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Sprint will apologize to AT&T and Verizon during the Super Bowl

Posted by wicked January - 30 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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A couple of months ago, Sprint released a commercial about their family plan and kind of referred to AT&T and Verizon as sheep. Well apparently they have decided to issue an apology during the third quarter of some sort of big football game this weekend. Yup, it will be in the form of a commercial. Something tells me they really won’t be all that apologetic. And is AT&T and Verizon really wait for an apology?

Hit the break for the teaser they released earlier today along with the commercial from November that started it all.

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CyanogenMod 12 now available for Galaxy Note 4 on Sprint and T-Mobile

Posted by wicked January - 27 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

CyanogenMod Nightlies

If you’ve got your hands on Samsung’s latest Note device, the Galaxy Note 4 from Sprint or T-Mobile, but were hoping for a different software experience, Cyanogen inc. has come to your rescue. CyanogenMod 12 nightlies are now available for your device.

Every day that passes, it seems, we see further indicators that the official release of CyanogenMod 12 is approaching. A new boot animation arrived yesterday, and today, a couple new variants of a major flagship device gain support from the main-stream Android alternative.

CyanogenMod 12 nightlies have been available for a selection of devices for a few weeks now, bringing the latest that the custom ROM has to offer, bugs and all. Based on Android Lollipop, it also brings the latest that Android and Material Design have to offer, bugs and all. Things are looking interesting for the AOSP based OS, with Cyanogen recently announcing plans to pull away from the Google services focused Android stream.

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It is always great to see Cyanogen roll out official support for their OS to new devices. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in particular is one of the better devices out there, one for which I believe users will be very grateful to see some ROM love.

Head on over to the Cyanogen website to get started. Sprint users go here, and T-Mobile users here.

Will you flash your Sprint or T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to CyanogenMod 12 nightlies, hold off for stable CyangenMod 12 or just stick with the stock stream of Android that your device shipped with?

Google’s wireless service could launch nationwide in first half of the year

Posted by wicked January - 26 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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More details have emerged about Google’s secret plan to become a wireless service provider.

The Information and the WSJ reported last week that Google is readying the launch of its own MVNO service, using Sprint’s and T-Mobile’s networks. Now WSJ is back with a few more details on how Google wants to disrupt the highly competitive wireless industry.

According to the WSJ, Google’s current goal is to launch its service in the first half of 2015, though this timeframe is subject to change; a launch that was previously scheduled for October 2015 was cancelled. Contrary to speculation that the service would be initially limited to a small number of test markets, Google’s service is likely to be offered nationwide, says the report.

Google’s wireless service will rely heavily on Wi-Fi connections

Google’s wireless service will rely heavily on Wi-Fi connections, with cellular service bought from T-Mobile and Sprint as fallback when Wi-Fi is not available. Google already has a deal in place with Sprint, though the carrier reportedly used a volume clause to protect itself from giving too much access to Google.

At least initially, Google doesn’t want to lower prices, one person familiar with the matter said. The actual goal is to give users excellent service without them having to commit to a long-term carrier agreement. But Google is working on a technology that would see wireless providers bid for connections in real time, ensuring that the user gets the smallest price. Indirectly, this competition could lead to smaller prices, the source said.

There are already companies out there using Wi-Fi to bring prices down. Just last week, FreedomPop launched a plan that gives customers access to 10 million Wi-Fi hotspots for just $5 a month. Google will presumably attempt something similar. The company could even rely entirely on data, giving users access to Google Voice over data, instead of conventional voice access. Google is also interested in the use of currently unused radio spectrum to build a network of Wi-Fi hotspots in certain cities.

It was said back when Sprint took on new CEO Marcelo Claure, that when, “you have a great network, you don’t have to compete on price. When your network is behind, unfortunately you have to compete on value and price.” Claure has stuck to his guns on this decision, as Sprint continues to cut wireless rates, as well as offer as sweet of tempting deals as he can to lure more customers in from competitors.

