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RootMetrics Ranks Verizon “Overwhelming” Leader in the US for Performance

Posted by Kellex August - 19 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

RootMetrics pushed out the first of their 2014 semi-annual performance reports for the wireless industry late last night, showing Verizon as the overall winner once again. The report looks at five areas (data performance, call performance, text performance, reliability, and speed), four of which Verizon topped the charts on, including the overall category. 

We included the scores below, which show a small lead for Verizon over AT&T, but in the end, when you win and take four of the five major categories, you get bragging rights. In a breakdown by state, Verizon took 48 states in overall performance, 44 states for reliability, 45 states for speed, 46 states for data performance, and 44 states for call performance. The only category that Verizon did not top was text performance, which AT&T claimed the title for.

T-Mobile edged Sprint in three of the five categories, including overall, for third place. They did, however, take last in reliability.

What is RootMetrics? To take a quote from their own site, RootMetrics says that they “distill thousands of independent, consumer-focused tests into RootScores that let you compare the networks at a glance and make more informed mobile decisions. It’s simple: the higher the RootScore, the better the performance.” They are made up of a team of professional testers and a “consumer-first focus.”

Below, you will find the scores for each category.

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Via:  Verizon | RootMetrics

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Sprint Makes the Sharp Aquos Crystal Official, No Bezel is Yours for

Posted by Kellex August - 19 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

The sort-of-awesome-looking-but-how-do-you-make-a-call-with-no-top-speaker, bezel-less phone from Sharp that was announced yesterday, also known as the Aquos Crystal, is now official for Sprint, Virgin Mobile, and Boost Mobile, here in the US. We knew this was coming, but weren’t sure after yesterday’s announcement in Japan when we should expect the phone and how much we might pay for one. We still don’t know when it will be available, but you can buy it for as little as $0 down and with 24-monthly payments of $10 on Sprint. 

As a recap, the Aquos Crystal sports a 5-inch HD (720p) display, Android 4.4.2, Harman Kardon audio, 8MP rear camera, 1.2MP front camera, 2,040mAh battery, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB RAM, and 8GB internal storage with micro SD support. So it’s not a flagship, but it also hasn’t been priced like one. If you want a decently equipped phone on the cheap, that also rocks out with one of the craziest looking display and body combinations ever created, maybe this is an option.

The phone will run $149.99 at Boost and Virgin Mobile. Again, an availability date will be announced “later.”

Via:  Sprint

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Sprint offering 20GB of shared data for $100 per month with up to ten lines

Posted by wicked August - 19 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Since Sprint is seemingly staying put and not merging with T-Mobile, it has to move forward with business. Marcelo Claure, the new chief executive officer of Sprint, previously stated that ambitious changes were coming and today he delivered. It’s a “new day for data,” the carrier says.

Sprint is now offering 20GB of shared data for $100 per month. This is double the amount of data that AT&T and Verizon are offering at the same price. Those carriers, and others, have a maximum on the amount of lines allowed on certain shared data plans. The same amount of data with T-Mobile maxes out at four lines. T-Mobile has responded to Sprint and announced that its maximum amount of lines for a family plan is ten lines.

It will allow up to ten lines to share this massive amount of data, so small families with data-hungry users and large families can both be satisfied. Customers are locked into this price through 2015 and must take advantage of signing up by the end of September.

In addition to this, Sprint will thrown in $350 to cover the early termination fees that another carrier would apply. If that sounds familiar, it is because T-Mobile caused a disruption in the industry by paying ETFs. It is fitting that two carrier’s that were facing a merger now offer very similar deals.

Claure says that changes for individual plans are coming later this week.

Source: Sprint

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Sprint Says It’s a “New Day for Data” in America, Introduces 20GB $100 Data Package

Posted by Kellex August - 18 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

On Friday, Sprint’s new CEO, Marcelo Claure, said during a company-wide town hall that we should expect major pricing changes for his company’s wireless plans come today. He has delivered by announcing that Sprint will now offer a family share data plan with up to 10 lines and 20GB of data for $100 (line access charges gone through 2015). For that amount of data, you are looking at prices that certainly cut under AT&T and Verizon.

The details in this one are all over the board and include a special 2GB per line bonus for a limited time, so hang with me while I update this post and break it all down. 

