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These are the most recent forum messages posted by Rich Brome:

Aug 19, 2014, 10:03 PM
in the Article: Hands-On: Sharp Aquos Crystal for Sprint forum

Sorry! The battery cover is removable, but the battery itself is not. The article has been corrected. Thanks for pointing it out!

Aug 18, 2014, 12:47 PM
in the Article: SoftBank and Sprint Working with Sharp on Edgeless Phone forum

Sprint has their challenges... which is exactly why - from their point of view - they need a great exclusive phone like this.

Afraid not.
Aug 14, 2014, 12:42 PM
in the Samsung Galaxy S5 (CDMA) / Galaxy S5 Sport forum

It may be locked, and even if you can manage to unlock it it simply does not support the AT&T's primary frequency bands for LTE. It's not compatible, at least for LTE.

LG Optimus Showtime for TracFone
Aug 1, 2014, 3:48 PM
in the forum

That's this phone: one.php?p=3773 :)

It's texting, not talking
Jul 22, 2014, 1:26 PM
in the Article: GoTenna Links Phones When Network Disappears forum

Did you read the article? GoTenna is for texting on your phone, not talking.

Re: Samsung paving the way
Jul 18, 2014, 2:41 PM
in the Article: LG Mini-fies G3 with G3 s forum

CMCHUNK said: ...looks like were swinging back the other way on this phone size pendulem I wish! I think it's more the major manufacturers all wanting to address various price points, while cashing in on the halo effect of their flagship products. If the pendulum were really swinging back on size, these "mini" models would have better specs.

Re: walkie talkie
Jul 18, 2014, 2:36 PM
in the Article: GoTenna Links Phones When Network Disappears forum

Yes and no. For a lot of scenarios, this might be better. It might be difficult to hear a walkie-talkie at a concert or certain festivals. Or out in a park, you might prefer not to disturb the peace and quiet of nature. If I were visiting a majestic forest or canyon and some guy nearby was using a walkie-talkie, I'd find that quite obnoxious. Also, most people carry their phones on them no matter what. So if I have a ...

Profile photo
Jul 16, 2014, 9:08 AM
in the forum

Are you trying to create or change your profile photo here on If so, this is the correct forum for that kind of question. :) When you're logged in to this site, there's a link on the left that says "Account". On that page, the top section is for your profile, It contains instructions for changing your "Gravatar" (profile photo).

Jul 15, 2014, 10:15 AM
in the Article: MediaTek Takes on Snapdragon 810 with New 64-bit Chip forum

Indeed, that was a typo. It's been fixed. Thanks! In the future, FYI, corrections reach us much faster via the "Contact" feature in the left-hand navigation menu. Thanks again.

Jul 14, 2014, 5:30 PM
in the Article: Verizon To Test Spectrum Sharing in Military Radar Band forum

This has always been quite public info, for a number of reasons. First, you can buy a handheld device for not terribly much money that will let you inspect and analyze any radio signal at any frequency. I'm pretty sure it would be absolutely trivial for any enemy to determine what band anyone else is using for RADAR. They all know these things already. Also, the FCC has to manage and communicate what everyone is doing with every radio band in ...

Phone model numbers
Jul 1, 2014, 2:56 PM
in the forum

Thank you for the feedback. It's always appreciated. That's an unusual request. We don't want to clutter up the pages with unnecessary info. While I do understand why someone might search on a model number (which is why we support it,) I have a harder time imagining the situation where a consumer would know the common name but need the technical model number. Can you help me understand how you would use this information?

Jun 3, 2014, 9:21 AM
in the Article: Sony Reveals the Slim Xperia T3 forum

7mm is REALLY thin.

Re: What is with this
Jun 2, 2014, 6:33 PM
in the Article: Review: Motorola Moto E forum

This is one of the cheapest out there. (No smartphone actually costs $20 unsubsidized.) So they have to cut all extra features to reach such a low price. And yet the screen and main camera are pretty decent; that's impressive. IMHO, if they chose those areas to not skimp, they chose well. No front-facing camera is actually very common for a non-LTE phone these days. That's no surprise to me.

