Feb 25 AT 12:34 AM Taylor Wimberly 86 Comments

Sprint Android buyer’s guide: February 2012


Welcome to a new weekly column where we break down each carrier to let you know the best devices and current promotions. We have already posted our Verizon Buyer’s Guide and T-Mobile Buyer’s Guide, and now it’s time for Sprint. Each week we will rotate between the big four US carriers, so that each buyer’s guide gets refreshed every month. Read on for Sprint’s best devices and deals.

Current Promotions and News

Sprint board rejects bid to buy MetroPCS: Details are still coming in, but it appears that Sprint was hours away from a deal to acquire MetroPCS. Apparently CEO Dan Hesse signed off on the deal, but then Sprint’s executive board rejected it. Either Hesse is on the way out or Sprint is going to make some major changes in the coming months. Head over to The Verge for more details.

New 4G LTE Markets: This month Sprint announced that 4G LTE was coming to Baltimore and Kansas City by mid-2012.

More deals and offers: Sprint doesn’t have many current promotions, but follow them on Facebook and Twitter for future deals.

Samsung Epic 4G Touch

Best Android Phone: Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch

I said it back in October when I first reviewed the phone and the same thing still holds true; The Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch is easily the best Android phone on Sprint. For the third carrier in a row, Samsung takes home the top pick. See a pattern here?

Sprint still sells the Epic 4G Touch for $199 with 2-year contract, but Amazon has it on sale for only $49 for new customers, $119 for adding a line, or $149 for upgrades.

There is a reason Samsung has already sold 20 million of their Galaxy S II series. The Super AMOLED Plus display is unmatched among Android phones and the dual-core 1.2 GHz Exynos processor is still one of the fastest around.

Samsung has already said the Galaxy S II will receive Android 4.0 in the coming months, so this device will continue to improve with new software updates.

I’ve already recommended this device to several close friends and they have all been very pleased with their purchase. If you want to know more about the device, just check out our full review.

Best Android Phone with Keyboard: None

Sprint currently lists nine Android phones on their website with physical keyboards, but I can’t in good faith recommend any of them. Their only high-end phone with a keyboard is the Samsung Epic 4G, which came out almost two years ago. That device will never seen another Android update and you want to avoid it.

We only like to suggest smartphones with the latest versions of Android, or those that we believe will be updated soon. I’d suggest giving the Epic 4G Touch a try to see if you like it or just wait till Sprint announces their new spring lineup.

Best Android Tablet: ZTE Optik

Let me repeat what I said in our previous buyer’s guide. Because of the current data plans, I’m not a huge fan of carrier branded Android tablets. However, if you need an Android tablet with wireless connectivity, then the ZTE Optik should be your pick.

Sprint currently sells the Optik for $99 with 2-year agreement, so you won’t break the bank on this purchase. A monthly data plan is required, but Sprint has some affordable options. Sprint offers four plans designed specifically for tablets, starting at $19.99 for 1GB of data, $34.99 for 3GB of data, $49.99 for 6GB of data, and $79.99 for 12GB of data.

Highlights of the ZTE Optik include 3G data connection, Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS, 7-inch touchscreen display with WXGA 1280×800 resolution, dual-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon S3 processor, dual cameras, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB storage, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth 2.1, expandable memory slot, and 4000 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

We don’t know if this device will receive Android 4.0 yet, but it was just released in February. Hopefully Sprint supports it with at least one major software upgrade.

Best Android Phone on a Budget: HTC EVO Design 4G

When I was reviewing the list of Sprint’s budget devices, one clear winner emerged and it was the HTC EVO Design 4G. The reason we are recommending this device is simple; HTC has said it will receive Android 4.0 sometime in early 2012.

The EVO Design 4G is also affordable as Sprint sells it for $99 with 2-year contract. Once again Amazon has cheaper prices selling it for only $0.01 to new customers or add a line, and $49 for upgrades.

Highlights of the EVO Design 4G include a 4-inch qHD display, 1.2 GHz single-core processor, 5 megapixel camera on the back, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera (capable of HD video chat with Qik) and support for GSM global roaming.

Check out Nick’s hands-on with the EVO Design 4G for more details.

What’s Coming Next

If you don’t mind waiting a couple months, I would suggest holding out for Sprint’s first LTE phone, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. This was our top pick on Verizon and it will instantly become the top pick on Sprint when it becomes available.

