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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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Sprint Announces the HTC One (E8) for Its Network, $0 Down Through Easy Pay

Posted by Tim-o-tato August - 29 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

A new device is available today from Sprint, the HTC-made One (E8). The E8 is much like the One (M8), minus the premium metallic hardware. Instead, the E8 is a mid to high-range device featuring a good-looking polyurethane exterior, with specs that might surprise you given the phone’s $0 down through Sprint’s Easy Pay pricing deal. 

Specs include a 5″ Full HD display, 13MP rear-facing shooter, Snapdragon 801 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, 4G LTE, 5MP front-facing camera, 2,600mAh battery, and runs Android 4.4+ with Sense 6 on top.

As mentioned, the device is available right now through Sprint’s website, again, priced through Easy Pay at $0 (plus 24 payments) or $99 on-contract.

What do you think of the One (E8)? Is it a decent choice for anyone not looking to sport a metal device such as the (M8)?

Via: Sprint

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HTC One (E8) available through Sprint for $99

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

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In need of a premium device without the premium price? Customers of Sprint can go ahead and purchase the HTC One (E8) from the carrier starting today. In either Misty Gray or Polar White, the One (E8) costs $99 with a two-year contract and $499 if you forgo a signature.

The device is much like the One (M8), but HTC has targeted a lower price point with cheaper solutions in certain areas. Most noticeably, the One (E8) has a plastic unibody. The Duo Camera setup with dual LED flash has been nixed and there is a single 13MP camera. The front camera, though, does maintain its 5MP to ensure quality selfies. The One (E8) is speedy thanks to its Snapdragon 801 processor.

If you are interested in purchasing the HTC One (E8), you can head over to Sprint’s site.

Source: Sprint

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Sony Xperia flagship reportedly coming to Sprint, likely the Z3

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

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While the Xperia Z family has managed to attract quite a following in recent years, Sony hasn’t been too aggressive in bringing its devices to the United States. With the Xperia Z, the handset was sold in unlocked form and through T-Mobile. The Xperia Z1 was also sold unlocked in the US, but as the Xperia Z1S on T-Mobile. And then there’s the Xperia Z2, which still hasn’t launched with any carrier and can only be purchased outright and unlocked.

There have been rumors in the last year that Sony would finally expand its US presence, starting with bringing the Xperia Z2 to Verizon. Unfortunately, this launch still hasn’t happened and it seems a little too late in the game now, though who knows for sure with Sony. The bigger question is whether or not Sony’s next flagship can find its way to any U.S. carriers this time around. If new reports from Reuters and the Wall Street Journal proves correct, the answer is yes.

Reportedly Softbank and Sprint will be teaming up with Sony to bring a new Xperia flagship device over to the Sprint network in the US and Softbank in Japan.The report doesn’t specifically call the device out as the Xperia Z3, though that seems like the most logical fit.  Providing this report is accurate, it’s unclear whether this is an exclusive agreement, or if this could mean we’ll see the Sony Xperia Z3 on more than one US carrier.

While we certainly wouldn’t get our hopes up, it would be nice to see Sony launch its flagship on all major U.S. carriers like we’ve seen more recently from other OEMs like HTC, LG and Samsung. What do you think, if the Xperia Z3 does arrive to your preferred US carrier, would you be interested in picking it up?


Source: Wall Street Journal, Reuters ;

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Softbank takes aim at US market with Sony smartphone deal

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

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Softbank owned mobile carrier Sprint will soon be offering a Sony smartphone for the first time. The deal is designed to both give Sony’s mobile division a much needed boost and strengthen Sprint’s handset line up as it looks to stem the tide of subscribers that are heading for other waters.

Softbank is working at strengthening Sprint and enticing customers with price cuts and promotions on top of unveiling joint smartphone offerings. Sony’s been struggling to gain a foothold in the US and is also looking to revive and strengthen its mobile division. With the electronics company managing only 2.1 percent share in the global smartphone market last year, it continues to face competition from other companies that offer low-cost smartphones. T-Mobile’s the only company in the US to currently offer Sony smartphones.

The Xperia Z3 could be the first phone that Sprint offers from Sony and Softbank will make the phone available for the holiday season this winter. Sony’s expected to show off the new flagship at IFA next week.

“I can’t see this making much of a difference,” Yasuo Nakane, Deutsche Bank analyst, said.”Even if they put out a phone on Sprint, Verizon is the priority any way you think about it.”

Although other analysts were less critical and more supportive of the move.

“They haven’t been able to maintain very good relationships with carriers, unlike Samsung who has done very well,” Masahiro Ono, an analyst at Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities, said.

