Sprint unveils the HTC One (M8) Harman Kardon edition

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Earlier today, Sprint announced a new partnership with Spotify, but they also introduced the HTC One (M8) Harman Kardon edition. This wasn’t a surprise since we heard about this device a few weeks ago. The Harman Kardon edition is exclusive to Sprint and will be available online May 2 and in stores beginning Friday, May 9.

The Harman Kardon edition is, you guessed it, all about sound. The phone promises a “richer, deeper and clearer sound quality for compressed digital music.” It will also feature an FM radio along with Sprint Sound Sessions for exclusive music. The rest of the specs of the phone are the same as any other HTC One (M8), but it will have a unique black finish with champagne trim. It will also include Harman Kardon headphones.

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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.

Source: Sprint

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.

source: Aio Wireless

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.

Via: Fierce Wireless