The Galaxy Nexus has already officially been announced for Sprint and a registration page is up, but we still don’t have a release date yet.

Sprint will launch their LTE network in the first half of 2012, so we should get a release date for this phone in the coming months. Dallas, Atlanta, Houston and San Antonio are expected to be among the first markets to benefit from Sprint’s 4G LTE and improved 3G coverage.

The LG Viper 4G LTE was also announced as coming soon, but we see no reason to suggest this device when compared to the Galaxy Nexus.


We have long wanted to maintain buyer’s guides for every carrier, but it’s just something we have failed to produce. As one of the most influential sources of Android information on the web, we realize that our opinions are valuable and the average consumer just wants to know what phone they should buy without having to do all the research.

Our hardcore audience lives and breaths Android, so most of them already know what device they want to buy next. However, I realize that for most of the public, reading our blog is like trying to read Swahili or some other foreign language. The purpose of these guides is to try and help the average consumer.

Having said all that, consider this first guide as a rough draft that will continually be updated and improved over time. We would love to hear your feedback on what other sections or information should be added to the next version. Our lead developer Clark has some amazing site features that are coming down the pipe (like the new profiles), and we are committed to this community.

I ask for your help by sharing this guide with your friends on Sprint and leaving suggestions in the comments below.

Taylor is the founder of Android and Me. He resides in Dallas and carries the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One as his daily devices. Ask him a question on Twitter or Google+ and he is likely to respond. | Ethics statement

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  • revs

    wow as this thread confirms SPRINT BLOWS in every way possible

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Hey they are still the only major carrier to have truly unlimited data plans. And they have the Galaxy Nexus on the way!

      • revs

        i live in nyc and theyre “unlimited ” data is useless my gfs beautiful evo 3d i got her for her b day sees an average of 250kbps-1mbps …..seriously

        • thel0nerang3r

          @Revs: The English language, are you fluent in it’s usage? If your writing is any indication of your intelligence, please do not reproduce.

          • RichardGivesAndroidFansABadName

            Says the person who doesn’t know how to use a semicolon.

          • revs

            yes teacher
            good thing my majors in engineering :)
            dnt be mad your provider blows

        • yankeesusa

          I definitely agree with you. My evo3d most of the time is just a paperweight. I am unable to use it in any store due to the lack of data and when I do have data it feels like one of those old dialup modems. I really hope sprint fixes this soon.

      • slurms mckenzie

        Truly unlimited at joke speeds. Has anyone seen those numbers there pathetic

        • Adam

          No worse than Verizon’s 3G where I live. And yes, that’s all there is where I live, 3G. Sprint remains one of the best deals for people who want good coverage at affordable prices. For example, my parents wanted to get all of their children and themselves on a family plan with a smartphone. It turns out, its actually -cheaper- to go to Spring and get 5 smartphones than it is to stay on Verizon with only two smartphones and 3 dumbphones. Verizon is WAY WAY overpriced, and that’s all there is to it. If you have Sprint where you live, and you don’t care about 4G speeds (none of which are avaiable to me at any rate) you either a) don’t know about Sprint or b) you’re a crack addict.

      • http://alxrock.deviantart.com alxrock

        How well do you think the GNex will hold up against HTC’s One X?

        I would think HTC might bring a variation of the One X around June/July (seeing as how the EVO4G and EVO3D came out around that time for the past couple years)

      • sj

        Is there any wsy to contact u directly so you csn try to help TMO customers with known device & network issues? We have massive SMS failures on Tmo4g network; we have to switch to edge or turn off pocket data. Also they acknowledge “known issues” with Exhibit2 you recommended..daily freezing followed by power cycling. After 7 factory resets & 2 repairs, told “nothing we can do”>> Buy a “less crappy” phone or “find another carrier.” [sorry off topic but no way to contact you; read Tmo forums. Rep after rep admits phone & network issues…then has incompetent custserv…tells people to leave carrier…& then Ceo blames iphone..not quite reducing churn/increasing loyalty message when longterm customers r given middle finger…Wish some consumer reporter would look into all this…Soured me on Android when phone freezes every single day..no consistecy..Android Mrkt & Google Music also have tons of known issues …and everyone blames everyone & user suffers

