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Sprint Epic Official Froyo Is Finally Here

Hot off the presses!  This is better than diamonds, gold, and tanzanite jewelry.  FROYO is here.

Ok… I know that we have been waiting for like… a long time, but the long awaited Froyo Update for the Epic 4G is finally here.  You can choose to wait for the OTA update that will be sent out between February 21 and February 25.  This is according to information that was sent out by Sprint.

If you choose to want Froyo now, then you can download the file from the Samsung Download Center by Clicking Here.

NOTE: You need to have DI18 on your phone in order to do this.

Now you ask what to do with it.  Well, after downloading the file follow these steps:

  1. Rename the update.zip.zip to update.zip.(This may not apply to you.  Certain computers will add .zip the end of the file.)
  2. Connect your phone to your computer and go to Mass Storage.
  3. Copy the update.zip file to the SD Card of the phone.
  4. Power off the phone.
  5. While holding “Volume Down” + “Camera” turn the phone on.
  6. Keep holding this sequence until you are at the recovery screen.
  7. Move up and down with “Volume”.
  8. Select “Apply SD Card Update.zip”
  9. Click the “Home” button.
  10. Let it do its thing.

You now have Froyo… EB13 on your phone, and didn’t have to wait for the OTA update.

Phone Service Alternatives

I have been watching for the last year to see if I could find ways to save a bit more money on some of our bills.  One of the biggest things we did was that we made some major changes to our phone service in our house.  I used to have all the features on my home/office phones.  I never even got to use some of them like the conference calling feature.  I have MagicJack, and that has made it so that I don’t need long distance service on my phones.  This is needless to mention that I also use my cell phone for a lot of my business, and I am not in the office much as it is.  I recently decided to give Skype a try.  As long as both parties are internet based, rather than phone, the service costs nothing.  This is also nice because they have an android app out that allows me to talk to someone else on Skype without cost when I am in 3G, 4G, or connected via WiFi.

Next time you want to make some major money changes look at your phone bill.  I did, and I am glad that I made some changes.  I think I pay @ $20 a month now, and that gets me unlimited local calls, and unlimited incoming.

Sprint Likes To Drag Their Feet

According to numerous sites, and even the Samsung site Android 2.2 for the Epic 4G has been sent over to Sprint for release.  We were all told numerous times that it was coming, and I personally heard it from several Sprint employees that we would have it before end of the year.  That was told to me in 2010.  Here we are in 2011, and Android 2.2 (Froyo) still isn’t out.  I have noticed that users in UK get a lot of updates long before us for some reason.  Even on other carriers HTC seems to be ahead of the game in pleasing users.  The HTC Desire Android is one of the ones that I am referring to.  The proof is in the pudding I would say.  The Sprint Evo was released before the Epic, and that already has 2.2, and still gets updates currently.  What does it take to get a company to do what they should be doing?  Make us all happy Sprint.  I would say that we all should get things in writting when we sign into a contract, and then when the phone carrier can’t follow through we should be able to drop our contracts without penalties.  We have to deal with phones that have issues so why shouldn’t we be able to do some complaining.