Here is the plan.

Starting August 22, for $100, you can jump on over to Sprint, pick up a family shared data package for up to 10 lines and get 20GB of data. Now, the press release for this states that your monthly bill would be $100, which means that Sprint is waiving phone access fees for a limited time. Think about that for a second. From August 22 through September 30, if you switch to Sprint, you can grab a 20GB data plan that can be shared across up to 10 lines and pay just $100 per month. You can have 4 or 5 or 6 lines too, and still just pay $100. Sprint is waiving the $15 line access fees with this deal through 2015.

Once that promo ends and you have to start paying line activation fees, the prices will go up a bit, but Sprint’s data packages are virtually double AT&T and Verizon’s.

For example, if you have a family of 4, all of which have “non-discounted phones,” and choose the 20GB $100 data package, your bill would actually be $160. You are looking at $100 for the 20GB of data, plus $15 per line that isn’t on-contract or is “non-discounted.” If you choose a data plan that isn’t at least 20GB and $100, your “non-discounted” phone line charges jump to $25 per line. If you have a phone on contract or “discounted,” those line charges go up to $40 per line.

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The rest of the data packages carry around double the data of Verizon and AT&T’s competing plans. For 20GB of data on Verizon or AT&T, you are looking at a data package that costs $150. Even an option like the 12GB $80 data package doubles the offerings of others.

If you were to pick-up a 10GB plan at Verizon and add four lines, you would pay $160 as of today – same deal at AT&T. T-Mobile’s runs $100, but that data is not shared and is instead distributed evenly between lines.

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Bonus deal.

To sweeten the deal, Sprint is giving an extra 2GB of data per line on top of the 20GB. If you were to have 4 lines under your 20GB plan, Sprint would hand you an extra 8GB of data per month. If you maxed out at 10 lines, Sprint would give you another 20GB of data to use, bringing your monthly total up to 40GB.

Leaving your carrier.

If you decide that this deal sounds amazing and want to leave your current carrier for Sprint, they will buy you out of your current contracts and pay you with a Visa prepaid card worth up to $350.

Thoughts? Tempted to move on over or do you still not trust Sprint’s network?

Via:  Sprint

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Stump Root Will Root the LG G3 on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile

Posted by Kellex August - 18 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Own an LG G3? Want to root it with a 1-click app? Stump Root is for you.

Put together by TeamAndIRC and friends, Stump Root can root your G3 with the touch of a button, followed by a reboot, and then the installation of SuperSU from Google Play. It seriously, is that simple. 

Keep in mind that this root method “makes low level changes to your device,” so you should proceed at your own risk. If you don’t know what it means to root your phone, then you should probably just move on to the next article. Well, either that or you could look into it and decide if rooting is for you. Like to tinker with your phone? Want to take that tinkering to another level? This may be something of interest.

To grab the .APK and root your G3, watch the video below and then hit up the source link.

Via:  XDA
Cheers Charlie!

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Bezel-less Sharp Aquos Crystal coming to Sprint tomorrow

Posted by wicked August - 18 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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At a New York City event tomorrow, Sprint will be announcing Sharp’s Aquos Crystal, a 5-inch device with extremely small bezels.

Although it’s quite the looker, the specs are unfortunately midrange. Packed inside is an LTE-capable Snapdragon 400 quad-core SoC clocked at 1.2GHz, 1.5GB RAM, 8GB storage space and Android 4.4.2. The battery packs 2040mAh. Some extras include a Harman Kardon sound effects engine, “LiveStage” streaming, and compatibility with the Harman Kardon ONYX Studio Bluetooth speaker.

While pre-orders will begin tomorrow, the phone will be released in the US on August 29.

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The stunning Sharp Aquos Crystal is coming to Sprint tomorrow!

Posted by wicked August - 18 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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Great news, Sprint customers. You will get to turn heads everywhere you go thanks to the “frameless” Sharp Aquos Crystal coming to Sprint soon.

We just reported that the Aquos Crystal will become available in Japan with Softbank later this month, but we were pretty sure that the stunning device won’t ever make it to other countries. We’re happy to report that we were wrong! The Aquos Crystal is coming to Softbank subsidiary Sprint, and, very likely, it will be announced tomorrow.