      • iham

        Sprint has 3g and limited 4g (two 4g towers) here. What this means is no actual 4g even feet from the ‘active’ towers and 3g that’s much slower than a 9600baud modem You know those things back from >20yrs ago.
        When traveling to one of a couple cities it does actually get some decent speeds but you’ve got to realize it’s ’4g’ network which everyone knew way complete junk is now going to be changing to a 4g lte and any one hoping to get 4g service on their 4g phone will be out of luck. You’ll now need a lte phone well that is unless something changes again and the current 4g and upcoming 4glte phones won’t work.
        The only reason to get Sprint is for unlimited everything save voice to a landline with the EMPLOYEE REFERRAL
        If you don’t get employee referral (see google) then congrats, you have the worst phone choice with the worst service and the worst customer support all the while paying the same as the other networks with better speeds, phones, and support.

        Now all this being said. BRING ON THE GALAXY NOTE! Forget Nexus, just get the Note out IMMEDIATELY! I don’t care if it’s LTE or even current 4g as one is a joke and we’re all certain the other will be a joke so 3g is fine Just make it happen people. Bring on the best phone out there now and bring it on now.

        • yankeesusa

          You make a point on the slow 3g data from sprint and almost non existent 4g wimax from sprint but sprint has already announced their release of lte in several markets and will have almost all of it up by mid 2013 so complaining about sprint 4g isn’t doing anything. They are already working on it. As for sprint pricing being good only with an employee referral,well thats wrong there. You can get discounts with sprint without a referral, just find out if your company gets a discount, also even without a discount sprint is still the best price out there. As for customer support I haven’t had any problems with support for at least a year. They resolve my issues right away or compensate me for my troubles. They even gave me some credit and to help me wait it out while they upgrade and improve their current 3g data problems.
          So if you want to get the note and go with At&t then go ahead, i for one don’t want to pay triple the price for only 2gb of throttled crap.

  • Jeremy

    I got a Epic 4G and ICS is running great on it. I recently bought an Epic Touch battery which gives me 1800mah(300mah over stock). I can easily make it through the day without charging. I really have no desire to upgrade right now.


  • honourbound68

    I also owned an epic 4g, paid the $10 fee, and promptly waited 1 year before I got WiMAX in my area. Good luck to those buying an lte phone because they may have to wait a year or more before they can actually enjoy lte.

    • txbluesman

      Lucky that I am in one of the first markets for thirty LTE.

      • txbluesman

        thier LTE. I should check my words before I post. Lol.

    • yankeesusa

      I could see why people think the same will happen with lte. But you have to remember that they were relying on a third party company for wimax and they didn’t have a good plan set out. For lte they already have a great plan on how they are doing it and they have a time frame on the rollout and coverage area of lte, something they didn’t do with wimax. So I am hopeful their lte rollout will be successful and I am looking forward to upgrading to an lte htc phone.

  • mattcoz

    I chose the EVO 3D over the Epic Blah Blah Whateb

    • mattcoz

      whatever and don’t regret it one bit. The extra resolution is really nice and the size fits much better in my hand.

      • revs

        i would have done the same thing
        my gf has it and its truly amazing
        plus i stream 3d movies n pics to my 3d tv

  • txbluesman

    I have had no issues with Sprint. Unlimited data, good customer service, pretty good 4g speeds (10-12mbps) down and (1.2-1.9know)up consistently, and Nexus devices. Thanks for all the info for all the networks Taylor.

    • snowbdr89

      Good customer service? You must migraines

      • spazby

        I have been with sprint for a while and have never had any problems…

      • bubba

        not get
        Good customer service? You must migraines

    • WlfHart

      Not bad speeds, what area you getting those in?

      • txbluesman

        Dallas area

  • Vance

    Yikes I thought tmo had it bad… But you never know, the top Android carrier can change quarter to quarter, if not month to month.

  • Zeinzu

    Are you a moron? The OG Epic 4g is still receiving updates. Check your facts before writing up some public news thread cause there’s already more pdf’s in the system for a 2.3.6 update, which isn’t very far behind the curve fyi. Not to mention it has official cm7 (2.3.7) support and will soon be on the official cm9 (4.0.3) support list since our cm9 build is already fully functional. The Epic 4g is easily the best hardware keyboarded phone on “any” carrier to this day. Yea it’s not dual core, yea it’s starting to become outdated, but it’s a damn good quality phone that “still” out performs most other devices on the market given it’s good quality hardware and ongoing official and non-official software support. Not to mention it ranges from free to $49.99. You can’t beat that.

