Download Booster on Galaxy S5

Only T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular in the U.S. offering the Wifi and 4G LTE combined download tool

One of the many features Samsung crowed about when launching the Galaxy S5 in Barcelona was Download Booster. A hybrid of your Wifi and 4G LTE data connection, it's there to help you download large files faster. The good news if you're a T-Mobile customer is that you'll be able to use it. The bad news for folks on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint is that you can't.

We've got the AT&T Galaxy S5 in house, and sure enough there is no trace of Download Booster. Verizon and Sprint phones don't seem to be landing in hands until April 11 at least, but a little digging shows that both carriers won't be supporting it either right now.

Verizon outright confirms as such on its Galaxy S5 Q&A section on its website. Sprint isn't so forthcoming, but taking a look through the complete user guide for the phone brings up absolutely no mention of Download Booster. So it's probably safe to assume it won't be there.

It's not entirely surprising, but for anyone who was keen to put this to work it's sure to be a bitter blow. At least you're OK if you're on T-Mobile.

Update: We've been tipped to let us know that folks picking up the U.S. Cellular version of the Galaxy S5 should be fine, and the carrier hasn't disabled it. Thanks Nick!

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Samsung Galaxy S5 on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint lacking Download Booster feature


And the #1 reason this feature is missing from certain carrier GS5's is (Data Caps) {yes, Sprint has data caps too}

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I'm sure that we'll be able to get it on root when someone discovers how to implement it (especially on Verizon).

I'm still trying to figure out why people haven't left Verizon and AT&T for T-Mobile yet?? Faster download speeds. Wifi calling. Unlimited data. It's a no brainer for me. But I'm not getting that band-aid phone. I'm waiting for the OnePlus One. Just good to know T-Mobile is doing it right.

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My guess would be people haven't left At&t and Verizon because the have better coverage then T-Mobile.

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I hate that this is true, but it is. I love T-Mobile, but there are coverage limitations. Luckily it's pretty decent for my use.

Totally agree. Hate that its true, but love tmo (mostly)! their network where i am at has been REALLY improving!

This is the reason I had to leave T-Mobile. Loved it when I was on it, but we moved and had zero T-Mobile coverage at the new house or surrounding areas. Moved to AT&T because they have full coverage. Just hate how AT&T has locked down the Note 3 and S4!!

The OnePlusOne is certainly exciting, but really not sure how it makes the S5 a band-aid phone. There is certainly nothing in the known specs that makes it much better than the S5. I guess it's got more ram, so there's that.

Leave Verizon and AT&T for T-Mobile..haha haha!!!! Hahaha!!!..T-Mobile if faster because it's less traffic that's it!!! And it's cheaper because it is cheap-er.. don't get me wrong I like T-Mobile for what they're... But I care 1st about being able to make calls .. I considered it to save a buck until I asked around and found that it's only considered a good network in Phx,Az(my area) if the person previously had Sprint or Cricket...I tip my hat to T-Mobile I actually respect them but I personally can tell u why I haven't left... Coverage, options on how I chose to upgrade(edge or subsidized) professionalism as a company and with sales and customer service(T-Mobile always has some young kids working there), (this one sounds bad but) image... Lol T-Mobile always looked like a woman and children carrier... Cursed by the sidekick I guess...Lmao..the thought of being in T-Mobile..uuuuuuhhhh--naaaa
Maybe if I was a huge Nexus or Sony guy..

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I paid an early termination fee to leave tmobile for verizon early last year, I pay more but it's well worth it. With tmobile call quality was poor, data was slow, I very rarely had 4g usually stuck on 2g. No signal in my basement, couldn't even receive a text. Most picture messages I sent took hours to deliver. With Verizon I have coverage everywhere I go, a good 4g signal most places, and only 2 or 3 dropped calls in the last year.

