Sprint partners with Spotify in effort to shore up Framily Plans, stem subscriber losses

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After disclosing a loss of 231,000 postpaid subscribers and 364,000 prepaid subscribers during an earnings report today, Sprint announced a new partnership with online music streaming service Spotify to offer some special deals and discounts as part of a “Sprint Sound Sessions” package. The package includes some special pricing with Spotify, access to the Sprint Music Plus music store and player, access to the curated Music Live service offering  news and downloads involving the world of music, and the NextRadio app for listening to local FM broadcasts. The partnership with Sprint is the first deal Spotify has entered into with a U.S. carrier.

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Sprint’s LG G Flex to receive Android 4.4 today

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For the Sprint owners out there who bought the LG G Flex, there’s some good news for you today. The carrier announced today that KitKat will be rolling out for the device beginning today, April 28.The update (version LS995ZV6) is rolling out in batches, so you may have to be patient to receive your update. Everyone should have the update by May 7.

It’s till to be seen what UI tweaks 4.4 will bring to the G Flex, since Sprint lists ”OS upgrade to Android 4.4 (Kit Kat)” as the only improvement in the OTA.

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Sprint Samsung Galaxy S5 to get update to fix camera and alarm bugs

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An update to the Sprint variant of the Samsung Galaxy S5 has begun rolling out to fix a number of issues that users have been having trouble with. The issues that are fixed in this update include the camera app not loading during a voice call, the alarm failing to go off when deleting alarms, and duplication of emails when moving them to new folders.

The update will likely not roll out to the international variant of the device as most of the issues it focuses on are unique to the Sprint variant. It will bump the software version up to G900PVPU1AND2, and, like usual, will roll out in stages.

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Aio Wireless to offer group discounts similar to Sprint’s Framily plans

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Aio Wireless, the AT&T subsidiary, is taking a page from the Sprint playbook with the introduction of a new Group Save Discounts program. Like the Framily plans from Sprint, Aio is offering discounts that get progressively larger as more subscribers join a “group.” For the second line in a group you get a $10 monthly discount, the third line will net you a $20 discount, and the fourth and fifth lines in a group will each net you a $30 per month discount. Unlike the Framily plans that can go up to 10 lines, Aio is limiting their groups to a maximum of 5 eligible lines for a maximum monthly discount of $90.

If you have Aio Wireless service or want to check out the plan, just hit the source link for more information.

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Major smartphone OEMs and wireless carriers agree to support anti-theft measures

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Like with any other valuable object, smartphones are often the target of thieves. Many lawmakers and even carriers and device manufacturers have questioned how to implement features on devices that would cut down on theft, but until now there hasn’t been much of a united stance in making that happen. » Read the rest

T-Mobile says no to overage charges, and John Legere starts petition for all U.S. carriers to do the same

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After a slight delay, T-Mobile just unveiled their 3rd and final installment of big announcements to further shake up the mobile industry. Last week brought a new Simple Starter Plan for day 1 and day 2 was that LTE tablets will be priced the same as Wi-Fi-only tablets. Day 3 is all about overage charges.

T-Mobile will no longer charge overages to their customers, which is a pretty good announcement in itself, but John Legere and team are taking it one step further. They are encouraging AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless to do the same, and they have created a petition on Change.org.

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LG G3 User Agent Profile shows up on Sprint’s website

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LG_Logo_02_TA_CES_2014An LG G3 User Agent Profile has appeared on Sprint’s web site. the UAP shows that the phone carries a model number of LS990 that adds weight that this is, in fact, the LG G3 — the LG G2 was the LS980 in North America. According to the file. The LG G3 will sport a quad-HD display with a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels on a rumored 5.5-inch display. The device will come with Android 4.4.2 and possibly a revamped Optimus UI.

The UAP also suggests that the device will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 M8974A processor and 3GB of RAM. It’s also suggested that the phone will have a 13MP rear camera and a micro SD slot that will hold up to an extra 64GB of storage. The phone is said to be debuted on May 15.

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Verizon, Sprint join AT&T by removing Download Booster from their GS5 while T-Mobile keeps it

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Owners of the Samsung Galaxy S 5 on AT&T, you are not alone. Verizon and Sprint have followed AT&T’s decision to ditch Download Booster for their variants of Samsung’s newest flagship smartphone. For those unaware, Download Booster meshes WiFi and data connections to really pull down a signal. These carriers have opted to omit the feature likely due to data caps being in the way for many customers.

There is one carrier, though, that is not removing Download Booster. Who else but T-Mobile. The nation’s Un-carrier is even flaunting the fact that it is keeping the feature around. So while Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint Galaxy S 5 owners cannot enjoy the power of Download Booster, T-Mobile customers can.

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More carriers add HTC One (M8) to retail locations starting today

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When HTC announced the HTC One (M8) they also announced their latest flagship device would be available around the globe with more than 230 operators signed up to carry the smartphone. That far-ranging availability did not stop HTC from creating some initial scarcity for the phone by giving Verizon exclusive rights to carry the HTC One (M8) in their retail locations starting on the day of the announcement. In the U.S., if you were not a Verizon customer, you could still order the HTC One (M8) on-line and get it shipped to you. Customers with AT&T or Sprint now have the ability to get their hands on the device prior to making their purchase as Verizon’s exclusivity period draws to a close and these carriers have the device available in retail locations. T-Mobile is scheduled to have HTC’s newest device available starting tomorrow at their retail stores.

According to HTC’s original announcement, several other retail outlets should have the HTC One (M8) available for customers to try their hands on starting today, notably Best Buy. Not surprisingly, HTC is getting the HTC One (M8) onto retail sales floors just in time to compete with the Samsung Galaxy S 5 which will start selling tomorrow.

Target will sell the Samsung Galaxy S 5 for $100 when you trade in your old device

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Not able to take advantage of Verizon’s BOGO offer for the Samsung Galaxy S 5? Target is running a deal of their own. If you bring a qualifying device in for a trade, Target will sell you Samsung’s new flagship smartphone for just $100 with a new two-year contract. The carriers eligible with Target’s deal are Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint.

The deal runs from April 11 through April 19, so check the source link below to see if your current device is eligible for a trade in. The whole process can be done online or in a Target store.

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