With the merger with T-Mobile failing, Softbank has vowed that Sprint would make bold moves to gain ground.

source: Reuters

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Update pushed to Samsung Galaxy S 4 with Sprint Spark includes international WiFi calling

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

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Owners of the Galaxy S 4 with Sprint Spark, get over to the Software Update menu. The Samsung flagship from 2013 is getting an over-the-air (OTA) update that brings international WiFi calling to the device. The GS4 is the first Sprint device to get the international WiFi calling update. Now, owners of the device can place or receive international calls over a WiFi network while traveling abroad in what Sprint says amasses more than 100 countries.

Sprint does intend on extending this feature to other devices as the year progresses.

Source: Sprint

 

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AT&T LG G3 Vigor user guide leaks online

Posted by wicked August - 28 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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A couple of weeks ago, we learned that the LG G3 S would be renamed to the G3 Vigor for Sprint, but it appears AT&T is getting the device as well. In fact, the user guide has leaked online. The model is D725 (Sprint is LS885) and it features a 5-inch IPS LCD 720p (1280 x 720) display, a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, 8 MP rear camera, 2 MP front-facing camera, 2,540 mAh battery, and Android 4.4.2. You can download the English manual from the link below.

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source: MyLGPhones

 

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Android 4.4.4 update goes out to Sprint’s Moto X

Posted by wicked August - 27 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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The Moto X for Sprint will be receiving a software update in the next few days, which should bring with it some small fixes. The camera received an update which allows for better consistency of exposure, more realistic flash colouring, and improved low light front camera photos all to increase your cameras image quality. The Phone dialer has been updated with a new graphical layout and colors. Motorola Alert can now be downloaded for the device to send updates on your location to select contacts. Along with these more visible differences are a few stability and security fixes to solve minor issues that have been showing their heads recently. For instructions on downloading, follow the link below.

Source: Motorola portal

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Get a free phone from Burger King. No, really!

Posted by wicked August - 26 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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“You forget sometimes that only half the people have smartphones.” Led by this realization, and in an effort to satisfy another craving for visitors to Burger King, the maker of the Original Chicken Sandwich is now facilitating free phones for customers.

The deal is pretty straightforward, hit the Burger website, check out the list of phones from AT&T, Sprint or Verizon including the Moto X, LG G2 and more. You’ll be redirected to Amazon to finish the transaction on a qualifying 2 year contract, just enter promo code FREEPHONE at checkout to get the device for free.

This sounds like it is a limited time deal on a limited run of devices, so don’t hesitate if anything looks good to you.

We are not sure if this is a major play by Burger King to get into the smartphone market, if the King is just being a nice guy, or if this is a move to help right down their taxable incomes, thus relating to their supposed bid to purchase the Canadian Tim Horton’s coffee shop franchise. One thing is sure, a free phone is still one whopper of a deal (sorry!) on a new smartphone.

Up for grabs are phones like the 32GB LG Optimus G Pro, 16GB Samsung Galaxy S3 or Galaxy S4 Active from AT&T, 32GB HTC One (M7), 32GB LG G2 from Sprint and the 16GB Motorola Droid Mini, 8GB Droid RAZR M or 16GB LG Lucid 3 from Verizon.

Head on over to the Burger King website for the full list of devices and services.

There is always room for a good deal, but do you think Burger King is crazy for trying to hook you up with a smartphone?


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T-Mobile lures Sprint customers with unlimited LTE offer

Posted by wicked August - 22 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

It’s tantamount to a declaration of a “network war” as T-Mobile tries to bring over “unsatisfied” Sprint customers over to their fold. And what better way to do so than by enticing its own subscribers to lure friends who are unhappy with Sprint’s latest move by promising both of them unlimited LTE data for a year. This was announced in a no-holds barred press release from T-Mobile in an apparent response to Sprint’s latest offer to subscribers from other networks.

“Sprint’s customers have suffered so much,” is the opening salvo in T-Mobile’s statement about their new offer. Basically, both the T-Mobile subscribers under their Simple Choice plan and the current Sprint subscriber that they have brought over will both receive unlimited LTE data for a year at least, at no additional charge. And if the T-Mobile user has unlimited LTE data already, they will receive a $10 credit each month for a year as well. But lest you think that they are just out on a vendetta against Sprint, this offer is also open for those crossing over from other competitors like AT&T and Verizon.

Sprint earlier this week offered a similar incentive for switchers from the other three carriers, but did not include its own subscribers in the offer. They also launched a new family plan that did not include an unlimited LTE data option while adding a fixed data cap plan. But while T-Mobile has made Sprint out to be the ultimate villain in their press release, the latter hasn’t endeared themselves to the public as well, with their announcement last week that they are cracking down on those tethering their smartphones and using it for P2P downloading.

But if you are a T-Mobile customer who would like to “rescue” subscribers from other networks (or you would want to be saved if you’re from another carrier), all you have to do is sign up for the referral program. You would just need to input your T-Mobile number as well as your friend’s and within 30 days of the activation of your rescued friend’s new T-Mobile account, you will then receive the unlimited LTE data for a year. Just don’t use it for P2P activities or you just might be penalised with data throttling.

SOURCE: T-Mobile