Best Buy offering $100 gift card with LG G4, lists release dates

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Best Buy has launched their pre-order page for the LG G4 and in an effort to entice buyers to stop by one of their stores instead of going directly to the carriers, they are offering a $100 gift card with the purchase of the G4. That could be useful for users who want to add a case or car charger or some other accessory to their order. The pre-order page also lists release dates for several carriers and colors of the smartphone. Read more

Sprint’s Direct 2 You program will go live in new cities next month

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The trial period for Sprint Direct 2 You in Kansas City has ended and the program is about to launch in new cities across the United States. The program that takes Sprint’s in-store experience to customer locations will be offered in Miami and Chicago starting on June 1. New York City, San Francisco, and Denver are set to follow in early June as well. People in those cities can call upon a Sprint representative to meet and receive personal care.

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Boost Mobile bringing LG G Stylo today, Sprint getting it on June 12

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Boost Mobile is getting the LG G Stylo smartphone starting today. Its parent company, Sprint will start selling the device starting June 12 while Sprint Prepaid will sell the device from June 7 onwards. The smartphone has been priced at $199.99 from Boost Mobile and Sprint Prepaid. Sprint postpaid is offering the handset in 24 monthly installments of $12. Read more

Verizon and Sprint will pay $158 million to settle customer complaints

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The mobile carriers always seem to be in a little bit of hot water don’t they? Maybe it’s because they are always playing games with billing, throttling, and anything else shady they can think of.

This time around it’s a practice called “cramming” which is when customers are billed for third-party services they didn’t request. In most cases, it resulted in a $10 monthly charge in which Verizon and Sprint declined to offer refunds. According to the Federal Communications Commission, both carriers received roughly 30% of the charges.

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FCC tea leaves suggest LG G4 release on Sprint, Verizon getting close

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A couple new entries in the FCC database for LG devices suggests the LG G4 has cleared regulatory approval on the way to market from Verizon and Sprint. The new entries are for devices with model numbers VS986 and LS991, although the entries do not mention “LG G4″ specifically as the phone model. However, sources note that the LG G3 on Verizon has the model number VS985 and on Sprint it gets model number LS990. So the new devices have had their model number increased by one relative to the LG G3, which suggests the new devices are the LG G4 for each of the carriers.

Neither carrier has released information about availability of the LG G4. However, sources think Sprint will hit the market in June and they do have a pre-registration page already setup. Meanwhile, no date has been set for Verizon

source: FCC (Verizon), FCC (Sprint)
via: G for Games

Sprint lost money and customers during Q4 2014

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The final quarter of 2014 was not pretty for Sprint as the carrier saw a drop in money and customers, two areas that are clearly not favorable for investors. Amid fierce competition with T-Mobile for placement as the third largest carrier in the United States, Sprint reported losing 201,000 postpaid customers; however, prepaid customers increased by 546,000. Despite generating $8.3 billion in the quarter, the carrier had a net loss of $224 million.

It looks like Marcelo Claure and his fellow Sprint executives are heading back to the drawing board.

Source: Sprint