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

Banks say $50 billion deal to merge Sprint, T-Mobile could work

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More news today in the saga of Sprint and T-Mobile possibly merging as new information indicates at least a couple banks have provided proposals to Sprint that show how such a deal could work. The estimates put the complete deal in the $50 billion range composed of two parts, about $31 billion for the actual acquisition of T-Mobile and another pot of money totalling about $20 billion to refinance existing T-Mobile debt. T-Mobile’s current market value is about $26 billion and rising based on reports of a possible merger. » Read the rest

Sprint comes out of the corner first with LG G Flex available on Jan. 31

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Sprint announced today that they will make the LG G Flex, the world’s first curved smartphone, available on their network starting on January 31st for $299.99 with a new two-year contract. On that date, the device will be available through their Business Sales, Telesales, and web site. The LG G Flex will be available in retail stores starting on February 7th. A pre-order page has been setup on the Sprint web site and users who place an online pre-order will receive a free Quickwindow Folio case valued at $59.99. Users who wait to buy from a Sprint retail location will also have the option to purchase the device using Sprint’s Easy Pay with a down payment of $149.99 and 23 monthly payments of $20.84 and a final payment of $20.68. » Read the rest

Sprint to add “Sprint Live” home screens to Android devices

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Some of you might remember Sprint ID, which was basically a custom theme for Android. Well something similar is in the works for Sprint, and it’s called “Sprint Live”.

Sprint Live was announced on Wednesday and the software will apparently come on all of Sprint‘s Android powered phones starting later this year. It was developed by Sprint and NQ Mobile, a company that you might know for their mobile security products.

The idea is that the software will add more functionality and customization options for the home screen, however some fear that it may simply be more bloatware with heavy branding.

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Sprint’s One Up program is already being killed off in favor of the Framily Plan

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Sprint’s One Up program went live in September. After less than four months of being active, it is already being killed off. To take its place is the new Framily Plan that the carrier announced last week. One Up was Sprint’s answer to the Verizon Edge, AT&T Next, and T-Mobile Jump programs. It simply wasn’t working out for them.

The Framily Plan aims to do something completely different. It allows family and friends to earn an incentive for being on the same plan. The more people that are placed on your Framily Plan, the more money saved. Why did Sprint create the Framily Plan? Well, it could be a response to T-Mobile’s Uncarrier 4.0 aim at swaying customers over to their network. » Read the rest

Sprint offers new “Framily” plan, allows friends and family to join in one on account

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Sprint has announced a new set of plans for customers, titled “Framily” plans. That horrible mash-up of a word combines friends and family on one account, which will allow up to 10 customers to share a bill on one account, with some discounts.

These new plans look slightly similar to Sprint’s All-In plans; the more lines on the account, the bigger the discount you get for your service. A single-line account with unlimited talk and text will run $55 a month, and you’ll have the option to get 3 GB of data for an extra $10 a month or unlimited data for $20. Sprint’s slowly edging towards data caps on their plans, but at least they’re offering unlimited data for those willing to pay for it. Now, if there are two lines on the account, each phone only costs $50 a month for unlimited talk, text and 1 GB of data, and that goes down $5 for each phone added up until the 7th line. Lines 7 through 10 will all cost $25 bucks for the talk, text, and 1 GB of data, which is a pretty substantial discount if you can manage to get more than 7 people on one plan. Plus, you still get the advantage of being able to individually purchase the bigger data packages per line. » Read the rest

Sprint rolls out Spark in six additional markets

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sprint_sparkSprint announced that their Spark program is coming back to six new cities, bringing the total to eleven markets. Spark uses Sprint’s multiple frequencies together to provide very fast mobile data service, and also improves coverage in congested areas by hopping across frequencies. The full list of cities is now:

  • Austin, Texas
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Houston
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • New York
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Tampa, Fla.

Source: Sprint Newsroom

Press image of the LG G Flex for AT&T, T-Mobile leaks

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evleaks_LG_G_Flex_leak_ATT_TMobileA few weeks ago, the LG G Flex leaked in an image in which it carried Sprint’s name. Now, courtesy of @evleaks once again, the G Flex has been caught with AT&T and T-Mobile branding. The Sprint variant’s model number is LS995 while these new ones are D950 and D959. As you can tell, the difference comes when you look at the status bar. AT&T’s name is located there, as is its 4G LTE icon. T-Mobile’s name appears near the bottom while also giving a unique 4G LTE icon.

Another area worth noting is the dates displayed on the two different handsets. On the left, for AT&T, March 17 is the date listed. For T-Mobile, February 12 is labeled. That could be a release date for those respective carriers. Who knows, maybe there is a chance LG unveils the United States variants next week at CES in Las Vegas? » Read the rest

HTC EVO 4G LTE to see Android 4.3 update in mid-February

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Looks like HTC hasn’t forgotten about their EVO LTE on Sprint. According to a tweet from Jason Mackenzie of HTC, the 4G Sprint device can expect to see an Android 4.3 update sometime around mid-February. The update should also include Sense 5, which means BlinkFeed and a handful of other visual improvements.

HTC originally planned to upgrade the EVO 4G LTE to Android 4.3 by the end of 2013, so they obviously missed the deadline by a few months. But considering how open they’re trying to be with delays and scheduling, it’s hard to be too mad at them.

source: Twitter