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Charge Your Application Purchase to Your Carrier Bill?

Sprint is working on making it a reality. Eventually, customers will be able to purchase an app and have the charge turn up on their phone bill, though we don’t have a date yet. It’s not just for Sprint’s Android customers, either. WinMo, Palm, and BlackBerry users will have the same option. Sprint is also aiming at a one week application process for programs headed to their new app store for non-Android devices.

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Sprint’s Steve Elman Talks Android

For many of the 1,000-plus developers at the Sprint Open Developers Conference this Tuesday, there was one word on their lips: Android.

Steve Elfman, president of network operations and wholesale for Sprint, stated it’s not just about iPhone envy. He said the Android ecosystem is growing with so much broad support that it has the potential to become a new standard for the industry.

“In the old PC days, Apple came out with a vertically integrated computer that was great but was a niche product, while Windows became the operating system for all manufacturers to build on,” he said. “I think Android has the opportunity to be the Windows of 2010 and beyond.”

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Handy cost of ownership table: Droid, Hero, and myTouch

Check out this contract term cost caparison between Droid, Sprint’s Hero and the myTouch 3G from Android Central. Of course this doesn’t take into account the value of your time, productivity, or frustration, but it’s a handy tool for careful shoppers.

Surprisingly, the Verizon Motorola DROID does a decent job in the ‘cheapest plan’ battle at $74.98/month. The Sprint HTC Hero and T-Mobile myTouch 3G come in at $69.99 and $79.99, respectively. But Verizon’s low price comes with a catch, Sprint’s ‘cheapest plan’ offers free unlimited calling to any mobile carrier and unlimited messaging. T-Mobile’s comes with 500 whenever minutes and unlimited messaging. Verizon trails them with only 450 whenever minutes and 250 messages. But for users who only use an average amount of minutes and messages, the monthly cost of the Verizon Motorola DROID is somewhat justifiable considering you’ll be on “America’s Most Reliable Network”.

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Sprint: Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile Updates Coming

Sprint executive David Owens sat down for a virtual chat on Sprint’s Web site with consumers today, and updated folks with some good news about his carrier’s plans.

  • Google Android OS updates are coming for the HTC Hero and Samsung Moment. While he didn’t specify a version – 1.6 or 2.0 – HTC has previously confirmed that they’re working on an Android 2.0 update for the Hero.
  • Combination CDMA/GSM Android phones are also “a possibility but nothing this year.”
  • They’re considering an Android phone with a built-in MiFi-type router.
  • Android phones will get less expensive “as we see volume across the industry.”
  • Lots of HTC and BlackBerry phones coming next year. HTC phones “will be on the Android platform.”
  • Sprint will “add Wi-Fi to [the BlackBerry] Tour” and have other Wi-Fi BlackBerries going forward.
  • They’re testing Windows Mobile 6.5 updates for the HTC Touch Pro2 and other Windows phones; “plan for early 2010.”
  • They want Windows Mobile 7.0 “as soon as possible, but dependent on Microsoft.”
  • Expect WiMAX phones next year.
  • No tethering for phones that require Everything plans (such as all smartphones) from here on out.

So, some stuff we knew, some we didn’t, but it’s all welcome and interesting. Looks like 2010 will be a very big year for Android.

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Rumor: Sprint & Sony Ericsson May Launch Android Phone Xperia X10 Infinity

If the printing of brochures is any indication, the Sony Ericsson “Rachael” has moved one step closer to release. Known as the Xperia X10 Infinity will be the first Android-based offering from the Sony Ericsson camp. While the video doesn’t amount to much more than a 1-minute pan and scan YouTube walkthrough of the sheet, the specs confirm that the first Android-based handset from SE looks to be a real knockout.

