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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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    By this time tomorrow, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ will be official. And if Samsung's own teasers weren't enough to convince you that those two devices will premiere on-stage at tomorrow's Unpacked event, not to mention the weeks and weeks of leaks and rumors zeroing in on the company’s launch plans, we've got a new leak to share with you that not only firmly makes the case that this pair is just about to be announced, but also shares details of a deal one carrier intends to offer its shoppers. The in-store poster you see above reveals a Sprint promo where customers can ...

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    In the big-business world of the US cellular market, it's not just sufficient to have more users than your peers: you also need people to know just how big a player you are, capitalizing on every chance you get to assert your position. That's why we saw T-Mobile so eager earlier this year to graduate from fourth place among major US networks to third, moving past Sprint in the process. And while T-Mobile believed it had what mattered to be considered number three at the time, the bookkeeping was a little wonky, and not everyone agreed on just how users should be counted. Well, six months ...

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    Adam Doud propped some major points against buying a new phone with your carrier in this weekend's debate post. If you haven't taken a look at his post, please do so to grab some context. But at this point, I think it's time for some B sides to this discussion. Not only a counterargument, but a hybrid proposal that could break your perception of the usefulness of a contract. No contract, but no credit Even though our "big four" carriers in the US are striding away from the model ever so slowly, in this day and age, we're really going to be missing out once the contract finally dies ...

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    There's been a lot of back and forth concerning the future existence, or lack thereof, of microSD card support on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 5, and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. Fueled by some reports that claimed Samsung will not offer microSD card support, these reports gained traction especially knowing that the current flagships, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge do not offer microSD card support either (why, that's a completely different story). Tablety.pl discovered the User Agent Profile for the upcoming phablets on Sprint's website, revealing some new information, as well as confirming ...

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    With summer in full swing, we already find ourselves looking forward to September, when events like IFA and Apple's anticipated new iPhone launch promise to deliver some of the hottest phones of the year. And while that's going to mean a lot of top-shelf hardware (with prices to match), we dare not forget just how large a market there is for more affordably priced gear. It's in that light that we turn to Sprint's latest announcement, as the carrier reveals plans to start selling the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime. The Grand Prime is a Samsung phone we've been tracking since last summer, when ...

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    I recently paid a visit to my childhood home in rural New York, and because I'm not a normal person, it stirred memories of telecom from days gone by. Between updating my parents' smartphones and walking around to determine which corners of town were still waiting for LTE, I saw quite a few older handsets strapped to the belts of the predominantly pragmatic locals, mixed in with the tourists' generally flashier iPhones and Galaxy S6s. It got me thinking about mobile phone features from years past, features we considered indispensable in the days of old but don't really give a hoot ...

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    Over the last month or two we've been spotting evidence for upcoming Motorola smartphones on multiple fronts: new Moto X, new Moto G, and maybe even some new Droid family members for Verizon. And while we don't yet have the full picture on what Motorola plans to release as we push further into Q3, a new FCC filing offers a preview of what might just be another new handset, and one armed with some broad cellular connectivity. What we have here is Motorola's model 5137. Measuring 153.6mm x 75.3mm, the handset looks to be a bit larger than 5.2-inch Moto X or Droid Turbo. That might put it in ...

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    Update (July 7, 6:00pm): Job finally done. Thanks for being patient. There's an Apple patent that might have us all sharing files with handshakes in the not-too-distant future. Sprint's new CEO is finally fed up with John Legere and recently said so on Twitter. Android is running on BlackBerry. And there's a 10,000 mAh (or 10Ah, if you prefer) smartphone out there that, judging from the photos, is not the size of a household refrigerator. All this news demands more than a quick blurb on the front page; it should be immortalized in the halls of podcast history, and that's what we're ...

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    John Legere is not only famous for turning T-Mobile around from that infamous carrier that almost gout acquired by AT&T, but also because he's very verbal about it. He's well known for going off at competitors publicly for mistreating customers with plans and contracts, and his main tool for these complaints is Twitter. Legere decided to tweet about Sprint's disappointments in its recent ad campaign, and it seems people got tired of it. It's extremely uncommon for any CEO to respond to negative comments about any company, and specially respond to tweets from John Legere, but Marcelo ...

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    Maybe it's because I'm still giddy from the change-high I got from my switch to T-Mobile earlier this year; maybe it's because I recently confessed to liking the Nexus 6 more than I did a few months ago; or maybe it's because I'm trying to save money after a lengthy spending spree ... but for the past 48 hours I've been practically obsessed with the notion of trying out Google's new wireless service, Project Fi. We reported on Project Fi, Google's North American virtual wireless carrier, back in April, and the service has been slowly growing ever since. For now, Project Fi is open ...

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    We've got good news for you, users of the HTC One M9 on Sprint. The Sprint HTC One M9 Android 5.1 Lollipop update will be rolling out later this week, on July 1, according to a company product manager. The update is the latest in a line-up of HTC updates – just today, we reported on the Desire EYE on AT&T getting the update to Android 5.0. And this additionally comes soon after the Sprint One M9 saw a discount to just $99 on-contract at the carrier. Versi notes that the 5.1 update does indeed bring camera improvements to the smartphone – improvements some may categorize as "most ...

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