    • Bpear96

      Your cool, calling a successful blog writer a moron. I don’t think the 2.3.6 update should be considered a upcoming update, considering it was probably developed 3 months ago and just now being approved by sprint.

    • honourbound68

      @zeinzu yes it’s supported by CM. but it wasn’t supported till recently. I flashed rom after rom for over a 1.5 years and always had the LOS and random restart bugs in my epic until I used the stable CM7 build. It wasnt until verizon got their rebadged Epic that the development on it started again. Yes, the epic hardware was top of the line (except for the gps locking troubles) when it came out and is still very good up til now. But if history repeats itself, sprint will release an LTE phone with only a handful of markets having LTE service and a vague promise that 4g is coming to your area soon. Sure I have no doubt that they will eventually expand LTE to all their clientele but their plans go all the way to the end of 2013. If they released a phone that can use both LTE and WiMAX then I’d have stuck around (they will have a hotspot with this capability). But, from everything I’ve read, their version of GN is ONLY LTE.

      • honourbound68

        Hit post to early.. My biggest complaint is that sprint will continue to release WiMAX phones that will be dead when they switch to LTE. If they release LTE/WiMAX capable phones then they’d be doing their customers a great service.

        • squiddy20

          The only Wimax capable phones that they’ll be selling are those that are already out (Evo 3D, E4GT, Evo Shift, etc.) They’ve pretty much stated that much in several press releases. Besides, what would you have them do, halt all production of their current phones for several more months until LTE can get shoved, post production, into the phones? Yeah, that’s totally feasible…

          • honourbound68

            ummm no… as i said, they can release wimax/lte capable phones. they will have a mobile hotspot that is capable of accessing both. why not phones?

          • squiddy20

            Why would you want a Wimax phone? Most speed tests on wimax have been no more than 10mbps, usually a heck of a lot less. If Sprint’s LTE speeds will be anything like Verizon’s, Wimax could go to hell for all I care. Add to the fact that Sprint would then basically have to do something MORE with Wimax, to keep it supported. I think what Sprint intends to do is phase out Wimax and use the spectrum for LTE or CDMA. Not to mention that doing an LTE/Wimax radio combination on top of CDMA, Wifi, Bluetooth, etc, would add just one more thing for Sprint to test, making updates take even longer than they already are(in addition to thicker phones).
            Where have you heard about an LTE/Wimax hotspot? The likelihood of that happening is slim to none, especially if Sprint is trying to get rid of Wimax (I wouldn’t see why not).
            Also, the idea of Sprint releasing an all LTE Galaxy Nexus is pretty stupid. The phone would essentially be a wifi only phone, because even by the end of the year, there’d only be 20 or less LTE areas rendering the phone quite useless in regards to mobile data connectivity. Think.

          • honourbound68

            check this out.. Sierra Wireless Tri-Network Hotspot (Sprint) http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2399293,00.asp

            i don’t want a wimax phone. in fact i switched to vzw because i wanted reliable 4g (i live in a 50′s built 1-story ranch home and wimax goes on-and-off unless i park my phone beside a window). Sprint announced that they would support Wimax for at least a year. As you can see from the link above, Sprint can put out a tri-network device. If I buy a top of the line product, I sure would like to get to use it for more than 2 years. And yes, it know this would make the phone more expensive. and if it’s that cost prohibitive, at the very least give me the choice to decide whether I want this radio set on my phone.
            and speaking of Sprint releasing an all LTE GN being stupid… The EVO and Epic 4g were both released with only a handful of markets having Wimax with Sprint promising their customers, wimax is coming to your area soon. I had that crud shoveled down my gullet for over a year and it didn’t taste good. I’ll be damned if i let it happen again. if anything, releasing a tri-network GN would be a tremendous publicity booster for Sprint. owners of such phones would be the best goodwill ambassadors money can’t buy.

