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Sprint livePro

First introduced at CES as the Projector Hotspot, the ZTE-made LivePro is a crazy contraption that, Sprint hopes, is more than the sum of its parts. And boy, there are a lot of parts to talk about.

Sprint describes the LivePro as a “easily pocketable multiuse mini projector and mobile hotspot” and hopes to sell it to professionals who need an all-in-one tool for presentations on the go.

LivePro Features:

  • Sprint Spark™, a unique combination of advanced network capabilities built for data delivering peak
  • wireless speeds of 60Mbps today on capable devices
  • Android™ 4.2, Jelly Bean
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor (Qualcomm® Snapdragon® MSM8930 chipset)
  • 3G/4G LTE mobile hotspot capability supporting up to 8 Wi-Fi® enabled devices simultaneously
  • Google Mobile™ wireless services, such as Google Chrome, Google Search™, Gmail™, Google Maps™
  • for Android, Google Calendar™, Drive and YouTube™
  • Google Play™ with more than 1 million apps, millions of songs and books, and thousands of movies
  • Power bank – backup power supply charging for mobile phones
  • 1080p resolution input
  • Wi-Fi Miracast® to wirelessly mirror a smartphone or tablet display
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Embedded speaker
  • 3.5mm stereo headset/speaker jack
  • Bluetooth®

Starting with the projecting feature, the 4.7 x 4.7 inches unit features a digital light projector capable of outputting a maximum resolution of 1,920×1,080 at up to 100 lumens, for an up to 10 feet image. The DLP can project in 4:3 or 16:9 and features a contrast rate of 1,000 to 1. The LivePro features built-in speakers, microUSB and an HDMI ports, and a 3.5 mm jack for plugging in headphones or speakers, as well as Miracast support.

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Powering the LivePro (and any device attached to it via microUSB) is a 5,000 mAh battery unit. There’s a 4-inch screen and a dual-core processor that allows the gizmo to run Android 4.2, with full access to the Play Store.

Of course, for Sprint the biggest feature of the LivePro is the “3G/4G LTE mobile hotspot capability supporting up to 8 Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously.” You will need a special plan, of course: “Sprint mobile broadband data plans for LivePro start at $34.99 per month for 3GB of combined 3G/4G data while on the Sprint network. Customers can choose the $49.99 plan with 6GB of combined 3G/4G data or $79.99 plan with 12GB of 3G/4G data. (All pricing excludes taxes and surcharges.)”

As you’d expect from such a feature packed device, the LivePro costs a hefty $449. More details in the press release.

Show Press Release

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – July 9, 2014 – It’s the most important presentation of your career. You walk into the boardroom and learn your client’s Internet access is down and the projector bulb burned out. What do you do?  Never again should you have to face this nightmare after the July 11 debut of the world’s first commercially available pocket projector and mobile hotspot, Sprint LivePro™.

 

This innovative new device combines a mini projector with a 10-inch to 10-foot projection display and 3G/4G LTE mobile hotspot powered by the super-high-speed network data capabilities of Sprint Spark™, where available, and supports up to eight Wi-Fi® enabled devices simultaneously.

 

It will be available exclusively from Sprint (NYSE: S) in select Sprint Stores, and through Sprint direct ship sales channels, including Sprint Stores, Business Sales, Web Sales and Telesales at 1-800-SPRINT1. With Sprint Easy Pay, well-qualified buyers can purchase Sprint LivePro with $0 down (plus tax) and 24 monthly payments of $18.751.

 

“Whether it’s a boardroom proposal or backyard movie night, Sprint LivePro is a one-of-a-kind device that combines the enhanced LTE network capabilities of Sprint Spark with an easily portable projector that helps you get work done or keep the family entertained,” said David Owens, senior vice president of Product Development, Sprint. “Sprint LivePro has a high-quality projection display making it easy to share important information on a movie screen, wall or any other flat surface. Its mobile hotspot is powered by Sprint Spark, offering blazing-fast network speeds for downloading important videos or presentations on the Web.”

 

Measuring 4.7 inches x 4.7 inches and only 1.1 inches thick, Sprint LivePro easily fits in a briefcase or purse and features an embedded speaker providing audio during video or presentations.For bigger sound, separate speakers can be paired via Bluetooth® or attached to the device with a 3.5mm jack.

 

LivePro offers an easy-to-use 4-inch touchscreen display and Android™ 4.2, Jelly Bean, user interface, making it easy to access content and use the hotspot. The large 5,000mAh lithium ion battery can also be used as a power bank to charge a smartphone, tablet or other devices using a USB cable.

 

Users can share content using HDMI or USB cables, or wirelessly mirror a smartphone or tablet display using Wi-Fi Miracast®. Through the Wi-Fi connection, users can also pull content from the Cloud directly from the device and stream video and audio content easily with a Wi-Fi connection or data plan. Files can be shared and stored on LivePro using Bluetooth, an HDMI or USB cable as well.

