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LG G3 Vigor reaches Sprint with affordable price, great design

Posted by wicked September - 15 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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Sprint subscribers looking for an affordable smartphone can now add the LG G3 Vigor to their lists of options. This neat device offers a great design, modest specs, good performance and most features you can find on the LG G3. Want it? It will be launched this Friday, September 19th in all Sprint sales channels. Vigorblack_low

LG G3 Vigor specs

  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • 5-inch 720p IPS LCD display
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 8 GB of internal storage
  • 8 MP rear-facing camera
  • 1.3 MP front-facing camera
  • 2540 mAh battery

The LG G3 Vigor looks much like the flagship G3, but it takes some hits in the specs in order to reduce the price. You will definitely notice the reduction in screen size and definition. Performance should be good with a Snapdragon 400 and 1 GB of RAM, but it will definitely lose when compared to high-end smartphones.

What I do love about LG is that they bring nearly all their software features to their low-end devices, a practice that is not very usual in the industry. Most manufacturers leave the coolest features for the high-end smartphones, even when there are no real hardware limitations.

LG G3 Vigor users will get Knock Code, Knock On, Smart Keyboard, Smart Cleaning, QSlide, Quick Memo and more. By the way, the device also supports Sprint’s Spark 4G LTE technology and WiFi calling.

Price and availability

Now, let’s jump into the most important factor – price. The LG G3 Vigor will cost you $299 off contract, which definitely not bad, even if similar phones out there come with similar (or lower) prices. The LG G3 Vigor may look and feel better to you, though.

You can also get it on payments with a $0 down payment and 24 monthly $12.50 payments. Are you signing up for one of these come September 19th?


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Sprint revamps Prepaid plans to include more data at reasonable prices

Posted by wicked September - 15 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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In a market as competitive as the wireless market, carriers have to be able to adapt to changing times. Sprint knew that when they launched their Sprint Prepaid brand (formerly Sprint As You Go), and now to be even more competitive, they’ve made their prepaid plans even more attractive.

Similar to plans from their sister companies Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile, Sprint Prepaid’s new plans offer reasonable amounts of data for cheap. $35 will get you 1GB of data, $45 will get you 3GB and $65 will get you a solid 6GB. The prices are good, but it should be noted that video streaming may be limited to 3G speeds, which may be cause for concern. Let us know in the comments if these new plans are enough to draw you to Sprint Prepaid, or if the lackluster network is still holding you back.

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16 million Sprint customers now have access to HD voice coverage

Posted by wicked September - 11 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

sprint-logoSprint launched HD voice capabilities a few months ago in place of jumping of the VoLTE bandwagon before it was ready, and after just two months, 16 million customers now have access to HD voice. Dr. John Saw, Sprint’s chief network officer, says that Sprint wanted to focus on building out HD voice quickly so they wouldn’t be forced to deploy VoLTE ahead of time. After Sprint’s WiMax fiasco, I’d say that’s a pretty sound plan.

HD voice is just one facet of Sprint trying to quickly build out a better network to stay competitive with Verizon, AT&T, and the quickly growing T-Mobile Sprint offers about 30 postpaid and 33 prepaid smartphones that can take advantage of HD voice, which is considerably more than what’s available on the VoLTE side of the fence.

source: Fierce Wireless

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Sprint promises to match or better competing trade-in offers

Posted by wicked September - 9 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Sprint is the next company to offer highly competitive trade-in offers after T-Mobile launched its program on Monday. The carrier will now offer up to $300 to be put towards a new device or account credit when giving up an old one. A total of five devices per line can be used as a trade-in for a single calendar year. And three devices can be used at a single time to really maximize the trade-in value. If a customer has received a better trade-in offer, Sprint will either match it or better it.

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Sprint Strikes Back with Improved Phone Trade-in Program

Long Recognized as Having the No. 1 Buyback Program, Sprint Takes Aim at T-Mobile with Price Match Guarantee

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), September 08, 2014 – Today Sprint announced it will meet or beat all competitors’ pricing to ensure the best trade-in values. Sprint will match all major U.S. carrier buyback pricing (Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile) on all new lines of service starting immediately. Last year, Sprint put more than $100 million back in customers’ pockets with their award-winning phone trade-in program, Sprint Buyback.

For the past three years, Sprint has been recognized by Compass Intelligence, a leading market analytics and consulting firm, as having the best phone trade-in program among all major U.S. carriers. Sprint’s commitment and reputation for providing the best trade-in value highlights the carrier’s commitment to the program. This new program will enhance their reputation and maintain their leadership position.

