Apr 10 AT 6:02 PM Dima Aryeh 17 Comments

AT&T, Verizon and Sprint remove Download Booster feature from Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5

When Samsung announced the Galaxy S5, it also revealed a new feature called Download Booster, which combines your WiFi and data connection to boost download speed significantly and allow you to download files much faster. This isn’t the first time that we’ve seen such a feature, but a native implementation of it will probably be far superior.

Unfortunately for most of you in the U.S., you’ll never see Download Booster on your Galaxy S5, because AT&T, Verizon and Sprint have all stripped the feature from their variants of the device. It’s not known whether this decision was made to limit usage of their data networks or if it’s just more of the evil B.S. we’re used to from the carriers.

Luckily, T-Mobile has kept Download Booster in its Galaxy S5. Not only that, but the carrier is actually hyping it on its Twitter account. Good on you, T-Mobile, for being the least evil carrier of the big four. And the other three, well, I’ll spare you the tirade. Bastards.

If you want to show your support for a less-controlled phone market, hit up T-Mobile for your next cellphone plan. Even if you don’t, though, you have to admit that this is ridiculous. What are your thoughts on the situation? Tell us in the comments!

Via: Droid-Life

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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  • redraider133

    This isn’t surprising. It is a shame these carriers remove features. Hopefully they will add it in a future update. Not sure why these carriers feel the need to take away features that actually would be beneficial to the customer.

  • celeestialmech

    That is a big pile pf shit from the big three. This is the kind of shit that made me switch to tmo from ATT and the service might not be as good but i def think tmo is a far superior carrier.

  • jackie

    Simply put…this is bullshit promulgated by greedy assholes who couldn’t care less about their customers!

  • (sic)

    man that’s one ugly design of a phone

  • noueddine

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  • Bart

    @Dima: Wow! I’ve never seen you “go off” like this before (in my recent recollection). Having worked for ATT (but in I.T.), I can assure you that they don’t do things just to skew u. What the technical and/or logistical reasons could be I honestly don’t know. Has anyone even thought to ask the carriers’ office of public affairs? Although some decisions can seem heavy-handed, I’m pretty certain this decision has a tech reason behind it. And please know that I am not saying this to defend the carriers. Heaven knows I’ve had my flashpoints of anger with them. It just seems we’re hell-bound to condemn someone without even asking them why they did it.

  • alexx

    Im sure guys over on XDA will get it working

  • Antcember29th

    See since sprint has unlimited data they should have most definitely kept this feature. With this feature they would have brung in more customers.

  • Haggie

    Just ordered an S5 from T-Mobile to test out. If the reception and bandwidth is as good at my home and office, buh bye Verizon. T-mobile is almost HALF the price of Verizon but with unlimited data and no contract.

  • donger

    Go T-Mobile!

  • visham

    How can download booster can work on sm-g900h

  • Fred

    Does anyone know how to officially get ahold of google on this matter?

    Google can place mandates on all carriers of the Android operating system that legally state that they cannot remove lock down or otherwise disable anything from the Android operating system

    however can only add to it in a way that will be beneficial to the users such as improvements

    I’m thinking maybe if Google tightened their ship up a little bit we would have a much more impressive version of Android instead of a carrier altered watered down same old thing with a new look on a new device.

    Maybe we need to band together and flood Google with these requests until they give us what we want because I want limits placed on the carriers so this kind of BS stops

  1. This isn’t surprising. It is a shame these carriers remove features. Hopefully they will add it in a future update. Not sure why these carriers feel the need to take away features that actually would be beneficial to the customer.

  2. celeestialmechGuest 12 months ago

    That is a big pile pf shit from the big three. This is the kind of shit that made me switch to tmo from ATT and the service might not be as good but i def think tmo is a far superior carrier.

  3. jackieGuest 12 months ago

    Simply put…this is bullshit promulgated by greedy assholes who couldn’t care less about their customers!

  4. (sic)Guest 12 months ago

    man that’s one ugly design of a phone

  5. noueddineGuest 12 months ago

    Discover and Download the latest ANDROID Apps& Games.
    For FREE
    http://goo.gl/EuN7Ee

  6. BartGuest 12 months ago

    @Dima: Wow! I’ve never seen you “go off” like this before (in my recent recollection). Having worked for ATT (but in I.T.), I can assure you that they don’t do things just to skew u. What the technical and/or logistical reasons could be I honestly don’t know. Has anyone even thought to ask the carriers’ office of public affairs? Although some decisions can seem heavy-handed, I’m pretty certain this decision has a tech reason behind it. And please know that I am not saying this to defend the carriers. Heaven knows I’ve had my flashpoints of anger with them. It just seems we’re hell-bound to condemn someone without even asking them why they did it.

  7. alexxGuest 12 months ago

    Im sure guys over on XDA will get it working

  8. Antcember29thGuest 12 months ago

    See since sprint has unlimited data they should have most definitely kept this feature. With this feature they would have brung in more customers.

  9. HaggieGuest 12 months ago

    Just ordered an S5 from T-Mobile to test out. If the reception and bandwidth is as good at my home and office, buh bye Verizon. T-mobile is almost HALF the price of Verizon but with unlimited data and no contract.

  10. vishamGuest 2 months ago

    How can download booster can work on sm-g900h

  11. FredGuest 1 month ago

    Does anyone know how to officially get ahold of google on this matter?

    Google can place mandates on all carriers of the Android operating system that legally state that they cannot remove lock down or otherwise disable anything from the Android operating system

    however can only add to it in a way that will be beneficial to the users such as improvements

    I’m thinking maybe if Google tightened their ship up a little bit we would have a much more impressive version of Android instead of a carrier altered watered down same old thing with a new look on a new device.

    Maybe we need to band together and flood Google with these requests until they give us what we want because I want limits placed on the carriers so this kind of BS stops