Posts tagged with: Sprint
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    Choosing a wireless communications service provider stateside based on which of the “big four” offers the best unlimited data deals isn’t easy, given all the ifs and buts, the fine print and restrictions, various strings attached, artificial throttling, or DirecTV obligations you have to consider before making your decision. But one thing’s been made abundantly clear by Verizon’s head honchos in recent months, with T-Mobile One and Sprint Unlimited Freedom launches apparently changing very little of the market leader’s philosophy. According to Big Red CFO Fran Shammo… yet ...

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    It’s no longer a big secret that Samsung made quite a mess of its otherwise honorable voluntary Galaxy Note 7 recall, especially stateside, but ever since the Consumer Product Safety Commission came in, things seem to be slowly straightening out. Roughly 25 percent of defective units sold in the US prior to a sudden burst of fire reports, some legit, others still questionable, have so far been exchanged with safe-to-use S Pen phablets, which may not sound like a lot, but it’s progress. Samsung even deems the percentage “an extraordinarily fast start toward achieving our goal of ...

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    Oh, no, it’s a trend now. It all technically started with LeEco, then Motorola (or rather Lenovo) rushed to beat Apple to the no-jack punch, while HTC could be next to jump on the wireless/USB Type-C audio bandwagon. It remains to be seen if perhaps the looming HTC Bolt will at least support wireless charging (the flagship HTC 10 doesn’t) to offer audiophiles a little more leeway than the Lightning port-addicted iPhone 7. A (very) late heir of sorts to the 2011-released ThunderBolt, which was Verizon’s first ever 4G LTE handheld, this surprising HTC Bolt is reportedly headed to ...

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    As Sprint continues to claw back into growth territory (and profitability), the company is trying to keep as much of the momentum it has built for a while before shifting gears. Besides moving assets around from inside its corporate infrastructure, the key thing is keeping customers coming in. That's why CEO Marcelo Claure says that Sprint's promotional half-off rate plan will stay through the holidays. The promo offers an equivalent pacakge to what AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon subscribers are billed for, but at half the cost. The executive said that Sprint has been able to increase ...

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    Boost Mobile is about to grab a handful of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus boxes for a launch next Friday, but it also has a "power-full" phone from LG to deal with. Oddly enough, so does its parent company, Sprint. Both postpaid and prepaid operations will begin selling the LG X power, a phone with 4,100mAh battery, an octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 and Android Marshmallow. What could be a two-day phone for those who want to buy it will cost $0 down and $9 per month for two years on Sprint or a flat $129.99 on Boost Mobile. Sprint and Boost are both touting new unlimited data plans with ...

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    This is going to be one mad dash of a few weeks coming up for HTC, especially as it hits the floor against LG V20 availability. First, there are the Desire 10 phones that are scheduled for launch on September 20, oriented toward mid-range markets. Then we have the Google Pixel phones that HTC made which are due on October 4. Finally, we're hearing of an "HTC Bolt" that may or may not be a phone — we strongly believe it to be one — that may or may not remind us of the Thunderbolt (pictured above) that launched with Verizon's LTE service in 2011. Well, the trademark may pay off for us ...

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    Ahh, the world of prepaid smartphones. Cheap rates, but huge upfront costs with those phones. It's why mid-ranger and budget phones flourish in this sector and they've been getting better and better by the month. But admit it: you do want a flagship, too. Right? Well, fear not. Sprint-owned prepaid brands Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA will start offering the iPhone 7 starting September 23 — one week after general sales start. T-Mobile's competing MetroPCS also has iPhone 7 promotional splashes on its site, but has not disclosed a date of availability. Its stores started carrying ...

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    Didn't we warn you earlier? The social media posts complaining about one thing or another? In this case, it's about iPhone 7 pre-orders. And that Jet Black version did sell out quick — in many cases, people reported "minutes". First, a quick word of what's happening with the earliest possible shipping dates for the four other colors (Black, Silver, Gold and Rose Gold) on the Apple Store site: For AT&T, the 32GB iPhone 7 models will be shipped between September 26 and 28. The 128GB Rose Gold model will be shipped during that time as well. All other iPhone 7 variants will ship ...