May 27, 2014, 7:33 PM
in the Article: Hands-On: LG G3 forum

No, that's an extending antenna for TV. That's a standard feature on Korean phones, and they only had the Korean version on hand at this event. The US version, of course, will not have that.

Re: Galaxy S4?
May 14, 2014, 9:32 AM
in the LG Volt forum

Oh there are a ton of differences. Try the compare tool! pare.php?p=4341,4066

Re: harman not harmon
Apr 29, 2014, 9:12 PM
in the Article: HTC One harman/kardon Edition Exclusive to Sprint forum

Fixed. Thank you!

We're back!
Apr 18, 2014, 12:05 AM
in the forum

We're back! A lot changed behind the scenes, so please let me know if you experience any new issues with the site.

Server downtime
Apr 17, 2014, 7:32 PM
in the forum

We're planning some server maintenance tonight. The site will go down starting at 9:30pm ET (6:30pm PT.) We expect to have everything back up in less than an hour, if everything goes smoothly.

Re: I'm working at in inbound calling center.
Apr 17, 2014, 3:09 PM
in the forum


Re: Snapdragon 800 or 801?
Apr 4, 2014, 1:14 PM
in the Sony Xperia Z2 forum

It is 801. Fixed. Thanks! We were working from specs that just say MSM8974AB, which is 800 ...or 801. It could be either; the same part number is used for the two slightly different chips. (Damn Qualcomm and their idiotic part numbers!) But it is 801.

Apr 4, 2014, 8:46 AM
in the Article: Sprint's Spark Phones Don't Support Simultaneous Voice/Data forum

It's not an issue for me, but only because I rarely use voice, except to talk to my family. But it's a useful feature for a lot of people. "Hey where do you want to meet for lunch/dinner/coffee?" "Let me pop open Maps/Opentable and find a place." "Did you send that email?" "Let me check." "Did you see that video Dan posted on Facebook?" etc.

Does it?
Mar 27, 2014, 9:16 AM
in the Article: Review: HTC One forum

In our review, we found it to have excellent battery life. It also supports the newest QuickCharge. I don't think it's realistic to have a removable battery in a phone like this. The high-quality, solid feeling of the unibody metal construction is one of the major selling points for this and the iPhone. That construction pretty much rules out a removable cover. For example, the One max has a removable cover. It feels flimsy and cheap, the cover doesn't always fit ...

Re: Global network
Mar 27, 2014, 9:08 AM
in the HTC One (M8) (CDMA) forum

Yes, the Sprint version does have global roaming. I specifically confirmed that with HTC.

Re: ONE again? really.
Mar 26, 2014, 11:02 AM
in the Article: HTC Reveals the All New One Flagship Phone forum

Well, it's official name is "One (M8)". So... it's close to what you said. Apple does the same with many of their products. There have been many MacBook Air models by now, all called just "MacBook Air".

Mar 26, 2014, 11:00 AM
in the Article: HTC One Available Today, In Verizon Stores Immediately forum

srich27 said: Now an "UltraPixel"....THAT is something no one knows what it actually means. ... Actually, HTC has put out white papers explaining what it means. It's their marketing term for a camera sensor with physically larger pixels. The larger pixels gather more light and thus have a number of performance benefits, including less noise and better low-light sensitivity. The principle is sound, although - as others have pointed out - some high-megapixel-count camera sensors achieve similar performance (or better, depending ...

Re: HTC One M8 battery drain in low signal areas?
Mar 26, 2014, 10:54 AM
in the Article: Review: HTC One forum

arouth said: I had an htc one and loved it BUT it had one problem. In low signal areas the battery drained really fast. That's going to be an issue with any phone, by the nature of physics. If it drained noticeably faster than other phones in the same spot, then perhaps the other phones were getting better signal in that spot. (Keep in mind that most signal "bar" meters are a notoriously inaccurate way to measure actual signal.) The new ...

