DISH Network targets Sprint with competing $25.5B bid to trump SoftBank offer

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DISH Network announced today that they have submitted a merger proposal to Sprint with a value of $25.5 billion. The offer consists of $17.3 billion in cash and another $8.2 billion in stock. According to DISH Network’s news release, the cash portion of the deal represents an 18% premium over the offer currently on the table from SoftBank. DISH Network also points out that the ownership proposal for stockholders is a better deal as Sprint stockholders will end up with a 32% in the entire merged company whereas SoftBank is only offering a 30% stake in the Sprint portion of the company if they buy it up. According to DISH Network, the merger with Sprint will create a unique company that can offer customers video, broadband, and voice services both in-home and out-of-home.

Keep in mind Sprint is also in the process of acquiring full ownership of Clearwire, but that deal is contingent on the closing of the SoftBank deal. With a competing offer now on the table, it is not clear how that might impact the acquisition of Clearwire. Sprint has not yet issued a response to this latest offer. Hit the break for the full press release issued by DISH Network. » Read the rest

Virgin Mobile offer 100 bucks for T-Mobile customers to switch teams

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T-Mobile’s newest wireless plans have certainly gone without notice from its competitors, so it’s expected that we’ll see an onslaught of ads highlighting that there are more than a few alternatives out there for folks to choose from. In addition to its incredibly inexpensive monthly plans, Virgin Mobile is trying to entice customers by offering a sweet $100 credit to any existing T-Mobile customer that wants to switch services. All that’s needed? T-Mobile customers will just need to bring their phone number over to Virgin Mobile in order to be eligible— that’s it.

Naturally T-Mobile’s mobile plans will offer the most bang for the buck in the long run for most folks (in terms of overall value), but at least Virgin Mobile is giving consumers yet another chance to save an extra dollar or two.

source: AllThingsD

Samsung SPH-L500 cruises through FCC, headed to Sprint

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The FCC has just cleared a Samsung device, the SPH-L500, and it looks like the device is heading to Sprint. It’s packing radios for Sprint’s 3G network, as well as Band 25 LTE and SVLTE (simultaneous voice and data) capabilities.  Oddly enough, the device’s measurements are just a bit smaller than the Galaxy S 4, coming in at about 5.2 inches tall and 2.6 inches wide.

There’s not many details in the filing, aside from the standard WiFi and Bluetooth radios and NFC, so we don’t know specs, screen size, or if this will even be an Android device. Whatever the case may be, we’ll be sure to let you know as soon as we hear anything else.

source: FCC

via: Engadget

Wirefly Offers Sprint HTC One Pre-Order for $150

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If you’re a Sprint customer and have been salivating over HTC’s newest flagship phone, the HTC One, then you’re in for some good news. The folks over at Wirefly are offering the HTC One for $150 pre-order. Heck even if you’re thinking about switching over to the Now Network this is a good deal. For $50 less than what you’d be paying at Sprint you’ll be able to choose between Stealth Black or Glacial Silver. According to Wirefly it should ship April 19th and be at your door shortly there after. If you’re holding out for a better deal, I’m not sure you’ll find one. Hit the source links below to order yours and you better hurry. There’s no telling on how long this deal will go on.

 

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Purple Galaxy S III to hit Sprint on April 12th, $99 with mail-in rebate

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If you were excited about that purple Galaxy S III we told you about not too long ago, we’ve got a bit more information for you. We originally reported that the device would be available exclusively on Sprint sometime in April, and the latest leaks are pointing to April 12th. It’ll be available for $99, which is in line with the other Galaxy S III models Sprint offers, but does involve a $50 mail-in rebate. Either way, it’s a bargain for one of the best devices of last year, especially in such an eye-catching color.

Who’s planning on picking one of these up when they’re available?

source: Engadget

Add Sprint to list of carriers offering HTC One on April 19th

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Just a short while ago we reported on AT&T’s announcement that they will start selling the HTC One on April 19th. Sprint is hot their heels as they too have announced the availability of the HTC One on the 19th for the same $199.99 price for a 32GB version with a two-year contract. Sprint also indicated they will start accepting pre-orders online this Friday, April 5th, at www.sprint.com/htcone. Hit the break to read the full press release. » Read the rest

RadioShack gets HTC One signs a bit early, shows Google Play credit offer

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It’s officially April, so if previous rumors hold up, we should see the HTC One hit shelves in the US by the end of the month. RadioShack appears to be one of the first to get some promotional materials for the big launch, though, and they’re beginning to market the device in stores with some eye-catching signs. The signs are specifically for the AT&T and Sprint versions of the phone, though, so if you’re a Verizon customer hoping for a last minute change of plans, sorry.

The signs do show a promo for a free $50 Google Play credit if you purchase the One with a two-year agreement, as well as $10 off the $199 price of the phone. The Play credit nice, and the $10 off isn’t much, but it’s a nice gesture. (and if everyone else launches it at $199, why not get it at RadioShack?)

There’s no official release dates on any of the signage, unfortunately, but I can’t imagine it’ll be too much longer. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as soon as anything else pops up.

source: Phandroid

4.2.2 Verizon Galaxy Nexus and 4.2.1 Sprint Galaxy Nexus Factory Images Posted

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For those of you that own a Verizon version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and are running a custom ROM then I have good news for you. Google updated its Developers site with the 4.2.2 factory image. So if you botch your phone or have to return it to Big Red you can bring it back to a stock state. Those of you on Sprint and happen to own that version of the Galaxy Nexus will be happy to know that the 4.2.1 image was also uploaded. So head on over to the source link below and find your respective image. Happy flashing!

source: Google Developers

Mysterious LG LS720 smartphone tries to slip through the FCC door quietly, shows that its wearing Sprint LTE frequencies

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LG is looking to continue its impressive 2013 assualt by having yet another smartphone in the works. A mysterious device called the LS720 has just tiptoed its ways down the FCC halls and while it doesn’t have too much details or info— we do know that it will come dressed in LTE frequencies that screams Sprint which shouldn’t come as much of a surprise since we saw plenty of 4G LTE-capable LG devices throughout 2012. Considering the Optimus G has its model name of LS970, it’s probably a safe bet to say that this device is probably going to be in the lower end of the mid-range category— but we’ll know for sure once more deets leak out as the device’s launch gets closer.

source: FCC
via: Engadget

Sprint allowing MNVOs to sell modified Sprint Android handsets

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Sometimes, a customer doesn’t want to go with one of the big name carriers like Sprint or Verizon. Smaller MNVOs are popular alternatives to the larger (usually contract-centric) carriers. Both options have their place with consumers, but in many situations, MNVOs don’t have a good enough device selection to sway as many costumers. Well, Sprint is looking to give them a hand with a new program that will allow MNVOs to modify certain Sprint handsets to resell to customers. » Read the rest