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Sprint opens up 30 day risk-free trial of its improved network

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Sprint is not done getting some attention today. After launching HD Voice and expanding its 4G LTE network along with Sprint Spark, the carrier is welcoming anyone to try them out for 30 days risk-free. Don’t like what Sprint has to offer? Get your money back. This includes everything like service and upgrade fees. This 30 day risk-free trial program begins June 27.

Sprint’s HD Voice compatibility is now spanning across more than sixty smartphones (including prepaid). They have lit up 4G LTE in twenty-eight new markets, covering 471 cities and 225 million people. And their Sprint Spark has been activated in three new markets. Not too bad for a company that is on the verge of merging with another carrier.

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Sprint Celebrates America’s Newest Network with a Satisfaction Guarantee Offering Wireless Users a 30 Day Risk-Free Trial

All-new network gains momentum with nationwide launch of HD Voice, expansion of 4G LTE and Sprint Spark service

CHICAGO (BUSINESS WIRE), June 23, 2014 - Sprint (NYSE:S) today announced nationwide availability of HD Voice, as well as 28 new 4G LTE markets and three new Sprint Spark™ markets. To mark the milestones and the network’s improved performance, Sprint also announced a satisfaction guarantee inviting users to experience Sprint service risk-free for 30 days.

“We believe customers will be delighted with the Sprint retail experience, our customer service, and the performance of America’s newest network,” said Dan Hesse, Sprint Chief Executive Officer, “so we’re guaranteeing it.”

After a complete rip-and-replace overhaul of its 3G network and the deployment of 4G LTE in 471 markets, Sprint has transformed its network to deliver faster data speeds and improved call quality, with a marked decrease in dropped and blocked calls. New market launches, coverage expansions, and technical network advancements will continue in the coming months.

Today’s network milestones include:

  • Nationwide availability of Sprint HD Voice, a new Sprint standard for crystal-clear voice calls. Sprint’s HD Voice provides a fuller, more natural-sounding voice, plus noise-cancelling technology that virtually eliminates background noise from places like busy roads or crowded restaurants.1 Sprint currently supports 28 HD Voice-capable postpaid smartphones and 33 prepaid phones. The company estimates approximately 16 million customers are currently using an HD Voice enabled device.
  • 4G LTE in 28 new markets, including Seattle, Cleveland, and San Jose, bringing Sprint’s nationwide 4G LTE footprint to 471 cities covering more than 225 million people. Sprint expects to reach 250 million with 4G LTE coverage by mid-year.
  • Sprint Spark in three new markets (St. Louis, Winston-Salem and Greensboro, N.C.). Sprint Spark is an enhanced LTE service that’s built for data and designed to deliver average wireless speeds of 6-15Mbps and peak wireless speeds of 50-60Mbps today on capable devices, with increasing speed potential over time. Sprint plans to reach 100 million people by year-end with the service. The capability is available in the following 27 cities: Austin, Texas; Baltimore; Chicago; Dallas; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Fort Worth, Texas; Houston; Jacksonville, Fla.; Kansas City, Kan./Mo.; Los Angeles; Miami; New York; Newark, N.J.; Oakland, Calif.; Orlando, Fla.; Philadelphia; Provo, Utah; Salt Lake City; San Antonio; St. Louis; Tacoma, Wash.; Tampa, Fla.; Trenton, N.J; Waukegan, Ill.; Winston-Salem and Greensboro, N.C., and West Palm Beach, Fla.
  • 8T8R radios will soon be deployed for improved coverage and signal strength. The new 8T8R radios transmit more data and boost network reliability, giving Sprint Spark customers better coverage and higher data speeds at 2.5GHz. Sprint is currently field testing its 8T8R equipment and expects to begin commercial deployment this summer.
  • International WiFi calling, slated to be available in the coming weeks, will enable customers to make calls and send texts via WiFi in more than 100 countries. The service makes mobile communications possible virtually anywhere in the world and in nearly any network situation.

