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Samsung Gear S will have own Plan on Sprint

Posted by wicked October - 19 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

samsung-gear-s-frontSamsung’s Gear S is going to be the first popular SmartWatch with a 3G connection, so there are a lot of questions to be answered about how the device will be used practically as a separate device on a wireless plan.

It seems that as far as Sprint goes, your Gear S can be used on one of two plans: as a standalone device, and as a Family Share Pack device. Both options cost the same at $10 per month. The Standalone device includes 1000 minutes, 1000 text messages, and 100 MB of data, with a 40 cents/min and 20 cents/msg overage charge. The Family share pack gives unlimited talk and text and shares whatever data package you have.

If you’re connected to your phone via Bluetooth, you won’t be using your messaging or minutes for handling calls or texts. You can also connect to  Wi-Fi to avoid using up your data package when you’re somewhere with the option available.

The other main carriers should follow suit soon and announce plans designed for the Gear S and other standalone smartwatches since Samsung is unlikely to be the only one working on this type of device. Stay tuned for more information about the Gear S, including release date, carrier availability, and pricing.

Source: Phandroid

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According to a new FCC filing, Sprint will carry the Galaxy Note Edge

Posted by wicked October - 17 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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For a device that is going to be very limited at launch, the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is going to be available in a lot of places. We already know it will be available through T-Mobile, and we’re pretty sure AT&T and US Cellular will be getting it as well, but according to a new FCC filing, it seems that Sprint will be getting Edge-y as well. 

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The new filing is for an Edge with the model number “SM-N915P” and offers support for Sprint’s network (LTE band 26, LTE band 41 and LTE band 25). It will be interesting to see how the device is received by consumers, and if Samsung decides to produce more of the unique handset. No word on stateside pricing, but judging by what we’ve seen overseas, it is safe to assume it won’t be cheap. Any readers out there going to try and get an Edge at launch?

Source: FCC
Via: G For Games

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Galaxy Note 4 now available on US carriers

Posted by wicked October - 17 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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As promised, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is now on sales in countries from around the world, including the UK (check out the availability there), India, the US, and Canada.

The Note 4 was officially unveiled in early September at IFA, but Samsung only extended its availability in most world markets today, perhaps in an effort to build up inventory ahead of what shapes up to be high demand.

Here’s what you need to know about the Galaxy Note 4’s US availability and price:

Carrier versions

AT&T

  • On AT&T, the Galaxy Note 4 will be available for a pricey $825 unlocked or with a $299 down payment and a 2-year contract.
  • If you want to go the monthly installment route, you have two options: Next 18 – 24 x $34.42 or Next 12 – 12 x $41.30.
  • The AT&T Galaxy Note 4 is available in black or white.
  • Activation fees apply. Trade-in offer available. Free shipping.
  • Get the AT&T Galaxy Note 4

Verizon

  • On Verizon, the Galaxy Note 4 will be available from October 23 for $699 unlocked or with a $299 down payment on a 2-year contract.
  • If you want to go the monthly installment route, you have this option: Verizon Edge – 24 mo. x $29.16.
  • The Verizon Galaxy Note 4 will be available in black or white.
  • Activation fees apply. Trade-in offer available. Free shipping.
  • Pre-order the Verizon Galaxy Note 4
  • Get a guaranteed $200 trade-in from Samsung for any working smartphone, valid until October 22.

T-Mobile

  • On T-Mobile, the Galaxy Note 4 is available today for $ 749 unlocked.
  • If you want to go the monthly installment route, you have this option:24 mo. x $31.24.
  • The T-Mobile Galaxy Note 4 is available in black or white.
  • Activation fees apply. Trade-in offer available. Ships in 4-7 days.
  • Buy the T-Mobile Galaxy Note 4

Sprint

  • On Sprint, the Galaxy Note 4 is available today for $ 720 unlocked or with a $299.99 down payment on a 2-year contract.
  • If you want to go the monthly installment route, you have this option: Easy Pay 24 mo. x $30.
  • The Sprint Galaxy Note 4 is available in black or white.
  • Activation fees apply. Trade-in offer available. Free shiping.
  • Buy the Sprint Galaxy Note 4

