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DirecTV customers get one year of free service when switching to Sprint

Posted by wicked August - 27 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Sprint is making a one-time offer exclusively to DirecTV customers that gives them free service for a full year when switching to Sprint. This strategy is an effort to lure away customers after AT&T’s acquisition of DirecTV, and offers customers 12 months of unlimited voice calls, text messages and 2 gigabytes of data.

DirecTV customers need to show a copy of their recent DirecTV bill to verify their status to qualify for the offer. Customers also need to sign up for a leasing program, a monthly installment program for their smartphone, or buy a new smartphone. A household can sign up a maximum of 5 lines, each free for a year. In addition to that, Sprint said it will buy customers out of their existing contracts or pay up to $300 for an existing smartphone.

Wireless providers find ways to steal their competitors’ customers by creating such offers. Kevin Crull, Sprint’s chief marketing officer added;

“DIRECTV customers love their TV service – but they shouldn’t have to settle for AT&T wireless” 

“Why not build the perfect bundle by combining with Sprint wireless? We’re winning awards across the country because our network has never been stronger, faster or more reliable, and our customers have never been more satisfied.”

In order to get the offer, qualified DirecTV customers need to upload their recent DirecTV bill at www.sprint.com/directvoffer. After that, they can go to Sprint.com or call Sprint Telesales to obtain the offer. Another option is to visit your local Sprint store and log on to your DirecTV account online to show verification and then sign up.  Note that there is a one-time $36 activation fee and monthly taxes and surcharges that Sprint’s offer does not cover.

Source: Sprint Newsroom

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Ditch carrier contracts with these smartphones

Posted by wicked August - 27 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Carriers are expensive, and they’re only getting worse. Two-year contracts are on their way out in favor of device payment plans, thanks to revolutionary initiatives from T-Mobile. These payment plans, however, are essentially the same thing as the two-year contract options, only more expensive.

It looks cheaper on surface level, but carriers are making up for those lower prices through additional charges, upgrade fees, and so on. That begs the question: how can you ditch your carrier and save thousands of dollars on your phone bill?

It’s common knowledge that we’re paying out thousands of dollars for our smartphones over the course of a two-year contract, but, unfortunately, it’s hard to break way from that since many off-contract phones just don’t offer a premium package similar to that of the Galaxy S6 Edge+ or LG G4.

While that may be true, there’re now some devices out there that do offer that same premium quality.

Google Nexus 6

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Google’s Nexus 6 features a 6-inch 2560 x 1440 AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 805 chipset, a 2.7GHz quad-core Krait 450 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera, and it comes in 32/64GB storage sizes. As with all Nexus devices, it’s running the latest version of Android Lollipop, and will receive quick and timely updates.

Starting at $499, it’s a steep price, but that’s the only price you’ll be paying for this premium package. No contracts, no device fees, and so on. It’s 100% yours and you can take it to any of the big four carriers in the United States to find yourself the cheapest data package.

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Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3

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Alcatel OneTouch’s Idol 3 features a 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080 IPS LCD display, a Snapdragon 615 chipset, a quad-core 1.5GHz Cortex-A53 and quad-core 1GHz Cortex-A53 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear camera, and it comes in 16/32GB storage options with microSD support up to 128GB.

As far as performance goes, it’s definitely up there with the Google Nexus 6, especially with how clean Alcatel OneTouch left the software on this device. It’s also significantly cheaper at $249 while still offering a premium package.

Be sure to check out our review here.

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Motorola Moto G

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The Motorola Moto G (2015) features a 5-inch 1280 x 720 IPS LCD display, has a Snapdragon 410 chipset, a quad-core 1.4GHz Cortex-A53 processor, a 13-megapixel rear camera and comes in two options: 8GB of storage with 1GB of RAM or 16GB of storage with 2GB of RAM. The device also supports microSD cards up to 128GB.

