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    HTC has kept its word. Specifically, last week, it was Sprint's HTC One M8 that got the upgrade. We were told that it would be within this week that the manufacturer's latest phone on the Now network would do the same ditty. Funnily enough, it did, after T-Mobile launched its Marshmallow upgrade for the LG G4. HTC One M9 units on Sprint have begun to receive over-the-air updates to Android 6.0. That's pretty much the story right there. As with the One M8 and LG G4, Sprint is the first US carrier to update its variant of the One M9 to Marshmallow. AT&T, T-Mobile Verizon users will have ...

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    Mere weeks after busting Verizon’s balls and accusing it of using incomplete data and biased analysis to claim its network was better at everything from coverage to download speed, T-Mobile prevails in an exhaustive comparison of America’s big four carriers put together by OpenSignal. The seemingly independent company collected over 376 million datapoints from close to 182,000 users between October and December 2015, recording normal 3G and 4G consumption habits in normal usage, both indoors and out, in big cities and the countryside. Thus, OpenSignal states, its measurements represent ...

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    Sprint has taken a cannon to shooting out software updates recently, especially when compared to other US carriers. While HTC phones have been pretty tidy in terms of keeping up-to-date on the Android side, when carriers are put into the process, things tend to stew longer. But the twain have come together for a day and things are okay. HTC VP of Product Management Mo Versi tweeted that both the regular and harmon/kardon editions of the HTC One M8 are currently getting Android 6.0 OTAs. Sprint HTC One M8 / M8 HK Owners! Great news, we have received technical approval on the Marshmallow OS ...

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    A press release as bright and effusive as Sprint's color palette came along with an earnings call that told of the company's best earnings in years. The company's already decided to make harsh reductions on its back-end, so the follow-up will have to be progressive subscriptions and sales growth. But so far, so good. In its Q3 FY15 earnings call, the Kansas-based company reported netting 501,000 postpaid and 366,000 prepaid subscribers, improvements of about a half million on each side from last year. More postpaid subscribers jumped from competing carriers to Sprint this quarter than ever ...

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    More than three years into Softbank's ownership of Sprint, the company has been on a $2 billion mission to run lean and return to profitability. Some at Sprint's Overland Park, Kansas, headquarters believe it took a bunch of unused advice to get to this point. It took a while for the last-place carrier to get cutthroat with its first-tier competitors. Now, it's making major internal moves. More than 2,500 jobs will be eliminated by the end of the month. Roughly 2,000 of them will be at five customer care centers in New Mexico, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Colorado while the headquarters ...

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    Forget Samsung and Apple’s seemingly never-ending publicity war, as America’s “big four” carriers take combat by mocking rivals to the next level. As per usual, T-Mobile doesn’t give two hoots about proper advertising etiquette, going straight for Verizon’s jugular in relation to a Big Red commercial the “UnCarrier” feels was deceptive. In it, VZW used tiny colored balls to illustrate the huge gap between the nation-leading network and all three competitors in everything from data, calls, speed and reliability. However, according to T-Mo, the “independent” study cited ...

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    Why in the world would anyone buy the “ancient” LG G4 mere weeks ahead of its sequel’s expected introduction? Well, for one thing, the 5.5-incher doesn’t show its age at all, running contemporary Android 6.0 Marshmallow in Asia, Europe, and at least on one US carrier. That same operator wants to cut you a phenomenal deal through Monday January 25, taking a “minimum” of $200 off the G4’s current list price with any trade-in of a working handheld. Some phones will obviously net you higher discounts, but based on Sprint’s wording, we presume the least you’re going to get ...

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    Like any good smartphone manufacturer, Samsung's always looking for ways to keep its product lineup fresh, and last year that meant introducing a number of new J-series models. After the Galaxy J2 and J5 went official, we saw the company introduce the Galaxy J3, a phone with lower-mid-range hardware, sure, but one with an attractive price point. While the Galaxy J3 initially launched in China, it wasn't long before we were hearing rumors of US carrier interest, both as a traditional post-paid model and on several MVNOs positioned as a pre-paid edition. Today we finally start getting ...