          • squiddy20

            Hmmm, interesting. Didn’t even know they were working on such a thing. Makes sense I guess. But the problem is, it’s a lot more complicated (and expensive) to try to shove both 4G radios into a phone, and make sure it all works seamlessly.
            Maybe we’re misunderstanding each other. When I hear “all LTE” I think “only LTE” , as in it has no access to 3G/1x. That’s what I thought you meant. Sorry if I was wrong. My only concern with a tri-network capable phone is the handoff between the networks. I mean, from what I hear, handoff between Verizon’s LTE and 3G leaves something to be desired. Bring that over to Sprint and throw Wimax into the mix, and it’ll only make it worse.
            In all fairness, the Wimax debacle wasn’t Sprint’s fault. From what I understand, they basically contracted out Clearwire to do the 4G rollout, and when they couldn’t get their finances in order/shit together, they went bankrupt. No one can predict stuff like that.

          • squiddy20

            This just came to me as I was reading the article you linked to. Now it isn’t stated how much, but apparently the hotspot is basically all battery. And all this thing does is provide mobile wireless internet access. Try piling on a whole OS (Android), Bluetooth, Wifi, 3G/1x, a 4 or so inch display and other common things in Android phones, and you’d need a battery comparable, if not larger than, the Razr MAXX just to make it through a day. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather not carry around a brick in my pants because the battery is so big and heavy.

          • honourbound68

            I hear you squiddy. It might be tough battery-wise to have such a device especially knowing how much gas LTE requires, but as for radio-wise Qualcomm already has an LTE/CDMA ev-do rev.a chip that according to a cell networking article I read from July 2011, can be easily put into existing sprint phones. I don’t know if this the same chip that’s in the Sierra mifi and I’m sure you are right about being a pain to code for but I still wish this were an option. I would have gladly stayed with Sprint if I had a phone that would see me through the end of WiMAX and the beginning of LTE (I tether A LOT). Having been a loyal sprint guy for 13 years, it sucks to have to switch to Verizon (and pay more money). Once sprint get their lte act together (and as long ad their pricing plan doesn’t change), I’d move back to them. But in the meantime, I feel bad for sprint customers that buy the gn if they dont have lte in their area. Like you said, it’d be a wifi phone unless they do the tri-network thing.

  • slurms mckenzie

    The first guy is right sprint is a joke. They have crappy phones.people need to stop praising this joke network

  • Richard Yarrell

    I must say the down fall is rather shocking to me. Man no Evo 4g and nobody talking to much about my former Evo 3D. What change since 2010.

    • squiddy20

      Hmmmm, I wonder why? Maybe it’s because the Evo 4G is well over 1.5 years old and the Evo 3D hasn’t been selling well since it’s so fugly. Price point alone should tell you that much. Evo 3D that came out 7 or 8 months ago is now priced the same as the Evo 4G, Epic 4G, and quite a few mid-range phones. Open your squinty little eyes, dumbass.

      • squiddy20

        I also think it’s incredibly hilarious that you think the Evo 4G is still a contender or at least still relevant right now. You’re talking about a phone that was released just a few months shy of 2 years ago, yet you harped on me about my “useless 2+ year old” Samsung Moment when it wasn’t even 1.5 years old. Not to mention the fact that the Evo 4G is a single core device, whereas the high-end phones released recently are dual core, with quad core in 6 or so months. That’s like comparing a Ferrari (phones of today) to a Honda Civic (Evo 4G) in terms of horsepower. Utterly stupid. Keep up with the times Dick.

        • jcunwired

          SGSII, iPhone, Evo 4G – in order of most phones sold last quarter. Rooted with new ROM and kernel my 4G is still quite relevant.

          Who’s the dumbass now?

          • RichardGivesAndroidFansABadName

            I would have to say that you are. You missed the point by light-years. Of course rooting and custom ROMs are going to run better than stock. As Richard says “Rooting is for 2plus year old devices”.
            In the future, if you’re going to try and be witty and flame people, try to understand what is actually going on. You don’t want to look like a bigger dumbfuck than Richard, do you?

          • squiddy20

            Where did I say anything about “most phones sold”? You missed the point of what I was saying. Most of the high-end phones already out or coming out in the next few months are dual core. There will be at least a few quad-core phones being shown at MWC meaning releases about 6 months or so after that. *Stock* single core phones CANNOT compete against dual-core, let alone quad-core, phones. Sure, you can root your single core phone, max out the processor and do all sorts of optimizations to make it leaner, faster, and more efficient, I know because I’m right there with you. But the fact of the matter is, it still won’t be able to keep up with a dual core phone in the same way that a single core processor on a laptop/desktop will never be able to keep with a dual or quad core processor of the same clock speed. Just the way of technology.

