02-01-2012, 10:31 PM #1
- 56 Posts
As an HTC Arrive owner on Sprint, I was reading through the Arrive posts on Sprint's customer forums to see if there was any news about the 8107 update for the Arrive as well as wifi hotspot, visual voicemail and SMS 160 character limit updates. I read the usual stuff, "I'm leaving Sprint if xyz doesn't happen."
It dawned on me that Sprint has to prioritize updates to their software like the rest of us who are in the business of software development. So they have fairly stable phones in the Arrive and the iPhone. And then they have this buggy and fragmented selection of Android phones they are constantly wrangling. I have first hand experience with this as my Dad and Mom chose Samsung Epic 4g phones when we moved from Verizon to Sprint. They turned their Epics in after three weeks of misery and picked up Arrives as well.
So you have a ton of Sprint customers using these Android nightmare phones and a handful of customers using a relatively solid WP7 device. What are you going to spend your time on? I'm not saying I'm happy with the lack of attention to the Arrive and the updates Microsoft have been providing. I guess I am saying, I understand.
I haven't seen an update on the Arrive since Mango and would really like to see the disappearing keyboard fixed. I am invested in the Microsoft/Xbox/WP7 ecosystem so I will choose a carrier that meets my needs in the end. I hope Sprint gets there eventually because I do not want to change carriers again and I have hope for their Sprint Network Vision infrastructure upgrades.
Thoughts? I would be interested if anyone else thinks Android is consuming a disproportionate amount of carrier time to provide phone updates.
- 02-02-2012, 08:41 AM #2
The squeaky wheels always get the grease.
Sadly, even with a skipped/missing/late update we are still way ahead as far as what's available to what we've got than most Android users lol
Take the Samsung Galaxy S 2 Epic 4G Touch(stupidest name ever BTW), it's the most expensive android phone Sprint offers and it ships with Android 2.3... According to the android developer site its now 4 revisions behind.
Last edited by kylej1050; 02-02-2012 at 09:01 AM.
02-02-2012, 08:53 AM #4
- 26 Posts
I think it was a bad move on sprint to bet so much so late on the iPhone. Now they r stuck and iPhone hype is starting to die down. But I have also noticed that they play the wait and see game as well. Sucks as it may I'll play the game while I convince the mrs to switch to att
Sent from my HTC Arrive using Board Express
- 02-02-2012, 09:00 AM #5
Save your money and your sanity. No more contracts! Say it with me, no more contracts!
- 02-02-2012, 09:07 AM #6
I've been out of contract since November. That's when my old Android phone was supposed to be up for an update but they had stopped updating it long before that.
I'll go under contract with ATT come March, but I won't get an upgrade under contract. 2 years is really not that long of a contract if you like the phone. My old Motorola Q with WM5 ran me a good 4 years before I bothered to 'upgrade' to an Android phone, that lasted about 9 months and here I am on WP.
- 02-02-2012, 09:15 AM #8
- 02-02-2012, 09:17 AM #9
- 02-02-2012, 09:40 AM #10
If it wasn't for the fact that I pay $10/month for premium data on the Arrive and still get 56K style data speeds I'd stay with Sprint until a new WP7 device shows up. I'd even stay if they said they were not going to update the Arrive again because as is the phone works great! It's the data service that pisses me off, I love my phone.
The problem with my Android phone wasn't that it was out of date, it was that it ran like crap and Samsung/Sprint seemed perfectly happy letting us rot with them.
- 02-02-2012, 10:40 AM #11
Yes, the $10 premium data charge is such BS. And, the discounts don't affect the $10 charge, you pay it in full. Which is really bad. Check your bill if you're unsure of that. You'll see what I mean.
Unfortunately, Android is a dead-end, orphan-filled universe. Updates are sparse, late or never. Carriers load up so much crap on the phones it degrades the performance and ease of use. After a few weeks with my EVO 3D I had enough and I rooted it and installed CleanROM on it. It's been a very usable phone ever since. But I shouldn't have to do that, should I? I shouldn't have to do any deep OS customizations on any phone to make it useable.
My hope is MS ensures WP7 is nothing like Android. It's really sad that Sprint has abandoned WP7 entirely.
- 02-02-2012, 10:45 AM #12
If you have a family plan with 1500 minutes then I'm pretty sure you can get out of your ETF this month, then just continue month to month. They just restructured the plans and basically broke the contract. I'll be doing it too.
- 02-02-2012, 10:55 AM #13
- 02-02-2012, 12:04 PM #14
Start here, there's a decent amount of misinformation but the long and short of it is that before they charged $129 for two free lines, now they're going to charge $109 for one free line then you add from there. It still adds up to the same price if you have two lines, BUT it's still a restructuring of the plan. Also if you have a discount then your payment will also go up a few dollars as further evidence.
SPRINT Changing T&C again (Feb 2012) - Get out of Contract ETF free - Slickdeals.net
- 02-02-2012, 12:12 PM #15
By the way, if you edit that double post and go into the Advanced editing, you can delete the post.