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Sprint and Verizon jump on the double data promotion bandwagon to compete with AT&T

Posted by wicked October - 1 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

verizon sprint logoTo match AT&T’s latest double data promotion, Sprint and Verizon have beefed up their offerings allowing customers to pick up a ton of extra data at little to no cost. AT&T bumped up their top data packages (anything 15 GB and up) and will give customers twice as much data for free until the end of the month. Sprint and Verizon are taking a similar path.

If you are a Sprint customer on the 32, 40, or 60 GB shared data package, the carrier will give you 60, 80, or 120 GB, respectively. The 32 isn’t quite doubled, but it’s close enough to count. The plans still come with unlimited texting and calling, so if you need a ton of data on an account with multiple lines, it’s a great deal.

Verizon is following suit with their More Everything plans starting with the 12 GB data package. The 12 GB plan only gets an addition 3 GB of data (bringing it up to 15) and the 16 GB is getting an extra chunk to bring it up to 30 GB, but the 20, 30, 40, and 50 GB plans are all actually being doubled. On the high end, you can have 100 GB of data for $375 plus your phone access fees, or 40 GB of data for $150. It’s still not a cheap option for someone on a budget, but for what you’re getting it’s a huge improvement.

All three of the carriers’ promos end on October 31st, so if you want to take advantage of it, jump on it before Halloween to get locked in for the length of your contract.

source: Fierce Wireless

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Verizon matches AT&T double data plan, but Sprint trumps them both

Posted by wicked October - 1 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Recently AT&T announced a limited time promo where it will double data on some of its shared family plans. In what can only be described as a monkey-see-monkey-do phenomenon, now both Verizon and Sprint are following suit with a similar move.

Verizon’s MORE Everything promo starts tomorrow and matches AT&T’s plan almost verbatim. Verizon is offering up 30GB for $130, 40GB for $150 and 60GB for $225. That’s not including the per-line access and other fees/taxes, of course. As for Sprint? Sprint is actually being a bit more aggressive than AT&T and Verizon, by doubling the data offered by the new AT&T/Verizon promos while keeping pricing even lower.

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That means you if you sign up by October 31st you get 60GB for $130, 80GB for $150, and 120GB for $225. While you might still have taxes and “Sprint surcharges” to worry about here, Sprint is actually waiving the access fee charges “through 2015”. That makes Sprint’s plan a much better value, IF you happen to live in an area with solid coverage.

For existing Sprint and Verizon customers wondering if they are eligible for promo pricing, the good news is that the answer is yes! How about it, planning to snag one of these offers? If so, through which carrier: AT&T, Verizon or Sprint?


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FCC begins research into 5G future in the US

Posted by wicked October - 1 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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We have previously written about how certain groups and companies are supposedly gearing up for 5G technology. Some companies are actually stating that they are offering 5G speeds now, some are calling any definition of 5G “absurd” and others are promising 5G technology by 2020.

Now, GigaOM is alerting us to a blog post that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler wrote in which he asks fellow commissioners to begin investigating frequencies in the 24 GHz and higher bands for possible 5G use.

Specifically, Wheeler is referencing millimeter waves, which 5G researches believe is the final access link between a tower and device and could therefore unlock wireless speeds in the 1Gbps range. Today, millimeter waves are generally used for wireless backhaul.

There’s a lot of spectrum up there for the taking, but the problem is range. At the lower power levels needed for mobile communications, those waves just don’t propagate that far…….The idea is to use massive antenna arrays and beam shaping techniques to send a boatload of parallel low-power signals to a receiver. Those low-power signals would reinforce one another, greatly increasing the distance they could travel while preserving their data fidelity. - GigaOM

In fact, wireless carriers in the US are using some of this technology today:

  • T-Mobile US has put up four-antenna systems on its LTE towers,
  • Sprint is installing eight-antenna rigs in its new Spark network.
  • Nokia and Samsung and others are putting on many more multiples of antennas as they move up frequency charts.

In the blog post, Wheeler wrote that the inquiry is simply aimed at broadening the FCC’s “understanding of the state of the art in technological developments that will enable the use of millimeter wave spectrum above 24 GHz for mobile wireless services.”


Source: GigaOM;

You can now pre-order the Galaxy Note 4 through Sprint

Posted by wicked September - 28 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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Sprint, the last of the four major US carriers, has just published a pre-order page for Samsung’s flagship phablet of 2014, the Galaxy Note 4 — so you can now reserve yourself a unit on either AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile or Sprint.

A Note 4 locked to Sprint’s network on a prepaid plan will set you back $720 upfront, which is $106 cheaper than the $826 AT&T is charging. You can, however, lower the price to $360 if you choose to take on one of Sprint’s flexible 2-year contracts.

Sprint is also offering a third payment option for the handset, which is aimed at those who can’t afford or don’t want to purchase the device in advance. Instead of paying the $720 as soon as you pre-order the handset, you can choose to pay 24 monthly payments of $30 per month.

In addition, you may be interested to know that Sprint is giving at least $200 off the Galaxy Note 4 if you trade-in a working smartphone. If you go down this road, the device could be yours for $520.

If you like the sound of the Galaxy Note 4 and want to reserve yourself a handset — hit the source link below.

Source: Sprint

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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.


Source: TechHive;

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

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