WiMAX Uno hasn’t been fully deployed in the U.S., and wouldn’t you know it, WiMAX Dos is on the way. Samsung and UQ Communications recently demoed WiMAX 2 — 802.16m — at the CEATEC exhibition in Japan. The two companies showcased dozens of HD and 3D videos simultaneously streaming to four large-format displays. The WiMAX 2 standard should be finalized sometime next month; speeds of up to 330 Mbps have been achieved using the beta version of WiMAX 2. More →
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that three sprint executives — Dan Hesse, Keith Cowan, and Steven Elfman — have resigned from WiMAX network-operator Clearwire’s board. Sprint informed the WSJ that they would appoint “independent successor directors” within the next few months; Sprint has named its general counsel, Charles Wunsch, as an observer in the meantime. Clearwire writes that the resignations are due to “recent changes in antitrust laws,” but also admit that the move could provide the company with “added flexibility” in pursuing additional funding. Sprint is the majority owner of Clearwire, holding a 54% position. More →
Sprint has officially announced a maintenance-release software update for the Samsung Epic 4G; an update that was pseudo announced yesterday via a forum administrator. The details on the update are as follows:
9/30 – Samsung Epic Maintenance Release
- WiFi standby battery drain
- Amazon MP3 cannot download in 4G
- Large emails lag in upload speeds
- Increased 3G upload speeds
Update your software
- The software will be automatically downloaded to your phone since this is a recommended update.
- A System update screen will prompt the user to ‘Install now’ or ‘Install later’.
- If ‘Install later’ is selected, a reminder will be sent once or twice a day to install the update.
- If ‘Install now’ is selected, the phone will power down and then reboot.
- This update will take approximately 7-8 minutes to download and 7-8 minutes to install.
- The new software version is: S:D700.0.5S.DI18
- This update is available OTA (over the air) and will be pushed to your device. It is being pushed in stages, beginning on 9/30 12:00AM EST, and will be rolled out to users over several days.
- Your device must be on software version DI07 to perform the update to DI18. If you are still on DG17 or DG27, a Sprint Service and Repair Center should be able to update your device to DI07. The update from DI07 to DI18 is not yet available to the Service and Repair Centers. As soon as it is, this post will be updated.
Let us know when your Epic 4G gets the goods… and if it cures all that ails you. More →
Today, Sprint announced that Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have been added to the company’s 4G city-portfolio. “Since 2008, Sprint has provided customers 4G service and we’re proud to extend our leadership to two more cities today,” said Sprint’s 4G president, Matt Carter. Sprint now has its 4G, WiMAX service deployed in 55 U.S. cities. If you are located in the Twin Cities or in The Steel City, let us know what kind of 4G speeds you’re seeing. More →
According to an administrator on Sprint’s official forums, the company will be releasing a software update for the Epic 4G to address issues with data speeds being capped. The thread, titled “3G Upload Capped,” has well over 500 replies. The administrator’s response is as follows:
Good news – an update will be released tomorrow 9/30. It will be rolled out over a 4 day period so not everyone will get it on day 1.
I will have the standard MR information (fixes included, rollout schedule, etc) available tomorrow morning and will post it in a new featured thread.
Hopefully this will squash he data speed issue that Epic 4G users have been reporting.
Today, Gateway announced an update to its NV series of notebooks, the NV59C66u. As the press release explains, “Customers can pair the Gateway NV59C66u with integrated WiMAX hardware, and then choose a WiMAX service provider to connect to networks in a growing number of cities and metropolitan areas around the United States for a fast and reliable connection to the Internet.” The NV series of laptops are configurable with Intel Core i3, Intel Core i5, AMD Athlon, or AMD Turion processors. The 4G integrated NV59C66u starts at $699 and is available immediately.
The people behind the nation’s first WiMax, 4G network, Clear, have sent a new home-router to the FCC for approval. The device, which — judging by the user manual — will be called the “Clear Modem with Wi-Fi,” will corral that sweet, sweet 4G signal (if available) and make it available to all your home devices via the 802.11 wireless standard. The router also appears to have an RJ11 phone jack on its posterior; indicating that their VoIP service could also be utilized on the device. Perhaps a little taste of the future of home broadband? More →
A quick note on Sprint’s support site indicates that the HTC EVO 4G will be getting a small software update sometime in the near future. The update lists “calendar event edit issues” and “multiple Gmail account sync” as the two problems it is designed to address. The version number is also listed at 3.29.651.5. You can check for the update by navigating to Settings > System Updates > HTC software update on your EVO 4G. More →
PCMag is reporting that wireless broadband company Clearwire is beginning to make 4G resources available to customers in New York City and Los Angeles. The report reads, “The company is giving selected “early adopters” dual-mode 3G/4G modems, but warning that 4G isn’t fully built out in either city. Early adopters who want to try Clearwire’s service will pay $35 for the first two months and $55 for each following month, with a two-year contract required.” Clearwire hasn’t stated when a fully built-out iteration of its 4G network will be available in NYC or LA, but the availability of WiMax spectrum can’t hurt the chances of it being sooner rather than later. The company also stated that: “During this construction phase, owners of CLEAR 4G devices may also experience 4G coverage while traveling to other cities that Clearwire plans to launch commercially later this year, including: San Francisco; Tampa, Miami, and Orlando, Fla.; Nashville, Denver, Minneapolis, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Pittsburg.” Customarily, Sprint launches 4G service in a given area one to two months after Clearwire. More →
Two weeks ago, we told you about Wirefly selling the ever-so-elusive HTC EVO 4G handset via Facebook. Well, the company has just sent us a quick email to inform us that they will be doing the same thing again tomorrow. Just like last time, the rules are:
- Sometime tomorrow, Wirefly will announce the launch of the HTC EVO 4G sale on Facebook.
- Wirefly will publish a link to purchase the Evo on the “Friends Only” tab of its Facebook page.
- Non-fans will not will be able view or access the link.
- Those not familiar with Facebook: To become a ‘fan’ of Wirefly, go to www.Facebook.com/Wireflyand click on the ‘LIKE’ button at the top of the page.
Reminder: The EVO will not be available on Wirefly.com. To access this limited-time offer, you must “Like” Wirefly’s Facebook page
Anyone out there still trying to get their hands on an EVO 4G without success?
Today, Sprint officially announced the additions of Boston, MA; Daytona Beach, FL; and Providence, RI to their list of cities officially blanketed in 4G covered. There isn’t really much else to say about it. Here is a quick statement from Sprint: “We are proud to be the leader in the race to 4G. Sprint is the first national wireless carrier to make 4G a reality for our customers. […] we have been hearing from our customers in Boston, Providence and Daytona Beach that they want and need 4G service. Today, they have it.” If you are located in one of the three cities, fire up your Epic, EVO, or Overdrive and let us know what kind of speeds you’re seeing. More →
Ususally we see photographs like these from ifixit or iSuppli, however the source of the above image is none other than the FCC. Now that the Samsung Epic 4G is “street legal” the FCC has released images of the innards of the WiMax capable handset. If you’re interested to know exactly where the Hummingbird processor is located in relation to the Qualcomm CDMA radio hit the jump. The FCC’s website holds the answers to all your questions. Spoiler alert: the two chips are right next to each other! More →
If you are up bright and early, trying to score yourself a Samsung Epic 4G, your friends here at BGR want to wish you good luck. We’ve already posted some initial impressions, a full review, and a way for new customers to save $50 on Sprint’s latest 4G handset… now we want to hear from you. Share your Epic 4G war stories in the comments, let us know what you think of the device, and how the buying experience was. Good luck.