The newest offer, announced this morning, guarantees T-Mobile customers who opt to leave T-Mo a minimum of $200 trade-in value for a smartphone, on top of the existing $350 per-line credit when making the switch. As stated in the press release, this offer is valid through April 9 for current T-Mobile subscribers. 

If this deal interests any of you T-Mo users, you can head on into your nearest Sprint retail location and make the switch.

Via: Sprint

Sprint Now Guarantees T-Mobile Customers $200 Minimum Trade-In Value on Smartphones When Switching Carriers is a post from: Droid Life

Google will sell wireless service through Sprint’s network

Posted by wicked January - 23 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

Google_Cell_Tower_01Just yesterday rumors started swirling about Google finally getting the mobile network market by partnering with either Sprint or T-Mobile. Less than 24 hours later, it looks like Google has closed a deal with Sprint and will soon begin offering a wireless service to compete with the other major carriers.

According to an insider, Masayoshi Son, president of Sprint’s parent company Softbank, was the key player in getting talks going between the two companies. The deal will function like most other MNVO deals, with Google paying Sprint for capacity, then Google will sell the service to customers. 

There’s no word on whether or not Google will finalize something with T-Mobile, but earlier reports made it seem like a deal with both carriers was very likely.

Are you excited about a Sprint powered, Google managed MNVO?

source: Business Week

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Sprint introduced a new plan for Boost Mobile customers this afternoon – the Data Boost. With Data Boost, Boost Mobile users can receive unlimited talk, text, and 2.5GB of high-speed data, all for $35.

The plan goes live February 3, but to take advantage of the cheap price, customers will need to be enrolled with auto pay, which knocks a few bucks from your monthly bill. On that date, you can head on into a Boost Mobile retail location or hit up their website to sign up. 

For all of the details, check Boost Mobile’s press release below.

New $35 Data Boost Plan Provides Lowest Price for Unlimited Talk, Text and the Most Data Among all Prepaid Carriers

Plan gives customers the best overall value for a single-line plan when a customer signs up for Auto Re-Boost

IRVINE, Calif. (BUSINESS WIRE), January 22, 2015 – Boost Mobile continues to provide one of the best values in the prepaid wireless industry with a new $35 Data Boost plan. The offer launches the first week of February and includes unlimited talk, text and data with 2.5GB/month of high-speed data after enrolling in Auto Re-Boost.

The new $35 Data Boost plan will be available to new and existing customers beginning Feb. 3. Customers will be eligible to purchase the new plan when they enroll in Auto Re-Boost in stores1 or online at www.boostmobile.com. Signing up for Auto Re-Boost is the easiest way to make sure a customer’s account and services stay current and active. Auto Re-Boost is Boost’s automatic payment method that allows a customer to register a credit card or debit card, or bank account with Boost Mobile which will be used to automatically make a payment each month.

“Boost Mobile once again demonstrates the best value in prepaid,” said Angela Rittgers, vice president-Sprint Prepaid Group. “We continue to answer the call of data-hungry consumers by offering a $35 no-contract plan that provides unlimited talk, text and the most high-speed data for a single-line plan at the lowest price.”

Now is the perfect time to switch to Boost Mobile. In addition to the new $35 Data Boost plan, for a limited time customers will receive up to $100 off any new phone when they port their number to Boost from any carrier2 and sign up for a Data Boost plan. Also launching on Feb. 3, new customers who don’t bring their number will get their first month free. Both offers will be available in store nationwide.

Data Boost Plans

In September, Boost Mobile launched Data Boost plans providing choice and flexibility to meet consumers’ data needs. At launch Boost offered 1GB for $35; customers now get more than double the data (2.5GB) when enrolling in Auto Re-Boost.

