Sprint cares more about improving than its rank among carriers

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As it stands today, Sprint holds the title as the third largest carrier in the United States. Only Verizon and AT&T stand in front of Sprint while T-Mobile watches from the back. But staying in third place seems difficult when John Legere has committed to putting Team Magenta ahead of Sprint by the end of 2015. T-Mobile has launched an attack on the wireless industry with competitive deals and unrivaled incentives.

Sprint has received plenty of negative attention due to the network’s quality being poor and pricing not matching service. Slowly though, things are changing because the carrier has invested in improving its network and introduced plenty of promotions. Marcelo Claure, the CEO of Sprint, feels that Legere is “in for a rude awakening” and will allow to “let actions speak.”

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RadioShack files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Sprint moving into some stores

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After struggling to find any sort of success in recent years, RadioShack has officially filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The entire process includes plenty of moves and changes for various parties. General Wireless, a subsidiary of Standard General, will absorb most of RadioShack’s assets and existing leases for retail stores. Most notably, Sprint has agreed to move into approximately 1,750 stores across the country. It will allow Sprint to have a store-within-a-store setup. The agreement provides Sprint with around a third a retail space within the co-branded stores. While Sprint, Boost Mobile, and Virgin Mobile have primary branding on marketing materials, other carriers and products will continue to be sold.

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Sprint updating the HTC One (M8) and LG G3 to Android 5.0 Lollipop next week

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Sprint is on fire when it comes to updating devices to Lollipop. If the HTC One (M7) and the Galaxy S 5 wasn’t enough, how about the HTC One (M8) and the LG G3? A leaked document shows that the HTC One (M8) will get Android 5.0 Lollipop on February 13 and the LG G3 will get the tasty treat on February 16. If you happen to own the Harman Kardon edition of the One (M8), don’t fret, because it’s included in the update as well.

Of course, it should be noted that “subject to change” is listed so if anything goes wrong with the final testing, Sprint will delay the launch. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

source: Android Central

Sprint marks February 5 for Lollipop’s arrival on the Samsung Galaxy S 5

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The HTC One (M7) on Sprint is not the carrier’s only device receiving a software update this week. Tomorrow, the Samsung Galaxy S 5 will also receive a software update moving it away from KitKat and into Lollipop. On its own site, Samsung revealed that February 5 would be the start of the software update’s rollout on the Galaxy S 5.

Here is the changelog provided by Samsung:

  • Android OS updated to v5.0 Lollipop
  • Enhanced VoWiFi UI
  • Lumen toolbar removed

Let us know in the comments when you receive the software update.

Source: Samsung

 

Android 5.0.1 Lollipop landing on Sprint’s HTC One (M7) starting February 5

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Tomorrow, February 5, will be a very special day for owners of the HTC One (M7) on Sprint’s network. The carrier has approved an update that will deliver the (almost) latest version of Android to the HTC flagship of 2013. HTC’s VP of Product Management, Mo Versi, announced on Twitter that Android 5.0.1 would begin rolling out to the One (M7) in an over-the-air (OTA) update.

Despite breaking its promise, we are glad to see HTC delivering Lollipop goodness to its devices.

Source: @moversi (Twitter)

RadioShack may sell half of its retail locations to Sprint while closing the rest

radioshack_logoRecently, RadioShack started the process of avoiding bankruptcy by selling some of its retail locations to Sprint in order to bring in a little extra cash. While that deal hasn’t happened yet, it looks like RadioShack is considering pawning off half of its retail stores to Sprint while closing the other half, then stepping out of the retail game altogether.

The deal is currently still in the talking stages, so it’s not finalized just yet. Negotiations could fall through, or the specifics of the deal could change by the time it’s publicly announced. There’s always still a chance that another investor could step in and buy out RadioShack to keep it afloat, too, so we’ll just have to wait and see how things play out. Read more

AWS-3 spectrum auction yields $45 billion in bids, AT&T at top of heap

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The FCC recently completed an auction of AWS-3 spectrum raising almost $45 billion in bids in the process. The amount raised was quite a bit more than the FCC’s last big spectrum auction held in 2008 when they raised $19.1 billion selling 700MHz spectrum. The big player in this round turned out to be AT&T which bid nearly $18.2 billion for 251 licenses. The biggest chunk of those were in the New York City metro area. AT&T says the new spectrum helps them cover 96 percent of the U.S. population with AWS-3 spectrum.

In a bit of surprise, the second largest bidder was DISH which grabbed $13.3 billion worth of spectrum. DISH has been hoping to start up a terrestrial LTE network to augment their satellite offerings, so this latest purchase may help them with that goal. The other large bidders included Verizon and T-Mobile who also hope to strengthen their networks in anticipation of expanding their advanced network offerings in the coming years. Sprint did not participate in this auction as they prepare to invest in 600MHz spectrum in an auction scheduled for next year.

source: The Verge

Sprint will apologize to AT&T and Verizon during the Super Bowl

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A couple of months ago, Sprint released a commercial about their family plan and kind of referred to AT&T and Verizon as sheep. Well apparently they have decided to issue an apology during the third quarter of some sort of big football game this weekend. Yup, it will be in the form of a commercial. Something tells me they really won’t be all that apologetic. And is AT&T and Verizon really wait for an apology?

Hit the break for the teaser they released earlier today along with the commercial from November that started it all.

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Cablevision hopes to use Wi-Fi calling to challenge wireless carriers

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As wireless carriers have developed 4G LTE networks over the last few years, one of the doors that has been opened is the move to using data networks for voice traffic. Pushing voice traffic over data networks is nothing new, but traditionally the technology has been confined to Wi-Fi connected devices or those physically connected to a network, like a PC hooked up to a wired LAN. The improvements to wireless networks, in particular LTE technologies, make it possible to move that same voice traffic to the cellular spectrums. We are already seeing the major wireless carriers start this transition, like Verizon’s implementation of Advanced Calling. A side effect of this change in how wireless is used for voice calls is that other companies may be able to start to offer voice service using Wi-Fi and possibly challenge the traditional carriers. We have already seen word starting to get out about how Google may implement this in conjunction with traditional carriers as an MVNO and now word is getting out that Cablevision is preparing to jump in to the market with their own solution. Read more