Prices start at a meager $179.99 for this mid-range unlocked device, and while it may not have the sheer processing power of a higher-end phone, do you really need all that power for your basic smartphone tasks?

Be sure to check out our review here.

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Making the leap

Making the leap to the off-contract life can be difficult, especially if you’re in the process of a two-year contract or device payment plan. Early termination fees or paying off the remainder of your balance can be expensive all in one chunk, especially if you want to purchase a new, unlocked smartphone immediately after.

You have two options: wait your contract out or bite the bullet and pay that lump sum. In doing the latter, you’ll save a lot of money on all sorts of fees, interest, and so on, but you won’t notice the affects of this saving for a few months down the road.

If contracts or device payment plans aren’t an issue for you, the obvious first step is to pick out and buy a smartphone.

Setting up your new smartphone

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Setting up an unlocked device is extremely easy. In most cases, if you have a SIM card already, you can just pop your old one into your new smartphone, given that it’s the same size. On AT&T, I swapped the SIM out of my LG G3 and put it in the Idol 3–it worked right away, no setup involved.

If you don’t have the correct size SIM card, it’s as simple as heading to your chosen carrier’s website and ordering one of the correct size.

It may be a bit trickier to get it to work on a CDMA carrier like Verizon, however, the company has recently made it an easier process. Unfortunately, you still have to be cautious when bringing your own device to Verizon, as many phones don’t have all the necessary CDMA and LTE radios to work properly with the carrier. The same goes for Sprint.

Closing

The Wall Street Journal reported in 2012 that the average household spends $1226 annually on smartphone plans, and that’s no doubt increased in the past three years. I personally spend around $350/mo on my smartphone plan with AT&T, and by going off-contract, you could be spending as little as $30 per line, no matter what carrier you choose.

Prices do vary depending on how much data you need, but it still ends up being cheaper than a contract or device payment plan, as most prepaid plans for smartphones are without all of the added fees.

While it doesn’t look like much, over the next few years you could see thousands of dollars in savings. And for many of us, that couple thousand could go to things much more important.

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Sprint Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Updates Prep Devices for Samsung Pay

Posted by Kellex August - 24 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Updates rolling out today to Sprint’s variants of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge will get each phone ready for the launch of Samsung Pay. Keep in mind that Samsung Pay doesn’t actually launch until September 28, but a trial opens tomorrow that select users will get to be a part of.

As for the rest of the update, you are looking at “Live broadcasting via Yahoo!” being loaded, along with better audio with Samsung headsets, UI updates, and bug fixes. 

Here is the list of changes:

  • Samsung Pay
  • Live broadcasting via Yahoo!
  • High Quality Audio (with Samsung headsets)
  • UI updates
  • Bug fixes

The Galaxy S6 is looking at software version G920PVPU2BOH1 and the S6 Edge will get G925PVPU2BOH1.

Via:  Sprint [2]

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Sprint’s Direct 2 You service arrives in St. Louis, Phoenix, Seattle, and other areas

Posted by wicked August - 24 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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Making it to a carrier store can be a little tough. Sprint customers in select markets actually have the luxury of the carrier’s Direct 2 You service. Direct 2 You is an on-site, all-in-one visit from a Sprint employee that includes sales, consultation, and customer service. It’s currently available in many of the nation’s major cities, but today Sprint announced Direct 2 You’s arrival in additional markets.

Hit the break to see the list of cities and surrounding metropolitan areas.

  • Orlando metro area – Orlando, St. Cloud, Kissimmee
  • St. Louis metro area – St. Louis, Mo.; Chesterfield, Mo.; O’Fallon, Mo.; St. Charles, Mo.; St. Louis, Ill.; Belleville, Ill.
  • Minneapolis metro area – Minneapolis, St. Paul
  • Phoenix metro area – Phoenix, Glendale, Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Peoria, Surprise
  • San Antonio metro area – San Antonio, New Braunfels
  • Seattle metro area – Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue, Everett, Kent, Renton

Cities joining Direct 2 You next month include Las Vegas, New Orleans, and Charlotte.

