Posts tagged with: Sprint
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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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    HTC launched the One A9 just a little under two weeks ago, and nearly just as soon as the smartphone went official, the manufacturer began accepting pre-orders from customers. That's been the situation ever since, with the Marshmallow-running A9 going for just about $400, available unlocked directly from HTC. But today things start changing, and change can mean the arrival of both the good and the bad – that's certainly the case here with the One A9. Over the course of today and tomorrow we're seeing broader availability of the One A9 get underway, but at a very real cost. The good news ...

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    A decade ago, it was already clear that 3G speeds just weren't going to cut it for the future of mobile communication, and carriers started looking at their options for high-speed service. While many of them were getting the ball rolling on LTE, Sprint decided to take things in a slightly different direction, and got its 4G service started with WiMAX. In the end, though, WiMAX became something of a hold-over, and a few years back we saw Sprint begin transitioning away from WiMAX and towards the LTE-based network it offers today. But WiMAX wasn't quite gone for good, and Sprint's been ...

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    Sprint is not making money. It hasn't been for a while. It's also been losing subscribers. To an extent, it still is. That's why the company's taken a tougher attitude toward its customers' credit. It also hiked prices for services, added a new plan and has hinted at the demise of one-size-fits-all unlimited data. Sprint grabbed 237,000 postpaid phone subscribers during fiscal Q2, but lost 363,000 prepaid customers. Mixing in other postpaid devices plus wholesale and affiliate subscriptions, the net gain stands at 1.05 million subscribers. The earnings picture, though, looks less ...

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    Founded in Los Angeles just four years ago, Sprint MVNO FreedomPop is already looking to branch out after a successful Series B funding round which saw semiconductor giant Intel and a “strategic partner” invest big bucks in the still little known mobile phone service provider. Don’t jump to outlandish virtual reality or wearable-centric speculation though, as FreedomPop should remain very much focused on affordable smartphones sold without contractual obligations, on a Wi-Fi-first network. That’s right, the US and UK-involved carrier plans to release an exclusive handheld sometime ...

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    Globetrotters aren't just tall, athletic people with fancy finesse in twirling basketballs. They're people who travel across the earth for whatever reason, be it for pleasure or for work. T-Mobile has made multiple moves to support these kinds of people while Sprint has trailed behind the Un-carrier with its own free global roaming amenity. It's not much of an amenity, though, as it limits speeds in 60 countries down to 2G speeds or 64kbps. Well, make that 61. From Pinar del Rio to Baracoa, Cuba is now all yours to sprint across if you're on Sprint. CEO Marcelo Claure announced the ...

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    Nobody likes thinking twice every time they download an app, stream a video, or upload a photo to the cloud: am I still going to have enough data left this month? Sure, they can be hard to come by these days, but there's a lot of appeal to the idea of unlimited data plans, freeing us to take full advantage of everything our smartphones can offer. So when a carrier starts talking about a new unlimited data offering, and one with an incredibly low price, we find our interest quickly piqued. Today Sprint announced just such a plan, promising unlimited data for as low as $20 a month. If that ...

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    We've been talking for a bit about this spectrum auction that's going to happen early next year. Everyone's jockeying for the best position to either sell or buy pieces of the 600MHz block — the sellers are TV stations, the buyers are mobile network operators. Wondering where all of this is coming from? Here's a condensed history of the matter. TV In the US, previous to mid-2009, the overwhelming majority of TV stations broadcasted on Very High Frequencies, or VHF channels (channels 2 to 13, with a top frequency of 216MHz). Smaller operations or stations in areas of high VHF congestion ...

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    Comcast may have stomped all over T-Mobile's begging for an acquisition with this move, but it's a weird one, indeed. Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said in the Q3 company's earnings call that he is ready to act upon a three-year-old agreement with Verizon to set up as an MVNO using the latter's network. Test runs are scheduled after a required six-month waiting period. Where we are in that time frame is unknown. The 2011 agreement, in which Comcast gave Verizon spectrum, also allowed the Philadelphia-based telco the right to resell Verizon Wireless service on its cable packages. Comcast has ...