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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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    The numbers two, three and four (especially three) of the US mobile carrier landscape have been ruthlessly hunting for disgruntled competitor subscribers, aiming their switch-incentivizing campaigns in particular at Verizon. Though well ahead of T-Mobile and Sprint in user counts, and unlikely to see its domination challenged by AT&T very soon either, Big Red might be starting to feel the heat, kicking off a hard to resist network swap offer. Like a “not-so-cool holiday sweater”, you can now ditch the “wrong network” without worrying too much of the consequences. That’s ...

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    If timely software updates dictated the ranking of America’s “big four” carriers, Sprint would not only recoup its bronze medal from T-Mobile, but likely beat both Verizon and AT&T also and claim overall command. The Now Network recently laid the first stone of LG G4’s Android 6.0 rollout stateside, and no doubt backed by possibly the most reliable device manufacturer when it comes to major UI makeovers, it’s dispatching Marshmallow goodies to the LG G Stylo as we speak. Needless to say T-Mobile’s G Stylo variant is stuck on aging 5.0 Lollipop software, and will probably ...

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    It's a story of people who are "familiar with the matter" and a struggling network getting its stuff together in the face of mounting competition, financial burdens, new ownership and the tasks of cutting losses and cuts and making gains. And it started at the top of Sprint back in 2014, when Marcelo Claure took the helm as CEO. Claure himself contracted several advisers — among them, industry veteran and claimed "mentor" of Claure's, Dennis Trujillo — for a year's work at a going price of $50 million. The arrangement, which involved the team retaining a meeting area sequestered from ...

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    Is it nearly time to stop talking about holiday-season shopping? We suppose you technically do have a few days left, but by this late date we hope you've got all the names crossed off your list, all you boxes wrapped, and you're finally getting to that stage where you can sit back and actually enjoy yourself. Maybe with all those gift recipients taken care of it's finally time to think about what you want for yourself, and if that means a new smartphone, Best Buy just shared details about a promotion that takes a hot deal from last week and makes the offer a lot more attractive, extending ...

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    Another first for LG? Not exactly, as Motorola pulled an even quicker turnaround time for US carrier-locked Moto X Pure Editions as far as Android 6.0 updates are concerned. But the G4 remains a road-opener of sorts, after a Marshmallow soak test kicked off in Poland more than two months ago, and subsequent over-the-air spreads to Korea and various European markets. You have to hand it to Sprint also for getting a head start on its rivals, though solid software support can’t boost those stagnant user numbers without better coverage, as well as lower device and plan prices. While the Now ...

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    Sprint might not be as flashy as T-Mobile, but it's trying to go blow for blow in terms of offering up pot sweeteners to lure in would-be subscribers. Take its "Cut Your Bill in Half" promo which some expect to take the mick out of T-Mobile's rocketing rise from last place. Sprint also gave TVs away with some LG G4 phones late last month. Back to the TVs again, this time for Samsung's 2015 flagships. Sprint's chipping in a 32-inch LED TV (1366 x 768) from Samsung if you decide to buy a Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+ or Galaxy Note 5 from December 18-24. That is, if supplies ...

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    As the longstanding number four of the US network, T-Mobile's been taking out its anger at "Dumb & Dumber," flying planes in front of both AT&T's and Verizon's New York headquarters and just raising general hell like a misbehaving child. Funny how putting Sprint down in the cellar brings out the same tomfoolery sometimes. Not this time. Not for the holidays. Instead, Sprint's CEO Marcelo Claure is making an underhanded move by sending care packages over to select T-Mobile. From Cheez-Its to Oreos, it seems that the bounty's plentiful and the pleading is as well. Claure makes a ...