One-handed mode
Feb 25, 2014, 4:20 AM
in the Article: Hands-On: Samsung Galaxy S5 forum

I tried that on a demo model and could not get it to work. I turned it on in Settings and tried the gesture many times in many places around the interface, but it would not activate. I don't know is that was an early-software bug or the gesture is excessively tricky to do (it is tricky.)

Re: API Integration
Feb 22, 2014, 7:59 AM
in the forum

Not yet. But please shoot me an email here for more detail about that: ct.php?c=29&sid=1

Re: Voice Command spec suggestion
Feb 22, 2014, 7:57 AM
in the forum

These days, that's a standard feature of all of the major smartphone OSes. It's more a feature of the OS than the phone. All new Android phones support Google Now, as far as I know. I'm pretty sure that both Siri and Google Now require an Internet connection to work, even when searching local data.

Re: "Who's online and active forum" GUI
Feb 22, 2014, 7:41 AM
in the forum

Thanks for the suggestion. I'll consider it!

Re: Personal Messages
Feb 22, 2014, 7:40 AM
in the forum

Thanks for the suggestion. To be perfectly honest, I'm afraid that's unlikely. We have plans to improve the forums, but we're much more focused on the public discussion of phones, rather than personal private messaging.

Site glitches?
Feb 9, 2014, 11:14 AM
in the forum

I've just made some key changes to the core code of the layout of the site. The desktop version of the site should look identical, and did in testing. But if you notice any changes/glitches, please let me know here. Thanks!

available colors
Feb 6, 2014, 9:04 PM
in the forum

Thank you for the feedback. That's something we hadn't considered before.

Re: Larger 720p screen with a slow dual core processor
Jan 31, 2014, 8:35 PM
in the ZTE Max forum

The only relation between processor and display is the number of pixels. The display's physical size is irrelevant to the processor and performance. This phone has an unusually low resolution for the display's physical size. That actually makes it well-matched to the processor. Neither spec is top-notch, but that's to be expected for an unusually affordable phablet. You can't expect a $300 phablet to match the specs of a $600 phablet. Given the price, the specs are actually quite good.

Re: T-Mobile LTE bands
Jan 31, 2014, 9:25 AM
in the forum

Jayshmay said: your saying this supports band 17 (ATT)? Yes, like all recent T-Mobile phones.

Re: T-Mobile LTE bands
Jan 31, 2014, 9:25 AM
in the forum

Whoa. Slow down. :wink: They just agreed to that sale earlier this month. I don't believe the FCC has approved it yet, no. But regardless, these things take time. It will be at least six months before we see any T-Mobile phones that support band 12. It may take until the end of the year for that to become standard on their new phones. It will probably be the end of the year before they have any of that ...

T-Mobile LTE bands
Jan 30, 2014, 7:44 PM
in the forum

Most T-Mobile 4G phones now have both LTE 700 and 1700. It's been that way for some time. Like most other T-Mobile phones, the Z1s supports band 17, which offers the possibility of LTE roaming with AT&T.

T-Mobile in charge of Sprint
Jan 18, 2014, 1:43 PM
in the Article: Banks Lining Up to Fund Sprint Acquisition of T-Mobile forum

andy2373 said: If they let T-Mobile run it I'm all for it. That's exactly what John Legere hinted he would be in favor of at the last Un-Carrier event. He wants Sprint's spectrum, but he wants to be in charge.

Re: You're SOL if you actually lose your phone.
Jan 10, 2014, 1:24 PM
in the Article: Hands On with Bluetooth Door Locks forum

They all still have a physical key as a backup. Personally, I'm in the habit of tapping my pockets to make sure I have my phone and wallet every time I stand up or walk through any door. I'm much more likely to leave my keys somewhere than my phone.

Not the point
Jan 10, 2014, 1:21 PM
in the Article: Hands On with Bluetooth Door Locks forum

Compared to a regular lock, this isn't supposed to be more secure. I mean it absolutely can be, but that's not the point. The point is that it's more convenient for you. Read the article. There are a lot of handy features that could make life easier.

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