Apple joins Google, HTC and others to curb smartphone theft

By Jake Smith on Apr 15, 2014

Apple has entered into the “Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment” with HTC, Motorola, Samsung, and others, to curb the smartphone theft epidemic that has been plaguing many city streets.

Under the voluntary agreement, the manufacturers are planning to add several new security features to their smartphones going on sale after July 2015, to make for an industry standard.

Under the Commitment, manufacturers’ smartphones must:  Read More


Sprint now offering up to $650 for new ‘Framily’ subscribers

By Cody Lee on Apr 5, 2014

Following in the footsteps of T-Mobile, Sprint announced this week that it is now offering up to $650 in equipment trade-in and early termination fee credits to new subscribers. The goal of the promo is to entice customers to switch over from their current carriers.

Folks looking to cash in on the ‘Framily Switching Bonus’ offer must port their existing phone numbers from another company to Sprint. They must also trade-in their previous handsets for new smartphones, and subscribe to one of the carrier’s new Framily rate plans… Read More


Sprint’s Ting adds support for the iPhone 5

By Cody Lee on Mar 12, 2014

Sprint’s MVNO Ting has announced that it now supports the iPhone 5. The carrier previously only supported the iPhone 4 and 4s, and a handful of Android devices, so the additional choice should make its customers happy.

For those unfamiliar with Ting, it’s essentially the T-Mobile of the prepaid/MVNO world. It’s mission is to disrupt the way users are billed for their cell phone usage, by only charging for minutes, messages and data they use… Read More


AT&T tops Verizon in customer service survey, T-Mobile most improved

By Cody Lee on Feb 10, 2014

J.D. Power and Associates published its bi-annual report on wireless customer care performance this week, ranking the top 4 US carriers based on various stats related to customer service.

The marketing research firm asked more than 7,000 subscribers how satisfied they were with the customer service they received from their cell phone provider, and here is how they scored… Read More


Virgin knocks another 20% off its iPhone selection

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 28, 2014

Yesterday, Cody informed you of Virgin Mobile’s iPhone deal: the Sprint-owned MVNO has shaved another ten percet off its iPhone selection, bringing the cost of the 16GB iPhone 5s down to $495. The 32GB iPhone 5s was slashed to $585 and the 64GB variant dropped to $675, the latter just a little bit more than what you’d normally pay for an off-contract 16GB iPhone 5s.

I’m not sure whether Apple’s earnings report had anything to do with it, but Virgin on Tuesday knocked another 20 percent off these devices. The discount extends to the iPhone 5c and iPhone 4 as well… Read More


Virgin Mobile now offering unsubsidized iPhone 5s for $495, 5c for $405

By Cody Lee on Jan 27, 2014

Folks in the market for a prepaid iPhone may want to check out Virgin Mobile. The Sprint networked-backed MVNO has just shaved another 10% off its iPhone selection, bringing about some of the cheapest unsubsidized prices we’ve seen for the handset.

The discount brings the cost of the 16GB iPhone 5s down to $495, and the 32GB 5s down to $585. And if you want to go for the 64GB model, it’ll only cost you $675—just a little bit more than you’d normally pay for a 16GB full retail… Read More


Sprint’s LTE network is now live in 300 cities

By Cody Lee on Dec 16, 2013

Good news for Sprint users with LTE-enabled devices today. The carrier announced this morning that it has flipped out the 4G tech for a handful of major new markets including San Diego and St. Louis, and several smaller ones.

Today’s rollout pushes Sprint’s LTE network into over 300 US cities, covering close to 200 million people—a significant milestone for the company, although it’s still well behind its much larger competitors Verizon and AT&T… Read More


WSJ: Sprint looking to acquire T-Mobile USA

By Cody Lee on Dec 13, 2013

The Wall Street Journal is reporting this afternoon that Sprint is working on a potential T-Mobile USA purchase. The carrier is said to be looking into regulatory concerns right now, and a bid in upwards of $20 billion could come in early 2014.

A merger of these two wireless providers would be significant for a few reasons. For one, it would leave just 3 major competing carriers in the US. And two, Sprint and T-Mobile have a combined subscriber base close to that of AT&T and Verizon… Read More


Sprint’s MVNO Ting starts quietly supporting iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 4, 2013

Sprint’s mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Ting has recently started quietly supporting Apple’s iPhone, a new report has discovered. According to a help document posted on the carrier’s website, Ting customers can now activate the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S on its network. Previously, the Tucows-owned telco would not allow users to bring their unlocked iPhone and use it with one of its no-contract wireless plans.

Ting still isn’t selling the Apple handset directly, despite a bunch of regional U.S. wireless carriers now offering the latest iPhone 5s/5c as well as previous iPhones… Read More


Sprint unveils new 1Gb ‘Spark’ wireless service

By Cody Lee on Oct 30, 2013

Sprint today revealed that it has developed a new wireless technology that could allow it to surpass the data speeds of its competitors. Dubbed ‘Sprint Spark,’ the ultra-fast LTE service is currently capable of delivering peak speeds of up to 60Mbp .

But the company says that’s just the beginning. Spark’s speed will increase as the technology matures, and will eventually reach staggering 1Gbps download speeds. And to prove that, Sprint demonstrated a 1Gbps connection today at one of its labs… Read More


Sprint’s Q3 losses shrink to $398M, courtesy of iPhone

By Ed Sutherland on Oct 30, 2013

Sprint, America’s third-largest wireless carrier, announced Wednesday that 1.4 million of the five million smartphones it sold during the third quarter were iPhones, of which 40 percent were to new customers.

