Posts tagged with: Sprint
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    It’s no secret that the US currently trails way behind countries like Singapore, South Korea, Australia, Canada, the UK and even Romania, Oman or Latvia in real-life LTE performance, also failing to beat Korea, Japan, Hong Kong or Kuwait as far as high-speed mobile network coverage goes. But now mobile app intelligence platform Apteligent and industry analyst firm STL Partners have devised a simple tool called a mobile network experience index to provide further insight into just how much America’s big four carriers suck. Based on “a huge amount of real world information”, the ...

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    Could we be looking at double-digit share for Android 6.0 in distribution numbers before long? You’d think it’s about time, with the first Marshmallow OTA packages available for Nexus devices as far back as October 2015, and build N inching closer and closer to its own release. Unfortunately, last we heard from Google, there were still less than 5 percent of the world’s Androids on the newest OS flavor, so getting to 10 might actually take another few months. Then again, more and more immensely popular phones are updated to M, including on more and more major US carriers. Today’s a ...

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    If these numbers are anything to base conclusions on, we think that Sprint will have a hard time catching up to the speeding magenta motorcycle that is T-Mobile. Consumer Intelligence Research Partners has just analyzed the churn — where customers switch cell service from and to — through a survey of 500 participants who activated new service for the first quarter. CIRP compared results between AT&T, Sprint (with Boost Mobile), Verizon and T-Mobile (with MetroPCS). In terms of subscriber loss, Sprint leads the pack of four with a 27 percent gain relative to its numbers from the ...

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    It was just a short time ago that Sprint partnered with Amazon to deliver monthly Amazon Prime subscriptions as a third-party attachment to subscribers' cell service bills. Now, Amazon is doing its own thing and going for Netflix's jugular, right as the competitor is set to jack up prices. CNNMoney is reporting that an Amazon Prime subscription, in addition to being offered at an annual rate of $99, will now also be offered in two monthly forms: the Amazon Prime Video service will go for $8.99 while the full Amazon Prime package — complete with free two-day shipping, Prime Music and ...

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    The planet's tectonic plates have taken a large share of the world's attention this week and mobile technology-related firms have had to respond to these events. Japan Major earthquakes struck the southern Japanese island of Kyushu on Thursday and Saturday, just north of the city of Kumamoto. As of this post, rescue missions are continuing and growing in difficulty as time passes. But the business impacts of this tremor may make impact some 5,700 miles away in Cupertino. It comes to Apple's major CMOS imaging sensor provider, Sony, which shut down its Kumamoto plant on Friday and has kept ...

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    With yesterday's launch of the HTC 10, smartphone shoppers have a new flagship option to consider, joining the growing ranks of this season's heavyweights. And while these phones represent some attractive options, not everyone's got the resources to pay hundreds upon hundreds of dollars for the latest top-of-the-line handset. Luckily, there's no shortage of more affordable options to consider, and today we hear about the latest models descending upon Sprint's MVNO family, as Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA pick up a trio of Android handsets. First up, we've got the Samsung Galaxy J7. ...

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    When the spanking new HTC 10 went up for pre-order yesterday in the US straight from the Taiwanese device manufacturer, we couldn’t help but notice only unlocked, AT&T and T-Mobile variants were listed. Ironically, while that felt like a red flag for prospective buyers on Verizon or Sprint, it turns out AT&T is actually the carrier not on board with selling and subsidizing the “world class” camera phone. Ma Bell hasn’t exactly confirmed its lack of support, but HTC is “encouraging AT&T customers to purchase our unlocked model at HTC.com” in response to people’s ...

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    If you don't know why the term "ghetto" is socially unacceptable as a descriptive term (to say the least), perhaps you should look into our Further Reading link. Sprint looked to no one before publishing one of its videos from the Listening Tour that CEO Marcelo Claure is conducting across the nation. The order of any given clip would be for Claure to ask his panel about words that came to mind when mentioning a carrier. The clip in question came down to this one woman who said: Oh my god, the first word that came to my head was ... ghetto. The executive nods his head and says "yes," ...