The information comes from a press release put out by Sharp, as well as from descriptions of stock photographs by Getty Images. There’s no official announcement by Sprint yet, but the carrier has an event scheduled for tomorrow under the “Take the edge off” tagline. Also, notice the crystal background of the teaser invite…

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Sprint and Softbank co-developed the device together with Sharp, but Sprint will probably offer the Aquos Crystal under a different branding in the US.

The Japanese Aquos Crystal packs a 5-inch HD LCD display, a Snapdragon 400 processor, 1.5GB of RAM, a 2040 mAh battery, 8GB of storage, and Harman Kardon sound enhancements, similar to Sprint’s special edition One (M8). I know what you’re thinking – the specs scream mid-range, but that special design may be a stronger selling point for some. Also, Sprint’s version could differ significantly from the Japanese model in terms of specs.

The Aquos Crystal is 10 millimeters thick and weighs 140 grams. The phone’s distinctive edge-to-edge screen features beveled edges, creating a lens effect that highlights the thin margins. A Full HD 5.5-inch version dubbed Aquos Crystal X is coming to Softbank Japan from December, but it’s not clear for now if that model will ever cross the Pacific.

Expect more details after the Sprint official event tomorrow.

Verizon introduces new $60 single-line plan with unlimited talk, text and 2GB data

Posted by wicked August - 17 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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For all you loners out there, Verizon has a new plan just for you.

For $60, you’ll now get unlimited talk/text and 2GB of data. If you are paying for your device with Verizon’s Edge plan, your monthly bill will decline by $10 to $50 a month. (Of course you’ll be paying the Edge payments on top of that.)

You’ll also have to be $15 for every GB you go over your cap.

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AT&T’s similar package costs $65, while Sprint’s single-line plan is $55 for 1GB of data. T-Mobile also offers 1GB for $50, or 3GB for $60.

Source: Verizon Wireless

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Sprint’s new CEO Claure ready to stir things up

Posted by wicked August - 16 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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Sprint’s new CEO Marcelo Claure has stirred things up after only a few days on the job. In a town hall meeting with employees of Sprint, Claure laid out plans to make the company into another disruptive carrier in the market similar to what T-Mobile has been doing. Claure’s plan has three phases – cutting prices, improving the network and lowering costs.

Claure says the first phase will get started next week when new pricing plans described as “very disruptive” will be revealed. Claure said the plans will be “simple and attractive.” He also said that as the market changes, Sprint will react more quickly to remain competitive.

The second phase will involve improvements to the Sprint network which many see as falling behind leaders AT&T and Verizon. Claure acknowledged Sprint is behind when he said,

“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 is under no illusion the improvements will come about quickly, but he does think Sprint has a strong portfolio of spectrum that it can successfully leverage.

The final phase, cost-cutting, raises the spectre of job cuts. Claure says they are inevitable, but he does not know to what extent. Decisions on that would take place later.

Despite talk of layoffs down the road, the reaction from employees to Claure’s speech seems to have been very positive. He indicated he wanted employees to have the tools they needed to make sales and that he wanted them to feel free to contact him, going so far as to share his direct email address.

source: LightReading
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Leaked video suggest HTC One (E8) coming to Sprint

Posted by wicked August - 16 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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Earlier today a video from Sprint was accidentally released showing what appeared to be the HTC One (E8) coming to the network. The cheaper, plastic-bodied version of the HTC One (M8) flagship was released in China earlier this summer. It was unclear whether the device would make it to the U.S. market at the time.

The video from Sprint, which has since been pulled, was apparently released prematurely. Since the video did not contain any information regarding pricing or availability according to sources that viewed it, we do not have any idea when the device may be ready for consumers to purchase. The fact that a video exists is a good sign though that we will eventually see it in the U.S.

The HTC One (E8) is comparable to the HTC One (M8) in most respects. The body is plastic and the other major change is the normal camera instead of HTC’s duo camera setup. The E8 comes with a 5.0-inch 1080p HD display, a Snapdragon 801 processor, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage to go with a 13 MP camera and 2600mAh battery. The device comes with HTC’s Sense 6 user interface running on top of Android 4.4.

source: TechnoBuffalo

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