US Cellular

  • On US Cellular, the Galaxy Note 4 is available today for $ 16 unlocked or with a $299.99 down payment on a 2-year contract.
  • The US Cellular Galaxy Note 4 is available in black.
  • Activation fees apply. Trade-in offer available. Free shiping.
  • Buy the US Cellular Galaxy Note 4

For more details on the Galaxy Note 4, check out our Note 4 review or watch the video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=2Eibt5_0EVo

Are you buying a Note 4 today?

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Iliad moving on after T-Mobile declines acquisition offer

Posted by wicked October - 13 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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In July, French telecommunications giant Iliad expressed interest to purchase a majority stake in T-Mobile. The offer at that time was roughly $15 billion for 56.6%. Recently, Iliad upped that number to take 67% at $36 per share. It was going all-in to get its foot into the United States wireless industry.

It all comes to an end today because T-Mobile’s parent, Deutsche Telekom, has “refused” to entertain the new offer. Iliad has announced its pursuit of T-Mobile is over and will move on. In somewhat of a jab at Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile, Iliad said in a press release that it will “continue its profitable growth policy as it has been conducted over the last 15 years in the interest of subscribers, employees and shareholders.”

This means that the door is still open for SoftBank to hop in and merge Sprint with T-Mobile.

Souce: Iliad (PDF)
Via: Bloomberg

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Sharp Aquos Crystal heading to Sprint on October 17, Boost Mobile carrying it today

Posted by wicked October - 11 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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Ready or not, here comes the Aquos Crystal. If you are a customer of either Sprint or Boost Mobile, you can get your hands on the Sharp device. The Aquos Crystal from Boost Mobile is available today for $150 with no contract to sign. The Boost Mobile version is also being sold through Best Buy.

Sprint customers have to wait one more week for the Aquos Crystal to arrive on October 17. Without going the prepaid route (starting October 21 for $150), the Sprint version’s cost is diced up into twenty-four monthly payments of $10.

Does the Sharp Aquos Crystal’s unique design catch your eye? Let us know in the comments.

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Sharp Aquos Crystal arrives to Boost and Sprint Prepaid, $150 outright

Posted by wicked October - 10 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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When you think of smartphone brands, Sharp probably isn’t a name that comes to mind, at least not for those of us in the United States. In Japan and a few other markets, however, the brand produces some pretty epic devices under its Aquos moniker that are known for their ultra-thin bezels. And now some of that ultra-tiny-bezel goodness has arrived to the US market in the form of the Aquos Crystal.

Back in August we learned that Sprint and Boost Mobile would eventually see the device, and now that day has come for Boost Mobile and Sprint prepaid customers. The handset is priced at just $149.99 outright for prepaid customers. For those that prefer going post-paid, starting October 17th Sprint will directly offer the phone through its Easy Pay program for $10 a month for 24 months or $239.99 outright.

As for the specs? You get a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU with 1.5GB RAM, 8GB storage, a 5-inch 720p display, a 2040mAh battery, an 8MP rear cam, 1.2MP front cam, Android 4.4..2 KitKat and some of the thinnest bezels around. Considering the price, it’s actually a pretty impressive looking mid-ranger. What do you think, anyone planning on picking this one up?


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Google Voice team member, Alex Wiesen, took to Google+ this afternoon to announce that they have expanded MMS support to nearly 100 North American carriers as of today, a group that includes Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T. If you use Google Voice on a regular basis, you know how big of a deal this is, as you have likely missed out on picture messages from friends at some point. As Wiesen points out, with this new carrier support, you can say “goodbye to FOMO (fear of missing out).” 

Well, most of you can. Wiesen didn’t offer up a full list of those 100 carriers for us to browse through, but since he specifically noted that AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint are involved, that leads us to believe that Verizon is not. He also ran a “P.S.” at the end of his announcement that seemed like a subtle ribbing of Verizon for not participating, saying “p.s. If you’re a carrier, and you want to enable MMS support for Google Voice, please let us know. We’re big fans of text messaging interoperability.”

