrier. Want to buy it outright? No problem. You can do that from Sprint for $699.99.
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