How successful is Direct 2 You for Sprint? The carrier is thanking customers who complete appointments by rewarding them with gifts. At random, Sprint will distribute Motorola headphones, Harman Kardon speakers, Caribbean cruise trips, and Super Bowl tickets.

Source: Sprint

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BlackBerry ‘Venice’ allegedly coming to the Big Four U.S. carriers in November

Posted by wicked August - 20 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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BlackBerry’s upcoming Android-powered phone, codename Venice, is starting to unofficial make appearances on a frequent basis. Alleged images of the device, including a new one showing the curved display and physical keyboard (seen above), have been appearing online since early July. Between Tuesday night and today, Evan Blass has shared an abundance of information regarding BlackBerry’s product that is tasked with turning around the company’s misfortunes.

Customers of the four largest carriers in the United States will be happy to know that Venice is expected to available this November from Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. Rather than partnering with a single carrier to keep the device exclusive, BlackBerry would be going for mass availability by allowing the major carriers to sell Venice.

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Blass also shared what looks to be a promotional image highlighting select software features from Venice. BlackBerry will include Content Transfer, a method to bring files from one device to Venice. Based on the description, Content Transfer will move values with Google Drive. BlackBerry Hub will be the place for users to see messages, emails, and notifications from apps and services to be housed in a single place. And, along with Chromecast support, Venice will ship with at least Android 5.0 Lollipop.

And here are two promotional teasers that Blass obtained:

Is anyone else getting excited to see what BlackBerry is going to do with Android?

Source: Evan Blass (Twitter)

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RootMetrics: 4th Consecutive Overall Network Performance Award Goes to Verizon

Posted by Tim-o-tato August - 18 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

RootMetrics, a 3rd-party independent researcher, released its findings for the first half of 2015, detailing a pretty big win for Verizon. For the 4th consecutive time, Big Red has earned top honors across the nation for overall network performance, topping the charts in 47 states across the United States. 

In total, Verizon walked away with 110 awards, with AT&T grabbing 68. Bringing up the rear is T-Mobile with 27 and Sprint with 7. These awards are based on various categories, such as Network Reliability, Network Speed, and Data in differing markets across the country. On the RootMetrics site, you can view detailed reports from each part of the country that was tested, as well as who the best carrier is within that general area.

Verizon’s Chief Network Officer wanted to share the news personally, posting a video onto Verizon’s blog, and even took a little dig at T-Mobile. You can watch that below.

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Via: RootMetricsVerizon

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Sprint doing away with 2-year contracts by year’s end

Posted by wicked August - 18 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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The USA mobile industry is changing. Is this happening for the good? We are not quite sure yet, but we do know we are seeing alterations many of us were asking for for a long time. One of the biggest problems with America’s cellular companies was the bureaucratic way in which they handled businesses, tying us to long-term contracts or forcing us to pay very high amounts of cash for smartphones.

The change began when T-Mobile decided to get rid of contracts and offer smartphones (and other products) on monthly payments. All other carriers had to compete and followed suit with device installment plans, but it wasn’t until earlier this month that Verizon decided to actually kill contracts. Today Sprint finds itself trying to catch up and has announced the Now Network will no longer offer 2-year contracts by the end of 2015.

Instead, Sprint will offer only its Easy Pay and leasing options (of course, you can also buy devices at full price). Not sure what those are? Let’s give you the rundown.

Sprint Easy Pay

With Sprint Easy Pay, you pretty much pay for your smartphone’s full price over the course of 2 years. You would just have to make a down payment and walk out with your phone. The remaining balance will be charged on a monthly basis for exactly 2 years. There’s no finance fees and the phone will be completely yours once you are done paying it.

