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Sprint to Launch 17 New 4G LTE Markets on October 28, Including Denver

Posted by Kellex October - 24 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Sprint went ahead tonight and quietly announced 17 new 4G LTE markets that they plan to fully light up by October 28. Well, their 4G LTE market list was at least updated with 17 new markets, along with a new “October 28″ date (even though today is only October 23). We can only assume that the change means they plan to make these markets live on that day.

The new markets cover areas in all corners of the US, from Colorado to Wisconsin to California to Kentucky to New York. The biggest of the new markets is Denver, followed by Sacramento. The rest can be found below. 

  • Champaign/Urbana, IL
  • Denver, CO
  • Elizabeth City, NC
  • Florence, SC
  • Glen Falls, NY
  • Grand Forks, ND
  • Kingston, NY
  • Marinette, WI
  • Muscatine, IA
  • North Wilkesboro, NC
  • Oak Harbor, WA
  • Ogden/Clearfield, UT
  • Outer Banks, NC
  • Pendleton/Hermiston, OR
  • Richmond/Berea, KY
  • Roseburg, OR
  • Sacramento, CA
Via:  Sprint

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Sprint Doubles Lowest Data Tier to 1GB for $20 per Month

Posted by wicked October - 23 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

True to his word, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure has wasted no time introducing “disruptive” plan pricing. Just a few months ago, the Now Network doubled data for capped customers, and began offering an unlimited plan for $60 per month. Apparently, the carrier has a few more tricks up its sleeve. The company announced yesterday afternoon that it would double its lowest, $20 per month data tier to 1GB.

Sprint points out that its entry-level data option is now unequivocally larger than two of its competitors, three times the data limit on a comparable plan by AT&T (300MB) and twice what Verizon offers (500MB), in fact.

Of course, $20 represents only the base price – it applies to Sprint Family Share Pack customers, who can add subsidized smartphones and tablets at the cost of $25 per month and $10 per month, respectively. But it just became a much better proposition.

The price is compelling, but Sprint still lags behind its competitors in terms of speed. When Claure took over as CEO in August, he was rather candid: “When you have a great network, you don’t have to compete on price. When your network is behind, unfortunately you have to compete on value and price.”

Hopefully, a network overhaul is next on his to-do list.

Via: Sprint

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Sprint doubles data on their low-end shared data plans

Posted by wicked October - 23 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

sprint-logoWe’ve seen major carriers compete on double data for large family plans, but today Sprint announced a new competitive offer for customers who don’t need quite so much data. The new plan offers 1 GB of data for $20 a month, which is almost double from the old 600 MB plan and considerably more than what you’ll get from AT&T or Verizon for the same price.

The rest of the plan stays the same, so each non-subsidized smartphone would cost $25 for data access, while tablets run $10 per month and mobile broadband devices run $20. A 1 GB plan probably won’t work for larger families, but if just one or two users just need cheap smartphone plans and don’t use much data, it could save quite a bit of cash each month.

While Sprint may be eager to pursue smaller families and individual customers, it’s pretty unlikely that Verizon and AT&T will try to match these cheap plans. They seem more concerned with going after larger families that are okay with paying a slightly higher premium for the extra data and network speeds.

What are your thoughts on Sprint’s new data plans? Could you make a 1 GB plan work for that price?

source: Sprint

 

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Sprint now rolling out LG G2 stability update

Posted by wicked October - 20 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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Sprint has today published details of an update it’s now rolling out to all its carrier-branded variants of the LG G2 currently situated in the United States. Unfortunately, the upgrade doesn’t bring much to the table in terms of new features, but it does include a handful of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.

Hit the break for the full changelog.

  • Improvements to LTE attachment
  • Enhancements to HD Voice
  • Google security patch

If you own a Sprint variant of the G2 and want to initiate the upgrade manually, make sure you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network. Then, from the home screen, press the Menu key, followed by Settings. Scroll to the bottom and tap ‘About Device’, then ‘Software Update and ‘Update Now’.

Source: Sprint

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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?


Source: Boost, Best Buy;