Ting drops pricing on rate plans in celebration of two years in business

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Ting is one of the newer MNVOs in the market, backed by Sprint’s network and offering rate plans that only charge you for what you use. They first opened shop two years ago, and in celebration of making it this far they’re permanently dropping prices on their rate plans.

Most of the price slashing came on the high end of Ting’s plans, especially in the data packages. Using between 100 and 500 megabytes of data will now cost a dollar less per month, but using between 500 and 1000 costs five dollars less. Even better, using between 1 GB and 2 GB of data has been shaved down thirteen dollars, which is a pretty substantial markdown. On top of those rate changes, once you’ve reached the 2 GB cap, you’ll only be charged 1.5 cents per megabytes as opposed to the previous rate of 2.25 cents per megabyte. This change also applies to minutes, which received a 0.1 cent reduction. To complement this rate change, the top XXL tier of minutes, messages, and data has been removed entirely, which you can see in the chart above.

These new plans take effect immediately for both new and existing customers, and they definitely look more attractive if you’re a heavy data user. Anybody on Ting happy to see these new prices?

source: Ting

SoftBank/Sprint to meet with FCC today, T-Mobile may be on slate

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A report from the Wall Street Journal today indicates Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son and Sprint CEO Dan Hesse are scheduled to meet with the FCC. Sources indicate that one of the topics of discussion is a possible merger with T-Mobile. During January, it was revealed that Sprint obtained some proposals from different banks that demonstrated how a merger of the two carriers could be made to work financially. That would only be one hurdle to be jumped if the merger is ever going to happen. It is looking more and more like regulatory approvals will be the bigger problem, which would be a good reason for the two CEOs to spend some time during a face to face meeting with FCC officials to discuss the merger.

According to different sources, the Department of Justice appears reluctant, if not being outright against the idea, to see the number of “major” carriers being reduced from four down to three. SoftBank and Sprint are likely to counter that argument by pointing out that Verizon and AT&T  are the heavyweights in the market and the weakness of the third and fourth largest carriers is actually hurting competition, a situation that could be corrected by allowing the merger to occur. By meeting with the FCC, SoftBank/Sprint may also be able to get a government agency on board with the concept to help in the battle with the Department of Justice.

source: TmoNews

Android KitKat now available for Sprint’s HTC One [Updated]

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Earlier this week, Jason Mackenzie, President of HTC America, announced that the Android KitKat version for the US Carrier-branded models of HTC One would be available within a week or two. Just yesterday, we saw HTC One updated to Android 4.4 KitKat on select Canadian carriers. However things may have changed as Sprint rolled out a notice on their community website that Android 4.4 KitKat is now available for Sprint’s HTC One via “customer initiated request”.

This means that everyone who wants to update their Sprint HTC One device to Android KitKat version can do so by manually updating from the Settings menu. To manually check for an update, just go to Settings/System Updates/HTC Software Update/Update Over Wi-Fi Only.


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Best Buy once again offering $50 gift card with upgrades and number ports

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Best Buy is once again offering store gift cards for customers that upgrade their device or port their numbers over to another carrier. This of course only pertains to Verizon, AT&T and Sprint as T-Mobile no longer does contracts. The great thing about this is you only have to register between February 2 and February 15th, and once you’ve registered you have until the end of the year (December 31) to upgrade and receive your $50 Best Buy gift card.

Any phone you’re eyeing right now? Or waiting for perhaps the successors to the Galaxy S 4 and HTC One?

source: Best Buy

Sprint joins other big carriers with launch of its own cloud storage service

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Sprint users will have another option for storing their data in the cloud as the cell carrier is launching its own cloud storage service, starting today. Unlike its Verizon and AT&T counterparts, Sprint gives a free option with the ability to pay for unlimited storage. If you opt for the free model you’ll get 5GB. Otherwise, you’ll have to pay $4.99 a month for the unlimited storage option. AT&T only offers a 5GB plan whereas Verizon offers up to 125GB. It’s available for both Android and iOS.

So if you’re on the Now Network look for the cloud storage app in the Play Store. Even with other options for cloud storage out there, you’ll be hard pressed to find one with unlimited storage for $5 a month.

source: The Verge

Sprint expands its 4G LTE network to 40 additional markets, bringing the total to 340

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Is Sprint your current mobile carrier? Then we have some great news for you. The carrier has announced today through a press release that its 4G LTE network has gone live in 40 markets. This brings the total to 340 markets nationwide. To view the full list of additional markets and Sprint’s official press release, hit the break.
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Sprint launches ZTE Optik 2 tablet at just $29.99 with contract

zte_optik_2If you want a tablet and you’re low on cash, you’re not going to find a better option than this. Sprint recently announced the ZTE Optik 2, which is just $29.99 with an eligible upgrade or a new line of service with a data plan. It obviously doesn’t have the highest specs on the market, but it’s still a full functioning, 7-inch tablet on Android 4.1.2.

Inside the ZTE Optik 2 is a 1.2GHz quad core Snapdragon processor along with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage which can be upgraded through the micro-SD slot, a 4,000 mAh battery, and a 5MP rear camera and 2MP front camera. Sprint’s competitive tablet data plans start from as low as $5 and extend up to $79.99 for 12GB of data. Sprint is also offering a special 2GB data plan for just $15. These are 3G speeds, so don’t expect LTE, but the ZTE Optik 2 is certainly worth a look.

Source: Sprint

Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy Mega and Galaxy S4 mini to receive Wi-Fi calling

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CEO John Legere’s company, T-Mobile, was the only carrier in the nation to offer first-party Wi-Fi calling— until now.

Internal training documents reveal that Spring will be joining T-Mobile with its own offering, beginning on two Samsung devices, the Galaxy Mega and the Galaxy S4. The Wi-Fi calling will be enabled through maintenance updates.


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Verizon’s bill size leads all carriers, T-Mobile appropriately the cheapest

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In the United States, Verizon is the leading carrier when it comes to the size of customers’ bills. According to a survey issued by Cowen and Company to 1,876 customers in Q4 2013, Verizon’s average monthly bill was $148. Sprint and AT&T followed closely with $144 and $141 per month, respectively. In what should be no surprise, T-Mobile was last, a good thing in this race, by averaging $121 per month. The last time this research was done by Cowen, the numbers were higher for each carrier; however, this is because a random sample is being used.

The firm then asked these customers how if they would switch to another carrier. Seventeen percent of Verizon customers said yes while less than sixteen percent of T-Mobile customers said the same. Just eleven percent of AT&T customers said they would also switch. Sprint customers had the largest demand to switch — just over thirty-one percent. These numbers, though, should be taken with a grain of salt since Cowen feels the changes from Q3 2013 was too large of a change.

Source: Cowen and Company
Via: Ars Technica