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    Sprint's second attempt at ending two-year contracts will be finished in about a week, if this leak is anything to go by. The number four carrier put the hammer down on contracts in January before bringing them back at the end of February. It then decided to take a more gradual sunset to the payment option by not offering contracts to new customers in May. Well, PhoneArena has the second half of the program in an obtained memo, saying that phones bought in-store with a new line or on upgrade won't be on contract starting August 26. Leasing and monthly installment plans will be the norm. ...

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    Sprint is officially the last stalwart of two-year contract in the US. It had initially dropped them for new customers early this year the same day that AT&T did, but brought the contract option back a month later. We think that the carrier wanted a little help during the major flagship season, but that's something up for debate. Also up for debate is this leak sent to Android Central, telling of another farewell to two-year contracts come May 24. This will apply to new and existing customers for upgrades or line additions. Installment plans or leasing will be the way forward. ...

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    You may have a beef against contracts because they don't reveal the real cost of what you're paying for each month. T-Mobile led the industry in cutting the contracts from cellular parlance. Now, some Floridians may come to sue T-Mobile for some truly obscure costs. The class action says that the carrier misrepresenting its "no contract" claim, making customers sign not only service contracts, but device payment contracts (on those equipment installment plans) and charging the entire balance of the contract — as opposed to continuing the monthly payments — if customers decide to end ...

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    What Apple might call "business as usual" may be too overbearing for French regulators to take sitting down. The General Directorate for Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control has requested that Apple repay several national carriers to the sum of €40.5 million with an additional €8 million in fines. This as the agency points out some troubling clauses in carriage contracts for the iPhones. Apple commanded minimum orders and was able to use carriers' patents and branding at-will. Meanwhile, carriers were stuck paying for in-store and external advertising and part of any ...

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    Surprise! Someone leaked a Sprint employee training manual yesterday showing off the company's plans to kick most of the two-year contracts it offers to the bucket. We did question when the move was going to happen, though, as it was the night before AT&T was tipped to stop the contracts, too. Lo and behold, Sprint and AT&T have both dropped them today. Both companies' sites do not feature phones payable through a two-year contract. The two are tied for last in committing to equipment installment plans and leasing options for phones as Verizon did last year. T-Mobile made the ...

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    If dogs wore shoes, you could say that the last one will soon drop. T-Mobile started the wave back in 2013, then came Verizon last year and AT&T this year, all of them to varying degrees of sinuosity. So, what's taking Sprint too long? Bad advice? Paper shuffling since mid-August when it first announced its plans? All we know for sure is that a tipster has leaked a Sprint document for employees that announces the end of 2-year pricing agreements. No more subsidies for phones and mobile broadband devices, but there will still be subsidies for tablets, line upgrades and line additions to ...

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    T-Mobile got rid of two-year phone contracts nearly three years ago and embarked on a continuous campaign ever since to steal away subscribers from AT&T, Sprint and Verizon. It took until this year for Magenta's competition to join the pool. Verizon has officially ditched the contract for new customers on August 13 while AT&T started limiting availability of contracts to company stores and online. It seems that AT&T is ready to drop the other shoe as an employee has leaked out a company brief that announces the demise of the two-year agreement starting January 8. New and ...

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    Mid-rangers are an interesting beast in this smartphone market. Publicized unlocked phones have become a more common occurrence. ZTE wanted to be the uncommon occurence. The Chinese manufacturer made a point in renaming its US brand — one tarnished by security doubts and locked-in by a legion of low-end devices (some 66 being actively sold in the US market, ZTE claims) — and kicking things off in high-end fashion with the launch of the Axon smartphone. Axon's competitors, which include Huawei and Xiaomi, took phones from their home-market production, watered them down to "Lite" or ...

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    T-Mobile USA recently announced a plan to get rid of handset subsidies. On the surface this sounds like a great idea, but before we get into the pros and cons, we need to understand how "subsidies" and "standards" really work. Standards Rule! The GSM standard allows you to put a SIM into your phone, and as long as it's activated by its carrier, you're online. Globally, that's how it works. In America, not only do we have phones that support limited bands (and may not work across all carriers), we even have two different standards for voice: GSM and CDMA. In an ideal scenario, phones would ...

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