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    BlackBerry CEO John Chen was looking to widespread carrier take-up of the company's first Android phone in order to make its long-suffering hardware unit profitable. AT&T wrenched out an exclusivity clause that meant a long wait for those wanting the Priv on Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. Struggling Sprint, though, may be turning its back on struggling BlackBerry. @CU4ABeer Sorry to say but we will no longer carry the BlackBerry PRIV. If this changes in the future we will update customers. JXC — Sprint Care (@sprintcare) April 8, 2016 Sprint corporate has yet to make an official ...

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    Hey, it's 2014 again! Remember that? Those were fun times with the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy S5 Active — or, if you're on Sprint, the Galaxy S5 Sport. Also, it's always fun to be able to pull up our old S Health review every once in a while. That was a fun bit we did. Anyways, to the news that Sprint has pulled off the Android Marshmallow update for both of the above Samsung phones. We know for sure that the Galaxy S5 has an update as one user has posted some screencaps to Android Police. Both product pages on Sprint's site have been changed to reflect an update with today's date on it. ...

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    Update: Welcome to the weekend! The full podcast is streamable just below the YouTube video. We'll have the podcast on the iTunes and RSS feeds starting from 3pm on April 8. Enjoy! We finally have the full scoop on those dual Leica cameras found on the Huawei P9! We'll try to figure out if LG's build quality criticisms will sink the G5, and is the end near for the Blackberry brand? We've been hard at work covering news stories and producing the next generation of phone reviews. We recently started a new series of videos delving deeper into camera performance and comparing mid range phones, ...

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    Sprint is looking for some more money to build out its Band 41 coverage. It also has some notes it has to pay off soon and you know what, that's kinda more pressing. So, in additional to its current $6 billion of liquidity and an additional $600 million in vendor financing availability, Overland Park has decided to grab $2.2 billion more through a low-interest agreement. The carrier has sold some of its network assets (altogether valued at about $3 billion) over to a collective of entities. Those entities will lease those assets back to Sprint at a percentage rate in the "mid-single ...

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    Trust us, we don't really think of Walmart as the first place we'd buy our smartphones from, but given the right circumstances, you just might. So, when Walmart goes out and says that it's discounting all stock of iPhones and Galaxy phones. Be it the iPhone SE or the iPhone 6s, heck, maybe even the iPhone 5c, you'll get $100 off. Galaxy S7? Galaxy S6? Galaxy S5 Active, even? Sure, those are $150 off. Here are the catches, though: the phone must be purchased on AT&T, Verizon or Sprint — Walmart was able to get agreements with those three carriers, but not T-Mobile — and must be ...

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    Apple’s “most stable” new software release “in years”? Please, iOS 9.3 has been riddled with the oddest bugs since day one, and while its first sub-point maintenance update managed to mend a few system flaws, at least another remains unfixed. What’s really infuriating is iPhone users on Sprint have been complaining both online and directly to the carrier about erratic connectivity for over a week now, and it took the Now Network all this time to even acknowledge the problem. They say an error confessed is half forgiven, but of course, Sprint needs to actually roll out a ...

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    Amazon Prime is $99 a year. Now you can get it as a third-party service on Sprint for... $131.88 a year. But the carrier has come to an agreement with Amazon to provide a monthly subscription fee of $10.99, tacked to your cell service bill. If you're looking for the convenience of paying for a pricey annual subscription at a more digestible monthly, if more expensive rate, this may be for you. If you don't rely on Amazon for more than the free two-day shipping and would like to keep Prime for the holiday shopping season, you have the option to hop in and out. You've got nine months out of ...

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    After Netflix surrendered to cable providers and paid up to connect to their servers, the movie streaming service has admitted to cramping down on traffic from the nation's two most popular carriers, AT&T and Verizon. Complaints have been filing into the two carriers, which have denied altering customers' streams, since last week. That was when T-Mobile CEO John Legere continued defending the carrier's Binge On zero-rated video streaming scheme which sets the maximum data rate for video to 1.5Mbps. Netflix announced that it streamed to AT&T, Verizon and many other global carriers' ...

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    It was definitely a little surprising to see Verizon get the Android 6.0 promotion ball rolling as far as US carrier-locked variants of Samsung devices are concerned, but Sprint is apparently hitting back with an even more unexpected pair of updates. In addition to the Galaxy Note 5, which we were anticipating would be renewed software-wise on the Now Network very soon, the S Pen-enabled phablet’s predecessor is also in the process of leaving Lollipop behind. That’s right, Sprint is reportedly refreshing the user experience simultaneously on the Galaxy Note 4 and Note 5. Many happy ...