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    The iPhone 7 goes on pre-sale tomorrow from most every corner of the commercialized world. Heck, maybe even McDonald's will be offering you a little Jet Black machine with some fries. But if you're in the United States, you're more likely to look to your carriers as your sales channel and Sprint wants to be your sales channel and your cellular service provider. Starting tomorrow*, current or new customers can head to Sprint, trade in a Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, iPhone 6s or iPhone 6, and sign up or recommit to its service plans (including, but not limited to the new Unlimited Freedom ...

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    Nearly every Galaxy Note 7 has been recalled by Samsung due to the risk of exploding batteries, but how the returns are to be handled will be up to points of sales. In the US, three of the four major carriers have issued press releases regarding the issue. Verizon also has notified customers through an update to its description on the Note 7's product page, now buried in its online smartphone showcase. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon have stopped selling the Galaxy Note 7 at the request of Samsung. AT&T is encouraging customers to exchange their Note 7 units for a Galaxy S7, ...

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    According to Strategy Analytics, China-based ZTE is currently the fourth largest smartphone supplier in the US and second largest in the no-contract market. That’s clearly thanks to the affordable high-end Axon line first and foremost, though ultra-low-cost prepaid ZMAX and Warp models must have also contributed greatly to the OEM’s rapid recent American rise. The ZTE Warp 7 is available online from Boost Mobile starting today at just $99.99, no lengthy network commitments or strings attached, rolling out in the Sprint subsidiary’s physical stores on September 5. Unfortunately (for ...

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    T-Mobile’s recent Un-carrier 12 announcement essentially put traditional data plans to rest with “One” unlimited option for all, Sprint instantly responded by launching Unlimited Freedom service on a wide scale, while AT&T has Mobile Share Advantage up its sleeve. What does Verizon have? Bloatware, and before long, possibly even more pre-installed Android apps you don’t need. But although Sprint can’t refrain from passingly yanking Big Red’s chain for forcing data caps on its subscribers, no matter how much they’re willing to spend, the Now Network’s latest press ...

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    Last week, unlocked Windows 10 Mobile phones got the Anniversary Update. This week, the carriers' phones get their turn. It started with AT&T's Lumia 950 today getting the update to 14393.67. There's no new firmware for the double-tap to wake feature, but it's still the Anniversary Update. Whether or not you're in for the same disappointment elsewhere is to be determined. AT&T hasn't officially listed the update on its device support page for the Lumia 950, but check your settings throughout the week for the update. Via: Windows Central

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    Time to knock some balls about. RootMetrics chewed through 265,386 miles across all 50 states and performed nearly 3.7 million tests in conditions from the great outdoors to the urban jungles and, yes, even inside the concrete canopies of 125 metropolitan areas. All of that just to find out how our big four carriers in the US are doing. So, how did everyone do? Well, Verizon's the winner because duh, AT&T's second, but who came in last? Here are the criteria and scores (base on a 100-point scale): [table] Criteria,AT&T,Sprint,T-Mobile,Verizon Reliability,92.4,90.1,84.0,95.7 ...

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    T-Mobile and Sprint are delivering "optimized" unlimited data plans. What does this mean for your phone bill? We've spent some time with Google's Duo video chat. Will this pull people from Facetime? Plus we went hands on with the new Honor 8 at the launch even in San Francisco, and it seems we have yet another premium budget phone to compete against Oneplus, ZTE, and Alcatel. Make sure you're charged and ready for episode 214 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the live video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on August 18th (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio ...

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    The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which laid accusations against T-Mobile's Binge On zero-rate program not being net neutral, is calling out said T-Mobile again for more bits of anti-net neutrality. This time, its targeting T-Mobile One, the carrier's new one-for-all unlimited data plan. Senior staff technologist Jeremy Gillula believes that an extra $25 per month to bypass speed throttling on streaming video, music and gaming is a no-go in terms of the FCC's Open Internet Order. "From what we've read thus far it seems like T-Mobile's new plan to charge its customers extra to not ...