        • Richard Yarrell

          Keep up with the times???? Yeah sound great asswipe how is your crappy samsung moment ?? Great up to date devices your a clown idiot…

          • squiddy20

            Just because I have a 2 year old phone doesn’t mean I don’t know what I’m talking about, unlike you of course. I was the one who helped that guy on your Evo 3D “review”, about a problem with a phone I’ve never owned. Ya know, the one who already had the phone and you replied something to the effect of “you’ll really like this phone, good luck to you”? Also, I wasn’t the one who stated the HTC Sensation’s processor was “inferior” to the one in the Evo 3D, and I’ve never owned either phones. Try refuting my arguments with something other than childish insults for once, if you can.

          • Steam

            Betcha Squiddy never wandered the streets of NYC, retarded and homeless, then suddenly acted like he was better than everyone else when a soup kitchen put a roof over his head and taught him how to turn on a computer. He also realizes that a fucking phone isn’t a status symbol.
            Since you place so much personal worth in material things(cheap stuff, like smartphones) and low-paying jobs (soup-kitchen manager), get back to me when you buy an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak perpetual calendar, or a Patek Philippe grand complication. Don’t know what those are? It’s okay, you’ll never be able to afford one of you lived another 100,000 years, and you definitely (← that is how you spell “definitely”, btw) would never, ever be able to even set one.
            The Bowery Mission really fucked you over, they gave you three hots and a cot, taught you how to press the power button on a computer, but completely failed to address your personal and mental issues. I’m so glad I stumbled across that Red Door newsletter last year and showed it to everyone, that was even better than your sideways videos you had to take down/privatize, “This is Richard Yarrell coming at you with my front-facing camera ladies and gentlemen.” You can’t even use a camera, or do a force update, and you stare blankly at XDA?! I know there is no way in hell that you’re reading, much less understanding any of what is said there. You call other people trolls, but you, are by far, the biggest troll ever to disgrace the internet, and I’ve been playing on the internet when modems were measured in Baud, so I’ve seen pretty much everything.
            Go see the psychiatrist, Richard, the nice person will give you the medication you so VERY desperately need. Maybe you can work on your insecurities and talk out your dark basement episodes, but I doubt it.
            Personally, I hope you never straighten up and get your shit together. I have $5,000 riding on the fact that you will not change over the next two years 9some of my friends and I get bored and bet on stupid things; usually people.

    • Orion78

      Downfall? You sir are an idiot. When have you ever made sense in your life? I’m glad you left Sprint. The trash has been cleaned.

      • Steam

        Sprint kicked him off of their network because he embarrassed the hell out of them. Probably how war veterans feel when someone shows up to a neighborhood watch meeting with fatigues, camouflage facepaint, and a helmet.

      • Richard Yarrell

        Squiddy20 already is the biggest DUMFUCK on androidandme since when has he became sprints advisor?? He is the biggest butthole on this site PISS ON HIM AND ALL THE REST OF MY HATERS eat shit and die..And fuck squiddy20 and everyone who sniffs his ass…

        • squiddy20

          Hahahahaha WTF? All I’ve ever done is prove you wrong Dick. Can’t take the heat? Stay out of the kitchen instead of bitching like a little girl. Or better yet, grow the fuck up and try a comeback based on logic and facts instead of petty, immature insults. If you can.

        • squiddy20

          By the way, it’s “dumbfuck” from “dumb” (with a b on the end) and “fuck”. How’s that for a “dumfuck”?
          I gotta say, it’s sad, but you do this to yourself. You really can’t blame me for any of this. All I’ve ever done and currently do is point out your mistakes and errors, if a little harshly. It really isn’t my fault you can’t comprehend your own errors. It’s not my fault you can’t spell simple words or know the difference between “rather” and “whether”. It’s not my fault you tell others their opinions or phones are “useless” and then wonder why no one likes you. You really have only yourself to blame Richard. I’m sure if you were nicer to people and more respectful of their opinions and viewpoints, people would like you. Instead, you act like a 6 year old whining and bitching about things you have absolutely no control over, all while using extremely juvenile insults. If YOU weren’t such an ass, I’d actually pity you…

        • Steam

          “DUMFUCK”?! What the hell is that? C’mon Richard, just keep it up until February 11, 2014, and I’m $5K richer! (Good God, I’m actually asking the biggest troll in internet history to keep it up for a measly $5,000…it’s the principle of the thing, not because I enjoy his rants, although, sometimes, they are so unbelievably asinine, they do leave me with a ‘WTF?’ expression at times). Of course, if you are killed, or stop playing with your phone and trolling android sites (not going to happen in 200 years, much less two), the bet is off.

