Sprint has announced that their LTE coverage has expanded to 45 new markets. This brings their 4G LTE network to a total of 230 markets. With this expansion also came network boosts for New York City. Hit the break for the full list of new markets with their coverage.
If you’ve been waiting on getting the Moto X, this could be another reason to grab one. If you purchase through Moto Maker (the AT&T model only for now), Sprint, or US Cellular, the device can be bought for just $100. That price is for the 16GB version while the 32GB has been slashed to $150. What about the AT&T and Verizon carrier models? They’re still at the usual $200 and $250 level. And if you wait around a little bit longer, the Moto X’s Moto Maker may get an interactive display at your local Best Buy store.
Source: Motorola, Sprint
Looks like AT&T won’t be the only carrier getting some One Max love as a recent filing over at the good ol’ FCC shows bands and nomenclature revealing what appears to be a Sprint bound model. A 6-inch 1080p device with model number “OP3P700″ stood out showing the following bands; 25 (1900 mhz), 26 (850 mhz) and 41 (2500 mhz formerly Clearwire).
As of now, pricing (off and on-contract) is obviously unclear but stay tuned as we’ll certainly find out and report back. Hopefully there’s no indication of a too hefty price tag as we’ve already seen this bad boy listed at £600 ($952) in the UK (off-contract). However, we’re sure it will most likely be close to that. So, if you’re due for an upgrade in the near future and you’re into heavy ass handsets, this might be a viable option for you. Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments below.
Rumors flew in regarding the Galaxy S4 mini, and we had a pretty good idea that it would be headed to the United States on four carriers. All we needed was confirmation.
And guess what? Now we have that.
In a press release, Samsung announced that the phone is US-bound, and will be available from Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, and US Cellular.
The device is similar to its bigger brother, but has a smaller frame and lesser internals. It features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display at 960×540 resolution, a dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.7GHz, 1.5GB RAM, 16GB internal storage which is expandable via microSD, an 8 MP rear shooter, and a 1,900mAh battery.
The phone ships with 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and the most recent version of Samsung’s TouchWiz UI— this means that you’ll get most of the same software add-ins that the full S4 has. Samsung also made it known that the device will receive a software update which will allow it to support Galaxy Gear.
An interesting report on the U.S. mobile carriers was released yesterday by J.D. Power. Apparently, when consumers rank their overall satisfaction with their carrier of choice, it might be contingent on what phone they are using. According to J.D., iPhone users are very happy with Verizon Wireless and AT&T, but Samsung users rank Sprint and T-Mobile higher. Verizon was actually chosen as the best carrier among iPhone users while Sprint was chosen as the best by Samsung users.
What’s most interesting is when you lump all smartphones together, you get an interesting picture. AT&T comes in first followed by Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. Verizon rarely performs that badly, so I’m not sure how that happened. But I do find the type of phone by carrier very interesting. For me, it’s all about the coverage. I am an Android user obviously, and I could never rank T-Mobile or Sprint highly because their coverage in my area is dismal.
Full presser after the break.
HTC’s entrance into the phablet game is finally here. This morning the HTC One Max was unveiled with a general release date of “rolling out across the globe from mid – end October. See specific regions for details.” But have no fear if you’re in the United States and interested in HTC’s massive device. If you take a look at the press images for the Verizon and Sprint models, the date displayed might give away the release dates. The Verizon model (above), which has their logo instead of HTC’s, shows November 7th. Hit the break for the Sprint version and its possible release date.
To go along with the massive amount of Samsung leaks as of late, their budget-friendly phablet has posed for the camera as well. Twitter’s favorite leaker @evleaks tweeted a picture of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 in the White Frost color. After looking at the image, it’s clear that the device won’t carry any Sprint logos, leaving it with only Samsung’s signatures. The device has a dual-core processor clocked at 1.7 GHz, 1.5 GB of RAM, and an 8 MP camera. Aside from the image, there’s no other information such as a release date.
Sprint has a pretty good track record of getting new phones out on the market right away, but this one certainly took a bit. The LG G2 is now available for pre-order through the carrier, and they are promising to ship by November 8.
They’re only asking that you pay $99 up front to get the device on a new 2-year contract. Color choices include both black and white versions.
It’s a great phone and if you’re due for an upgrade, definitely consider grabbing this one. Hit the link below to pre-order.
It looks like Samsung is sticking with the “mini” trend, despite manufacturers having poor sales with smaller devices. Courtesy of Twitter’s favorite leaker, @evleaks, Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 Mini is heading towards Sprint. In the image attached to his tweet, the device is wearing the Black Mist and White Frost colors found on its larger sibling. Other than that, there’s no information on when the S 4 Mini could reach Sprint; however, we can assume this is the same device that passed through the FCC last month.
Update: It looks like AT&T is also jump right in as well. They will offer a pink version. Hit the break for the image.
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 will be launching on Sprint later this week. Coming with it is an incredibly low price. Samsung’s compact tablet will cost just $49.99 with a new two-year contract. While the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is no Nexus 7, it should be appealing for fans of Samsung’s TouchWiz or their reasonable pace of updates.
The Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 packs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on a 7-inch display. Under the hood is a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU with 1GB of RAM. Samsung is clearly going the budget route with these specs as they’re nothing to write home about. Hit the break for Sprint’s press release.