The iPhone sales are just under the 1.5 million Apple smartphones Sprint activated during the same period in 2012.

The iPhone numbers have helped the carrier reduce the gap from a $398 million operating loss, rebounding from a $767 million loss during the same quarter in 2012. By comparison, Verizon Wireless, the nation’s largest carrier, announced selling about 3.9 million iPhones during the third quarter… Read More


JD Power: Apple leads in satisfaction on AT&T/Verizon, Samsung on Sprint/T-Mobile

By Ed Sutherland on Oct 17, 2013

When it comes to smartphone satisfaction, carriers are key. That’s the central finding of J.D. Power, which Thursday released its latest study indicating Apple and Samsung lead in satisfaction across all four major U.S. providers.

When it comes to the iPhone, customers of long-time Apple partners Verizon and AT&T love the Cupertino, Cupertino, company’s smartphone lineup, more than any other smartphone brand.

As for South Korean Samsung, Sprint customers report are most satisfied by the Galaxy family of smartphones. Which U.S. carriers do the best job supporting smartphones? According to the study, AT&T and Sprint report the greatest satisfaction, followed by T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless… Read More


iPhone 5s is top-seller in the US with iPhone 5c close behind

By Ed Sutherland on Oct 4, 2013

Apple’s new iPhone 5s became the top-selling smartphone in the US during September. New numbers show the 5s and 5c were among the top three smartphones sold by all four major domestic carriers.

Helped along by record sales, the iPhone 5s also replaced Samsung’s Galaxy S4 as the best-selling smartphone among AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile, according to Canaccord Genuity Friday… Read More


Prepaid carrier Boost Mobile said to land iPhone 5s/5c soon with Shrinking Payments

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 30, 2013

Not to be outdone by fellow prepaid telco Virgin Mobile, Boost Mobile is said to soon start carrying Apple’s iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c handsets. According to EVLeaks, the Irvine, California headquartered Boost Mobile should start selling both new iPhones soon on its no-contract unlimited monthly plan with Shrinking Payments.

Again, Boost is a prepaid carrier so they’ll be likely selling full-price, unsubsidized handsets with plans probably starting at around $50 per month, decreasing every six months until the plan pricing hits $35… Read More


Sprint launches $65 a month One Up upgrade plan

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 20, 2013

As rumored, the U.S. wireless carrier Sprint on Friday launched its $65 a month upgrade program, just in time for the double iPhone 5s/5c launch. By the way, the new iPhones have gotten off to a great start as Apple cites “incredible demand” for the handsets. Akin to similar offerings from rival telcos AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile, Sprint customers can now get a brand new smartphone every 12 months with no downpayment for a limited time, by signing up for the $65 a month One Up plan for unlimited voice, text and data. Jump past the fold for the full reveal… Read More


Sprint taking $100 off iPhone 5c and 5s models for new customers

By Cody Lee on Sep 16, 2013

With both new iPhones coming to Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile this week, expect to see providers put in a little extra effort to lure in new customers. After all, this is the first time ever that Apple’s popular handset will launch on all 4 major US carriers.

Sprint, for example, announced today that it will be offering a $100 instant credit to folks porting in their number to their network from another carrier. And that credit can be used toward the purchase price of the iPhone 5c or 5s, essentially knocking $100 off… Read More


US carriers to open at 8 am Friday for iPhone launch

By Cody Lee on Sep 16, 2013

With Apple not offering pre-orders for the iPhone 5s, folks hoping to score the handset on launch day will have to make their way to a local retailer. A number of outlets will be selling the new iPhones on Friday, including Walmart and Radio Shack.

What time should you get there? Well some folks have already been in line for several days now. But if you’re not that committed, we recommend getting there as early on Friday morning as possible. It looks like most retailers are opening at 8 am… Read More


Sprint said to be preparing new ‘One Up’ early upgrade program

By Cody Lee on Sep 16, 2013

You knew this would happen sooner or later. Following in the footsteps of T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon, it looks like Sprint is preparing to enter the ‘early equipment upgrade’ club with a new program called ‘One Up.’

Much like T-Mobile’s Jump or AT&T’s Next, One Up is a program that will allow Sprint customers to pay for their devices in monthly installments. And after a year, they’ll be able to trade them in for an early upgrade… Read More


iPhone 5c pre-orders to begin Friday at 12:01 am Pacific Time

By Cody Lee on Sep 11, 2013

Looking to grab Apple’s new iPhone 5c? Then you better keep your credit card handy. It appears that pre-orders for the new handset are set to begin Friday, September 13—that’s tomorrow—at 12:01 am Pacific Time.

The information comes from U.S. carrier partners Verizon and Sprint, who have both posted pre-order info on their websites. Apple hasn’t confirmed the time yet, but it has in year’s past coordinated with the providers… Read More


Apple nows offers a single iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c version for AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 10, 2013

As we continue to uncover interesting tidbits following Apple’s introduction of the flagship iPhone 5s and the plastic iPhone 5c this morning, a little-appreciated fact has now come to light. Both new iPhones are offered in four different hardware varieties each versus three different cellular versions of the iPhone 5.

The consolidated 5s/5c models offer more LTE bands than before, but the coolest thing is that in the United States a single version now supports AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile. Additionally, a different version of the handsets will provide compatibility with Sprint and Japan’s KDDI and Softbank carriers.

Previously, there used to be two different US flavors of the iPhone 5, one for the AT&T and T-Mobile and the other for Verizon and Sprint networks… Read More

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