Sprint sweetens the Framily Plan with offer to cover ETFs

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Sprint announced today a new promotion to try to sweeten the deal for customers thinking about switching to a Sprint Family Plan. Like other carriers, they are offering to cover some, if not all, of the early termination fees that customers may incur if they make a switch in carriers. According to Sprint’s announcement, they will cover up to $650 per subscriber. The bonus is broken down between a credit of up to $300 if they trade-in their existing phone and a Visa Prepaid card worth up to $350. The Visa card will not be delivered until 10-12 weeks after initial sign-up and the customer has to be both in good standing and they have to submit a copy of their final bill from the old carrier showing the termination fee that was paid. If a customer does not have an ETF because they are off contract, Sprint will use the balance of the Equipment Installment plan that a customer had to pay, a move aimed at those carriers that no longer use 2-year contracts.

This special deal started running today and will continue until May 8th. Hit the break to read the full press release from Sprint. » Read the rest

Pre-order the Galaxy S 5 at Verizon Wireless now and get another phone for free

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Verizon finally started pre-orders for the Galaxy S 5. If you’re buying on contract, you will pay $249 and you will get a $50 mail-in-rebate, which is a Visa Debit card. The other plus to buying on contract is they are running a Buy One Get One free deal, which means your total cost for two phones is $199. What’s also interesting is that if you want an HTC One (M8) or a Samsung ATIV SE for your free phone, they give you that option as well.

For those of you buying off contract, your price is $599, and of course, there is no BOGO deal with that option.

Verizon is only offering the 16GB version, which will only yield about 9GB of usable storage. The good news is that you can increase your storage (up to an aditional 128GB) with the microSD slot. You will have your choice of Black or White.

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Verizon now offering 1GB of extra data for tablet customers on More Everything

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After yesterday’s move to match AT&T’s 10GB family plan, Verizon has one more trick up its sleeve. Customers who activate a tablet on the “More Everything” plan will get an additional 1GB of data. The 1GB of data is shareable across all your devices and the monthly fee of $10 per tablet will remain the same. This doesn’t appear to be a short term offer since no end date is listed.

“We’re always looking at the market and our customers and creating compelling offers we think they will appreciate,” Verizon spokeswoman Debi Lewis told FierceWireless. “In this case, more and more people are using tablets (of all shapes and sizes) and adding 1 GB of shareable data to the plan helps them get even more value and enjoyment from that device (and others…).”

source: Fierce Wireless

Is Google ready to become a mobile phone carrier?

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New reports out today suggest Google is starting to make moves to become a mobile phone service carrier in locations where it has deployed Google Fiber service. Supposedly Google has been in contact with Verizon to discuss the possibility of becoming a mobile virtual network operator riding on the back of Verizon’s network. Some sources have pointed out that Verizon and Google are not exactly on the same page when it comes to issues like net neutrality, so a partnership of this magnitude may be questionable. It should be noted though that Google actively develops for the iOS platform, so the company clearly will not let some philosophical disagreements stand in the way of good business.

Would you be interested in using Google as your carrier for wireless service?

source: The Information
via: Engadget

T-Mobile (partially) changes stance on employee discounts, letting customers keep grandfathered discounts

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Yesterday, T-Mobile announced they were cutting off employee discounts for all consumers, including customers that were grandfathered into the discounts. To put it bluntly, that announcement sucked. Today, John Legere has partially changed the decision about employee discounts through the Un-carrier that will benefit some consumers, but not all.

If you had an employee discount on your plan prior to April 1st, you will be able to keep it as long as you stay with T-Mobile and stay with the employer. T-Mobile is wisely not forcing older customers off of the plans. However, any new customers after today aren’t going to be able to get any type of employee discount, but the $25 reward card for a device upgrade still applies. » Read the rest

Verizon cuts $25 off the price of line service for More Everything plans with 10 GB or more data

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Last month, Verizon launched its new More Everything plan which replaced the carrier’s Share Everything service and gave customers more data , cloud storage and unlimited International messaging. The carrier just announced a further discount for customers on its More Everything plan along with the Edge upgrade program. They will reduce $25 off the price of the smartphone line service if customers choose a data plan of 10 GB or more.

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HTC One (M8) available in all colors in the UK, shipping tomorrow

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The HTC One (M8) is going to be available in the UK slightly earlier than expected, and you’ll even be able to pick up all three colors, too. Carphone Warehouse is shipping the device tomorrow, in gold, grey, and silver, a few days earlier than the originally anticipated April 7th date. Phones4U is shipping on the 3rd, and Amazon UK is releasing on the 4th, but neither is offering the gold shade of the device just yet. Clove is shipping the grey device this week, with the silver model to follow in April and the gold model coming in sometime around May.

For your contract options, EE and Vodafone are offering the grey and silver, but they don’t even mention the gold color, so that may or may not become available in the coming months.

What color HTC One are you planning on picking up this year?

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T-Mobile cutting off employee discounts, will now offer $25 reward card for each device upgrade instead

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T-Mobile is making a very bold move in regards to employee discounts for their customers, and this time, it doesn’t look like it’s a move for the better. Yesterday, CEO John Legere said the company will stop offering employee discounts on service, and no, you cannot keep yours if you had a discount before the cut-off date.

Legere says the move is to help keep up the transparency with T-Mobile’s Simple Choice plans. The rates are already so good for those plans, he claimed, that employee discounts just aren’t necessary. He takes a shot at other carriers using those discounts to close big corporate contracts and using employees/customers as bargaining chips, and says T-Mobile’s plans are still a better deal even next to another carrier’s plan with employee discounts applied. » Read the rest

Sprint pushes out KitKat update for the LG G2

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Sprint has begun pushing out the Android 4.4 KitKat update to their version of the LG G2. The changelog for the update isn’t very detailed, listing that it’s just an upgrade to Google’s latest version of Android and a fix for Sprint’s Next Radio audio problems. You’ll still get all of the improvements that KitKat brings to all devices, however.

If you own a G2 on Sprint’s network, be sure to start periodically checking for the update. Let us know in the comments if any of you have gotten it already.

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Moto Maker finally available for Republic Wireless customers

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The Moto X has been out for the better part of a year now, but Republic Wireless is finally adding  Moto Maker customization options to their variant of the phone. Beginning at 9AM PT on Tuesday, Republic Wireless customers will have access to all of the colors and finishes that other carriers have had.

In addition, Motorola is including free wood or bamboo backing to the first 2,000 customers who order from Republic Wireless’s website. As a last addition, Republic Wireless is now offering a 32GB Moto X, which was not an option previously.

Source: Republic Wireless