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Only reason why Im still on AT&T is because I have the grandfathered unlimited plans plus my old company discount was never removed. I pay $120 after taxes for two smart phones. Im glad T mobile is shaking things up and making more benefits for the users instead of the carriers.

Where did you see T-Mobile has unlimited data? Do get it, it`ll costing you $70. a month and up. All T-mobile what TM offering is unlimited talk text and 500 MP. No unlimited.

My wife and I have Unlimited data on T-Mobile and my mother and father-in-law have 500 MB I think. 4 lines for $160. That's about $100 I'm saving over Verizon where I didn't even have unlimited data. I had a 4 GB plan that I went over every month. I average about 8-12 GB a month. So the switch was worth it to me.

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Except for the new plan they just announced the other day, it's been truly unlimited. The catch is that you get XXmb of HIGH Speed (3g+ and LTE), then it drops back to 2g (which is still faster than anything I've EVER seen on Sprint before I switched early on this year).

Since I personally sit in a 2g zone, or wifi, most of the time, the "free" 1gb/mo of high speed I get on my plan rarely gets touched. My wife works in an lte area, and streams her radio station. She's on the 2nd tier (3gb) plan, and has never run out of high speed data.

Tmo coverage is still lacking in alot of areas... it's pretty bad near me in western MD

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Cause tmobile has yet to issue an apology to me? or fix my credit report? Until they can fix their absolutely deplorable customer service and fix my fake bill, I wont go near them.

As usual carriers show why they deserve to be hated in the US

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Why is this not entirely surprising? I don't see the benefit to the carrier of excluding this feature at all. Someone tell me what I'm missing here.

I'm getting between 35-40 Mbps download speed on T-Mobile. Compared to Verizon's 10-15. I don't need download booster on T-Mobile. I definitely would need it on Verizon though.

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The carriers do not want you using "unnecessary bandwidth". They believe if you are connected to a WiFi source then your internet connection should rely on that alone and save them the hassle of providing you the service you pay for. Overall, carriers are dicks and we must either accept it or move outside the red, white, and blue.

I feel like the only way carriers will learn to stop doing this is by switching. When they start to lose money they'll turn things around. Since T-Mobile is paying people's ETF there really isn't a reason not to switch. If you don't like it, then sign back up to your old carrier or better yet find another one you like better. It's all about choices.

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are you kidding the way Americans are attached to subsidized phones? lol! People bitch the most about ATT and Verizon, yet they grow every quarter it seems. About 200 + million customers combined.

That is absolutely correct. It's all about coverage at this point. I have T-Mobile and their great for me but most people don't and that's why they choose a company that does offer coverage. Yes, T-Mobile is moving in the right direction but they are still not there.

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T-Mobile is there for me. 40mb down & 15mb up on LTE, ON HSPA+ getting over 15mb down and over 5mb up. Never dropped a call in the last 8 months. Never been happier on any US Carrier. It all depends where you live. T-Mobile in my area, (suburb of Boston) T-Mobile is faster than all other Carriers. Real unlimited data without throttling, free tethering and throw in a free tablet plan, all for under $90.00. Thank You T-Mobile

Right? Don't they WANT people to go over on data? I mean make it known that it can be turned off, but people that leave it on will either go over or need more expensive data allotments. This baffles me.

Seems like AT&T and Verizon especially would have left it in. Catch more people going over their data buckets, more money.

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I can't see how Verizon is allowed to do this. Don't they have to allow users to do whatever they want as long as they're using 700Mhz C-Block? I thought the FCC said they can't hamper or lock devices.

This wouldn't fall under that purview. They're not restricting the device's ability to access the network. They've just removed the device's ability to utilize WiFi and the LTE network simultaneously.

Of course, it may also be the fear of lawsuits from people getting bill shock, not realizing that this is going on.

The whole Sprint thing is getting old. I'm sure there are places where the network is horrific but, like most carriers, coverage and speed seem to be very dependent on where you live. I've had Sprint for years. Aside from a period of about 3 months last year when they were upgrading the towers near my apartment, I haven't had any real complaints about their network. And I average about 12 gigs of data/month with my phone, so unlimited data is a big deal.