Go send some MMS messages and let us know how it goes!

Via:  +Alex Wiesen

Google Voice MMS Expands to Nearly 100 North American Carriers – AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile Included is a post from: Droid Life

Virgin Mobile offers a $20 smartphone plan with no data

Posted by wicked October - 7 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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For years now, Virgin Mobile has built a solid following by offering no-contract smartphone plans for people who don’t want to buy a subsidized phone. Now, Virgin Mobile is making the assumption that a number of consumers do not want to pay for data packages.

Virgin Mobile has released a new smartphone plan that costs only $20 per month and comes with no data. This means that customers on this plan must rely on accessing the internet with Wi-Fi. The $20 plan includes 300 minutes of talk time and unlimited text messaging.

If you want to have a small amount of data, you can pay $35 per month for a plan with unlimited data, talk and text, and 250 MB of 3G/4G data. Virgin Mobile is also allowed a $35 plan that includes 300 minutes of talk time, unlimited texting and 2.5GB of data.

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Virgin Mobile also has $45 and $55 plans which include unlimited text and talk, with unlimited international texting and 100 international minutes. The $45 plan gives users 1GB of data while the $55 plan includes 3GB of data each month. All data plans are throttled after the customer uses the amount of data in their monthly plan.

Those traveling to abroad can add a $5 monthly add-on which includes unlimited voice minutes to Canada and Mexico. For $10 a month, a customer can have 1,000 minutes to call more than 200 countries.

It is clear from these moves that Virgin Mobile is aiming towards T-Mobile in their quest to retake the title of the #1 prepaid carrier. T-Mobile customers must buy data plans that include 500MB for $40 a month while Verizon customers must buy a data package which includes 250MB for $55.


Source: UPI, CNET;

Google enables MMS for Google Voice for North American carriers

Posted by wicked October - 6 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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Alex Wiesen, a lead manager with Google’s Google Voice team, announced today that MMS support within Google Voice is now live for almost 100 North American based carriers. To the dismay of many people, the list of carriers that gave the go ahead to roll out this update does not include Verizon. Customers on AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile in the U.S. as well as Rogers, Bell Canada and Telus in Canada will have this new option available to them.

Google has not released a list of carriers getting this new integration, so we only know about the carriers listed above at this point. We also do not know whether an update to the Google Voice app, or Hangouts, is required to access this new functionality.

Support for MMS means users can now receive pictures using Google Voice. As Alex Wiesen noted in his announcement, users will no longer have to worry about fomo, the fear of missing out. Along with sharing media like pictures, the MMS support for group messages is limited to appearing as individual messages from a single individual. Another project manager with the Google Voice and Hangouts team, Mayur Kamat, indicates the team is still working on the group MMS functionality.

source: +Alex Wiesen

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WiMax to shut down on November 6, 2015

Posted by wicked October - 4 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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On Thursday August 7, 2014, Sprint announced its plans to close WiMax, the United States’ first ever ‘4G’ network, before the end of 2015.  Today, thanks to an anonymous Android Central reader, we now know the exact date for the closure is Friday, November 6, 2015.

According to a leaked newsletter, from the wireless provider to the tipster, Sprint is preparing to start distributing informative letters to all its CL customers explaining the reasoning behind the closure, from this Monday, October 6.

The operator has dedicated a small section of the letter to notify customers that their current smartphones, which work on both WiMax and Sprint’s 3G network, will continue to connect to its own 3G network following WiMax’s demise.

If your smartphone is slightly outdated and you want to upgrade to a newer handset capable of accessing 4G services, this maybe the perfect opportunity as the carrier will be launching some special programs later this year aimed at finding you an alternative low cost, or even free, smartphone that will work on its Spark LTE network.

Sprint’s set to send out final notification letters to all its IL and prepaid customers 180 days before the WiMax shut down and will provide help on how to migrate to a different network.

Via: AndroidCentral

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