Starting today, Sprint's Samsung Epic 4G and Samsung Galaxy Tab will be Sprint ID-enabled. An over-the-air software update for the two devices will roll out this week that will give Epic 4G and Galaxy Tab users the Sprint ID functionality, which lets you download "a complete mobile experience" known as an ID pack. These ID packs include apps, widgets, ringtones, wallpapers, shortcuts, and more. The update will also upgrade the Samsung Epic 4G to Android 2.2 (Froyo). All users are expected to have the software update by March 24.
Samsung Epic 4G and Samsung Galaxy Tab Now Sprint ID-Enabled,
Bringing Unique Mobile Experience to 4G and Tablets for First Time
Sprint ID quickly customizes device with apps, widgets, ringtones and more
in a single download, based on customers' interests or favorite brands;
Most popular Sprint ID pack downloads include Yahoo!, MTV Music ID and ESPN ID
Software update delivering Sprint ID will also include Android 2.2 (Froyo)
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Mar 21, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Sprint (NYSE: S) today announced that its award-winning Samsung Epic 4G* and Samsung Galaxy Tab will be Sprint ID-enabled, beginning March 21, allowing customers who own these devices to download a complete mobile experience, called an "ID pack" - including apps, widgets, ringtones, wallpapers, shortcuts and more - tailored to their specific interests, business needs or favorite brands in a single download.
All existing Samsung Epic 4G and Samsung Galaxy Tab owners will be prompted this week to accept the over-the-air software update for Sprint ID and Froyo in their device's notification tab. Once the update is installed, the user can find the Sprint ID icon in their Applications Menu and begin experiencing Sprint ID. All users should have access to this new software update by March 24.
The software update for Samsung Epic 4G will also include the Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system update. This update will add numerous capabilities, including Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Bluetooth dialing and allows app installation to external storage.
Customers who purchase a new Samsung Epic 4G or Samsung Galaxy Tab can access Sprint ID from their Applications Menu when they turn it on for the first time. Customers can learn more about how to use Sprint ID on their device by visiting www.sprint.com/epicsupport or www.sprint.com/galaxytabsupport.
Sprint ID launched in October 2010 on three devices - LG Optimus S, Sanyo Zio and Samsung Transform - with 16 consumer lifestyle ID packs targeting specific interests including Home Base, Health & Fitness, Fashion & Beauty, Socially Connected, Business Pro, Golf Enthusiast, Auto Enthusiast, The Big Apple and Entertainment, as well as branded ID packs from Yahoo!, WHERE and Lo2Yo by LatCel. Since launch, brands that have deployed Sprint ID packs include MTV, ESPN and HSN. Select ID packs will be available for download onto Samsung Galaxy Tab and Samsung Epic 4G.
Customers with Sprint ID-capable devices can download up to five ID packs onto their phone and easily switch back and forth between them or swap them out for new ones. Sprint customers currently are downloading an average of two ID packs per device. Sprint ID packs are free to download with an Everything Data plan.
"We are very pleased with the success of Sprint ID and excited to expand this rich mobile experience to customers with these two popular devices - Samsung Epic 4G and Samsung Galaxy Tab," said John Carney, senior vice president consumer marketing at Sprint. "Sprint ID handset sales have exceeded our expectations, which is proof that customers, especially those new to smartphones, want an easier way to get apps they'll enjoy rather than searching through thousands of apps in Android Market. As this data about ID pack downloads shows, customers are passionate about certain brands, such as MTV, Yahoo! and ESPN, and are eager to download a complete mobile experience developed by that brand. We expect to see the same excitement from our customers about recently launched ID packs as well as branded packs from other partners we have in the pipeline."
Since Sprint ID launched, the most popular Sprint ID packs include:
For more information about Sprint ID and to see all Sprint ID packs, visit www.sprint.com/sprintid.
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