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Sprint’s Nexus 5 now receiving Android 5.0.1

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

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Sprint Nexus 5 users, start spamming your check update buttons now. Of course I kid, that does little to speed up the process, but it appears that Sprint has green-lighted the Android 5.0.1 update for the Nexus 5 and is in the process of pushing the update to last year’s Nexus flagship. An expected bug fix, Android 5.0.1 fixes issues with factory resetting the device along with video playback issues the Nexus 7 (2013) was having.

Lollipop update LRX22C comes with — as Sprint calls it — miscellaneous Android updates. According to Sprint the update will roll out within the next few days but if you’re in a hurry you can go to Settings > About Phone > System Updates > Check for Update. Otherwise you can wait patiently as Google has yet to update its factory image page with links for 5.0.1 on the Nexus 5. We’ll update you when they do.

source: Sprint

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Nexus 5 Gets Android 5.0.1 Update Today, According to Sprint

Posted by Kellex December - 15 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Most of you noticed that as Android 5.0.1 updates began rolling out to Google’s line-up of Nexus devices that the Nexus 5, even though it is still considered one of the newer of the bunch, was left out of the fun. Why that is, well, we can only guess. What we do know is that the update should start rolling out today if Sprint knows what it’s talking about. 

According to Sprint’s Nexus 5 software update support page, the device should receive LRX22C (which is Android 5.0.1) as early as today. The update is listed as being “miscellaneous Android updates.” Sounds about right.

So, be on the lookout. Feel free to mash that “System updates” button in your Nexus 5’s “About phone” panel. Well, do it once or twice, then move on because it won’t do any good to keep hammering on it.

Let us know if you see it! And don’t forget to check for that OTA. zip URL with these instructions.

Via:  Sprint

Nexus 5 Gets Android 5.0.1 Update Today, According to Sprint is a post from: Droid Life

Sprint pre-installing Uber on handsets, includes $20 credit

Posted by wicked December - 12 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Partnerships are everything these days because exposure is maximized by introducing a new audience. When an application is pre-installed on a handset, it is known as “bloatware.” No one really cares for pre-installed apps and they take up space that is better used elsewhere. The latest partnership between Sprint and Uber, though, seems more like a value. The carrier will be pre-installing Uber on its Android phones. When launching a Sprint handset for the first time, an Uber app will be there already; however, users have to open it and proceed to download it from the Play Store. Then, the carrier has a unique “SPRINT” offer code to take $20 off of a user’s first Uber ride.

Do promotional offers make you more willing to accept bloatware? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Sprint, Uber

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Best Buy offering 1 month of free Sprint Prepaid service when you buy certain phones

Posted by wicked December - 12 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

sprint-logoBest Buy is running a limited time promotion with Sprint to give customers a free one-month trial of Sprint’s prepaid network when they buy certain phones. This move should hopefully help Sprint boost their subscriber numbers after falling to second place to T-Mobile.

To qualify, all a customer has to do is purchase any eligible phone and have it activated at Best Buy. There are plenty of options, including Samsung’s Galaxy S III and Galaxy S 5, the LG Tribute and LG Volt, and the Sharp Crystal. After the trial month, users can pick between three different tiers of plans to move onto, starting at $35 per month for unlimited talk and text with 1 GB of data, and capping out at $55 per month for 6 GB of data.

Sprint already has a strong prepaid presence thanks to Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile, but marketing this new facet of their prepaid network should definitely help them stay competitive.

source: Fierce Wireless

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Ting adds GSM Support, possibly with T-Mobile

Posted by wicked December - 10 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

sick-your-cell-phone-provider-go-prepaid-with-ting-and-skip-etf-for-breaking-your-contract.w654The popular Sprint MVNO Ting announced that it will be adding GSM service in addition to its current CDMA coverage from Sprint. Although Ting has not released the name of the carrier whose network it will be using, a coverage map of the new service matched up with T-Mobile’s current network. The negotiations began six months ago and are nearing completion.

Ting will start using GSM sim cards, allowing unlocked phones to work on the network as well. If your family uses Ting, and some members have GSM devices, and others have CDMA, you can still all work on the same plan now. If you don’t know much about Ting, the network grants you data, texts, and minutes in a bucket, so you only pay for what you use out of each, instead of purchasing a lot containing texts, minutes, and data that you may not use. Ting is perfect for folks who have unusual phone habits, but still don’t use their devices too much. This is NOT for the data fiends out there, since $30 will get you only 2GB of data, on top of all of your minutes and messages.

Source: Fierce Wireless

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Tuesday Poll: Contract or Month-to-Month?

Posted by Kellex December - 9 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Over the last couple of years, we have really tried to open everyone’s mind to the idea that there are options outside of carrier contracts and the subsidy phone discount. From covering the best prepaid providers to talking about full retail phone prices and the initial launch of carrier device payment plans, you should all be well versed on the methods available for buying a new phone without a lengthy agreement. But even with all of that coverage, some of you are perfectly happy with the subsidy model and do not have a problem buying a phone on-contract or you are using the last few work-arounds remaining to keep things like unlimited data plans. And you know what? There is nothing wrong with that.

This morning, though, I was listening to Verizon CFO Fran “ShamWow” Shammo speak at a conference about the current trends in wireless, which just so happen to be device payment plans. Verizon has Edge, T-Mobile has Jump, and AT&T has Next, to name a few. Shammo insisted that while they will continue to offer Edge, 70% of their customers still to this day choose the subsidy model.

