Latest Nexus S 4G OTA Update Boosts Sprint’s 4G WiMax Speeds, Kills Free Tethering

Sprint and Samsung are beginning to roll out the delayed Nexus S 4G software update. The update corrects a number of bugs, but the biggest improvement may be seen in speedier 4G WiMax upload and download speeds. However, not all is good news with the update. While the faster mobile broadband speeds are a welcomed improvement, Sprint is also killing off free tethering in the process. Instead, tethering on the Nexus S 4G after the update will be restricted to those Sprint customers who subscribe to a tethering plan.

The move isn’t really shocking considering AT&T’s and Verizon’s recent moves to restrict tethering to those paying the fees to be on the appropriate data plan. However, with the Nexus S device, which is supposed to be unmarred by manufacturers and carriers, the move does raise a few eyebrows.

As the Nexus S debuted with Google’s Android 2.3 Gingerbread software, the OS did natively allow for tethering. In this sense, it is a bit surprising to see Sprint tighten its grip on the Google experience.

Via: Android Central

Comments

  1. Deacon Jeffries says

    I received the update on the 25th in the middle of the night and since I have installed it, I have not noticed a single improvement to my device.  My 4G signal is still extremely weak (even though Sprint claims that I am in the middle of their best coverage area downtown), my battery is “fully charged” at 96%, and my speaker is still not updated.  What exactly was this update supposed to address other than the mobile hotspot feature?  Of which has never worked on my device.

  2. Deacon Jeffries says

    I received the update on the 25th in the middle of the night and since I have installed it, I have not noticed a single improvement to my device.  My 4G signal is still extremely weak (even though Sprint claims that I am in the middle of their best coverage area downtown), my battery is “fully charged” at 96%, and my speaker is still not updated.  What exactly was this update supposed to address other than the mobile hotspot feature?  Of which has never worked on my device.

  3. Ashleehoward47 says

    Same here Deacon Jeffries! Battery is 96% max charge and my old 3g blackberry that was 3 years old surfed the web faster than this fancy phone. 4G… what’s THAT? never seen this phone connect to it yet even on the 2.3.5 software. Love the phone’s interface but sprint or google or both NEED TO FIX THIS cause it is getting bad press and gettin old!!! Sprint should pressure google to do something because they are going to loose the business and maybe forever if they are not honest about the issues and realities!

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