 

Sprint LivePro is also a great tool for entertaining. At the next family barbecue, the cordless projector can be used to watch video or play a game in the backyard. Customers can also use the mobile hotspot to pull and share content from the Web.

 

Featuring access to Google Play™, with more than 1 million apps, millions of songs and books, and thousands of movies, LivePro can keep guests entertained well into the night. LivePro also includes Google Mobile™ wireless services, such as Google Chrome, Google Search™, Gmail™, Google Maps™ for Android, Google Calendar™, Drive and YouTube™.

 

Sprint mobile broadband data plans for LivePro start at $34.99 per month for 3GB of combined 3G/4G data while on the Sprint network. Customers can choose the $49.99 plan with 6GB of combined 3G/4G data or $79.99 plan with 12GB of 3G/4G data. (All pricing excludes taxes and surcharges.)

Sprint adds the ZTE LivePro to portfolio

Posted by wicked July - 9 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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During CES 2014, one of the devices that we checked out was a combination projector and hotspot device from ZTE going by the generic “Projector Hotspot” name. As shown during our hands one review of the ZTE Projector Hotspot, it functions exactly as its name implies. It has a built-in projector that is capable of projecting an image up to 120 x 120 inches. Powered by Android, it functions like any Android device with the additional option of displaying whatever is being displaying on the screen via the projector. The device also comes with a couple ports for physical connections or it can be used to wirelessly mirror a  smartphone screen. As an added bonus, the device can function as a mobile hotspot for up to eight devices.

ZTE has announced that Sprint is picking up the device, to be named the Sprint LivePro, and it is scheduled to go on sale starting July 11th. Sprint will let you buy it using a Sprint Easy Pay Plan for zero down and $18.75 per month for 24 months. You will also need to add a two year contract for a data plan, starting at $34.99 per month for 3GB of data, though more expensive plans are available if additional data is needed.

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Sprint LG G Flex Receiving Update, Brings Voice Over WiFi Capability and Bug Fixes

Posted by Tim-o-tato July - 7 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

An update is headed to the G Flex from LG on Sprint’s network, bringing a big feature for non-fans of wireless plans with minutes. G Flex owners will be able to place Voice over WiFi (VoWiFi) calls, which is essentially just VoIP, but with a WiFi connection and not wireless data.

In addition, the update includes a new HD Voice icon, a Google SMS and Security patch, plus an “Update email Signature” feature. No exact clue to what that means, but it’s probably for the pre-installed email client.

Take a peek at the changelog from Sprint below. 

Changelog

  • Voice over Wi-Fi
  • HD Voice Icon
  • Google Patch: SMS and Security
  • Update email Signature

G Flex owners, go get it!

Via: Sprint

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Sprint the latest carrier to push LTE as a replacement for fiber

Posted by wicked July - 7 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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As this site has previously reported, wireless carriers are making it a point to push their wireless service plans to customers in areas that the carriers simply do not want to build out to. Considering these providers collect billions from the taxpayers of these areas (by promising to build wired connections to them), it seems rather unbelievable that the carriers could simply not finish building out, receive the benefits of the agreement and then push ridiculously bad plans to those customers.

But, we have seen Verizon do just that several times including recently. Verizon received $13 billion to build fixed-line broadband to the state of New Jersey by 2010, never came close to completing the project and then pushed their LTE technology onto those who didn’t get the fixed-line broadband.

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Now, Sprint is pushing a new service by VTel which allows for internet over Sprint’s broadband spectrum to those in Vermont who do not have better options (though to be fair to Sprint, they did not sign any agreement to wire the state like Verizon). VTel has twelve towers working and plans to put up another 157 through strictly private funds by the end of 2015.

“Wireless isn’t as fast as fiber, but wireless speeds are better than other technologies.” - VTel representatives

Those speeds include expensive plans, low data caps and average-at best service. For example, plans for VTel allow customers to buy data buckets ranging from 1 GB per month to 50 GB.

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Want to stream Netflix shows on these plans? Are you a console gamer who downloads games digitally? Streaming in 1080p on Netflix takes up 4.7GB/hour. Download the latest Call of Duty: Ghosts takes up almost 40 GB.

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VTel will offer the service to 20,000 customers in 24 towns in Vermont. Sadly, as the Waterbury Record notes, “some areas will receive broadband for the first time.”