A Better Experience – Guaranteed

The satisfaction guarantee provides wireless users a risk-free experience of Sprint’s improved network, exclusive Framily plan, and unique services. If customers aren’t completely satisfied with the Sprint experience within the first 30 days, Sprint will refund the cost of their device and waive all service and activation charges.

The satisfaction guarantee is available beginning June 27 to new consumers and select small corporate liable customers who activate a new line of service at a Sprint company owned store or preferred retailer, by calling 1-800-SPRINT1 or using www.sprint.com/network. The guarantee is available to current customers adding new lines of service in a Sprint store, online at sprint.com or by calling 1-800-SPRINT1.

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Galaxy S5 Sport announced by Sprint; Slight design change over the S5 Active

If you can’t have the exclusive on one model, why not create another? That seems to be the approach with the latest line of Galaxy S5 devices that have been announced for Sprint. The spec sheet gives all the same details as the exclusive Galaxy S5 Active that AT&T has the exclusives over currently. If […]

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Sprint expands LTE service to 28 more cities

Sprint has announced an expansion of their 4G LTE service, adding 28 new markets. Cities added today include San Jose, Cleveland, and Seattle. With this expansion, Sprint now has LTE coverage in 471 cities. You can view the full list of covered cities here.



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Sprint Adds 28 New LTE Markets, 3 Spark Markets, Launches HD Voice Nationwide, And Intros 30-Day Risk-Free Trials Of Network

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Sprint unleashed a slew of network announcements this morning at a press conference in Chicago, and for the most part, it’s just the news you’d expect: more LTE, more Spark, and more HD voice.

The 28 markets aren’t listed individually, but Seattle, Cleveland, and San Jose all saw expansions, and Sprint brought its LTE coverage count to 471 cities today. The company plans to cover 250 million people with its LTE network by mid-year, up from 225 million now.

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Sprint introduces international WiFi calling, 30-day service trials and stronger cell towers

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Rounding out Sprint’s long list of announcements today (earlier we learned about the Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport and new markets for 4G LTE and Sprint Spark) are three changes that are sure to catch your eye. First up is international WiFi calling: you’ll be able to use WiFi networks to make calls in over 100 countries abroad, so if cellular service isn’t quite “right” where you’re staying simply hop onto a WiFi network and do your bidding. Sprint hasn’t given an exact date as to when this feature will be available or if this will be a staggered rollout, though we’re told to be on the lookout for it in the “weeks to come.”

Next up, Sprint is offering 30-day risk free trials to anyone who wants to give the network a run and see if it’s strong enough for their needs. It can be seen as a direct response to T-Mobile’s latest Uncarrier moves which allows you to borrow an iPhone for a bit and take the ol’ network for a spin. Sprint has to be super confident in their network as they offer a 100% money back guarantee, no questions asked (we’re sure they’re at least going to ask you what you thought of your time on the network, though).

Finally, the carrier revealed new 8T8R cellular radios for their towers. These radios promise to push a stronger and more reliable signal over the company’s 2.5GHz spectrum (the one that did a good bit of the heavy lifting before Sprint Spark came along). This should result in even faster speeds across the board, though it will take time to get the deployments going. Commercial availability of the new performance is expected to be made available later this summer.

These announcements aren’t quite bringing the same level of “ZOMG” as T-Mobile’s Uncarrier movement tends to, but if this is the result of T-Mobile pushing other carriers to compete then we hope there’s a lot more where it came from.

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Sprint updates Moto X to Android 4.4.3

Sprint is updating its Moto X smartphone from Motorola with the Android 4.4.3 KitKat operating system. The Sprint release follows the earlier release of Android 4.4.3 on the T-Mobile and developer unlocked editions of Motorola’s flagship smartphone. According to Sprint, the update will be rolling out in waves, so don’t fret if you don’t see an update notification on your Moto X right away.



