With Sprint posting a big quarterly loss last month despite beating revenue estimates, it should come as no surprise that the carrier that just can’t quite get out of that lowly fourth spot is looking to shake things up, according to a leaked memo. In a move that brings more than a little feeling of deja vu, Sprint is purportedly doing away with two-year contracts just a few months after bringing them back. Read more
FreedomPop has launched a brand new SIM card for US customers that includes zero-rated WhatsApp access. Long story short, that means this SIM will allow you to use WhatsApp without incurring any data charges. This isn’t a first for WhatsApp, but is is the first time that it’s been offered in the US. Read more
The Note 7 technically isn’t officially available for a few more days, but you know that doesn’t always stop carriers from jumping the gun a little bit early. This time around it looks like it’s Verizon and T-Mobile that have started shipping Samsung’s latest and greatest to early buyers, which is good news if you’re itching to get your hands on one. We’ve heard that the Note 7 is doing really well with preorders, so this news should make many people very happy. Read more
Through Alcatel, MetroPCS is getting an exclusive budget phone to offer to its customers.
It’s beginning to look like the HTC 10 is gone for good on T-Mobile. The device disappeared last month, but reappeared on the carrier days after. Now, the HTC 10 has been removed from the site yet again, but this time, a T-Mobile representative is saying it’s gone for good.
On Thursday, Republic Wireless announced a new Bring Your Own Phone (BYOP) program that welcomes outsiders to its service without having to purchase an in-house device. It’s just not an all-inclusive program, however, because you can’t simply take any phone and pair it with the carrier’s SIM cards for immediate use. Republic Wireless is starting this program with a small number of accepted devices.
Traveling abroad takes a fair amount of planning, with a major question being how to send texts, make calls, and access mobile data without being charged an arm and leg by your carrier. Three UK has offered its “Feel at Home” program for a while now, allowing its users to roam networks in 18 countries freely without added expense. The UK carrier has now added a further 24 countries to the mix, making it a total of 42 countries covered. Read more
Charter Communications, one of the largest telecommunications companies in the United States, is getting to its entry in wireless industry. The company is now heavily considerating activating a deal with Verizon that would allow it to operate as an MVNO with an already-existing network.
Reddit likes to snoop around when new phones launch, and according to a T-Mobile display phone, it looks like the Galaxy Note 7 might have some hidden tricks left to show everyone. A setting hidden away in the phone suggests that the new Note will support 4×4 MIMO for faster and more reliable network connections, assuming a carrier supports it. There are a few caveats there, obviously, but it’s good news on the surface. Read more
T-Mobile just made a very bold claim; the carrier plans on matching Verizon’s network availability and coverage over the next 12 months, and possibly even sooner. That sounds like a tough task, but T-Mobile has some serious momentum going for its network.
The Un-Carrier network is already considered one of the fastest networks available, especially compared to the congested networks of AT&T and Verizon. It’s always lagged behind on actual coverage, though, but that looks to be changing very soon. Read more