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Dec 28, 2011, 11:57 AM
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As the subject line states, will the Photon 4G get the new OS when it's released? To me this should be a no-brainer given Google's $12.5 Billion acquisition that is underway to buy Motorola Mobility. I mean if the Samjunk (my spoof term for Samsung) GSII will get it, why not this? And please readers, I am disclosing upfront that I'll no longer consider Samjunk (my spoof term for Samsung) given the experience I had in getting the latest OS Upgrades on it. Two words...completely Painful! In February or March 2011 we finally got 2.2.1 after being promised to get it Q4 of 2010 and the day I added the iPhone 4s as a 3rd device to my account, low and behold we get 2.3.5. I am not going to be giving them a second chance to fail like this give...
yes but it probably wont be til like july, august or so
Yes, the current expected timing for 4.0 ICS on Photon 4G is:
Rollouts begin in Q3 2012

https://forums.motorola.com/pages/00add97d6c »

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2400294,00.asp »

Oct 25, 2011, 3:47 AM
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won't roam on Verizon from Spring?

Had this phone now for about 3 weeks- coming off HTC Evo Shift. Wanted bigger screen, etc.

I've noticed though, that this phone doesn't seem to want to roam onto Verizon's network from Sprint. I dive an area in LA called "Beverly Glen" (for those of you who aren't familiar) 2x/day back and forth from work. Sprint's coverage in the middle of the canyon there is particularly bad and on my HTC Shift, the little roaming triangle would come up and I'd be able to talk on Verizon's network for that portion of the Canyon where Sprint had little to no coverage.

Same route with this phone and all I get are "no bars- I don't get "no service" so I think the phone is staying locked onto a very weak (probably echoing) Sprint Signal but it never seem...
**Title- Meant "Sprint" ๐Ÿคญ
This may not be very helpful but I'll throw it out there.
Did you update your PRL file?

Aug 12, 2011, 2:06 PM
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Do not buy this phone!

This phone does nothing but crash from the minute I got it. Returning it for an EVO!
I just bought this phone. I have 14 days in which to return it. How do I find my keypad now that I have found wifi, and found my home wifi, but I can't enter the password because there is no keypad on the screen... ๐Ÿ˜•

Oct 8, 2011, 12:24 AM
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Has anyone tried the GSM side of the phone here in the states?

I drive truck and find myself in places where my CDMA phone doesn't have coverage, but my prepaid GSM phone does. I saw that it was quad band, but haven't found out any info on if the gsm side of the phone is unlocked or what...

Oct 3, 2011, 11:00 AM
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"Profiles" setting

Hello, I have the USCellular Electrify and can't find where I go to the "profile" settings for "work" "home" and "weekend" profile settings. I have seen it pop up when I didn't want to deal with it, but how do I get it when I want it?
Well duh, I found it then I lost it again.
I was hoping that the pictures I took while in "office" profile would be the only ones that were displayed in the gallery from "office". But actually all are there.

Jul 31, 2011, 8:59 AM
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whose is getting this phone

I'm thinking of getting rid of my evo 3D for this one.. Any opinions..

I am a Sprint premier customer and received the Photon on Friday. I previously had the EVO 3D (upgraded from the EVO 4G). The Photon rocks. I get 4G coverage in areas that I never could with the HTC. It's fast, has excellent build qualit...
Got the phone and at first I didn't think the Motorola widgets looked as "polished" as the HTC ones, but after having it for awhile I absolutely love the phone. Battery lasts a lot longer too.

Aug 1, 2011, 11:02 PM
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cool phone but...Motoblur sucks

I sell have sold phones for all 4 carriers and now feel bad for sprint employees and customers who will experience Motoblur for the first time.....it is annoying.......the servers r down 4 days.....and u absolutely can't use ur phone without logging in or creating an account on the phone and if u create 1 using computer u can't login on phonw cuz their "mobile servers" r down..it Motorolla's way of punishing the customers who left their razrs for blackberrys last decade....congrats Motorolla u won.
Actually, you don't have to create an account for this phone. For the Atrix 4G I think you do, but not for this phone. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Jul 30, 2011, 3:21 AM
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I would wait...