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Sprint’s Galaxy Mega Gets Updated to Android 4.4.2

Samsung’s Galaxy Mega on Sprint is the latest device to receive Android 4.4.2 “Kit Kat,” software version L600VPUANE4. AT&T’s was the first Mega variant to see the love, but Sprint has been leading the charge for the most part when it comes to Kit Kat and Samsung devices. The fact that they were a step slow on a device that is probably a little lower on the importance meter is OK.

Sprint didn’t list a changelog, but they are all the same for Samsung devices at this point. The changelog from AT&T’s Mega update will probably give us a pretty good feel for it. 

  • On-device memory status and profiling
  • Camera shortcut in Lock screen
  • Unified Location Menu
  • User can set preferred Network & Automatic in security policy update
  • Home and Message application default option
  • GMS applications update (GMS 4.4.2_r2).
  • Wireless Printing enabled
  • Video player closed captioning
  • Additional application and settings options

To check for the update, head into Menu>Settings>More>System update>Update.

Be sure to keep up-to-date on all the latest Kit Kat updates.

 

Via:  Sprint

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Sprint Samsung Galaxy S5 Gains Wi-Fi Calling

Folks who still use their smartphone to talk to people, take note: if you have the Sprint variant of the Samsung Galaxy S5, you can expect Wi-Fi calling in an update.

Wi-Fi calling grants you unlimited minutes and texts by switching to VoIP and internet-based messaging when you’re connected to a wireless access point. Sprint has remained committed to bringing the feature out to as many devices as possible, adding it to the Note 3 in April and the Galaxy Mega and S4 Mini in March. 

The OTA (G900PVPU1ANE5) is scheduled for rollout today. To download it manually, navigate to Settings > System > System Update > Update now. 

Via: Sprint

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Sprint Galaxy S5 getting an update with WiFi calling

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Sprint’s version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 is now receiving a minor update. As is the case with updates of this nature, there are no big surprises in tow. But one crucial inclusion is the addition of WiFi Calling. Bug fixes and performance improvements are included as well. The update will change the software version to G900PVPU1ANE5.

The addition of WiFi Calling essentially means that you can connect to a nearby WiFi network and make unlimited calls and texts using VoIP, thus saving a large sum on cellular fees. Sprint has added support for three other Samsung devices over the course of the months, so it’s no surprise that Samsung’s flagship smartphone is getting the update too.

Sprint will begin the roll out today and it could take a couple of days or even longer to appear on all compatible devices. If you’re particularly impatient to get WiFi Calling on your Sprint Galaxy S5, you can try getting the update manually by navigating to Settings – System – System Update and tap on Update Now to check if it’s available.

Source: Sprint

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Sprint Reaches New Deal with Regional Carriers to Expand Roaming 4G LTE Coverage Across the Country

In an effort to provide more 4G LTE coverage to more people around the country, Sprint has inked a deal with several regional providers to help give them the spectrum they need. These new carriers will now be able to offer their customers new areas of 4G signal in places where it is hard to build out. This new deal will expand over a population of 34 million people, now able to pull down those great 4G speeds.

This announcement comes as a part of the Rural Roaming Preferred Program and includes 23 different states. The list of carriers that are on board with Sprint is pretty long:

  • SouthernLINC Wireless
  • nTelos
  • C Spire Wireless
  • Nex-Tech Wireless
  • Flat Wireless
  • SI Wireless dba MobileNation
  • Inland Cellular
  • Carolina West Wireless
  • James Valley Telecommunications
  • VTel Wireless
  • Phoenix Wireless

Customers in the areas covered by these regional carriers will soon be able to access the more robust Sprint network in areas that were not covered so well before. This deal lets the regional carriers have a taste of 4G LTE and gives them an opportunity to see how their market uses it should they want to make their own 4G road map down the line.

