Sprint Teases Epic 4G Update, Pulls File Offline

Paul Lilly

Let's start with the good news. Sprint on Thursday announced a new Epic 4G update that promises "increased 3G upload speeds," while also fixing a few other issues. These include:

  • Wi-Fi standby battery drain
  • Amazon MP3 cannot download in 4G
  • Large emails lag in upload speeds

The over-the-air (OTA) update was supposed to be pushed to devices beginning yesterday and rolled out within the next several days, but Sprint apparently ran into a snag. Ready for the bad news?

"We were planning to release an update for your Samsung Epic 4G on 9/30. The file was delivered and on track for distribution but late this afternoon, we learned that an administrative issue prevented Google from releasing the update as we had planned," Sprint said. "We are working to resolve the issue and will provide an update as soon as we understand the new delivery schedule."

Upon hearing the news, some Epic 4G owners cried foul, saying the staggered update was part of a ploy to prevent users from returning their phones before the 30-day return window shuts. Sprint insists that isn't true.

"We would like to clarify that the timing of this update has nothing to do with the 30 day return window that many of you on these blogs have been discussing and that this delay has nothing to do with any last minute changes within the release package itself. The delay is simply due to an administrative issue that we are working to resolve," Sprint said.

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