Sprint First with OTA Software Updates
Jan 6, 2005, 11:28 AM by (staff)
Sprint today announced Sprint PCS Wireless Software Upgrade, a new OTA (over-the-air) software update service. The company is the first U.S. carrier to offer such a service, which allows complete phone firmware to updated over the network, eliminating the need to bring phones into retail locations for updates. When an update is released for certain phone model, it is automatically downloaded to all phones, after which customers are prompted to approve and install, or reject the update. Current compatible phones include the VI-660, VM-A680, MM-A700, PM-A740, RL-A760, MM-7400, and PM-325.
Begs the question, though... Is it a potential security issue to have the capability to alter the phone's software remotely without the customer having to dial before the download begins. Correct me if I'm wrong, but as I understand it the downloads are automatically downloaded and the user is prompted whether or not to install...
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They ARE NOT the first....
Although they don't do it to their entire product line, the sidekick has had this feature for a while.
I would think it would be a little harder for GSM companies to implement this since its customers can have different types of phones outside the regular lineup. With Sprint, Verizon and Nextel, you are pretty much stuck with whatever phone is available in their lineup.
The only difference I see between VW's and Sprint's versions of OTA is manual vs. automatic. Sprint is offering automatic updates when they...