On Tuesday, Sprint announced a very aggressive approach to bring in new customers from Verizon and AT&T. The carrier said it would reduce bills by half of what the competition charges. It seemed like quite the deal. Why? Sprint will pay a customer’s early termination fee, give unlimited talk and text, and keep the data allowance at half the cost. The problem is that the carrier states within its press release that data speeds are going to be altered due to the influx of users on the network. Sprint is ensuring the network strength is as good as possible by not allowing data hogs to ruin it for everyone else.
In actuality, this promotion from Sprint is expected to save roughly 20% rather than fulfilling its purpose of slashing a bill in half.
Source: Ars Technica
Perhaps feeling the pressure to step up their efforts to maintain their customer base, Sprint has announced a new deal to lure customers switching to Sprint from Verizon or AT&T. Sprint’s latest effort offers to cut user bills in half compared to the other carriers. For example, if a user has a monthly bill for $140 per month with 10 GB of data shared between 4 lines, Sprint will setup a plan on their network for $70 per month for the same 4 lines and 10 GB of data. Talk and text will be unlimited on the new plans.
Sprint is opening the new deal starting this Friday when users can either upload a copy of their current monthly bill from Verizon or AT&T or take one by their local Sprint store to find out how much they can save. Users will have to buy new devices on Sprint and turn in their old devices as well as port over their existing numbers to qualify. As part of the special, Sprint is also offering to buy out existing contracts up to $350 per line via issuance of a Visa Prepaid Card that buyers can use to pay off their early termination fees. For a limited time, Sprint is also waiving the $36 per line activation fee.
If you are interested in taking advantage of this special offer and to check out the fine print, hit the source link.
Sprint is currently pushing out an update to all its carrier-branded variants of the LG G3 currently located in the US. This upgrade doesn’t bring much in terms of added functionality, but it does include support for international Wi-Fi calling, as well as a handful of bug fixes, stability improvements, security patches and speed optimizations.
We’ve seen a few leaks and details regarding Samsung’s Lollipop update for the Galaxy S 5, but today we get our first taste of some actual leaked software. A ROM for the Sprint variant of the S5 has surfaced, and it’s mostly functional, including being able to place calls and send text messages. Plus, it has all of the extra features of Android 5.0 that we’re all waiting for.
Installing the ROM will completely wipe the phone, and it’s still a test build, so things aren’t guaranteed to be 100% functional. If you’re willing to flash it despite those things, hit the link below to get started.
via: GSM Arena
If you’re on Sprint and have been eyeing the Nexus 6, Black Friday may be a good time to buy it. Google is apparently partnering with Sprint and offering $50 of Play Store credit when you buy the new Nexus. However, the deal isn’t limited to just Black Friday.
Amazon is starting off their Black Friday deals with a ton of phones for a dollar or less on all three major carriers. These are obviously on-contract devices, but if you’re planning on starting up a new line of service or upgrading any lines, these are some pretty great deals. You can snag a Galaxy S 5 for just a dollar, or an LG G3 or HTC One M8 for a penny. Some of the deals vary depending on carrier and whether or not you’re going for a new account or upgrade, but the deals are worth looking through if you’re in the market.
When Google introduced the Nexus 6 one of the features that was noteworthy was that the device came loaded with the chips necessary to support any of wireless network technologies used by all of the major U.S. carriers. In theory, this means any given Nexus 6 can be used on any of these networks instead of consumers having to purchase a unit built specifically for any given carrier. Unfortunately, it looks like the carriers are still creating some roadblocks to this concept becoming a reality.
On Black Friday, prices everywhere are slashed and companies are doing their best to be competitive. Carriers in the United States are launching deals to bring in new customers and capture existing ones. Sprint announced what is to come on Black Friday, but the actual promotion starts on Thanksgiving Day.
Here is a list of what Sprint will be doing for Black Friday:
- Samsung Galaxy S 5 or Galaxy S 5 Sport for 11.66 per month for twenty-four months with Sprint Lease. This saves customers more than $200 as the $20 monthly fee has been reduced by an $8.34 Black Friday service credit.
- Samsung Galaxy S 5 or Galaxy S 5 Sport for $18 per month for twenty-four months with Sprint Easy Pay. Customers put $0 down and just pay the monthly fee.
- Sprint Family Share Pack with up to ten lines and 20GB of shared data for $100 per month through 2015. There is also the Sprint Unlimited Plan that has not caps for $60.
- Buy any JBL or Harman Kardon product to get the Harman Kardon Onyx Studio for $99. Or buy three accessories and get the Harman Kardon Onyx Studio at the $99 price.
- $140 off JBL Synchros Slate Headphones
- $100 off Harman Kardon SOHO II NC ear buds
Hit the break for the full press release.
Starting today, residents in the United States can pick up Google’s latest smartphone, the Nexus 6, for $249.99 from Best Buy. The handset is only available in the Midnight Blue colorway and ships factory locked to either AT&T or Sprint.
Both the AT&T Galaxy Note 3 and Sprint Galaxy S 5 are getting updates. Unfortunately no Lollipop love just yet, but they are the latest version of Android KitKat, which is 4.4.4. They should hopefully squash a few bugs while you wait for the bigger Lollipop update.
The AT&T Note 3 gets Kids Mode, Side Sync 3.0, Safety Assistance, Camera enhancement, and Knox 2.0, while the Sprint GS5 gets international WiFi calling, HD voice icon, and Google security patches.