Via: Sprint

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Sprint expanding LTE roaming to more rural and regional carriers

Sprint has signed agreements with 12 carriers to expand the LTE footprint of everybody involved. The dozen carriers, all smaller regional and rural networks, cover 34 million Americans not touched by Sprint’s fledgling LTE network. The roaming agreements will expand Sprint’s LTE coverage into those areas, as well as giving those carriers access to Sprint’s network.



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Sprint Joining With Other Carriers For More LTE Coverage

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If you’re on Sprint, you know their LTE coverage isn’t the best. But now Sprint is partnering with 12 carriers to give everyone involved more LTE coverage. The partnership gives LTE to 34 million more Americans who don’t already have Sprint LTE.

This is a roaming partnership though, so you won’t be part of the regular Sprint network. But the partners for this agreement are as follows:

  • C Spire Wireless
  • Carolina West Wireless
  • Flat Wireless
  • Illinois Valley Cellular
  • Inland Cellular
  • James Valley Telecommunications
  • Nex-Tech Wireless
  • nTelos
  • Phoenix Wireless
  • SI Wireless dba MobileNation
  • SouthernLINC Wireless
  • VTel Wireless

Combined these carriers cover 325,000 square miles across 23 different states. These will help Sprint customers very much. If you’re a Sprint customer, are these agreements helping you get LTE?

Source: Sprint via Android Central

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Sprint pushing software update to HTC One (M8), improves network connectivity

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Sprint owners of the HTC One (M8), head over to the Software Update menu. The carrier is currently pushing an update the HTC’s 2014 flagship. The update improves upon network connectivity, for both voice and data connections. The software version is 1.54.651.10 and Sprint says the update is being deployed in batches. In other words, this is another staged rollout.

Source: Sprint

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Sprint nearing deal to purchase T-Mobile for $40 per share, according to reports

Sprint and T-Mobile may actually, finally (no, really this time) be ready to announce a deal in which Sprint would take over its rival. According to reports from Bloomberg and Reuters, the carriers are nearing a deal where Sprint would buy T-Mobile for almost $40 per share, comprised of half stock and half cash. That’s a total deal north of $32 billion, and a solid premium over the current price of T-Mobile, which has hovered around $34 per share ($27.5 billion valuation) recently.

Deutsche Telekom, the parent company of T-Mobile that currently holds 67 percent of its stock, reportedly wanted above $40 per share but has come to an agreement with Sprint’s parent company SoftBank somewhere just shy of the number. In the end DT would retain roughly 15 percent of T-Mobile’s stock after the deal, meaning Sprint would then have a controlling share of the company.



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Report: Sprint and T-Mobile have agreed to merger valued at $32 billion

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Oh, man. According to reports out of Bloomberg and the WSJ,  Sprint is close to reaching an agreement to acquire T-Mobile for a summertime merger. The proposed deal could run SoftBank around $50 billion, leaving T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom with only a 15% stake in the company, while Sprint gains 50% stock (around $40 a share) and 50% cash.

Of course, all of this is subject to regulatory approval but sources close to the matter say they’re planning for a July announcement. Similar to the deal T-Mobile made with AT&T, if it falls through, Sprint could be paying around $1 billion simply for trying.

We’re really trying to weigh out the positives and negatives and we have to say, it’s too early to freak out. How would you guys feel about reports that T-Mobile could be merging with Sprint? Could there possibly be a bright side to all this?

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Report: Sprint and T-Mobile have agreed to terms of a merger

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Oh, man. According to reports out of Bloomberg, Sprint is close to reaching an agreement to acquire T-Mobile for a summertime merger. The proposed deal could leave T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom with only a 15% stake in the company, while Sprint gains 50% stock and 50% cash. Sources close to the matter say they’re planning for a July announcement. Should the deal gain regulatory approval, may God help us all.

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AT&T HTC One M7 now getting Sense 6 update

AT&T has joined Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile by offering a Sense 6 update to their HTC One M7. Some of our people in the forums have already spotted the rollout on their devices, and marks the last of the major American carriers to get the update. Worldwide, we’ve already seen this update come to Canada and Europe.