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    It wasn't long after we got news of the then-forthcoming availability of iOS 9 updates for existing Apple hardware that we saw the iPhone-maker get started sharing what was next, releasing the first public beta of iOS 9.1. In the weeks since, Apple's put the finishing touches in place, and today iOS 9.1 is finally ready to drop that beta label and start heading out to Apple mobile hardware around the world. What's new? Well, we already knew to expect support for Apple's latest devices, including the iPad Pro, but what about the hardware you have now? All those new emoji we heard were on ...

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    It sounds so promising: unlimited data. Our smartphones make it so easy to access the world's content whenever we choose to, so why wouldn't we want the freedom to consume it all, bandwidth tiers be damned? But the reality of the situation often finds users with unlimited data getting the short end of the stick from carriers, either by way of pretty serious rate hikes, or by threatening, if not to cut the tap of unlimited data entirely, to slow its output to a trickle. Today we learn of the latest limitation to befall smartphone users with unlimited data plans, as Sprint shares word of ...

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    Didja buy a Nexus 5X? How about that Nexus 6P? Did you buy it from Google? Did you buy it from Huawei? Do you know when you're getting yours? You might now as we're chasing tails on some updates from Reddit. First of all, if you want to buy your Nexus 6P from Sprint, sod it. It's not selling either of the phones. But the company's employee manual tells us that service reps will happily take your Nexus 6P on starting October 14 — that's Wednesday. That means some antsy buyers who chose next-day shipping may see their phones on the way by tomorrow. Of course, the date means little just ...

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    Confused by how US carriers are approaching Microsoft's new Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL? There's no way we could blame you, and following yesterday’s launch of the phones, uncertainty immediately descended upon reports of carrier interest. AT&T officially said it would be offering the Lumia 950, but then a now-refuted report claimed that the network would have an exclusive on both the 950 and the XL. Then T-Mobile spoke up, saying that only AT&T would be selling the 950 amongst carriers, but you were welcome to buy your phone from Microsoft and bring it to the TMo's network. Now a ...

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    We've been talking about HTC's Aero for over three months now, and with the company's next launch event coming up in a short two weeks, it appears to be nearly time for the phone to go official. Over those months we've managed to close in on a likely launch name for the handset, first talking about it as the A9, before evidence in late August suggested that the phone would be a One-series device: the One A9. While confidence in that name has been pretty high, especially thanks to the leak of some official-looking logos, there was always the chance HTC could end up going in a different ...

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    Ah, M&As. AT&T can pull one off with DirecTV. In modern history, T-Mobile batted one A and struck out on not just one, but two Ms. And its been playing around for more. Sprint was part of one of those failed hookups. In stark contrast to "Carrier Pink's" rising star, "Carrier Yellow's" fortunes are still on the slide. It might be the case that Sprint, the company which took a beating for its acquisition of Nextel and is getting life support from its current majority shareholder — at 82 percent — Softbank, is in greater need of one of these power moves. Marcelo Claure, Sprint ...

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    We had a source divulge some pricing details on the IFA-debuted and Tizen-based Samsung Gear S2 and now more wheels have come into motion on just what exactly is happening when and where. According to what's apparently an hours-long training video from Samsung Electronics America (it was taken down), the speaker informs us that the standard, Bluetooth-connected Gear S2 will make its way to the shelves of Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular on October 2. Sprint won't be part of the launch and it isn't clear from neither Samsung nor Sprint if and when the carrier will get this ...

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    So far, so good for Nextbit. Make that "goody good" as of this post because its Kickstarter fund for the Robin smartphone has attained nearly double the original goal of $500,000. And after a rousing unveiling during IFA and a further fleshing of the details at CTIA, we're looking at an interesting development that could set this crowdfunded phone apart from others like YotaPhone, Fairphone and others. In an update to their Kickstarter page, the project team said they were looking into, but not confirming that they are building a version of Robin supporting Verizon and Sprint, the US's ...

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