Good news for Samsung Galaxy S III owners on Sprint or US Cellular. You can now go ahead and grab the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for your device! There’s no detailed information on what US Cellular’s update brings with the exception of a software update. The Sprint variant, however, will also gain compatibility with the Galaxy Gear. While it may not be Android 4.4 KitKat, it is certainly welcome for a handset that was released almost two years ago. And if you are wondering if the handset will get KitKat, a leaked schedule points to March or April.
Today, 3 out of the 4 top US wireless carriers (T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint) have announced that they will stop charging users for receiving spam texts. While the announcement was made today, it actually won’t fully take into effect for at least a couple of days from now, or as much as a couple of weeks. It’s no secret that getting random spam texts can be quite the nuisance and could potentially cost you money. This move creates very good PR for these 3 companies.
As to why Verizon has yet to jump on board with this, here’s an official statement from a Verizon representative regarding this issue:
Have no fear if you were interested in picking up the LG G Flex over here in the United States. We know AT&T and T-Mobile will likely carry the curved phone, but now an FCC filing has Sprint offering it as well. This filing has the model number LG-LS995 and the other variant was LG-D959; therefore, we can assume these two are related. Also, all three LTE bands are packed for the Sprint variant. While it isn’t certain that the G Flex will be available in the United States, these FCC filings elude to it happening. We expect a launch in early 2014.
Sprint has officially announced some deals for the holiday season, and while they aren’t the most aggressive sales ever, it’s a good start. First on the list is the phone selection, which includes the LG G2 for $50 online and the Galaxy S 4 Mini for free, after a 50 mail-in rebate. Those deals start on Black Friday and both obviously require a two year plan.
Between the 22nd and the 27th, Sprint is offering a special to new customers. If you port your number over from any other carrier, Sprint will knock $100 off any available phone with a two-year agreement. If you port a number over and take advantage of Sprint’s One Up plan (the $0 down phone installment plan), Sprint will give you a $100 prepaid Visa card. Either way, that’s basically free money if you were considering making the switch to Sprint anyway.
Anyone thinking of taking advantage of some of these deals from Sprint?
The New York Times is reporting that Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and the CTIA (among others) have rejected having a “kill switch” preloaded onto Samsung phones that would prevent cellphone theft. Samsung and San Francisco district attorney George Gascón have been working together to provide this “kill switch” for some time, but the nation’s largest carriers and the industry’s trade group decided against having one because it would cut directly into their insurance plans. Currently, most carriers offer insurance plans that require monthly payments as well as a deductible for when your phone needs to be replaced. Despite the rejection, Gascón says “we are now evaluating what course of action will be necessary to force them to prioritize the safety of their customers over additional money in their pockets.”
The CTIA’s reason for not wanting this “kill switch” is that an online option to wipe your device could be hacked. Instead, the trade group offers their database as solution that would prevent stolen devices to work with the carriers’ networks; however, it’s just not effective when it comes to actually preventing the theft from happening. A “kill switch” would stop the problem from happening, not worrying about it after. Google currently offers some protection for Android devices by allowing users to track and secure their smartphones. Apple on the other hand can deactivate and wipe a device clean of its information along with requiring users to login before being used again.
Source: The New York Times
If you’re an early adopter of the Nexus 5, you might be interested to know that you can use the device on Ting, an MNVO that uses Sprint’s network. All you’ll need to do is order a SIM card from Ting (or get one from somewhere else if you can) then head over to their support forums to get your Nexus activated.
Unfortunately, the SIM cards are on backorder, and we won’t even get started on the shipping dates of the Nexus 5 itself, but if you plan on shopping around prepaid carriers in the near future, keep Ting in mind.
Sprint and Best Buy have partnered to put together a pretty good deal for students. Sprint is offering 12 months of free talk, text, and data on Sprint’s Unlimited, My Way plan, along with the purchase of a smartphone from Best Buy. There’s 1GB of data included, after which students will be billed at 1.5 cents per MB. Student lines can add unlimited data for an additional $10 per month.
In addition, students can gain additional months of free service by activating referral lines. For each additional new phone line of service activated, the student account gets an additional 12 months of free talk, text, and 1GB of data. Students of all ages are eligible for this deal, as long as they are in some fashion enrolled in elementary school, middle school, high school, college, university or other accredited institutes in the United States. The promotion runs until January 4, 2014.
HTC’s newest phablet, the HTC One Max, is now available for Sprint users. The device is $149.99 on a two year agreement (with instant savings), but can also be purchased without a contract for just $599.99. The enormous 5.9′ One Max features a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor (the same that is in the One), 2GB of RAM, an UltraPixel back-side shooter, 4G LTE, BoomSound, Fingerprint Scanner, and a 3300mAh battery.
Likely due to Best Buy outing its release date, Sprint has announced that the HTC One Max will be available this Friday, November 15. In a press release issued by the company, HTC’s phablet will be priced at $249.99 with a two-year contract. The device features a massive 5.9-inch screen with a slew of unique features that also appeared on HTC’s flagship One device. If you’re on Sprint and interested in phablets, this could be worth your attention. Hit the break for the press release.
Who would have thunk it? The LG G Flex appears to be gaining more traction than we initially thought it would. Due out in Europe this December, it appears that US carriers T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T may be getting on the flex train too. Of course, Verizon is nowhere to be found since they either tend to announce a device much later than other carriers as to be fashionably late or something, or they may not even bother carrying the handset at all, which is more likely given their track record. Our trusty boy over at @evleaks is claiming that this is a “confirmed” deal and we can definitely expect the three out of four carriers to take on the new curved smartphone.
And with @evleaks’s pretty accurate track record we have no problem believing this is most likely going to happen. And while we’re not ultimately sure how well the device will do, both over seas and in the U.S., our curiosity is still certainly piqued. Most are touting that the device is a “gimmick” and still officially in an experimental phase but we have confidence in LG as they’ve managed to deliver with their Nexus series devices for Google as well as their Optimus lineup. As always, only time will tell and will determine whether the new technology will trend well and take off or go the way of 3D on smartphones.