Sprint, Clearwire moving closer to deal according to CNBC

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Reporting on CNBC’s Squawk on the Street, show host David Farber indicated negotiations between Sprint and Clearwire have been heating up in the last few days. Sprint, which already owns a majority interest in Clearwire, has been rumored to be working on a deal to buy out the remaining shareholders. Discussions with some of the other major parties, like Bright House, Intel, and Comcast, have been held in an effort to work through some of the complexities of a potential buyout. According to Farber’s sources, Sprint is trying to gain complete control over Clearwire in order to have access to Clearwire’s spectrum.

Sprint is poised to become a subsidiary of Softbank, probably in March or April 2013. Individuals familiar with the negotiations think the closing of the Softbank deal and the Sprint/Clearwire deal should occur at the same time. In order to provide appropriate notice, Sprint will likely need to issue a statement before the end of the year. Clearwire’s debt holders noted the company did not call First Lien Notes yesterday, adding to the speculation that Clearwire does not anticipate being an independent company for much longer.

source: CNBC

Sprint to offer buy-one-get-one free deal on three Samsung Galaxy devices this holiday season

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‘Tis the season for sweet deals on new devices. In the past, T-Mobile’s been known to run a few buy-one-get-one deals. Well Sprint is getting in on that action this season with their holiday BOGO deal. This deal is good for the Samsung Galaxy Victory, S II, and S III. The deal will run from December 7th through 24th and will be available for new and upgrading customers. Anyone signing two years of their life away and jumping on this deal?

source:  Engadget

Smartphone Buyer’s Guide For Budget-Minded Customers: The Best Devices For $99.99 Or Under

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It may be the start of the holiday season, but there are always great deals available for prospective smartphone shoppers looking to grab a sweet phone that won’t break the bank. In fact, there used to be the notion that in order to grab a phone under $100 on-contract, you’d have to settle for an outdated or budget-level device. However that notion is no longer the case as customers across all carriers can easily find a decent (if not great) device for a reasonable price. Of course figuring out which device may be a bit difficult, but don’t fret— Talk Android has you covered as we’ve come up with a solid guide with our recommendations of the best devices for under $100 on-contract for your respective wireless carrier. So without further ado, head on past the break to see our picks of the best devices that won’t break the bank.

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Thinking of nabbing an Android phone this Black Friday? Here’s a list of the best deals you can take advantage of!

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With Black Friday just around the corner, knowing about the best deals that are available to you is key. If you’re planning on grabbing an Android powered device this Black Friday season, there’s some awesome choices for you to look at. TalkAndroid has your back with a list of some of the best deals out there that you can take advantage of on or around Friday!

Keep in mind that these are just some of what you can find this Black Friday. If you guys have any other info on some great deals, feel free to use the comments section. As more info comes to us this page will be updated. There’s also other stores worth mentioning such as Target and Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart will be offering $100 gift cards if you purchase a device such as the Samsung Galaxy S III (on contract), so keep your eye out for those kind of deals! Or you can also grab the Black Friday app to help you find the best deals possible.

If you’re looking for a tablet this Black Friday, you can check out our round up of great Android tablet deals!

Hope you all get what you want this Black Friday and shop safely. And of course, have a Happy Thanksgiving from the TalkAndroid crew!

 

[Deal] LG Optimus G only $99 for upgrades and new accounts on AT&T and Sprint

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Want a great phone at a great price? Amazon Wireless is offering LG’s new flagship phone, the Optimus G, for only $99 when you upgrade or open a new account with either AT&T or Sprint. That is $100 cheaper than what you would pay if you bought it from the carriers.

To review, the LG Optimus G sports a 4.7-inch (1280 x 768) IPS LCD display at 318ppi, 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage (Sprint) /16GB of storage (AT&T), microSD slot (AT&T), 13MP rear camera (Sprint) / 8MP rear camera (AT&T), 1.3MP front camera, 2100mAh battery, and Android Ice Cream Sandwich. That is a lot of bang that you’re getting for your buck.