  • Paul Atreides

    Bring on the Galaxy Nexus! Fingers crossed for an announcement in March for an early April release date at the latest. I’ll use 3G and wifi until my city gets the LTE treatment.

    • Orion78

      Sprint needs to release it in March or April. Any later than that then its too late. I want the GS3 anyway.

  • Gekko

    why waste money on an antiquated Wimax phone? yes Wimax still works but it is yesterday’s technology. it is obsolete before you take it out of the box. Sprint is offering us NOTHING to upgrade to. Sprint is offering NOTHING for new customers. Sprint should release the LTE G-Nex. otherwise it is STUPID for anyone to buy a Sprint Android phone today. it’s like buying a VCR and you know DVDs are already out. DUMB DUMB DUMB.

    Hesse release the G-Nex already!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Gekko

    p.s. the display resolution on the SG2 is awful and acceptable. not enough pixels for the display size. compare the same icon or web page to an EVO 3D or even the OG EVO. and the G-Nex blows it away. come on Hesse – bring on the G-Nex!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jcunwired

    I like Sprint, I really do. But they’re becoming the “iPhone Now” network, ignoring Android customers as they wade through that $15.5B iphone inventory. They haven’t released a performance phone since last summer and I don’t expect them to change this in the near future. Their LTE network rollout is now in jeopardy, there is little incentive to release the Galaxy Nexus or any other LTE phone.

    I have to agree with data speed comments as well. It’s extremely difficult to take advantage of unlimited data when it only trickles. The few chances I’ve had to enjoy Wimax have been extremely frustrating – move your phone even a few inches and you lose coverage. Not fun.

    Sprint plans and customer service are still great. I once had high hopes that they would be a good carrier for Android lovers, now I’m feeling a bit left out as I view headlines and see all these great devices going to other carriers. It doesn’t help that they are gradually removing many incentives that once made their plans attractive.

    I have a family plan now, but am seriously considering removing my line and moving to Verizon. I just don’t feel the love anymore, I have little hope for a rosy future with Sprints current woes.

    • Orion78

      Umm Sprint is releasing 12-15 LTE devices this year. Unless all those devices are iphones, you have nothing to worry about.

      • jcunwired

        Umm, got any more fairytales? There has been one LTE device mentioned as destined for Sprint, nothing more.

        You may be able to get away with lies to your Facebook friends, here most are more well informed.

        • Orion78

          Lies? LOL Ummmm This is not me. This is what Sprint stated. Looks like you’re the one thats been misinformed. So before you jump to conclusions about “fairytales” and Facebook, try not to bore us with your emo propaganda. Thanks.

        • squiddy20

          “Approximately 15 4G LTE devices are currently on track to be launched in 2012 including handsets, tablets and data cards”.
          Source: http://newsroom.sprint.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=2158
          5th para down, first sentence. How’s that for “fairytales and lies”?

    • BW

      I went to Verizon and then back to Sprint, regretting the change. Higher prices and worse customer service at Verizon is why I went back to Sprint. Was expecting a huge performance increase when I went to Verizon, but what I got wasn’t that dramatic and wasn’t worth dealing with the other negatives.

      • snowbdr89

        You must be blinded by something, you say performance wasnt much different? Lets see i get up to 40 mbps down and around 12 mbps up not to mention better coverage oh and when i call verizons customer service i get betty from kansas not some guy names peggy from india!!

        • squiddy20

          Just because *you* get “40 mbps down and around 12 mbps up” in *your* area doesn’t mean it’s the same all over the US. Ever think of that?

          • snowbdr89

            Most verizons customers get thos speeds. : )

          • squiddy20

            “most” not “all”. And obviously BW is part of that group that doesn’t get those speeds, so you berate him for his choice? Yeah, you’re cool…

          • snowbdr89

            I know im cool i get thos speeds while you creep along with sprints dial up network. : )

          • squiddy20

            Meh, I have Wifi access pretty much throughout all of my day (home, work, and school), so I don’t really care that much. Besides according to wikipedia, the maximum theoretical dialup speed is around 56 kbit/s (7kbps) and I’ve only ever gotten no less than 100 kbps down on Sprint’s 3G. Good try though.

