Lots of activity in the US mobile business lately. First, T-Mobile, now Sprint. What’s next? I bet T-Mobile gets bought by Sprint. Then we will have three carriers in the US, all that are so big that prices will go up and features will go down. I hope I’m wrong though…
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byÂ Todd Wasserman
The move, prompted by lack of demand from business customers, was originally reported inÂ The Wall Street JournalÂ and confirmed by a Sprint representative. â€œRIM has decided to prioritize and focus its 4G development resources on LTE,â€ a statement from RIM reads. â€œWe remain excited and committed to delivering innovative and powerful 4G tablets to the US market together with our carrier partners. Testing of BlackBerry 4G PlayBook models is already under way.|
Without Sprintâ€™s backing the PlayBook will have no support from a U.S. carrier. Neither AT&T nor Verizon have offered backing for PlayBook, but both support Appleâ€™s iPad 2.
Although RIM hasÂ recently sufferedÂ because of a lack of demand for BlackBerry smartphones, Sprintâ€™s decision also comes as tablet PCs have failed to gain much traction against the iPad. In a sign that RIMâ€™s not the only one struggling to compete with Apple, Hewlett-PackardÂ cut the priceÂ of its TouchPad by $100 last week. That device had only been on the market for a month.
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ByÂ Brad Molen postedÂ Jul 5th 2011 11:30AM
Samsung Galaxy Tab owners in the US have been anxiously waiting for their prized possession to get an update to Honeycomb and its tablet-optimized wonders, only to be warmly greeted by crickets for months. Fortunately, as weÂ reported last week, Sprint’s taken the first step in the right direction bybumping its Tab up to Gingerbread and throwing in a few standard maintenance fixes at the same time. The new build, also known as “GINGERBREAD.EF17,” will be sent out OTA in stages; the deed should be done for every Tab on the Now Network over the next four days. To see if your tablet is ready to get its refresh on, go into settings, choose “About My Galaxy Tab,” and select “system updates.” Be sure to set aside five minutes for Gingerbread to download and install on your device, and you’ll be good to go. It’s no Android 3.1, of course, but at least Sprint’s one step ahead of the pack.