 

Sprint update for Samsung Galaxy S 5 adds Wi-Fi calling feature

Posted by wicked July - 7 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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Owners of the Samsung Galaxy S 5 on the Sprint network may notice they have an update waiting to be installed. If they don’t have a notification yet, it should be showing up soon as Sprint is pushing out update “NE5″ to owners of the devices in phases. According to the information provided by Sprint, the only enhancement is the addition of a Wi-Fi calling feature. Apparently the update has been ready for a while now, but is only just starting to hit users’ devices.

source: Sprint

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Sprint’s LG G3 model will come with 3GB of RAM, 32GB memory

Posted by wicked July - 6 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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A few days ago it was revealed that Sprint would start taking pre-orders for the LG G3 on July 11th and sales will commence on July 18th. Tipsters have now determined the Sprint version of LG’s flagship will come equipped with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of memory on board.

Sources have also obtained some images of the retail packaging for the LG G3 and they grabbed some screen captures of the LG Concierge Board app. That app is supposed to help users keep their phone in good working condition and manage all of the inbound and outbound information.

Any current or would-be Sprint customers out there planning to grab the LG G3 when it is finally available?

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source: GSM Arena

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Group photo of LG G3 models leaks, Verizon unsurprisingly makes noticeable changes

Posted by wicked July - 4 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Which one of these devices is not like the others? The Verizon model, of course. You are looking at the different carrier models for the upcoming LG G3. While each has implemented carrier branding here and there, Verizon has gone ahead and revamped LG’s 2014 flagship. The color is noticeably darker and the rear button setup has been altered to resemble what was done with last year’s G2 with chrome trims. On the front, too, Big Red has made changes. The chin of the G3 is now black , which matches their unique design of the back panel.

Is Verizon’s branding and changes holding you back from purchasing the LG G3? Or are you on another carrier and intend on jumping on this device?

Source: @evleaks (Official site)

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Sprint to release LG G3 on July 18

Posted by wicked July - 3 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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The LG G3 is making its way around the world, and being released in the US is a top priority. Today it was announced that the device would be available from Sprint starting on July 18th, or for pre-order starting in July 11th.

We don’t yet know how much the device will cost on Sprint, but we do know that users will be able to get it for a $0 down payment, and $25 monthly payments for two years. Not only that, but if you purchase the G3 between July 11 and July 24, you’ll get a $150 cash reward card. Or, if you purchase is between July 24 and August 14, you’ll get a $100 reward card.

Source: Sprint

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LG G3 coming to Sprint July 18

Posted by wicked July - 3 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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The LG G3 is slowly rolling out to markets across the globe, with the USA being of high priority. The device is now available for pre-order from T-Mobile, but Sprint is not staying far behind. The Now network is ready to bring the mighty G3 to market.

Sprint is announcing the LG G3 will be available starting July 18th, in black and gold colors. You can pre-order the device starting July 11th. While the price is not directly specified yet, customers can get it with a $0 down payment and $25 monthly payments for two years. You will also love the reward early birds are getting.

$150 reward cards are available for those who purchase the device between July 11 and July 24. Meanwhile, those who get it between July 24 and August 14 will only enjoy a $100 reward card. Not a bad deal if you ask us! That is possibly near a fourth of the smartphone’s retail price!

The LG G3 is one hell of a smartphone, and we can be sure it will not let you down. This version happens to support Sprint’s Spark network, but everything else should come pretty standard.

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The device performed amazingly in our review, which you should definitely read if you are interested in purchasing the LG G3. Some specs include a stunning 5.5-inch 2560x1440p display, a powerful 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801, 2 GB of RAM, 13MP/2.1MP cameras and a resourceful 3000 mAh battery.

You can go ahead and pre-order the LG G3 straight from Sprint’s website, as soon as July 11th comes around. Also remember this smartphone will be available from all four major carriers in the USA. We still haven’t heard from AT&T, but rumors say Verizon will have it available this July 17th, with pre-orders going up on July 10th.

Stick around and stay tuned for more details to come! How many of you guys will be getting an LG G3 when it becomes available?

Dear John Legere, stop blaming others and fix your own issues

Posted by wicked July - 3 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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Several weeks ago, Android Authority wrote about T-Mobile issuing a statement proclaiming that they were being “proactive” in stopping ‘Premium SMS services’  all the while leaving out how T-Mobile (and others) have benefited from these same services for years.

Then two days ago, the Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint alleging that T-Mobile made hundreds of millions of dollars off these services and purposefully made it as hard as possible for consumers to get refunds from these services.

6272b494f51d5949_tmobile-samplebill.xxxlarge (1)T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere decided to respond to the recent complaint by blaming just about everyone else including the FTC, other carriers and the third party providers. In his response, Legere mentions that the “real bad actors” were getting off while T-Mobile was being “proactive” by stopping such services a year ago. He also lays blame on the FTC for “sensationalized legal action” and claims that the “entire industry” needs to make changes.

