updated 09:25 pm EST, Tue January 29, 2008
LG Rumor update
Sprint is offering an over-the-air software upgrade for the Rumor by LG that reportedly resolves an issue where the phone's firmware can be erased during startup if certain keys are pressed. Spring says the update also provides important updates to text messaging and "enhances the user experience." There are two ways to obtain the software update: on the phone, go to main menu>settings/tools>tools>update firmware. Alternatively, you can go to a Sprint retail location for assistance in updating the phone software. Company officials said "While we have confidence in the quality of this device, we do encourage Rumor users to take advantage of this simple over-the-air upgrade to ensure that your Rumor by LG is performing at its best."
The LG Rumor blends a conventional feature phone and a smartphone with a lateral slide-out keyboard geared towards e-mail and text messaging. A hot button on the phone switches instantly to messaging mode; sliding the keyboard automatically preps the messaging menu for use. Software on the phone also provides quick access to social networking sites like Facebook as well as multiple IM chat networks. Users can also blend text and voice, Sprint says: the phone can provide "text tones" that audibly identify text message senders and convert the user's text messages to voice on a recipient's end.
The cell carrier also positions the Rumor as a strong media phone with MP3 playback, microSD card support up to 4GB, and a 1.3-megapixel camera. Bluetooth is also standard, though no mention is made of EVDO Internet access.