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Sprint Lease

This system is very simple, and it’s likely the most affordable way to go for some of you. The name of the program is quite self-explanatory; you would be renting a handset from Sprint. The monthly payment is lower and there is no need for a down payment, but you won’t own the device at the end of the lease. The phone will have to be returned (unless you pay an extra fee specified in your terms of service). The company also just announced a new iPhone Forever plan, which allows you to upgrade to the newest iPhone as soon as it is available. Just in case you are into hat phone.

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Wrapping up

With that, the only major carrier that seems to be supporting contracts is AT&T. That is, unless they make an announcement soon. And the carrier also offers its respective installment and early upgrade plans, so this is really no big deal at this point.

I happen to be very excited about switching to a model in which we no longer have to depend on service contracts. As consumers we get more freedom to switch our services and manage our handsets. Don’t like something? Just pay off your smartphone and take it to the next carrier! Now we need to work on getting all phones unlocked. Many carrier-specific devices are now free of SIM restrictions, but not all.

What do you guys think? Are you liking the new business model USA carriers are adopting, or did you like your subsidized smartphones?

Dan Hesse, CEO of Sprint Corp- KansasCity

Sprint is doing away with two-year contracts

Posted by wicked August - 17 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

sprint_logoAccording to the Wall Street Journal, Sprint will be following the lead of other carriers by eliminating two-year contracts. Like that of T-Mobile and Verizon subscribers, the carrier will begin enforcing month-to-month payments instead of signing new/return subscribers to a two-year deal. Unfortunately for buyers who like to upgrade their smartphone frequently, smartphones must be paid in full retail price which can be a bit pricey.

Sprint’s goal is to abandon the two-year contracts system by the end of 2015. The carrier may begin going about this by offering trade-in deals and update promotions. This seems to be the future of mobile contracts and all carriers are moving in this direction.

Source: WSJ

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Sprint now taking pre-orders with special offers on new Samsung Galaxy devices

Posted by wicked August - 14 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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Sprint has started accepting pre-orders for the new Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ and plans to start shipping devices starting Friday, August 14th with retail outlets getting the devices on their shelves starting August 21st. To help entice buyers, Sprint says they are offering the most options for consumers and they are sweetening the deal with some special offers.

For customers who pick up on of Samsung’s newest devices using Sprint Lease or Sprint Easy Pay programs, the carrier will throw in the following:

  • a guaranteed $200 minimum credit on working smartphones that are traded in;
  • an early upgrade option at only 12 months;
  • a free Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 if buyers activate the device with a 2-year service contract.

On a Sprint Lease, buyers can get the Galaxy S6 Edge+ for $30 per month for a 32GB model while the Galaxy Note 5 will go for $25 per month. The Sprint Easy Pay option is only $3 and $5 more per month for the devices respectively.

Users can opt for a 2-year contract option by paying $349.99 for the Galaxy S6 Edge+ or $249.99 for the Galaxy Note 5. Bumping internal storage up to 64GB will push the prices up by an extra $100.

Finally, consumers could just buy the devices outright. The Galaxy S6 Edge+ will go for $792 for the 32GB model and $888 for the 64GB version. The Galaxy Note 5 will sell for $720 or $816 for the 32Gb and 64GB models.

The Galaxy S6 Edge+ will be available in Black Sapphire and Gold Platinum while the Galaxy Note 5 will come in Black Sapphire or White Pearl.

Users interested in the new devices on Sprint can head over to www.sprint.com/galaxy or call Telesales to place their pre-order.

source: Sprint

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Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ Pre-Orders are Now Live!

Posted by Kellex August - 13 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

Pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ are now live! Samsung said it would make them available today by 3PM Eastern and they delivered.

We have links to Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile devices below to save you a Google search and a few clicks. Keep in mind that T-Mobile is the only one that isn’t actually doing a pre-order, but if you at least pre-register before August 21, they will give you a free year of Netflix after buying one of the two phones before September 30. Everyone else will let you pre-order. Most also have promo offers accompanying the devices for a short period of time.

Get after it. 

Verizon:

AT&T:

Sprint:

T-Mobile:

Best Buy:

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