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Samsung Epic 4G bringing competition to HTC EVO August 31st

Sprint Samsung Epic 4G

Today Sprint announced that the Samsung Epic 4G will be available Tuesday, August 31st for $249.99, with pre-orders starting Friday August 13th.

The Samsung Epic 4G is Sprint’s version of the Galaxy S smartphone, and comes with 4G, a 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display, sliding keyboard, Android 2.1, 5 MP camera / camcorder with autofocus and 720p recording, front facing VGA camera, and more.

If you want to reserve your Samsung EPIC 4G now, go to

The Samsung EPIC 4G is a great looking phone. With its Super AMOLED screen, it’s sure to please, and it seems to be priced competitively enough. What troubles me, though, is that it’s going to ship with Android 2.1. These days everyone is getting the Froyo (2.2) update, with the latest recipient, the HTC EVO, being the EPIC’s only 4G competitor. Hopefully Samsung can push an update out soon to level the playing field.

As for the purchase process at, it sounds like you can purchase the EPIC 4G for $249.99, but that price requires a new line or eligible line, two-year service agreement, and $100 mail-in rebate. You are then reserved and can complete your order beginning August 31st, and then pick up your phone in the store.

It’s interesting that Sprint is touting this as a new purchase process, and in a favorable light. If I were to start my process online, I’d probably want it shipped to me. Then again, this pre-order is probably setup this way to avoid the 30-60 minute processing that I experienced when I went to purchase the HTC EVO on launch day. It will be interesting to see if this new process works better than previous ones.

Facebook HTC Sense Not Updating Contacts Resolved

Facebook HTC Sense Not Updating Contacts Resolved

Facebook HTC Sense

I worked on my HTC Spring EVO all day trying to get my Facebook contacts to sync because all of a sudden, the contacts sync feature stopped working.  I assure you, it’s not a software glitch, you just have to play with your settings in Facebook and on your phone.  Here are the steps I used to fix my issue, yours would have to be similar, you just may need to do a few more steps.

1. I went to Settings–>Applications–>Manage Applications and deleted cache and settings for Facebook and Facebook HTC Sense Applications

2. Next, I deleted my Facebook account on my phone under Settings–>Accounts & sync–>Facebook Then Remove account.

3. I then went to the “Market” on my phone and updated to the newest Facebook application, it said it will replace your old application and I said yes

4. I went online on my computer, logged into Facebook, clicked on profile top right hand corner, then clicked on “edit my profile” under your account picture on the left hand side.

5. I clicked on “Education and Work” on the top left hand side, filled everything out completely, including adding an employer and the city and state where my employer resides.  I also updated “Contact Information”

6. I went back to my phone under Settings–>Accounts & sync–>Add Account–> Facebook HTC Sense type in your facebook email and password and your all done, it will sync your contacts now, you just have to wait 5 minutes.

7. After 5 minutes, click on people, then at the bottom select the world icon, and then select Facebook.  If it shows you a login screen and looks frozen, sign out, and then sign back in and allow it to sync your contacts again.

8. If none of these steps work, you will need to fool with your privacy settings in Facebook by selecting on the top right corner Account–>Privacy Settings–> Then on bottom left you will see “Applications and Websites”, select “edit your settings” right under Applications and Websites. In the middle on the top you must select “turn on all platform applications”, if it says “turn off all platform applications” you are fine, just go back to your Edit Profile as above and try and fill out all steps, including adding work location and city state.

I assure you, the Facebook HTC Sense application works and the problem is in your settings somewhere.  It took me all day to figure it out but I did.  This was done on a Spring HTC Evo that was not hacked.

Thank You,

Joe Lovrek

These Instructions by Joe Lovrek Will Also resolve The Following Issues As Proven:

HTC Sense not updating contacts Facebook Resolved
Facebook Contact sync on people via htc sense Resolved
HTC EVO™ 4G (SPRINT) Contacts not updating from Facebook Resolved
Facebook for HTC Sense simply stopped working – “Connection Error” Resolved
Facebook for HTC EVO Sense not syncing all contacts Resolved
Facebook for HTC Sense Problem Resolved
Facebook for HTC Sense not working Resolved

Joe Lovrek