We hate to see a nifty technology like FOTA (firmware over-the-air) getting such a bad rap early on in the game, but in the same breath, our mommies always told us "measure twice, cut once" -- and we think that's an eminently appropriate adage in the aftermath of Sprint's recent attempt to re-up Fusics already in the field. It seems the firmware update, pushed just a couple days ago to customers' handsets, quickly and efficiently bricked each and every one of them. The whole situation is a full order of magnitude more frightening than Nokia's similar experience with the E70, seeing how Nokia's update was optional and at least required the user to manually perform the upgrade. Naturally, Sprint's pulled the bogus firmware and is offering a free replacement to affected customers, but it's still a shame that they've cost Fusic owners a trip to the Sprint Store.

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Sprint fumbles, fries Fusics with faulty firmware