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    Over the past few years, US carriers have been changing up the way they sell us smartphones … and we want to say “for the better,” but is it? At least, while long-term service contracts and the subsidized prices that go with them have fallen out of fashion, phone-buying is still far from a straightforward process, with installment plans and leases continuing to distract us from those cold, hard sticker prices. But while things might not be perfect, at least we can all agree that we're better off without contracts, right? Well, we thought we were at a consensus, especially after ...

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    So, it's out. The Xiaomi Mi 5, that is. And it's out all over the world, minus the places we've wanted to see it appear. So, what's up? Well, we now know about what you can expect if you decide to import the phone and that's nearly full LTE coverage. In fact, the Mi 5 has nearly all the bands it would need to operate on the four major US networks. This is, like, Nexus or iPhone level stuff we're talking about here. Here's the full listing of what the phone has to offer. LTE: B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/18/19/20/25/26/27/28/29/38/39/40/41 TD-SCDMA: B34/39 WCDMA: B1/2/5/8 CDMA2000: BC0/1 ...

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    “The Next Galaxy” is (almost) here, and in addition to refined designs, a bunch of incremental hardware upgrades, as well as the return of water protection and microSD support, the S7 and S7 Edge apparently aim to stand out with an unusually early pre-order start and, best of all, freebies. No more waiting months on end to see the latest flagships discounted. This year, they offer phenomenal bang for buck off the bat, at least stateside, where they’re bundled with gratis Gear VR headsets. Also, a 6-pack virtual reality game package, and a full 12 months of Netflix, if you choose to ...

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    Mobile World Congress may be an international event, but when we're talking about big-name Android flagships, you'd better believe that the major US carriers are taking interest in these new phones, no matter where they're announced. LG just took to the stage in Barcelona to get the expo started with its first headliner launch, introducing the metal, modular G5. We've already gone hands-on with the smartphone, its accessories, and even had the chance to compare it with last year's V10. As we get ready to take a more in-depth look at the G5, we're already hearing reports of US carrier ...

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    It’s a great time to buy a new high-end Android handheld or iPhone and activate it on America’s second largest wireless service provider, despite the wave of spring launches needing a few more days to get started. You have a couple of days to decide if it’s worth ditching your carrier for AT&T too, but it feels like a no-brainer when you’re offered up to $650 with eligible smartphone trade-ins, plus a free Samsung Galaxy S6 or iPhone 6s upon the purchase of an identical or pricier model. Wait, so the two deals can be combined? You bet, and you’re not even required to plunk ...

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    It’s certainly been a bittersweet past six months or so for the Now Network, which fell behind arch-rival T-Mobile in subscriber numbers and was forced to lay off thousands of employees, but that now shows usage and financial improvements, as lengthy contracts are finally discarded. Sprint seems to be doing a respectable job in software updates for recent phones locked to its network as well, while marketing efforts continue to be focused on prospective recruitment of both users and workers for the competition. Meanwhile, the fourth largest mobile operator stateside also understandably ...

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    The biggest football game of the year was probably a little less hotly contested than neutral fans may have wished for, but the publicity wars were as fierce as ever, with millions of dollars spent by companies as diverse as Audi, Budweiser, Buick, Coca Cola, Hyundai, LG, Pantene, Pepsi, Snickers, and T-Mobile on special effects, fancy sets, and especially celebrity cameos. It’s obviously hard to pick just one overall advertising winner, but when it comes to your wireless service providers, T-Mobile unsurprisingly prevailed once again. Granted, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint contained ...

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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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