RootMetrics performance review for 2014: Verizon leads in all categories, T-Mobile gives impressive metro speed performance


RootMetrics, a consumer focused, independent mobile network tester, has released its latest United States report discussing where mobile carriers are leading and where they’re falling behind.

For 2014, RootMetrics has taken the crown away from AT&T and given it to Verizon, who took first place in all of the categorical breakdowns RootMetrics tested. Read more

Motorola Moto E (2015) for Sprint listed on Best Buy’s site


Pretty soon, we expect Motorola to announce the next version of its affordable Moto E handset. A product page went live earlier today on Best Buy’s site showing that the device would cost $99. This specific listing is for the Sprint variant as a prepaid option. Also, specifications and images of the device were included. The Moto E (2015) does not seem to have changed all that much compared to its predecessor.

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Sprint cares more about improving than its rank among carriers


As it stands today, Sprint holds the title as the third largest carrier in the United States. Only Verizon and AT&T stand in front of Sprint while T-Mobile watches from the back. But staying in third place seems difficult when John Legere has committed to putting Team Magenta ahead of Sprint by the end of 2015. T-Mobile has launched an attack on the wireless industry with competitive deals and unrivaled incentives.

Sprint has received plenty of negative attention due to the network’s quality being poor and pricing not matching service. Slowly though, things are changing because the carrier has invested in improving its network and introduced plenty of promotions. Marcelo Claure, the CEO of Sprint, feels that Legere is “in for a rude awakening” and will allow to “let actions speak.”

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RadioShack files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Sprint moving into some stores


After struggling to find any sort of success in recent years, RadioShack has officially filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The entire process includes plenty of moves and changes for various parties. General Wireless, a subsidiary of Standard General, will absorb most of RadioShack’s assets and existing leases for retail stores. Most notably, Sprint has agreed to move into approximately 1,750 stores across the country. It will allow Sprint to have a store-within-a-store setup. The agreement provides Sprint with around a third a retail space within the co-branded stores. While Sprint, Boost Mobile, and Virgin Mobile have primary branding on marketing materials, other carriers and products will continue to be sold.

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Sprint updating the HTC One (M8) and LG G3 to Android 5.0 Lollipop next week


Sprint is on fire when it comes to updating devices to Lollipop. If the HTC One (M7) and the Galaxy S 5 wasn’t enough, how about the HTC One (M8) and the LG G3? A leaked document shows that the HTC One (M8) will get Android 5.0 Lollipop on February 13 and the LG G3 will get the tasty treat on February 16. If you happen to own the Harman Kardon edition of the One (M8), don’t fret, because it’s included in the update as well.

Of course, it should be noted that “subject to change” is listed so if anything goes wrong with the final testing, Sprint will delay the launch. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

source: Android Central

Sprint marks February 5 for Lollipop’s arrival on the Samsung Galaxy S 5


The HTC One (M7) on Sprint is not the carrier’s only device receiving a software update this week. Tomorrow, the Samsung Galaxy S 5 will also receive a software update moving it away from KitKat and into Lollipop. On its own site, Samsung revealed that February 5 would be the start of the software update’s rollout on the Galaxy S 5.

Here is the changelog provided by Samsung:

  • Android OS updated to v5.0 Lollipop
  • Enhanced VoWiFi UI
  • Lumen toolbar removed

Let us know in the comments when you receive the software update.

Source: Samsung


Android 5.0.1 Lollipop landing on Sprint’s HTC One (M7) starting February 5


Tomorrow, February 5, will be a very special day for owners of the HTC One (M7) on Sprint’s network. The carrier has approved an update that will deliver the (almost) latest version of Android to the HTC flagship of 2013. HTC’s VP of Product Management, Mo Versi, announced on Twitter that Android 5.0.1 would begin rolling out to the One (M7) in an over-the-air (OTA) update.

Despite breaking its promise, we are glad to see HTC delivering Lollipop goodness to its devices.

Source: @moversi (Twitter)

RadioShack may sell half of its retail locations to Sprint while closing the rest

radioshack_logoRecently, RadioShack started the process of avoiding bankruptcy by selling some of its retail locations to Sprint in order to bring in a little extra cash. While that deal hasn’t happened yet, it looks like RadioShack is considering pawning off half of its retail stores to Sprint while closing the other half, then stepping out of the retail game altogether.

The deal is currently still in the talking stages, so it’s not finalized just yet. Negotiations could fall through, or the specifics of the deal could change by the time it’s publicly announced. There’s always still a chance that another investor could step in and buy out RadioShack to keep it afloat, too, so we’ll just have to wait and see how things play out. Read more