Sprint released some news this morning pertaining to the Samsung Galaxy S4 with Spark that resides on their network. Owners of the device will start to see an OTA update coming through that will focus primarily on Wi-Fi calling. More importantly though, the Wi-Fi calling aspect is geared towards international travelers and will allow users to call and text abroad on Wi-Fi networks for no additional cost.
“We are excited to roll out International Wi-Fi Calling as part of our commitment to enhancing the customer experience and expanding the calling reach for our customers,” said Wayne Ward, vice president-Business & Product Development, Sprint. “As this international capability becomes available on more of our devices, Sprint customers won’t have to think twice about calling home while on vacation or away on business. This is one more tool we are giving our customers to stay easily connected with those who matter most.”
The ability will cover you in more than 100 countries around the globe on private, office and public Wi-Fi networks. It is only free to message and call back to the US, US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico though, so don’t expect to make reservations at Al Covo in Venice. Sprint plans to add the international Wi-Fi calling ability to more device throughout the rest of this year.
On a side note, Sprint does offer Wi-Fi calling on 11 total devices currently available on the market, but those don’t have the international aspect activated just yet.
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Samsung Galaxy S4 owners who might be eyeing the Galaxy S5 and its waterproof capabilities may not want to rush off to buy a new phone. As nice as that new model is and all, most of us don’t want to commit to a new contract or finance another device. Why not add a case that makes… Read more »
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Do you sleep with your phone under your pillow? Well, this story may make you not want to do that anymore. 13 year old Ariel Tolfree from Texas has been awoken from her sleep by the burning smell of her Samsung Galaxy S4 overheating and singeing the bed, sheets and pillow. The girl had actually been woken up once by the smell of something burning, but fell asleep initially, before being woken up again. The root cause of the Galaxy S4′s failure has not been pinpointed yet, but it suspected to be either an unauthorized replacement battery or the fact the phone simply overheated under the pillow.
Despite it being no real fault of Samsung’s, they have offered a replacement to Ariel (though the model is not specified) and also costs of replacing the damaged bedding. In this day and age, it’s unsurprising to hear that people go to sleep with their phones in their immediate vicinity, but it’s always a good idea to make sure your phone doesn’t have its airflow impeded, a warning which Samsung does actually ship with its devices.
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[DEALS & STEALS] A bunch of Google Play Edition (GPE) devices are on sale at Expansys USA, up to 46% off
Google removed Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One (M7), Sony Xperia Z Ultra and LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition device from Google Play Store recently. People have been complaining ever since, but this actually turned out to be a good thing. All of these devices are now available at Expansys USA at a heavily discounted prices:
- Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE GPE $399.99 (
$649.00), 38% off
- HTC One (M7) LTE GPE $399.99 (
$649.99), 38% off
- Sony Xperia Z Ultra LTE GPE $349.99 (
$649.99), 46% off
- LG G Pad 8.3 Wi-Fi GPE $224.99 (
$329.99), 32% off
These are all still very powerful devices and the fact they have pure vanilla Android inside is a huge plus, at least in my opinion. All three of these smartphone offerings are of course unlocked. These are some very affordable prices for these devices so if you’re in a market for one follow the link(s) above and get yours today because the supplies are limited.
Source: Expansys USA
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Protect your beloved Samsung Galaxy S4 with one of the best-selling cases around. OtterBox, a trusted name in this space, has a variety of models to choose from, but the Defender series is among the most popular.
Available in a number of colors, the Defender case provides shock absorption and protection against drops, scratches, bumps, and dust. Designed with a multiple layers of materials, the case also keeps your screen from getting scuffed up.
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Samsung will bring its Galaxy Note 4 and some smart wearables to Germany for the annual IFA trade show. According to a report from Korea Times, the successor to the Galaxy Note 3 may have two versions: one with a traditional flat screen and one with a curved display. The former is allegedly aimed at the average consumer while the latter is focused at niche users.
The Gear Glass is among the smart wearables rumored for IFA as well, says the report. We’ve had previous rumors about a SIM-connected Gear Solo device and a smartwatch based on Android Wear as well. Might we see all three at IFA? I’d be surprised if Samsung didn’t go big for its fall Unpacked event.
IFA starts September 5 so look for Samsung to hold its own presser on or around the 4th.