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    The Galaxy S7 has had promo after promo after promo to boost its sales. LG has been trying to keep up with Samsung's shenanigans with a couple of its own tricks. US Cellular was the first carrier in the country to make its LG G5 offer known. AT&T pushed the envelope with a BOGO deal and a free battery. T-Mobile went all-out and put in the LG 360 CAM in the bag gratis. But it looks like Sprint — whose CEO has been a little hapless with Twitter today — will take the race at this stage with low prices and an accessory bundle. With the stipulation that you trade-in your current phone, ...

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    Apple may have only just confirmed the iPhone SE earlier this week, but we've been talking about the phone (under various names) for months now. It might not be that Apple smartphone that's generated the most leaks ever, but we sure heard plenty about this model in the time leading up to its launch. All the rumors, leaks, and early reports ultimately inspired Apple's fans to imagine just how this phone might take shape, and back in late February, designer Martin Hajek shared his own take on all that, bringing together three of the most popular rumored iPhone SE designs for a series of ...

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    You know how Samsung sometimes resorts to questionable humor and low blows in its generally entertaining anti-Apple publicity stunts, while Cupertino always takes the high road and never responds to its arch-rival’s ironies? Until a few days ago, we thought Verizon was seeking to employ a similarly diplomatic and defensive advertising strategy, outright ignoring Sprint and T-Mobile’s increasingly derogatory campaigns. But busting Big Red’s balls must have awakened the sleeping giant, which went on the counter-offensive on Friday with a pair of 30-second commercials starring none ...

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    While LG hasn’t been anywhere as quick as Samsung to roll out its newest flagship Android smartphone, you can’t really say the G5 waiting is killing you. It’s still early days, compared to how long it used to take to launch these bad boys worldwide, and you officially have two more weeks to go. What’s two weeks between friends (pun intended), when you’re looking at the world’s first modular handheld, and a bunch of freebies are in store? Namely, LG’s just confirmed, a complimentary battery “pack” and the CAM Plus module in select territories. Unfortunately, it seems ...

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    Too many smartphone manufacturers are content to churn out phone after uninspired phone, upgrading components with the latest tech and keeping up with the most recent OS build, but failing to give us anything that really feels “new.” So when Nextbit emerged with its crowfunded Robin, offering a phone that not only looked different from so many other handsets out there, but came with a compelling cloud-connected hook, we sat up and took notice. The hardware we ultimately got wasn't without a few flaws, but the whole Robin experience came together really well, and we found ourselves ...

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    Since pretty much all US residents aged 5 to 100 already own and regularly use a smartphone, wireless service providers are now doing their absolute best to get people to change their carrier. Everyone from Verizon to T-Mobile to AT&T is on a rival recruitment spree, covering outstanding balances and further giving out cash money, as well as a host of other incentives. It’s even better if you’re willing to trade a pre-owned but working handheld for a new device, though most of the times, you need the product you’re looking to abandon to be in mint condition. Not at US Cellular, ...

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    The fourth most popular wireless service provider stateside has two important deliveries for its Samsung-using subscribers. Speed addicts who absolutely need to own the best of the best at all times are looking at early Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge shipping, while folks content with yesterday’s “big thing” have Marshmallow goodies on their way OTA. Sprint is yet to confirm the Android 6.0 expansion to its Samsung Galaxy S6, and sightings of the update are still scarce. But clearly, it’s too late for any beta tests of sorts, so if one customer’s received M enhancements, a nationwide ...

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    If you happen to be on one of Sprint's prepaid networks, you might be able to catch up on the latest mobile flagship from Samsung if you have enough money for it. Boost Mobile will be first to introduce the 32GB Black Onyx Galaxy S7 to its shelves on March 11 before Virgin Mobile USA does on March 18. Both outlets will price the phone at $649.99, short of tax. While T-Mobile was the first major postpaid carrier to start shipping out phones to its customers, its prepaid subsidiary, MetroPCS, has yet to announce an exact date for when it will offer the Galaxy S7 up to customers. Source: ...

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