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Comparisons

  • Boost is the only domestic prepaid unlimited carrier to offer a single-line plan that includes unlimited talk, text and data with 2.5GB of high-speed 3G/4G LTE data a month for as low as $35/month
  • T-Mobile customers spend $50/month for 3GB of high-speed data; Boost gives two more gigabytes of high-speed data for $5 less
  • MetroPCS customers spend $40/month for 2GB of high-speed data; Boost gives 500 more megabytes of high-speed data for $5 less

Sprint Intros $35 ‘Data Boost’ Plan for Boost Mobile, Unlimited Talk and Text With 2.5GB of Data is a post from: Droid Life

Report: Google Strikes Deal With Sprint, Will Sell Wireless Service as MVNO in 2015

Posted by Tim-o-tato January - 22 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

According to reports from both Businessweek and The Wall Street Journal, Google has reached a deal with Sprint to lease capacity on its network, then run its own wireless service for customers as a MVNO. As reported yesterday, Google was also looking to use T-Mobile’s network for its service, but that has yet to be substantiated. 

It is stated that Google does intend to launch its wireless service later this year, which could be highly disruptive to the existing wireless industry leaders. According to sources, Masayoshi Son, the president of SoftBank Corp. who bought Sprint in 2013, played a large role in facilitating the agreement between Google and Sprint.

With this new information, we can almost get a sense for what Google will offer potential customers. As a MVNO, they will have the hardware (handsets) to sell to users, and now with deals reportedly being struck with US carriers, they will also have the ability to offer wireless data at a reasonable price to anyone willing to make the switch.

With talks of the service launching this year, it’s likely we will know more details soon enough.

ViaBusinessweek | The Wall Street Journal

Report: Google Strikes Deal With Sprint, Will Sell Wireless Service as MVNO in 2015 is a post from: Droid Life

Google will soon offer wireless service through Sprint and T-Mobile

Posted by wicked January - 22 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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It has often been rumored that Google will eventually get into the wireless mobile game, and it looks like that dream will come true. As part of something codenamed Nova, Google won’t be starting their own service, but will instead opt to be an MVNO for Sprint and T-Mobile.

If you’re not familiar with what an MVNO is, it’s a mobile virtual network operator, or basically a re-seller of another carrier’s service. For example, Ting is a Sprint MVNO and Straight Talk is the same for both T-Mobile and AT&T. You can now add Google to the mix.

According to The Information, Google wants to not only offer lower prices, but also improve the user experience. They are also developing mobile apps to go along with the service.

Google has not commented, but the report indicates that they have been working on this project since the fall of last year, and the service could launch sometime this year.

Does this excite you? Neither Sprint nor T-Mobile excites me since their coverages are dismal in my area, but I am intrigued to see Google get into the game.

source: The Information
via: The Next Web

 

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Deutsche Telekom CEO hopes for a T-Mobile merger in the future

Posted by wicked January - 19 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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Over the past few years, T-Mobile has been gaining some headway in the United States with the company’s Un-carrier initiative. Unfortunately, that might not get them to where they want to be, according to some higher-ups in the carrier world. In an interview with Re/code, Tim Hoettges, Deutsche Telekom CEO, explains that in order to compete with the likes of Verizon and AT&T, T-Mobile still needs “greater scale” in the US.

Sprint has been in talks with Deutsche Telekom about buying T-Mobile for the past few years. Thanks to US regulatory authorities, the deal ended up falling through because it would decrease the number of major US carriers from four to three. While this may have seemed like a positive situation at the time, Hoettges explains his thoughts on the matter:

I was intrigued by the idea of having a combination with Sprint and being the ‘super-maverick’ in the market. I hope that the political environment will change at one point in time.

While growing in marketshare and surpassing Sprint is an important feat to accomplish for the company, Hoettges says that the biggest hurdle is Verizon and AT&T’s concentration of wealth and spectrum that T-Mobile should be worried about. The CEO admits that while T-Mobile’s current Un-carrier initiative has been working so far, it won’t generate enough revenue to compete with the top two carriers. He says that T-Mobile will need to invest “between $4 billion and $5 billion each year just to keep up.”