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The predecessor of the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Galaxy S4, is most famous for smashing all sorts of “fastest sold” records including reaching 10 million units sold in 1 month and subsequently 40 million handsets sold after 6 months. It’s obviously been a hard act to follow for the Galaxy S5, though it has apparently beaten the Galaxy S4 in at least the category for the fastest to 10 million units sold. Unfortunately though, since that news, any sales news on the Galaxy S5 has been suspiciously absent from the public eye and the reason for that may be due to decreased demand. So much so, that Samsung is reportedly having to tell its supply chains to decrease supply by up to 25% in Q3 this year.
According to the report, 21 million units were ordered for this quarter (Q2) and only 15 million have been ordered for the upcoming quarter. Before we go on reading into this information, devices will always taper off in supply and demand as time goes on; that is to be expected. However, the Galaxy S5 has come under intense attack from all sides with generally superior equipped Android devices with overtly obvious innovations likely taking market share away from Samsung’s latest flagship (and that’s not even mentioning the effect Apple has on the smartphone market). This much has been made obvious by news that the LG G3 selling more per week in Korea than the Galaxy S5 was ever able to, probably another sign that Samsung is not quite as invincible as they might have fancied.
One way or another, when Samsung’s financials are eventually announced, we will know what kind of effect this new market has had on Galaxy S5 sales. What do you think about the Samsung Galaxy S5 having its supply decreased for Q3? Let us know your opinion in the comments.
We’ve heard quite a lot about the upcoming Android software build, Android 4.4.3, with a partial bug fix list having been already leaked out. After a alleged dogfooding build was apparently spotted being released to Google employees, we’ve been eagerly waiting for word on when we can expect this new build which is plague quite a few users, mainly Nexus 5 owners. Well, the puzzle pieces are starting to fall into place as an internal document from Samsung which lays out the Android 4.4.3 update to Samsung devices and suggests that they are already integrating Android 4.4.3 into the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S4 (no Note 3 yet it seems).
Additionally, a list of devices that have been planned to get the current build of software, Android 4.4.2, was also leaked out and suggests Samsung is still diligently working to update most of its mid-to-high end devices. Most notable on this list, unfortunately, is the Galaxy S3 (3G version) which appears to have no estimated released date due to the software being unstable. Hopefully it does come through at some point as it would be a shame if 2012′s flagship were to be left by the wayside.
It looks like Android 4.4.3 is well on its way to devices already, though it could be a little while longer thanks to manufacturer and carrier integration. What do you think about the schedule in the leaked documents? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
FreedomPop on Thursday announced that it has added three new Samsung smartphones with 4G LTE capabilities. Available today, customers can now also choose from the Samsung Galaxy Victory, Galaxy S4, and Galaxy S III to pull down LTE speeds.
Pricing breaks down as so:
- Samsung Galaxy Victory – $119
- Samsung Galaxy S4 – $349
- Samsung Galaxy S III – $189
FreedomPop, an MVNO which piggybacks off of Sprint’s network, is also kicking off a new $20 rate plan. For your money you’ll get unlimited text and voice as well as 1GB of 4G LTE data (throttled to 3G after).
Lastly, FreedomPop has debuted a FreedomPop Free Voice and Text app for Android-powered devices.
The app allows any android user to take advantage of FreedomPop’s free voice and text services, while providing a new phone number, voice calls and texts – free. It is also the first OTT app that will allow users to port an existing number.
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The Samsung Galaxy S5 has a lot of expectation to live up to; it’s predecessors have been the best selling smartphones of all time and for it not to join that list would make it one colossal failure for Samsung. To put it in perspective, the Galaxy S4 sold 10 million units in its first 27 days, easily eclipsing the Galaxy S3 for the fastest mark. Well, the Galaxy S5 has now been out for a month now, so how fast exactly did it reach the mark? Korean news website Hankyung is reporting that the Galaxy S5 actually reached 10 million sales after just 25 days, narrowly (but still impressively) beating out its predecessor.
If true, this figure is an incredibly impressive figure considering the already existing saturation of the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S3. What’s unusual is that Samsung itself isn’t reporting this news as the Korean tech giant is often first to boast about its sales figures, though that might just be because they are preparing a formal statement about it. Regardless, it looks like the general public aren’t as critical of the device as the critics have been and it looks like the Galaxy S5 still has a very bright future ahead of it yet.
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