Have had Sprint for 4 years and they have been atrocious... Not trolling and I'd love to list all the problems I've had with them but it's not worth the time. Despicable is an understatement.

Let's say you're on a smaller data plan. I could see where the download booster "might" save some data. If thats the case you "might" not go over your data limit.

So if that really is the case, your carrier "might" not be able to make money off you for exceeding your data cap........ Hmm........

They really wouldn't leave that feature off the phone for that reason... or would they?

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Why wouldn't it be on Sprint? It seems like it would be great for Unlimited Data users since it'll boost their speeds and put less stress on Sprint's network...??

Makes no sense.

How would using Sprint's network to supplement your wifi put less stress on Sprint's network?

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I will never leave at&t, I pay 129$ for 10 gigs of data and 2 phones and a tablet with unlimited everything else. I also get blazing fast LTE speeds
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How much does your bill go up when you pass (Go = capped data point)?

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Fu€k this. I heard that this might happen. When I saw that AT&T wasn't allowing it, I thought that maybe our Samsung Rep confused them with VZW. We suck sometimes.

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How much faster will it be? On LTE it will be fast and if you have AC wifi it will be fast. I do not think I have ever thought, damn this download is slow. Not sure why ATT removed it but oh well, I will save my anger for an issue I actually care about....

The thought of this feature was great but idk when I would have used it... Well I guess when I was still unlimited... Yeeah I would have kept that shit on ...Lmao

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No wonder T-Mobile keeps advertising the galaxy s5 in their homepage...

This is probably going to be their attempt to grab as many customers from other carriers as possible

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How does this surprise anyone, it shouldn't. Anything that strains their network will be blocked, anything that benefits the customer will be blocked and anything that can lead to a potential class action lawsuit will be blocked.

When I played around with the S5 Experience App, the Download Booster really stood out as a cool feature. Bummer that most U.S. carriers won't allow it.

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I don't see how my Verizon 4G data is going to help boost my Comcast WIFI which gets 58 Download / 12 Upload. Whenever I am connected to WIFI, if I turn my WIFI off and test it indoors its like 6 Download / 2 Upload on LTE. I think this booster is unless in my case.

I personally would never use this because I don't have unlimited data. However, I'm surprised they don't allow it because they could rake in the dough they would make on people going over their data limit. Still, part of me is upset they can't let us make that choice. I'm sure the custom firmwares will fix this.
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You don't talk bad about Samsung! Pointing out things that are wrong is still blasphemous!!

Samsung crya$$/fanboy

I could care less if I could use this feature or not..I mean it is a great feature and I'm sure I could have a lot of use for it..but my home wifi it's pretty much or more than enough for me..really people we have lived with out this all these years..we could still live without it. .besides sprint 4G sucks anyway most of the time I need to disable it cause its slower than 3g..

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I wonder if the download boost is a hardware or software? I have a Note 3 and would love to have this feature.

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This is a great feature this should be implemented into future versions of Android.

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When I got my hands on the Sprint version earlier that was the first thing I looked for and it was not there. Very disappointed.

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Do our phones really need that much bandwidth? People either got some slow WiFi, LTE or both.

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Love T-Mobile. Great service where I live and travel. I will be jumping to the S5 in twenty days.

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Well, Hopefully and sometime in the very near future before I die, All of the Carriers in the USA are going to catch on and start doing what happening over in Europe with faster internet service (5 times faster) faster phones ( Euro phones-VS-USA phones - 2x-3x faster), and all of the useable features on the phones as manufactered and intended by the creators of the newest phones....think about them....they make a real hot phone and the carriers cut the nuts off of them because the eat up the bandwidth and slow their service down, instead of building the service up to the best possible outcome.
And that's all I have to say about that!