I agree with Legere that T-Mobile has made a number of pro-consumer and industry-changing moves since he took over T-Mobile. But, the notion that T-Mobile made immediate changes and has been simply looking out for the consumer is laughable and wrong.

First, T-Mobile has been engaged in this practice for years now. The FTC notes in the complaint that T-Mobile was involved in this scam from 2009 up until December of last year. But, a basic internet search can find a number of T-Mobile cramming stories dating all the way back to 2006.

In 2008, T-Mobile was involved with a class action lawsuit over wireless cramming charges where it was alleged that T-Mobile was continuing to allow third-party companies to charge customers for services that customers never requested.

“Defendant T-Mobile caused plaintiff Moore’s cellular phone to include the unauthorized charge of $9.99 per month for Ringazza, and similarly caused plaintiff Butler’s cellular phone bill to include the unauthorized charge of $9.99 for Flycell. In doing so, defendant T-Mobile omitted necessary information from plaintiffs’ cellular phone bills that was required by [California statute], including the means to contact the offending third-party company, such as a toll free number.” - RCRWireless

In 2010, the Florida Attorney General’s office had to threaten T-Mobile to get them to stop telling customers that cramming charges were “sales” by third parties and therefore not their own fault.

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum said T-Mobile will continue its practice of issuing credits and refunds to consumers for unauthorized charges for third-party mobile content subscription purchases. McCollum said a large number of complaints about cramming led to an investigation which revealed that thousands of Florida consumers had received these charges on their cell phone bills for mobile content downloads that they neither knowingly authorized nor wanted.

As part of the settlement, the company will pay a total of $600,000 to reimburse the state for the costs of its investigation and to help the Attorney General’s Office fund the efforts of the CyberFraud Section as it continues working toward similar reform across the industry. - Consumer Affairs

In 2012, a Baltimore Sun writer discussed his issues with T-Mobile adding over $350 worth of charges to his bill in not even a year.

I spent the better part of a recent staycation day on the phone with various people at the other end of 800 numbers, trying to figure out why my phone was being charged $19 here and $9.99 there, monthly, for “text alerts” and “text subscriptions” and “text trivia.”

The T-Mobile representative I spoke with on the phone said she could not refund me any money; she could only offer to block future texts. (I learned, by the way, that the block option was always there, but customers have to ask for it.) The T-Mobile representative gave me six 800 numbers to call, each of them to third-party companies that had charged me for unauthorized text messages. I was told I’d have to call each of them to demand a refund.

So that was fun. - Baltimore Sun

The writer eventually spoke to T-Mobile’s media relations department who gave him the same line that T-Mobile has given for years with wireless cramming.

“T-Mobile provides customers with the ability to purchase various services and products from certain third-party service providers (e.g., games, apps, ringtones, etc.) and have the charges for those services or products included on your T-Mobile bill. Third-party charges that appear on a customer’s wireless telephone bill are those charges that the customer affirmatively authorizes prior to the processing of the charge on the bill.” - Baltimore Sun

In fact, last year, Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell announced that AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile had struck an agreement with forty-five states to stop billing from these same Premium SMS services. In March of this year, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) sent letters to AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile warning them that they needed to crack down on wireless cramming.

“I am deeply disturbed by the FTC’s allegations that T-Mobile allowed millions of dollars in unauthorized charges to be crammed on consumer wireless bills,” said Rockefeller in a statement. “The FTC’s allegations only heighten my concern about the industry’s repeated assertions that voluntary oversight effectively protects consumers from cramming.” - Washington Post

Legere is absolutely correct that other carriers are as much to blame. AT&T tried to claim that they were not profiting off these services yet as a New York Times story notes, AT&T/Verizon/T-Mobile made millions off these scams since the carriers were receiving  a cut of the profit.

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As one site notes, “Legere’s statement comes off a bit like the whiny kid whose bully friends put him up to stealing one cookie while they made off with the bag, but regardless, if T-Mobile is in fact “the most pro-consumer company” out there, we’d hate to see what the rest of them have been up to in comparison.”

Again, I do not doubt that Legere has pushed hard to end this practice since he took over T-Mobile. That is not the argument at issue. Legere is arguing that T-Mobile is and will be proactive when it comes to cramming. Yet, T-Mobile has known about this issue for years now and made many millions off this scam. Whether Legere was in charge of T-Mobile or not, there is nothing pro-active about T-Mobile stopping the cramming services. Period.

Maybe AT&T and Verizon are just as guilty. I don’t think that is really something that anybody would disagree with based on their shady billing histories. Unfortunately for T-Mobile, their history with cramming suggests that they need to look into the mirror and fix this almost decade-old problem.

(Updated – T-Mobile’s CEO issues another response - http://newsroom.t-mobile.com/issues-insights-blog/doing-right-by-consumers.htm)

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