“Sprint remains the leader in mobile phone trade in programs,” said Kate Pearce strategist and senior consultant at Compass Intelligence. ”They’ve been leading the industry for the past few years by offering the best value and convenience to their customers. They’ve been doing an in-store take back program longer than anyone else and they’ve mastered how to make the program a win-win for their customers and their business.”

Today, Sprint offers are better than competitors in many ways such as providing an instant credit in-store and up to $300 for eligible devices (toward a new phone purchase OR an account credit). Sprint also allows customers to trade-in up to three phones per line at any time and five in a calendar year. T-Mobile, on the other hand, only allows one phone trade-in per line and only allows customers to trade-in their phone when purchasing a new device. Sprint customers can take advantage of the trade-in credit at any time – whether they are buying a new phone, looking to purchase new accessories or want to use their trade-in credit towards their bill.

“Our trade-in program is well known in the industry and when we guarantee the best value over any of our competitors, we’re taking this to another level,” said David Owens, senior vice president-Product. “Offering a competitive price match was the next logical step to ensure existing and new customers understood that we make our trade-in program a top priority and are willing to provide the very best value in the industry. We want to make it easy for our sales reps so they never have to worry.”

In 2001, Sprint developed the first phone take-back program and later was the first to take back other carriers’ devices and provide an instant credit in store, in early 2010. Today, more than four out of every 10 customers in Sprint retail stores participate in the buyback program. Of those devices collected, more than 80 percent of those phones are remanufactured as certified pre-owned phones. Sprint has gained significant business synergies from its relationship with the world’s largest specialized wireless distributor, Brightstar Corp., and has helped Sprint dominate the phone trade-in and pre-owned phone market. Both Sprint and Brightstar Corp. are subsidiaries of SoftBank Corp.

As part of its industry-leading Electronics Stewardship Policy, which highlights Sprint’s efforts to work with only certified recyclers to achieve their aggressive recycling goals, Sprint aims to collect an average of nine devices for every 10 devices sold by 2017. Sprint has also taken industry-leading steps to promote environmental sustainability in production of new devices and packaging. Sprint is the only carrier to partner with the U.S. EPA, as part of the agency’s Sustainable Materials Management Program.

In addition to being honored with the Best Buyback Program, Sprint shattered the Guinness World Record for the number of cell phones recycled in a single week, more than double the previous record set by AT&T.

About Sprint:

Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served more than 54 million customers as of June 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. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint as the most improved U.S. company in customer satisfaction, across all 43 industries, over the last six years. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America in 2011, 2012 and 2013. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com orwww.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

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Sprint to fight T-Mobile with their own buyback program

Posted by wicked September - 9 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Yesterday, we discussed T-Mobile’s new and rather aggressive trade-in program which promised to buy your old phone for the best price on the market (compared to other national carriers) plus an additional $50 off your T-Mobile bill.

Now, Sprint is also promising to meet or beat all competitors mobile trade-in values. Consumers can currently swap their current handset for $300 toward the latest model or in-store Sprint credit. While T-Mobile’s offer only allows one trade-in per active line (with a total limit of trade-ins per 10 active lines), Sprint allows users to trade in up to three phones per active line and up to five buyback trade-ins a year.

Sprint has had significant success in the past with their buyback programs. According to Sprint, more than 40% of customers currently participate in their buyback program.

Both T-Mobile and Sprint are looking to heavily cash in on the upcoming iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, Sony Xperia Z3, and Moto X.


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Are trade-in deals the next exciting front in the carrier wars? Judging by recent developments, it appears so. In response to T-Mobile’s improved trade-in program, Sprint announced a reworking of its own policies today.

The changes read like counterpoints to each of T-Mobile’s trade-in shortcomings.  Sprint notes it allows customers to trade-in up to three phones per line and five in a calendar year, while T-Mobile restricts subscribers to one trade-in per line. 

While T-Mobile requires the purchase of a new device with trade-in, Sprint states it will now offer instant in-store credit and up to $300 for eligible devices, towards either the purchase of a new phone or account credit.

While the improvements may not be compelling enough to encourage anyone to jump ship from another carrier, trading in an old smartphone for a “free” accessory or a reduced monthly bill doesn’t sound like such a bad deal for current subscribers. Sure, eBay and Swappa are always an option, but sometimes the convenience of a same-day sale is worth sacrificing a few potential dollars.

