Sprint to update Nexus S 4G to address signal problems

Sprint to update Nexus S 4G to address signal problems

Summary: An update coming to the Nexus S 4G by Sprint should address a lack of signal in areas where other phones have decent coverage, and also problems dealing with Wi-Fi networks.

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I am happy with my Nexus S 4G on Sprint but others have been dealing with poor signal strength problems. Owners have reported a lack of signal in areas where other Sprint phones have decent coverage, and even problems dealing with Wi-Fi networks. These problems are to be addressed with an update Sprint will be pushing to the Nexus S 4G on July 11.

The signal problems make the update worth the price of the update (free), and the other changes are also good:

  • Enables the NFC Secure Element
  • 4G Settings Widget
  • TTY Support
  • NI Push Support
  • Improved WiFi Connectivity, Speakerphone audio quality, 4G throughput and signal acquisition
  • Tuned signal strength indicators

The 4G Settings Widget is good to see as the Nexus S has no easy way to toggle 4G on the home screen. Nexus S 4G owners don't have to do anything to get the update, it will be pushed to phones over a 4-day period beginning July 11 according to Sprint documents.

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  • RE: Sprint to update Nexus S 4G to address signal problems

    I too have had pretty good luck with regular 3g reception, but wifi and 4g are a step below the Evo (which, by the way, had the same problems at launch before an update). I am looking forward to the update, especially the 4g widget capability and increased speaker volume...it is way too low on video chats unless you are in a quiet room. One question James, what is NI push?
    OJMc
    • RE: Sprint to update Nexus S 4G to address signal problems

      @OJMc I always thought NI stood for Network Interface. Not sure in this context from Sprint.
      JamesKendrick
  • Sprint Coverage

    Is awful in too many places where competitors excel and in some cases seems to have gotten worse as if Sprint has sold towers to others.
    nw trout
    • RE: Sprint to update Nexus S 4G to address signal problems

      @nw trout That was one of the reasons I left Sprint and went with AT&T - in my area Sprint went downhill and I was dropping calls left and right while my wife who was on a plan with AT&T had none of the issues I was having... However if AT&T and VZW keep on with the rampant greed (double charging data for those who tether and killing the unlimited data plans for overpriced tiered plans) and AT&T keeps sitting on their hands when I'm getting no service at my house (and wanting to charge me for a microcell) I might just have to look into Sprint again.
      athynz
  • RE: Sprint to update Nexus S 4G to address signal problems

    Interesting - this is the first I've heard of this issue. How many users does this actually affect? I'm asking because if this was oh say Apple's iPhone there would be several articles from the tech media and all sorts of anti Apple/iOS comments from the ABAer's and pro Apple/iOS comments from the mactards (all of which require reading beyond the FUD from both sides) and some tech media wag with less wit than most would have put a big ol' "wifigate" label on the issue.

    I don't want to start any sort of Android vs iOS vs WP7 flame war here but I'd like to see an honest unbiased percentage of Nexus S 4G users affected vs iPhone 4 users affected by "antennagate".

    In any event I'm glad to see that someone is releasing a fix that will help out the affected Nexus S users.
    athynz
    • RE: Sprint to update Nexus S 4G to address signal problems

      @athynz
      It seems some fandroid flagged your post. Probably (S)he/It didn't read your post or have some reading comprehension issues.
      Ram U
      • RE: Sprint to update Nexus S 4G to address signal problems

        @Rama.NET Imagine that - let's flag it instead of actually providing an answer... I said I didn't want a flame war just a straight answer but like the song says "you can't always get what you want..."<br><br>Ah well, I guess an honest question must have hurt someone's feelings.

        Wait, someone flagged my other post here - maybe it was someone who doesn't like me for some reason... somehow I think I can live with that... LOL
        athynz
      • RE: Sprint to update Nexus S 4G to address signal problems

        @Rama.NET

        Hmmm. Someone's flagging any post remotely favorable to Apple, and any post from certain people. Who could that be?
        msalzberg
    • RE: Sprint to update Nexus S 4G to address signal problems

      @athynz As I was reading the article I was thinking the same thing, where are the 30 other "Signalgate" articles just from the past day or so. Glad to see there is a fix coming to those that were affected though.
      non-biased