Sprint Lease program adds Samsung Galaxy Note 4, LG G3

Posted by wicked January - 16 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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Bringing home a new device can be expensive. Whether it is paying the full retail price or even signing a contract, a fair amount of money is required. Fortunately, carriers are starting to do what they can to spread costs for customers. The Sprint Lease program provides customers with a new device without any money being paid upfront. Instead, the lease lasts for twenty-four months and customers have a choice to make at the end of it. They can extend the lease with the current device, purchase the current device outright, sign a new lease with a different device, or walk away from Sprint altogether.

Late last year, the program launched with two Samsung devices. Now, another Samsung device as well as one from LG are joining the Sprint Lease program. Leasing the Galaxy Note 4 will cost $25 per month and the LG G3 has a monthly charge of $15. Two devices with impressive specifications will relatively low monthly payments. Not too bad considering the benefits of the Sprint Lease program.

Hit the break for the full press release.

Sprint Makes More Devices Available With Expansion of Sprint Lease

LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 now available with 24-month Sprint Lease

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), January 16, 2015 – Sprint (NYSE: S) continues to offer U.S. consumers the best value in wireless with the expansion of its industry-first, innovative leasing program to LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy Note® 4. Beginning today, new and existing customers and businesses can acquire LG G3 for $15 per month and Galaxy Note 4 for $25 per month (excluding taxes and fees) through Sprint Lease.

With Sprint Lease, qualified customers pay zero out of pocket at lease signing for their smartphone. At the end of 24 months, customers in good standing currently have the following options to continue service1:

  • Turn in the currently leased LG G3 or Galaxy Note 4 and lease another phone with zero down at signing
  • Purchase the leased device
  • Continue leasing on a month-to-month basis
  • Return the device in good working condition and terminate service when the lease ends

“Sprint Lease gives customers an affordable option to acquire LG G3 or Galaxy Note 4,” said Tom Roberts, senior vice president of Marketing, Sprint. “Through Sprint Lease, well-qualified customers can acquire the devices without paying any out-of-pocket costs at the point of sale. Sprint continues to offer customers the best value in wireless with its leasing program and monthly rate plans.”

Best Value in Wireless

Sprint is committed to providing U.S. consumers and businesses the best value in wireless. With the Cut Your Bill Event, Sprint will cut in half the monthly rate plan for Verizon and AT&T customers who switch to Sprint. The new offer provides unlimited talk and text to anywhere in the U.S. while on the Sprint network – regardless of a customer’s current plan – and matches the customer’s data allowance for half the cost they are currently paying for their monthly rate plan.2

Sprint will pay up to $350 per line via a Visa® Prepaid Card for a customer’s early termination fee or installment bill balance when they switch. Once a customer has received the final bill from the other carrier, he or she may simply register for the Visa Prepaid Card at sprint.com/jointoday.3

The Sprint 4G LTE network serves more than 540 cities, making it easy for customers to enjoy data on their devices.

About Sprint

Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company dedicated to delivering the best value in wireless. Sprint served 55 million customers as of Sept. 30, 2014, and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the last four years. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

1No equipment security deposit required. Req. service plan. Customer is responsible for insurance and any repairs. If service or lease is cancelled early, the remaining lease payments become due immediately and customer must return the device or pay the purchase option. Future leasing subject to device availability and monthly payments may vary. Service plan rates and availability are subject to change.

2Requires valid port from AT&T or Verizon to consumer account with $10 min. monthly rate charge. Discount does not apply to certain charges such as taxes, surcharges, add-ons, apps, premium content, int’l services, devices, partial charges or add’l lines. Usage Limitations: Other plans may receive prioritized bandwidth availability. To improve data experience for the majority of users, throughput may be limited, varied or reduced on the network.

3All lines must be ported from an active wireless line at another carrier and remain active and in good standing for at least 45 days to receive the prepaid card. Offer available Aug. 22, 2014 – Jan. 29, 2015. Allow 12 weeks for your prepaid card to arrive. Register at www.sprint.com/jointoday.

Samsung and Galaxy Note are trademarks of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

 

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