Via: Sprint

Sprint “Strikes Back,” Announces Tweaked Trade-in Program with Options for In-store and Account Credit is a post from: Droid Life

According to Samsung’s support page for the Sprint Galaxy Note 3, an update to Android 4.4.4 is approaching. The support page, which detailed the update as build N900PVPUCNH7, briefly appeared before seemingly being removed moments later. Thankfully, we caught it and have the info for you below. 

The Samsung page initially said that the update went live on 9/5, an update that included a bump to Android 4.4.4, the HD Voice icon, international WiFi calling support, Knox 2.0, and more.

We checked Sprint’s support page for the Note 3 to see if anything had changed there, but it still shows that the last update arrived on April 2.

Be on the lookout for the update.

Update:  The Samsung support page is now live again, showing that the update began rolling out on 9/5.

Here is the full changelog:

  • Android 4.4.4
  • HD voice Icon support
  • International Wi-Fi Calling support
  • Google Security Patches
  • Knox 2.0
  • Kids Mode

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Sprint’s Galaxy Note 3 Should See Android 4.4.4 Build VPUCNH7 Any Day, Here is the Changelog is a post from: Droid Life

Sprint announces Galaxy Tab S 10.5 to feature spark

Posted by wicked September - 4 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Samsung_Galaxy_Tab-s-10.5Sprint announced today that it will be carrying Samsung’s latest tablet starting next Friday. The Galaxy Tab S 10.5 will feature Sprint’s Spark capabilities, meaning it will be able to move at 60-100 Mbps on the network. The tablet itself features a beautiful 2K 10.5 in screen and is powered by a 2.3 GHz quad-core processor. The 10.5 also comes with 16 GB of storage with the option of expandable storage, 3 GB of RAM, an 8 MP rear camera, 2 MP front camera, and a whopping 7,900 mAh battery. While 10.5 inches sounds big,  the tablet weighs barely a pound and is just over a quarter inch thick. All this will be available for $650, or 24 payments of $27.09.

Source: Sprint Newsroom

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Carriers announce Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge availability

Posted by wicked September - 3 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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With the announcement of the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge out of the way, the only thing left to find out is when and where you’ll be able to pick one up. Fortunately, all of the major US carriers have released some information and sign-up pages so you’ll be able to get your hands on one.

Verizon plans on selling the Note 4 and Note Edge, but they haven’t said anything about the Gear VR or a specific release date. They do have a sign-up page for those of you that are interested, however. AT&T has listed pages for both devices, and they are going to sell the Gear VR as an accessory to the Note 4. No release date here, either.

Sprint, like AT&T, plans on stocking all of Samsung’s new devices. T-Mobile will definitely carry both smartphones, but no word on the Gear VR. They have a sign-up page set up, too.

As of right now, US Cellular plans on only bringing the Note 4 to its customers, and they mentioned that it should be available in October. That might be a hint that we should see full availability of the phone by November at the latest.

No word on pricing for either device, but with previous Note phones going for $299 on contract, I think you can expect that to stay the same this time around. The Note Edge might cost a bit more, but we’ll know for sure in the coming weeks.

Be sure to keep up with the rest of our IFA 2014 coverage here.

source: Android and Me

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Sprint brings the HTC One E8 to the USA

Posted by wicked August - 29 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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The HTC One E8 has been a hit in Asia and other markets. It was only a matter of time before the One M8‘s plastic twin reached the USA. As it turns out, Sprint will be the first carrier in the States to bring the neat device to this side of the lake.

It has everything you can expect from a high-end device, mimicking most of the M8′s specs.

The Now Network will be offering the One E8 in two colors: white or gray with silver accents. It has everything you can expect from a high-end device, mimicking most of the M8′s specs. The main differences lie in the plastic body (instead of metal) and the 13 MP camera (instead of 4 MP UPixel).

These differences make the device a bit more affordable, but I know many of you find metal to be a bit too slippery, making the plastic build an improvement. Aside from these changes, you will find the same Snapdragon 801 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 5-inch 1080p display and 2,600 mAh battery on both smartphones.

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So how much is that non-metallic construction saving you? Sprint sells the HTC One E8 for $499 off-contract, or $99.99 on a 2-year contract after a mail-in rebate. Meanwhile, the HTC One M8 will cost you $649 off-contract or $199 on-contract. Not a bad discount if you don’t mind letting go of the “better” materials.

The HTC One E8 is now available from Sprint’s website or over the phone, so go sign up if you are interested. Those still on the fence can check out our HTC One E8 review and One M8 comparison to learn more about this smartphone.


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