Download Booster feature removed from Samsung Galaxy S5 sold by Verizon, Sprint and AT&T
AT&T, Verizon and Sprint customers who buy the new Samsung Galaxy S5 will not find this feature anywhere as these carriers decided to remove it. It is not a new move as in the past carriers removed other select features from the devices they sold as well.
Verizon and Sprint representatives confirmed the feature omission and some AT&T customers confirmed that their Galaxy S5 version doesn’t have Download Booster either.
T Mobile is one US carrier that allowed the feature and furthermore promoted the new Samsung flagship and the download feature. US Cellular Galaxy S5 variants will have the feature as well.
Download Booster works when the files needed for download are larger than 30MB and come from supported sources such as HTTP downloads or Google Play Store. The feature then uses both 3G LTE and Wifi and splits the download in two. Thus it gets parts of the downloading file from two simultaneous sources, making the download much faster. It does use a lot of LTE data, which is what carriers may not like.
There was no particular reason given by the carriers as to why they “banned” the feature, but many speculate it may be a move to help customers save on their data plans. For others, this move seems rather suspicious. Samsung officials made no comments regarding this omission as of yet.
Source: Fierce Wireless