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Reminder: Wedesday, Wednesday, 10/3/18, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will conduct a nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system.  The test will assess the operational readiness for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.  This will be the first nationwide WEA test.  The WEA test will start at 2:18 PM EDT and all active wireless phones should receive the message within 30 minutes from the start time.  The message will be: “Presidential Alert.  This is a test of the Wireless Emergency Alert system.  No action is required.”  All Sprint wireless phones that are activated, switched on and within range of a cell tower will receive this alert.

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Keep up with the nuts and bolts of your phone's performance. Device maintenance provides an overview of the status of your battery, storage, RAM, and security. You can also automatically optimize your phone for faster, better performance.

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 What's up Community!!!  We have all been there.  You know when your phone is not acting right and you want to take a hammer to it.  Come to think about it, I've wanted to at one time, take a hammer to all items that have software. Looking at you Fortnite Season 5!! For now, let's concentrate all of our anger to our phone.  As promised, here is a video featuring The Sammies who walks us through the real world love/hate relationship with our phones and how to resolve the issue without a hammer.  Sammies...take it away!

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Boost's latest Unlimited Plan that offers HD Streaming, Unlimited Data, Text & Talk, Mobile Hotspot, International, and Tidal!

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Within Device Maintenance, you have Notification Settings that can be toggled on/off that consist of, Unused apps, Battery-draining apps, and Unstable apps.  It is very important to have these enabled because this can provide notifications when apps have not been used for 3 days, when apps are using an abnormally high amount of battery power, and when apps are having problems that may drain your battery or slow down your phone.

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The Boost Dealz program has been shut down as of 7/29/18.   While the Boost Dealz App and the benefits are no longer available, we are hard at work looking for other savings opportunities for the Boost Nation. 

 

For more information and FAQs please visit http://bit.ly/BSTDLSFAQ 

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This blog is intended to educate customers about the new partnership between Samsung Care and uBreakiFix.

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The setting for smart network switch has had its name changed.

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Boost today announced it will offer iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition, the new generation of iPhone in a stunning red finish. Both phones sport a beautiful glass enclosure, now in red, with a matching aluminum band and a sleek black front.

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On Thursday, April 5th, 2018, between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m., local government officials in and around Washington, D.C., will TEST the WEA system, to include sending actual TEST WEA messages to wireless subscribers throughout the National Capital Region

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If you are like me and love to read about all the recently published firmware updates (Hey, most of my TV shows are on winter break), you will notice most of them mentioned KRACK.  What exactly is KRACK?  That is an excellent question.  Let’s have a look.

 

In recent weeks, a vulnerability was uncovered in the WPA2 Wi-Fi security protocol.  This vulnerability called a “KRACK Attack”, uses Key Reinstallation AttaCKs (KRACK, get it?) to read information that is safely encrypted under normal circumstances.  Information we all hold dear such as passwords, banking information, credit card information, etc.  Behind the scenes, a key reinstallation attack is too complicated to describe in this blog, but imagine there was a virus that could change all security encryption keys to all zeros. 

 

This vulnerability impacts all devices which use Wi-Fi regardless of type, including laptops, TVs, Wi-Fi routers and of course, mobile devices.  This is due to the fact that it is related to the WPA2 protocol itself, and not an individual product or implementation of WPA2.

 

As soon as we were notified of any potential vulnerabilities, we worked closely with OEMs to address those issues as quickly as possible.  Patches were rolled out ASAP and continue to be as of this writing.

 

With that said, you are in luck!  To date we have already released software updates to secure your devices from KRACK on the following:

 

The Essential                       Version NMJ32F                            12/06/2017

LG G3                                  Version LS990ZVI                          11/28/2017

LG G5                                  Version LS992ZVD                        11/28/2017

LG G6                                  Version LS993ZV9                         11/21/2017

LG V20                                Version LS997ZVB                         11/21/2017

Samsung J3                        Version J327PVPU3AQJ3              11/06/2017

Samsung J7                        Version QJ3                                    11/20/2017

Samsung Note 5                 Version N920PSPT3DQK1             12/04/2017

Samsung S6                       Version G920PVPS4DQJ1             11/13/2017

Samsung S6 Edge              Version G925PVPS4DQJ1             11/13/2017

Samsung S6 Edge+            Version G928PSPT3DQK1            12/04/2017

Samsung S8                        Version G950USQU1AQJH           11/20/2017

Samsung S8+                      Version G955USQU1AQJH           11/20/2017

 

Nexus and Pixel users, you have not been forgotten.  The KRACK vulnerability was addressed in Google’s Android security update for November.  And as an added bonus!!  A patch has been released by Microsoft to address KRACK within Windows operating system on October 10, 2017.  The moral of the story is to keep your devices up to date with the most recent versions of all software for optimal performance and security.  And of course, KRACK is WACK!

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Our hearts are with our friends, family and customers affected by the storms and earthquake in Mexico. Here are a few of the ways we are responding.

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