Nextbit delays CDMA model of the Robin

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Nextbit proudly announced earlier this month that its first phone, the cloud-powered Robin, would begin shipping to Kickstarter backers on February 16. Backers that were not among the first wave on Kickstarter were told to expect their Robin ship near the end of February; however, Nextbit didn’t provide any status of the CDMA model beyond saying they have been “working on a date.” It was originally believed that this model, destined for a carrier like Verizon, would come in February or March, but Nextbit is disappointed to clarify that neither month is possible.

The CDMA model of the Robin will likely ship in the second quarter of 2016 following the delay.

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MetroPCS kicks off new promotion aimed at existing Sprint customers

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MetroPCS, a subsidiary of T-Mobile, has announced another promotion geared at snagging Sprint customers, which is set begin at 9:00 AM on Thursday, January 21. As part of this new deal, current subscribers of Sprint’s Family Share Pack will be given a discount on their monthly bill and a free phone, up to the value of $50, when they switch their line over to MetroPCS and sign up to one of its affordable prepaid tariffs.

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Sprint to cut costs by $1 billion with new towers, severing ties with Verizon, AT&T

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As part of a network overhaul dubbed “Next Generation Network” by Sprint insiders, the company hopes to also overhaul its business in an effort to end six years of financial losses. Reports from sources familiar with the effort indicate Sprint hopes to save $1 billion per year through a combination of moves directly tied to the performance of the network. These moves include the relocation of radio antennas to new towers and cutting ties to the AT&T and Verizon “backhaul.” Read more

HTC One M9 Marshmallow update to hit Canadian carriers on Monday

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This past Thursday, Canadian wireless carrier Telus published a tentative distribution schedule for Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates to devices on their network. Included on the list were the HTC One M9 and HTC One M8 slated to get the update starting on Monday January 18th. That date was validated for the HTC One M9 for several Canadian wireless carriers by HTC’s Mo Versi. Read more

Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) to launch on Virgin Mobile USA and Boost Mobile

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Sprint has announced the addition of the Samsung Galaxy J series of devices to the lineups for a couple of their subsidiary carriers, Virgin Mobile USA and Boost Mobile. The first device to be offered will be the Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) which is a slightly updated version of the Galaxy J3 that launched in China last fall. Read more