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    Why pay now when you can wait until you have to pay everything else? Okay, besides this being the recipe to another subprime mortgage crisis, we're actually not technically talking about credit. If you plan on grabbing a few apps or anything else from the Windows Store for your Windows 10 device, if you're on Sprint, you can wait until your monthly bill comes up to pay for that stuff. Boku, a company specializing in integrating third-party service charges into carrier bills, has expanded its agree with Microsoft to route Windows Store purchases for Windows 10 devices to carrier bills. ...

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    The report of the Sprint's demise has been greatly exaggerated, but boy, is it hard not to see red in yellow. It traded places with T-Mobile in the subscriber base wars and is still pretty far down the network speed ratings. Furthermore, it's going to have to continue a pattern of cost-cutting which may also involve "unlimited lite" plans and the obsolescence of real unlimited plans. And yet, Sprint has gone on and decided to reboot its "Cut Your Bill in Half" promotion from a year ago to take away users from the bigger three carriers in the country. Yes, even T-Mobile. And while it's been ...

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    While T-Mobile’s user base still stands at less than half of Verizon and AT&T’s subscriber counts, and Magenta’s call and data quality remain arguably mediocre, “innovative” services like Binge On, as well as super-convenient JUMP! On Demand deals, were bound to vastly improve the “Uncarrier’s” consumer satisfaction scores. Let’s not forget the John Legere-commanded wireless network outfit essentially paved the way for all “big four” operators to ditch contracts, or T-Mo’s frequent publicity stunts that may often seem childish, but almost always stay with you. ...

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    When we step back from Samsung's smartphone lineup and look at the phones beyond the flagship Galaxy S and Note series, what do we think about? The A-models like the newly refreshed Galaxy A3, A5, and A7? Sure, but those are far from the only more mid-range handsets Samsung's been cranking out, and this year we've also witnessed the debut of the first Galaxy J smartphones. Most recently that list grew to include the Galaxy J3, as we saw the phone launch in China. What about global release plans; would we ever run across that guy here in the States? As it turns out, we just might, as we get ...

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    They say holiday shopping is a marathon, not a sprint. They don’t? Well, they should, and we do. Especially nowadays, with many an electronics merchant hell-bent on taking your money before Thanksgiving, as soon as you wrap up your Turkey Day feast, days after, and then on and around Christmas. Forget the biggest shopping day of the year, as stores, chiefly online, are taken by storm practically throughout November and December. Still, December 1, 2014 was responsible all by its lonesome for a record-breaking $2.68 billion worth of e-sales in the US, and there’s no reason to expect any ...

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    Purchasing mobile gear of any kind around Turkey Day is always wise. Waiting until the last minute to score the best possible Black Friday deals is the complete opposite. Granted, the temptation may feel irresistible, but unless you want to risk getting body slammed by a fellow desperate bargain hunter for that coveted final discounted Apple Watch, it’s good to know beforehand what to expect from every retailer and how to avoid the holiday shopping frenzy. Luckily, many electronics merchants, actual device manufacturers and carriers included, have either already kicked off early Black ...

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    T-Mobile. The rebel in pink. The one that asks questions from everyone else first and then does things without asking itself first. At least, it seems, it doesn't ask itself some important questions. For its tenth Un-carrier move, CEO John Legere decided to do a thing — a solid, supposedly — for its customers by making video streaming within certain parameters free. Turns out that executives of two other US cell service providers are asking questions about that move. AT&T's Ralph de la Vega and Sprint's Tarek Robbiati were both at the Wells Fargo Securities Technology, Media & ...

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    To what extent do the promise of free subscription services affect your smartphone-buying decisions? Maybe one model comes with a ton of free cloud storage, or another bundles in access to some premium streaming music service? One of the more attractive deals we've seen in recent years has been Amazon's decision to give owners of the Fire Phone a free year of Amazon Prime – and when discounts made the Price of the phone comparable to the value of that Prime subscription itself, that deal grew even more tempting. The Fire Phone may be gone for good, but this idea of treating smartphone ...

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