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    Could it be a coincidence that Sprint successfully completed its Unlimited Freedom market trials just as T-Mobile surprisingly decided to pull the plug on data plans altogether in one of the boldest Un-carrier moves yet? We think not, and the Now Network might be trying to beat Magenta at its own game, raining on the ONE parade with an arguably cheaper two-line unlimited everything scheme. For only $100 a month, compared to $120, a pair of Sprint subscribers can send however many texts they like, make all the voice calls in the world, and browse the web sans worries. The big catch? Video, ...

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    Not as much timeworn as ill-fated straight off the bat, the summer 2014-released HTC One E8 likely didn’t find many patrons either internationally or on the only US carrier willing to subsidize it. Basically a low-quality, plastic-clad clone of the One M8 with a more traditional single 13MP rear-facing camera setup replacing the all-aluminum 5-incher’s controversial dual 4MP photography mechanism, the Android mid-ranger launched on KitKat, getting a relatively timely Lollipop upgrade last year. It was all quiet on the OS makeover front afterwards, with just one or two maintenance ...

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    Well, this is beyond confusing. The same exact phone, with the same exact humdrum design and outdated hardware specifications, available on four US carriers under three different names. First, Boost and Virgin Mobile, Sprint’s prepaid-specialized daughter operators, picked up the Alcatel Dawn a little over a month ago, charging just $70 with no-contract activations. In the meantime, the price dropped to $60, and now $30 on Cricket Wireless, where the entry-level 4.5-inch phone is branded Alcatel Streak. The Dawn/Streak can also be purchased starting today from Best Buy on AT&T ...

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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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    Verizon has been doing all it can to try and shake competing CDMA-run Sprint as it gets back on its legs. The fellows at yellow have been making big claims like its network being almost as reliable as Big Red. Plan price cuts have compounded the cutthroat attitudes in this market. Meantime, the checkmark has responded by saying that Sprint is still billions of faults behind Verizon (while raising prices with albeit beefier plans) and pointing out the fact that it owns LTE across the country. The carrier enlisted the help of Jamie Foxx to do just that. Preaching to the choir or falling on ...

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    Hilarious and efficient albeit sometimes tactless publicity stunts, irresistible deals and steals on new and old phones, a growing unlimited video streaming service, rising customer count, and according to OpenSignal’s latest “State of Mobile Networks” report, the fastest 3G and 4G LTE connections in the US. How is T-Mobile still third in the subscriber ranks, well behind both Verizon and AT&T? It has to do with history, of course, and public perception, since Magenta is about to overtake Big Red in terms of 4G availability too. Notice that the recent 2.8 billion measurements ...

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    When was the last time you were given $100 out of the blue? It's a rarity. Sure, the upfront discount works for all of us and even the extra credit we get after the purchase can be enticing sometimes, but if you catch a retroactive credit offer by surprise, you'd better be ready and willing to pounce upon it. So it goes that if you are planning to buy an HTC 10 direct from the company in the US, you'll be able to get it for $599, or $100 off the list price. Sure, that's been offered before, but say you already got your HTC 10 and missed out on the savings or you just happen to prefer ...

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    Has the "buy one, get one free" offer run its wear? T-Mobile was said to have such a campaign planned for the Galaxy Note 7 as soon as it arrived at its stores. Fast forward to today and we have something that probably won't need a new line or upgrade to obtain. 9to5Mac is reporting from its two sources that Samsung is supplying its new Gear Fit 2 fitness smartwatch as free bundle promotions for Sprint and T-Mobile to carry out. Then again, multiple campaigns can simultaneously apply to a single device. If a smart step counter isn't in your taste, Sprint may offer a 256GB microSD card. ...

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    T-Mobile has had an undeniably admirable hustle hype when it comes to its Simple Global offering. It punched up free calls, texts and unlimited high-speed data in Europe right after Brexit and in Brazil just before the Olympics. Well, it's the week of the opening ceremonies and Sprint is tailing the Un-carrier with a service bump of its own. As part of its Sprint Open World program, it is opening up high-speed data from 1GB to unlimited for everyone there in the month of August. That's in addition to free calls and texts already provided on the program. Sprint Open World is available as a ...

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