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Sprint offering open enrollment for device protection packages all throughout June

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In preparation for the summer, where at least some of you will accidentally drop your new smartphone in a pool, Sprint is offering open enrollment for device protection packages for both prepaid and postpaid customers. The protection plan will cover any damage done to the phone, including drops, cracks, spills, or water damage, as well as the device being lost, or stolen. Plus, Sprint’s protection program will also secure you against losing any important data on your device.

Prepaid customers can opt-in for $7 a month, while contract customers pay between $8 and $13 a month, depending on the device. The Total Equipment Protection Plus that includes data backup and support for wiping and securing lost or stolen phones is a bit extra, but if you’re prone to losing devices, it’s not a bad option.

If you’ve got a Sprint device that’s lacking any kind of insurance, you have until the end of June to get this set up on your device. Now’s a great time to take advantage of it.

source: Sprint

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Sprint to Host Press Event June 23, Claims “This is Happy Connecting”

Sprint announced a press event this afternoon, set to take place in Chicago the Monday before Google I/O (6/25), on June 23. On the invite, Sprint states “this is happy connecting,” which could only point to a type of network enhancement they are ready to unveil. 

On the invite, we see a cell tower pumping out content, which is stringed together with lines. What could Sprint be announcing? More 4G LTE? Expansion of HD Voice?

We shall see soon enough, but until then, throw your ideas below.

 

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Sprint Announces Open Enrollment For Prepaid And Postpaid Device Protection Plans All This Month

sprint-nextel1-639x673Open enrollment is apparently not just for health insurance anymore. Sprint has decided to offer all current customers the option of enrolling in Total Equipment Protection (TEP) during the month of June. Yes, even if you bought your phone many moons ago.

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Phone insurance through carriers is often a mediocre deal, but you’ll be happy to have it in the event you do break a phone. Replacement devices are much more expensive than a deductible.

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Android 4.4 KitKat rolling out to Sprint’s Galaxy Note 2

Sure, the Galaxy Note 3 has received an update to the latest version of Android in March, but what about its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 2? After outlining that the device would be receiving the KitKat update later this month, Samsung is making good on its promise by rolling out the update to Sprint’s Galaxy Note 2.



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T-Mobile apparently carries LG G3 with 3 GB RAM, Sprint hints at $600 price

It’s weird. We thought we knew everything there was to know about LG’s G3 prior to the big unveil on Tuesday, and now that the smartphone is official, we realize there are still variables to the equation. Not many, but big. Make-or-break kind of question marks.

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Namely, exactly what markets will be getting what version of the G3, and for how much? Confused? Let me jog your memory. To appease both power users and prospective buyers on tighter budgets, LG announced two slightly distinct flavors of its latest flagship device.

One would go all-in on power and memory, with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB built-in storage, while the other would keep things a smidge more humble, thanks to only 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal space. Depending on the price gap, the former is poised to be in higher demand, as long as LG doesn’t get wild ideas and makes it exclusive to certain Asian countries, as a number of tipsters suggested.

Which thankfully isn’t the case, according to info pulled from T-Mobile USA’s website. The Uncarrier, like Sprint, AT&T and Verizon, has a placeholder page live, staying mum on shipping dates and pricing, but promising the handheld will become available “soon”.

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They also list a thorough spec sheet, which includes among others, you guessed it, 3 GB RAM and 32 GB ROM. Sooo, can we assume all US carriers will offer the top config? Not so fast. Sprint, which doesn’t detail specs, pegs G3’s ARV (Approximate Retail Value) at $599.99 in its sweepstakes’ rulebook.

Sounds too good to be true for a model packing 3/32 GB, and it probably is. Ergo, I reckon the Now Network may settle for the lower-end variation. Unless the ARV isn’t to be trusted. After all, it is an approximation, and one made for tax purposes, so it’s wise to view it with caution.

