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.
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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.
Were you waiting for the price of the Moto X to drop so that you could get it direct from your carrier? No need to wait any longer, as Best Buy currently has a deal for the phone, offering it for only $99.99 on Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T. It’s obviously still on-contract, but this deal will certainly save you some bucks if you were planning on getting the phone.
Get it now while the deal lasts!
Source: Best Buy
T-Mobile is on a roll with its UNcarrier revolt against Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint. Even to the point where they are set to end subsidized contracts altogether. While their likely to host an event for “Phase III” later this month, the nation’s fourth largest carrier is going to start October with a very appealing promotion. TmoNews obtained an email sent out to employees that revives the $0 down sale that ran from the end of July to the beginning of September.
You may be thinking that T-Mobile would restrict high-end devices from this promotion; however, that is not the case. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S 4, and LG G2 will be available for no money down. Hit the break for the email being sent out to T-Mobile employees.
As expected, the nation’s largest carrier has lead all U.S. carriers in smartphone sales in a three-month period ending in August, according to a recent Kantar Worldpanel ComTech USA survey.
More specifically, 37.1 percent of all smartphone sales went to Verizon, marking a 6.9 percent growth year over year. AT&T held their place in second with 21.7 percent of all smartphone sales— Sprint, in third, with 14.6 percent.
While T-Mobile’s sales weren’t as high, with 13.2 percent of sales, they finally showed some growth, at 1.1 percent from last year. They had been recently following a trend of year-on-year declines, so this is certainly good news for the carrier.
The growth is most likely due to T-Mobile’s new ‘Smart Choice’ plans, which was followed shortly after by similar plans from their competitors.
While not much has changed in terms of smartphone sales, this certainly marks something different in the playing field. It will be interesting to see if T-Mobile can continue on its path of growth.
T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter thinks there will be more consolidation in the U.S wireless market, but he also thinks a merger with Sprint would be “the logical ultimate combination.” If you’re thinking a deal is in the works, that may or may not be the case because he declined to say whether they are talking or not. If you remember, AT&T tried to buy T-Mobile, but it was blocked by the Federal government so other deals could be blocked as well.
Carter went on to say that a merger of smaller operators makes the most sense because AT&T and Verizon are much bigger than T-Mobile and Sprint. Could we be talking about a merger between Sprint and T-Mobile by the end of the year?