Motorola has never really had a good track history of making CDMA phones for Sprint. Hence the long hiatus from...

I think it has more to do with Sprint's product plan. Motorola didn't fit in because Sprint was getting such great products from HTC and Samsung. Motorola has been slow to market with the smart phones (they were living fat off the Razor for far too ...

Aug 15, 2011, 1:15 PM

The flaws I saw

These are the flaws that I found in the first day of using the phone:

1. The USB/charging port & HDMI port are located on the left side of the phone, which make it impossible to stand the phone on the kickstand if any of the cables are plugged in. Also chances are that you will need to plug either of the two while you are using the kickstand. I cannot watch movies on my Netflix (during which I almost always need my charger) on the kickstand.

2. The battery backup I experienced was not amazing. Rather after charging the phone overnight, I had to put it back on for charging at around 1:30 pm. All I did was a little messaging and a couple of small calls.

I still am in the 30 days period so I am going to take my time and decide if it i...
Also, I can notice a slight lag coming up when I unlock the screen and when I move between screens.
I would be glad if someone could help me compare this monzter with the Evo 3D, which has a similar processor and slightly better look with the Sense ...

Aug 2, 2011, 3:52 AM

Another wannabe EVO

Is anybody else out there getting tired of all these wannabe EVO 4G phones out there... this phone is excactly the same thing... common android lets do something different.....
It's not exactly like the EVO. It has world roaming and a better display than the EVO.

Did you read the review? In our tests, it performs much better than the EVO on fundamentals like signal strength and battery life.

This phone has almost every...
theking7830 said:
Is anybody else out there getting tired of all these wannabe EVO 4G phones out there... this phone is excactly the same thing... common android lets do something different.....

Okay, kids, I know i...
like a disgruntled Evo owner who is self conscious that his phone is no longer top dog with Sprint.

Even if that's not the case, it's hard to understand the thought of "copying" the Evo...so it copies the Evo because it has a large screen, no keybo...

Aug 1, 2011, 10:44 PM

Would have been the perfect phone for me...

...if only Motorola would have had the foresight to include CDMA800 ESMR support in it! Oh well... ๐Ÿ˜ข
rawvega said:
...if only Motorola would have had the foresight to include CDMA800 ESMR support in it! Oh well... ๐Ÿ˜ข

By the time that's implemented, this phone will be obsolete and you'd be due for an upgrade any...

Aug 2, 2011, 4:39 PM
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Pictures don't transfer from my contacts

I had an EVO since it came out and was always able to sync my contact's picture from my laptop to my phone and visa versa. I just got the Photon and when I went to sync with my Microsoft Exchange, everything syncs except the contact's pictures. What's up with that?
Is this going to be fixed or do I need to return this phone and go back to my Evo and wait for the I Phone?

Jul 29, 2011, 2:04 PM
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Thanks Sprint

Finally a phone worth the price of admission.

Jul 29, 2011, 9:51 AM
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Can you use the dock without tether charge

When I saw the Atrix (AT&T) I liked the dock concept, enabling big keyboard screen support. However they won't let you use the dock without paying for tethering on AT$T. Which seems like a rip off since you are not sharing data with an external device only controlling your local one with a more accessible input device and screen.

I wonder if Sprint will allow the dock on the standard plan (naturally with our carrier exclusive "premium data" charge)?
I've seen nothing to indicate its going to cost extra to use the feature and furthermore doing so would go against Sprint's overall billing concepts. They're not going to try to nickel and dime you to death like ATT does.
Although it can use a desktop PC and media dock, it's not currently compatible with the laptop dock.

Jul 29, 2011, 9:40 AM
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I'm going to upgrade to this phone

Looks like a winner. We have the XPRT which runs well.

Questions will be:
Battery life? (way to short on my EVO)
Will it be better at WIMAX (bad on my EVO and a battery killer when the phone is searching for a WIMAX signal, whereas the Verizon charge LTE works consistently and doesn't kill the battery)?
Does it actually have GSM 1800? (not listed on the Motorola website specifications page but shown on Phonescoop.)
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