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Back to T-Mo, I wouldn’t get my hopes very high for a “reasonable” price tag. At best, $650. $700 is a possibility too, although it feels steep. And might hurt LG’s chances to truly challenge the likes of Samsung and HTC.

Remember, all signs point to a US commercial launch in late June, and Sprint has exclusive rights over the “Shine Gold” flavor. Pre-orders aren’t live yet, but pre-registrations to get notifications are. And yes, Sprint awards a G3 copy a day to an enthusiastic LG fan through July 11. Good luck.

Via [T-Mobile], [Sprint]

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Sprint HTC One M7 gets Sense 6 update today

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The Sprint HTC One M7 is receiving a great upgrade today. It’s the Sense 6 update that everyone has been waiting for. Sense 6 brings Android 4.4.2 KitKat and some nice enhancements to the overall user experience. Namely, you’ll be treated to new design tweaks, an improved BlinkFeed experience, an improved gallery and an improved HTC TV app.

There’s no word on how big this upgrade is just yet, but it’s safe to hop onto a WiFi network and charge your battery to a reasonable level. You’ll be looking for version 5.03.651.3. You can head to the settings menu and check for it yourself, though note that this might be a staggered update and there’s a chance you won’t be able to pull it down right away. Let us know how it is once you’ve gotten it!

[via Sprint]

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Sense 6 update rolling out to Sprint’s HTC One today

Sense 6 update rolling out to Sprint's HTC One today

Earlier this month, Sprint started rolling out an update that brought HTC’s new Sense 6 interface to the One max. Today, the carrier is focusing on the original One flagship, bringing its software up to par with most of what we see on the HTC One M8. The update will bump the software version of the phone to 5.03.651.3, and should begin rolling out later in the day.

Sense 6 brings a refined user interface that is flatter and more colorful, improved BlinkFeed, a redesigned camera app (though without any Duo camera effects), Extreme Power Saving Mode, themes, and personalized fonts. The TV app will also be updated, and users should see an increase in performance as well, considering Sense 6 has been designed to be lighter than previous iterations.

The Verizon variant of the HTC One is also slated to get Sense 6 this week, though the rollout hasn’t yet started. The T-Mobile and unlocked/developer editions have already been enjoying all the Sense 6 goodness, and it shouldn’t be long before AT&T announces the update for its own variant.

Any of our readers using a Sprint HTC One seeing the update yet?

Source: Sprint

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LG G3 launching through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon starting next month

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The LG G3 has just been officially announced by LG at an event held in London. The manufacturer has now announced that the smartphone will be available through all four major carriers in the U.S. such as AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. Pricing details haven’t been specified at the moment, but we expect the handset to break cover by the end of June.

T-Mobile claims that the G3 will be available in Summer while AT&T simply mentions that the handset will be launched later this year, which could mean anything. But given the urgency among carriers to launch a flagship product, we don’t think AT&T will like to miss out on launch time action.

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It is said that Sprint will be bringing the Shine Gold variant of the smartphone as an exclusive to the U.S., which should be something to look forward to. We can expect both Verizon and Sprint to launch the LG G3 sometime next month along with the T-Mobile and AT&T models.

The LG G3 will feature a 5.5 inch 2K display, a 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 chipset, 2/3GB of RAM depending on markets, 16/32GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot, a 13-megapixel camera with OIS+ and Laser Auto Focus, Android 4.4.2 KitKat and a 3,000 mAh battery.

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Sprint, Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile confirm plans to offer the LG G3 [Update]

Talk about the LG G3 at AndroidForums.com

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The first couple of carriers getting their paws on the LG G3 have come forth and revealed plans. Both AT&T and T-Mobile have announced that the device will be coming later this year. No further details could be had unfortunately, though T-Mobile did want folks to know that their carrier would be the only place to get a G3 before it launches, as they’ll be giving one away every day through June 29th (which we hope is the day it’ll launch to the public).

