The LG G3 is making its way around the world, and being released in the US is a top priority. Today it was announced that the device would be available from Sprint starting on July 18th, or for pre-order starting in July 11th.
We don’t yet know how much the device will cost on Sprint, but we do know that users will be able to get it for a $0 down payment, and $25 monthly payments for two years. Not only that, but if you purchase the G3 between July 11 and July 24, you’ll get a $150 cash reward card. Or, if you purchase is between July 24 and August 14, you’ll get a $100 reward card.
Sprint is not done getting some attention today. After launching HD Voice and expanding its 4G LTE network along with Sprint Spark, the carrier is welcoming anyone to try them out for 30 days risk-free. Don’t like what Sprint has to offer? Get your money back. This includes everything like service and upgrade fees. This 30 day risk-free trial program begins June 27.
Sprint’s HD Voice compatibility is now spanning across more than sixty smartphones (including prepaid). They have lit up 4G LTE in twenty-eight new markets, covering 471 cities and 225 million people. And their Sprint Spark has been activated in three new markets. Not too bad for a company that is on the verge of merging with another carrier.
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Sprint has added a (sort of) brand new device from Samsung. The carrier is adding the Galaxy S 5 Sport to its rotation. While that handset may not sound familiar, it currently exists over at AT&T with a different name. It is nearly identical to the Galaxy S 5 Active. Coming in Cherry Red and Electric Blue, the Galaxy S 5 Sport sports a different textured back than the GS5 Active. This is to make the handset easier to grip. Behind the 5.1-inch 1080p display is Android 4.4.2 (with TouchWiz), a quad-core processor, and 2GB of RAM. The usual 16GB of internal storage is what you have to work with.
Motorola is continuing its hot streak of delivering timely updates. Another Moto X carrier version is receiving a jump to Android 4.4.3 right now. This time it is the Sprint version. The exact software version for this update is KXA21.12-L1.22. Aside from this version of Android’s behind the scenes fixes, an improved camera app and redesigned Dialer app are included.
As usual with many software updates, this one is in the form of a staged rollout. Be patient.
Owners of the Galaxy S 4 Mini and Galaxy Mega 6.3 on Sprint’s network, fire up the Software Update menu! Sprint is rolling out Android 4.4.2 to both of those devices right now. Like other Samsung devices receiving an update this week, restyled status and navigation bars are being introduced alongside other visual tweaks. Of course, KitKat’s goodies are here as well.
Source: Samsung (Galaxy S 4 Mini) (Galaxy Mega 6.3)
The merger between Sprint and T-Mobile could leave us with only one of the two brands existing. Who will it be? According to CNBC’s David Faber, T-Mobile and its name will be left standing. The Sprint brand, however, would disappear with John Legere’s beast leading the way. In fact, Faber confirmed a that John Legere would remain in charge of the merged company. Sprint CEO Dan Hesse has already made it clear he has no problem fading away. The rising success of T-Mobile would be the reason for sticking around. Within the last few years, Sprint has gained negative press for its poor network and high costs. T-Mobile, as we all know, is all about calling out competitors and serving consumers with great deals.
Sprint owners of the HTC One (M8), head over to the Software Update menu. The carrier is currently pushing an update the HTC’s 2014 flagship. The update improves upon network connectivity, for both voice and data connections. The software version is 1.54.651.10 and Sprint says the update is being deployed in batches. In other words, this is another staged rollout.
One of the nation’s most badass executives will not be going anywhere even if his company goes through a merger. I’m talking about John Legere, T-Mobile’s very vocal CEO. If T-Mobile and Sprint successfully merge after agreeing to a deal, Legere will remain at the helm of the conglomerate. We have already heard Sprint CEO Dan Hesse would have no problem stepping back and allowing someone else lead. Bloomberg is reporting that negotiations are ongoing and Legere is at the forefront of the future.
If there is anything the mobile industry needed from carriers, it is a firecracker and that is certainly what T-Mobile has in John Legere. His Un-carrier movement has forced other carries like Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint to rethink strategies. In fact, T-Mobile is even paying early termination fees (ETFs) for consumers to jump ship from rivals. With Legere leading the nation’s third and fourth place carriers, there would likely be some more force coming at Verizon and AT&T.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting the often rumored Sprint and T-Mobile merger is finally moving forward. The two companies have agreed to “broad outlines” that put T-Mobile’s value at $32 billion, or about $40 per share.
This deal isn’t official, but it’s expected to be during the early part of the summer. Of course, negotiations could fall through, but unlikely as it seems as though both companies really need this deal to happen. Sprint and T-Mobile are the 3rd and 4th largest wireless operators in the U.S., and it appears a deal between these two companies has the best chance of clearing the FCC.
In preparation for the summer, where at least some of you will accidentally drop your new smartphone in a pool, Sprint is offering open enrollment for device protection packages for both prepaid and postpaid customers. The protection plan will cover any damage done to the phone, including drops, cracks, spills, or water damage, as well as the device being lost, or stolen. Plus, Sprint’s protection program will also secure you against losing any important data on your device.