Sprint Needs to Step Up: Android/Evo Error Messages

Back in July I dumped my iPhone for a new Evo from Sprint. I have enjoyed the phone (yeah the battery life sucks) and services (LOVE the mobile hotspot functionality!) however there has been a single persistent problem that has been causing me grief and it’s time for Sprint to step up and fix it.

When Sprint made the Android 2.2 update available I installed it on my relatively new Evo… I had it just a few weeks. Immediately following the update I started getting “android.process.acore” error messages and a force close message where the app I was using would, well, force close (how very Mac). Sprint replaced the handset 3 times and each time following the upgrade I started getting error messages.

The last time it was replaced I told the Sprint store to just update the software and provision the handset and I would pick it up… still generating the error messages. Clearly this is not a problem with apps I may be running as the last update was done on a virgin handset by Sprint and it’s still happening.

The local Sprint store told me today that a software update that has not been previously disclosed and for which no details are available would resolve this issue, however, not surprisingly I guess, a date has not been made available.

Out of frustration I called Sprint technical support and an indignant support rep told me 2.2 was “defective” and nobody should update to it and if I hard reset my phone it would go back to the old version. Anyone who has done the hard reset knows it does not roll back the ROM to a previous system software update, and to my knowledge the only way to do this would be to root the phone and install the earlier RUU file with the appropriate utility. Irrespective of technical details, an unpublished fix that consists of going back to an earlier version of the software really isn’t a fix at all.

Sprint needs to step up, there are other people having this error messages post 2.2 and it does render the phone impaired, for example if when writing an email you get this message the email app is shut down and your message is gone with it.

PS- Apple hardware/software has problems but the defining aspect of their customer support response is that they take ownership for fixing what isn’t right.

UPDATE: My friend @mmasnick had a Google engineer look at this problem and they determined that the HTC Facebook app is the culprit. I could not remove the app as it is a default app and deleting it requires rooting the handset, however, I removed the Facebook account attached to that app and the android.process.acore error has stopped.

When Customers Vote

This is actually very clever… it looks and feels like it’s built on Salesforce.com Ideas.

A new coffee blend is scheduled for an April debut, and a Web site, www.mystarbucksidea.com, will allow customers to submit ideas to the company and to vote on them.

[From Starbucks CEO sees economic tailspin | Reuters]

Sprint was running their new advertising in heavy rotation on Jericho last night featuring CEO Dan Hesse saying stuff like how a simple flat rate billing plan was awesome and if you have ideas for how to improve the mobile company then email them to dan@sprint.com. The problem is that this is a cheap advertising stunt, the company acknowledged that it’s not his real email address and more to the point, they don’t make public what people want anyways so maybe this is just some autoresponder that pings every schmuck who takes the time to write in about all the things Sprint could be doing better. As I was watching the commercial I was thinking of all the things I could write in about, but what’s the point? It really doesn’t matter because for Sprint it’s just lip service.

Thumbs up to Starbucks and back into the penalty box for Sprint.

In the end I wish more companies would just do this:

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