AT&T’s launch window is simply “later this year,” while T-Mobile’s is “this summer.” It’s safe to say we should be seeing these at some point starting next month, though it’s never wise to count on anything other than hard confirmation.

We’re expecting Verizon and Sprint to make their respective announcements shortly, so don’t feel too peeved that they haven’t chimed in just yet. Find everything you need to know about the LG G3 right here.

[Update]: And you can add Sprint and Verizon into the mix. The former says they will exclusively offer the golden option (something Sprint has been quite find of as of late). Now we’re just waiting on pricing details.

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Stoke your inner Midas with a gold Samsung Galaxy S5

T-Mobile and Sprint have announced that the Samsung Galaxy S5 in gaudy gold will be available in stores starting May 30. The Galaxy S5 is still going for free and around $27/month over 24 months. Sprint is offering a free gold Samsung HM1900 Bluetooth headset if you go with them. Samsung has additionally informed us that the gold Galaxy S5 will be available on AT&T, Verizon, and US Cellular starting on May 30th.



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Gold Galaxy S5 arriving on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon on May 30th

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Golden smartphones aren’t exactly the most sought-after in the market today, but manufacturers believe that launching every flagship in a gold color variant will do something to change that trend. If you’re one of the few who craves a smartphone in a gold shade, well, then you might want to hang on till May 30th before making a purchase, as the gold Galaxy S5 will be making its debut on all major US carriers on that day. 

Samsung has announced the the golden model of its latest flagship will arrive on Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T and US Cellular on the day before the month’s end. The new color will also be available in Samsung’s Experience Shops in Best Buy stores, and from Verizon through certain indirect retailers. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but you can expect the gold Galaxy S5 to cost the same as the blue, black or white variants. The hardware will also remain unchanged, so that means you get a 5.1-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display , 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 16-megapixel camera, fingerprint and heart scanners, and a 2,800 mAh battery, all packed into a body that is IP67 certified for water- and dust-resistance.

On the software side, there’s Android 4.4 KitKat, with a cleaner and flatter version of Samsung’s TouchWiz UX. The phone comes with unique software features such as Ultra Power Saving Mode, Download Booster (though this is disabled on all but the T-Mobile variant), and S Health, and support for the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartphones.

Via: Samsung

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Sprint fined $7.5 million by the FCC for Do-Not-Call violations

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America’s third largest carrier, Sprint has landed into new trouble as the FCC has fined them $7.5 million for Do-Not-Call related violations. Customers have reportedly been getting calls from telemarketers and other ad groups despite opting to be put on the Do-Not-Call list, which is why Sprint has been pulled up by the FCC.

It is said that the fine levied on Sprint is the biggest ever for such a violation, so it seems like Sprint hasn’t been adhering to the regulations for quite a while. They have been asked to name a new Senior Manager to ensure that rules aren’t violated henceforth. The carrier is also expected to start a training program to make sure that customer requests are honored and such mistakes do not occur again.

If the carrier makes any violations in the future, they will have to be reported to the FCC. The authorities are expecting a report from Sprint on this within 90 days, followed by yearly reports for the next couple of years. It’s clear that Sprint is in the wrong here as the fine imposed on the carrier is substantially bigger than what’s usually associated with such violations.

Source: FCC

Via: Phone Scoop

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Now Available via Boost and Virgin Mobile


Samsung Galaxy S5 sells 10 million units in 25 daysWe knew it was coming. Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile have both said that they would be launching the Samsung Galaxy S5 with the typical “Coming Soon” tag and landing pages/social shares. Finally, Sprint has made the official announcement that makes the Galaxy S5 officially available for both non-contract carries. The difference between the two won’t be in the price tag for the device, you will be looking at a cool $599.99 to pick one up. Your price differences will come from the plan offerings on the two.

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Virgin MobileAnyone out there looking at heading to Boost or Virgin and dropping some bills for a Galaxy S5?

Source: Sprint Newsroom



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