And that got me thinking – I wonder what the DL community is trending towards? Are you still locked into a wireless contract or are you now fully month-to-month?

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post’s poll.

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T-Mobile and Sprint Causing Verizon and AT&T to Squirm

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

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In a stunning announcement that will make Adam Smith believers proud, AT&T and Verizon appear to be feeling the effects of more intense market forces as an emboldened T-Mobile and Sprint offer more appealing bang for the buck to consumers.

At an investor conference Tuesday morning, AT&T CFO John Stephens admitted that the company’s fourth quarter “churn,” or turnover rate to other cellular providers, would be higher than it was a year earlier, even as its net subscriber count continues to grow. Stephens cites aggressive promotions from T-Mobile and Sprint in forcing his company’s hand. Remember a few months ago when AT&T up and offered 30GB of data across four lines for $100 a month? That would have been inconceivable a year ago.

For its part, Verizon has also cited the “highly competitive and promotion-filled” fourth quarter as an area for concern. The mobile provider is still doing well, overall, but it finds itself spending more money each quarter to retain its customer base.

Q4 earnings won’t be reported until January, but it appears the financial gurus at Big Red and AT&T are prepping shareholders for some potentially disappointing news.

And now one cannot help but wonder how much AT&T is kicking itself over the stillborn T-Mobile acquisition. All carriers create some form of competition, but locking up the GSM market would have been a game changer for AT&T, though potentially awful for the rest of us. As a consumer, you might want to consider sending the FCC a Christmas basket this year.

Source: BGR

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Verizon trumps all other carriers in download speeds

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

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When looking at which carrier to give your hard earned money, the quality of the network is vital. Customers have no reason to stick around if the network’s coverage is spotty or speeds are frequently bogged down. Cost comes into play, but carriers in the United States are expensive as a whole. You should pay for what you get.

So which network in the United States is the speediest when it comes to downloading? Hit the break to find out the answer to that question and more.

RootMetrics performed thousands of network tests throughout the country and handed over the information to Fierce Wireless to be published. Geographical regions examined included the Mid-Atlantic, Great Lakes, Plains, Rocky Mountains, New England, Southeast, Southwest, and West. RootMetrics timed its network tests throughout a twenty-four hour period to ensure that times with higher traffic would not skew results.

Verizon was named as the the carrier with the fastest download speeds. The first place carrier’s download speeds averaged 52.21Mbps in geographical regions throughout the United States. T-Mobile came in second with 42.64Mbps and AT&T followed closely with 42.39Mbps.

In last was Sprint coming in at a meager 22.23Mbps. This should send a message to Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure that there is work to be done. Rather than focusing on aggressive promotions (that actually effect download speeds), Claure should be investing in improving Sprint’s network.

Upload speeds for each carrier was about half of what the download speeds were.

To see how network speeds were in your region, click the source link below.

Source: FierceWireless

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Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure writes note touting Cut Your Bill in Half Event

Posted by wicked December - 5 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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The aggressive Cut You Bill in Half Event hosted by Sprint started today. Customers from Verizon and AT&T could switch to Sprint and earn some benefits (that may or may not be very beneficial). CEO Marcelo Claure wrote a note published on the carrier’s site emphasizing that the promotion actually does good for the consumer. The “unprecedented offer and our boldest move yet” stays with Sprint customers for as long as they have the new plan.

Claure had this to say about what other carriers do compared to what Sprint has on its hands now:

As the new CEO of Sprint, I’m committed to talking with our customers in a clear and straightforward way. Too often in our industry we have companies trying to shout over each other with claims that they are offering the best pricing EVER. We will not just add to the noise.

“Best value in wireless” is not merely some slogan for those of us at Sprint. We stand behind it, and we want every American consumer to know it.

Source: Sprint

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Starting Today, Sprint is Cutting Your Wireless Bill in Half When Switching From AT&T or Verizon

Posted by Tim-o-tato December - 5 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Earlier this week, Sprint announced a very bold move, in which they would take any current contract agreement from Verizon or AT&T, and slash the price in half. For example, if you are currently on a 15GB Data Share plan from AT&T, totaling $160 a month, on Sprint, it would cost you just $80.

Theoretically, not only would your bill be 50% cheaper, but the Now Network states that they will waive activation fees ($36 per line), as well as buy out your current contract ($350 per line) from the competition.  

Sprint’s new CEO Marcelo Claure wrote an open letter as a press release to consumers, stating that he isn’t looking to just add to the “noise” in the industry.

As the new CEO of Sprint, I’m committed to talking with our customers in a clear and straightforward way. Too often in our industry we have companies trying to shout over each other with claims that they are offering the best pricing EVER. We will not just add to this noise.

“Best value in wireless” is not merely some slogan for those of us at Sprint. We stand behind it, and we want every American consumer to know it.

Below are two examples of how this event works. If you were looking for more examples, you can check Sprint’s webpage dedicated to the promotion here. Personally, due to where I live, Sprint would not be on my list of contenders for my money, but I am hoping there are a few folks here that could greatly benefit from saving big money on their wireless bill every month.

Are you making the switch? At least considering it?

CutYourBillExamples of discounts

Via: Sprint

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