We don’t know how long this sale will last, so if you’re in the running for a new phone on either AT&T or Sprint, you might want to act fast!

Is anyone planning on taking advantage of this deal?

 

Source: Amazon Wireless (AT&T), Amazon Wireless (Sprint)

Sprint and AT&T LG Optimus G review and hands on: Did LG finally get a flagship?

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Whenever people talk about Android phones, LG generally doesn’t come up in the conversation. Companies like Samsung, HTC, and Motorola seem to get the most press, but there’s no question LG has a big following. Even so, they never came out with a phone that put them over the top. The Optimus G just might be that phone, and so far things are looking pretty good as they impressed Google enough to morph the phone into the Nexus 4. Assuming you’re not going to buy a Nexus 4, is the Optimus G the phone for you? Hit the break to get started

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Samsung Galaxy S II 4G now available from Boost Mobile in Titanium for $369.99

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Leaked earlier this month, the Samsung Galaxy S II 4G in Titanium is Boost Mobile’s newest prepaid handset. The device is essentially a re-purposed Galaxy S II, sporting the same specifications of Samsung’s 2011 flagship smartphone. The “4G” branding stems from the included WiiMax radios, which Boost Mobile is now borrowing from its parent network, Sprint.

The revamped Galaxy S II is available today from Boost Mobile for $369.99 off contract which, in all fairness, seems a bit outrageous for what you’re getting. If you don’t have your heart set on Boost, there are plenty of other options at more appealing price points. In fact, you could purchase the Nexus 4 off-contract and take it to T-Mobile for as low as $30 per month, so long as you can wait three weeks for Google to restock the pure Android smartphone.

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Get a Samsung Galaxy Nexus or Victory 4G LTE for free from Sprint on Black Friday

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As we gear up for a busy holiday shopping season, there’s nothing better than finding out what deals will be available ahead of time. Come Black Friday, Sprint will be offering a trio of steals, including a Samsung Galaxy Nexus or Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE for free with a new two year contract. These two devices will be available throughout the weekend, so you won’t have to camp out overnight on a full stomach.

Like we heard previously, subscribers will be able to pick up a Samsung Galaxy S III for just $50 when signing up for a new commitment, though you’ll need to show up bright and early on Friday to get your hands on one.

Source: Phandroid

Sprint 4G LTE headed to nine new markets in the ‘coming months’

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Sprint has announced a slew of new 4G LTE markets today, effectively increasing the number of cities on the waiting list to get access to the carrier’s blazing-fast network. Customers in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota; Oakland/Fremont/Hayward, California; Key West, Florida; Fort Smith, Arkansas; Michigan City/La Porte, Indiana; Bloomington, Indiana; Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Ardmore, Oklahoma; and McAllen/Edinburg/Mission, Texas will be happy to know that their cities are among the select few slated to receive first dibs on Sprint’s elusive 4G LTE over the course of the coming months.

It’s a little disheartening to see more cities added to the pipeline before Sprint can even manage roll out its new network to markets that have previously been announced. Either way, Sprint still hopes to have most of its rollout completed before the end of 2013, so it looks like these cities will at least see improved data speeds before then (fingers crossed). Hit the break for the company’s official press release. » Read the rest

Android co-founder says wireless carriers should spend more time and money customizing interfaces for Android phones

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What was that? Everybody put your hands over your ears now, especially the carriers. At the Open Mobile Summit conference, Google Ventures General Partner and Android co-founder Rich Miner said that carrers should spend more time and money creating unique interfaces for Android phones. He’s actually surprised that carriers like Verizon and AT&T haven’t put more time into it. He points to the fact that Android is open and that anyone can modify it to their heart’s content. True, but that doesn’t mean they should.

“There’s a big opportunity that they seem to have left on the table,” Miner said. “I’m a little curious as to why” carriers haven’t done more to customize their Android phones.

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