  • 1GHz processor
  • 4.1″ OLED capacitive touch screen
  • 8.1MP camera w/ touch focus, smile shutter, face detection, ISO settings, and more
  • 32GB internal storage
  • Specially made apps for twitter, Facebook, and MySpace

It should be noted that while the brochure indicates 1080 Full HD, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will record video in high definition. As pointed out on GSM Arena, it could be a “cheesy marketing statement” by Sony, similar to how they advertise their digicams. The reality ends up being that the camera can be set to capture 1920 x 1080 pixel images (2 MP). However, the 8MP camera has us hoping for the best.

A mini-site has gone live for Sony Ericsson’s “What’s Next” campaign. Poke around the html source code and you’ll see references to the “Rachael” code name and mentions of “infinity”. In fact, the logo sitting at the top of the page is called infinity.png, which leads us to believe that the handset will be called Infinity.

According to Rumor: Sprint Ericsson may launch Android phone. {FierceMobileIT}

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Address Book Android Contact and Communication Management Update

Earlier today we told you about the new Address Book application by Asurion Mobile Applications, in our article we told you that we had e-mailed Asurion about the application not being available at the time of our posting in the Android Market. Nancy Benovich Gilby, VP Engineering with Asurion responded to our e-mail, here is what she had to say”

Hi Ed,

We will contact you if/when we put out a version supported on the Hero or there is a Hero Android OS update available. Unfortunately, there were bugs introduced into Android OS 1.5, fixed in 1.6, that make it difficult/near to impossible for us to support.

We would like to hear feedback on what you think. I am in love with the HERO, it’s the best Android phone out there yet so we are sympathetic to the concern.

If you’d like to discuss in further detail, I’d be happy to speak with you directly”.

Best regards,
Nancy Benovich Gilby
VP Engineering

It’s nice to see a company respond promptly to questions for support from their consumer base. Yet again Sprint’s slow response to the issues inherent with the CDMA Hero has limited their clients ability to use the Hero to its full capabilities.

If you’re running Android 1.6 head on over to the Android Market to download Address Book and come back to tell us what you think about the application.

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HTC 17 Known Issues, Sprint 9 Known Issues with the HTC CDMA Hero

I spoke with my contact at HTC today, there are 17 known issues with the CDMA Hero.  Sprint Tech Support states they only have 9 known issues.  Who do you believe?

Known Issues: (Italics denotes issues known by Sprint)
  1. Text messages
  2. VM not playing on BlueTooth
  3. EVDO showing Rev0 instead of RevA
  4. MMS can’t be sent over WiFi
  5. Can’t delete GMail account
  6. Slow Connection
  7. Duplicate Contacts
  8. Graphics on Accuweather not rendering
  9. Sprint Navigation opening and running in the background on its own
  10. Clock Widget showing incorrect time with all widgets except the combined clock/weather widget
  11. Closing Peep closes the weather on the clock weather widget
  12. Browser doesn’t close
  13. Applications renaming themselves from proper name to com.whatever.something
  14. Native Messaging App opening the dialer
  15. Native Messaging App preventing the phone from sleeping
  16. Delay in receiving SMS messages
  17. Headset putting out mono instead of stereo

Now on to the interesting portion of my conversation with HTC. The HTC Sense UI and 1.6 were having problems getting along prior to release.  Sprint didn’t want to release the Hero running stock Android so the development team at HTC back ported CDMA capabilities into 1.5 which they believe is behind all the problems listed above.  According to HTC the issues between 1.6 and Sense were worked out, the update to 1.6 has been ready for release since October 17, 2009, Sprint has not responded to HTC on how they want to handle the update, in essence Sprint has not approved the release.  Even more interesting is the fact that HTC almost has the bugs worked out between Sense & 2.0 which should be ready for release shortly.

Will Sprint skip right over 1.6 and go to 2.0 or will they leave us stuck with the growing list of problems and 1.5?

HTC’s suggestion was to have everyone with an issue call and report their issues directly to Sprint and hopefully this will light a fire under Sprints proverbial butt.

We have contacted Sprint Corporate at this time they have not responded to our request for more information.  If anyone from Sprint would like to set the record straight please contact us:

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