3 years ago

Open enrollment for Sprint's Total Equipment Protection begins today


Beginning today, Sprint customers who have previously declined enrollment in the Total Equipment Protection plan can opt-in, regardless of when they purchased their current device. The open enrollment will last through Aug. 31 and will cost $8 per month, per line. The TEP program protects against damage, theft, and loss with a $50 or $100 deductible, based on your smartphone model. The program also offers the following benefits:

  • Service and Repair available at one of Sprint’s 1300 service and repair locations
  • No additional repair costs for in-store services
  • Next business day replacements for loss, stolen or damaged claims
  • Ability to file claims online with email notification of claim and shipment status
  • Extended customer service hours
  • The Protection App which allows eligible devices the ability to remotely locate lost devices, erase, backup, manage and restore contacts.

Sprint customers can enroll by calling customer service, visiting any Sprint store, or online at tepenroll.com. Anyone out there planning to jump on board?

Source: Sprint Newsroom

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3 years ago

LG begins rollout of RemoteCall support software on 'premium' Optimus phones


LG is starting to roll out its RemoteCall software on all "premium" Optimus smartphones, according to press release issued by the Korean manufacturer today. The RemoteCall software is already pre-loaded on the Optimus 3D, which is now shipping in Europe and Asia. It allows LG support reps direct access to customers' devices in order to diagnose software or hardware problems via Wifi or 3G.

LG says the software will be made available on the Optimus 2X, Optimus Black and Optimus 3D internationally, following its initial roll-out in South Korea. Join us after the jump for the full presser from LG.

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3 years ago

Apple blocks Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales in Australia


A federal court in Sydney ruled in favor of Apple in its ongoing patent war with Samsung, prohibiting the advertisement and sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia until the dispute is resolved or permission is given from the court. Previously scheduled for an "imminent" release, Samsung's latest tablet must now be given to Apple at least seven days prior to its Australian release for inspection. The court ruling has no impact on distribution in other countries, however it does represent the first of many international injunctions that Apple has filed against Samsung based on the alleged patent infringements of Galaxy devices on the iPhone and iPad. A court will further review the case on August 29 in Sydney and schedule a trial date if necessary.

Source: Bloomberg

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3 years ago

Google Maps 5.8 Navigation doesn't care that you have contacts


Whoopsie. As great as Google Maps Version 5.8 may be with its fancy photo uploads, better search results and new Places features, a pretty big bug managed to sneak its way through. Open up Navigation and try to navigate to one of your contacts, and suddenly you're not nearly as cool as you once were -- it doesn't recognize that you actually have any contacts.

Uninstalling the Google Maps update seems to fix things, but let's hope Google rolls out a fix of its own soonest.

Thanks, David, and everyone else who sent this in!

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3 years ago

HTC Status mini review: How does it stand up to the rest of AT&T's Android portfolio



If you're considering the HTC Status and have been waiting for the old Android Central review treatment, check out our review of the HTC ChaCha-- the Status' foreign cousin from across the pond. The devices are virtually identical: same internals, same screen, same keyboard, and same Gingerbread. If you've seen one, you've seen them both. The only true difference is the network the devices run on: the Cha Cha has set up shop on the Three Network in Europe, while the Status found a home on AT&T here in America. As the only true difference, it is the only topic left to explore: how does the Status compare with the rest of the carrier's offerings? And how does a phone like the Status fit into the current Android catalog here in the states?

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3 years ago

How to root your stock AT&T 4.5.91 Motorola Atrix


With Gingerbread having now been out for a while on the Motorola Atrix, we're sure some of you out there may have already dived right into rooting it. For those of you who wanted to give the stock update a try though, the good news is you can still root your Motorola Atrix any time you want. If that is indeed the case, then we have just what you are looking for in order to make that happen. Just head on into the Android Central forums to get started.

Source: RootzWiki; via: Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

Gingerbread update for HTC Desire now available as RUU


Almost exactly a year after the device first received an update to Froyo, the venerable HTC Desire now has an official Android 2.3 Gingerbread update available. The update is provided in the form of a RUU (ROM Update Utility) directly from HTC's Developer Center.

In order to fit Gingerbread and HTC Sense onto the Desire's tiny 512MB of internal storage, HTC has removed certain bundled apps from the update. The updater will also eradicate any carrier-specific branding or applications that might be loaded onto your Desire, which for some may be reason enough to update. Because of the nature of the update, HTC won't be offering it over-the-air, instead the only way to get it will be via a manual install of the package on the developer site. And because the installation method is a little more complex then the usual OTA, HTC recommends the Gingerbread update for "expert users only".

Unfortunately, though, Desire owners in Germany, North America, South America, South Korea, and Japan are out of luck. HTC says that Desires in these territories aren't supported, and applying the update on an unsupported device may result in the loss of basic functionality like SMS and MMS.

So to break it down, here's what you'll get if you choose to apply the update --

  • Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread (yay!) on top of a tweaked version of HTC Sense 1.0.
  • A clean, de-branded phone. All user data will be removed during the update, as will any bloatware bundled apps from your carrier.
  • Just one pre-loaded wallpaper. The rest are included in a zip file inside the updater package.
  • Flashlight, Teeter, Facebook are no longer pre-loaded. The first two are included as apk files in the update package, while the latter is available from the Android Market after initial setup.

Kudos to HTC for providing a way for advanced users to enjoy Gingerbread with a minimal amount of fuss and lost functionality (we doubt anyone will lose any sleep over having to sideload Teeter and the Flashlight app). If you've taken the plunge and updated your Desire using the RUU, let us know how it went in the comments. In the meantime, you can grab the files for yourself from the source link below, or check out HTC's full release notes after the jump.

Source: HTC Developer Center

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3 years ago

Cellular South gets the Motorola Milestone Plus (aka Droid Pro)


Regional U.S. carrier Cellular South today announced that it's carrying the Motorola Milestone Plus, which by no small coincidence looks exactly like the Motorola Droid Pro (read our full review) we've come to know and (mostly) love on Verizon.

The Droid Pro Milestone Plus sports a 3.1-inch touchscreen, running Android 2.2 with a 1 GHz processor. And because of that smaller screen and beefy CPU, this thing flies. It's also got 4GB of on-board storage, plus a 5MP camera with flash.

The Motorola Milestone Plus is available today for $199 with a two-year contract and $50 mail-in rebate.

Source: Press release

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