    • Cantelumber

      I feel your pain jcunwired, the nearest wi max covered area for my town is 100 miles west of me. The few days I was working there I experienced the same battery eating 4g woes you had mentioned. After I purchased my og evo, i clearly recall a sprint representative explaining that my extra $ 10 bucks a month was to cover the extra data use associated with the 4g network. Hmmm.

  • staryoshi

    Here’s my Sprint buyer’s guide. Grab the Epic 4g Touch or the Galaxy Nexus when it is released. It’s not with saving $100 or so on a several thousand dollar commitment to get an inferior phone… My two cents anyway. I went with Sprint out of protest, but part of me deeply wishes I would have went with Verizon… The mobile network coverage leaves a lot to be desired…

    • staryoshi

      Worth saving* Sigh, swype.

  • Gekko

    Sprint coverage is great. the problem is i have no no G-Nex or G-Note yet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://alxrock.deviantart.com alxrock

    For the price, and the fact that my whole family is on Sprint, I’ll be sticking with em. I haven’t had any major issues, and their coverage is good for when I travel for work.

    I’m still waiting on the GNex to make its way to Sprint for my next upgrade, but I really wonder how it will stand up against the other phones that may make their way to the “Now network” this summer.
    Also, I wonder how bad the GNex will be lagging behind on updates. Sprint’s Nexus S4G still hasn’t been upgraded to ICS.

    • Stocklone

      Exact same reason I am on Sprint.

  • matt

    I have a sprint samsung transformer…I need to know about a new phone because I can’t download live wallpaper or open sportscenter videos..I need everything answered about slide phone like the transformer…no other phone besides keyoard..the best ones from sprint.I do noy like only touch screens.

    • squiddy20

      Dude, you should really take a look over at http://forum.sdx-developers.com/ They’ve got a whole section devoted entirely to the Samsung Transform, containing everything from rooting on 2.2, an unofficial CM7 Beta, and the start of an ICS build (in very very alpha development).

  • swazedahustla

    There’s no way I get a gnex that will be 6 to 9 months old. That would be simply insane. The new 2012 phones will get announced and released probably before a gnex ever shows up.

  • Stocklone

    I can understand mobile platform fanboys. But carrier fanboys? ALL of them have clearly showed they do not care about people beyond their wallets. They continue to give us less and less for more and more money every year. How can anyone have any kind of emotional attachment to their mobile carrier? You don’t choose the carrier you like. You choose the one you hate the least. It’s kind of like voting for politicians.

    • Steam

      I’ve never understood it either. It’s like people who think they’re being witty, or whatever they think they’re doing by writing “Microsoft” as M$…on a Windows 7 computer. Richard Yarrell spent over 1.5 years spam-fucking every thread of every Android site about Sprint and Evo phones, and HTC in general. Now, since he is using Verizon and has a GNex, all else is sucks. The only person I think I’ve seen who was a fanboy of a platform(only the version he currently had on his phone), an OEM, a carrier, and a brand-name. THAT was a puzzler – until we figured out that he’s about as stable as two pieces of subcritical uranium-235 being smacked together.
      I’ve always been a fan of what works the best for me :)

    • yankeesusa

      That is completely correct! Choose the carrier that works for you. If att works in your area and aren’t throttling you left and right then choose them, if verizon is good for you then choose them and enjoy their amazing lte speeds, if sprint work for you then choose them and hope that their lte rollout doesn’t crash and burn. For now I will stick with sprint and see what happens.

  • Tim

    AT&T is getting all the killer phones like AT&T’s HTC ONE

    • yankeesusa

      Its true that they are getting some killer phones but why choose att? Why pay an arm and a leg for throttled data and pay a company that hates their customers. I’d rather go with verizon, at least you get what you pay for, great coverage, decent customer service and awesome 4g lte speeds. But for now I will stick with sprint and see how their lte ends up being. If its good then I made a good choice, if its bad then I will just switch to verizon or even tmobile.

  • jus

    Unsurprisingly Sprint has nothing to offer.

    Except Galaxy S II, slow Iphone 4S speeds, and unlimited data access where available (while supplies last).

    You should be doing cartwheels if they don’t adopt automatic AT&T’s 100% LTE radio signals (with the inability to switch to 3G) for their LTE network.