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Sprint acquires 33 percent stake in Tidal, Jay Z’s Apple Music rival

U.S. wireless carrier Sprint announced Monday that it’s buying one-third of Tidal, Jay Z’s music-streaming service, in a bid to give customers exclusive content not available anywhere else. That’s right, Tidal and its artists will produce exclusive content that will only be available to current and new Sprint customers.

While Sprint now owns 33 percent of Tidal, Jay Z & Co. will continue to run the artist-centric service. Sprint’s CEO Marcelo Claure will join Tidal’s Board of Directors.

Sprint partners up with Pokémon GO to add new Pokéstops and Gyms

Sprint is partnering up with Niantic to increase the amount of Pokéstops and gyms that you can access in Pokémon GO.

The goal of the collaboration is to give players more access points to stock up on Pokémon item necessities and to battle other players for experience and team gym domination, but clearly Sprint gets some positive press out of the deal too.

Sprint’s new tablet-exclusive unlimited plan degrades your video, music and gaming streams

I don’t trust “unlimited” wireless plans because they’re all but unlimited and often come with a bunch of caveats one needs to consider carefully. The latest example: Sprint’s newly announced data plan for tablets which promises unlimited 4G LTE data in exchange for $20 per month. So far so good, but the devil—as always—is in the detail.

If you take a closer look at the fine print, you soon realize that the plan limits video streaming to DVD-like 480p resolution, music streaming quality to 500kbps and your online gaming streams to up to 2Mbps.

Sprint reveals its own unlimited data plan

Joining a chorus of carrier updates, U.S. wireless carrier Sprint today revealed an unlimited plan of its own. Called Unlimited Freedom and available starting at $60 per month, it offers unlimited 4G LTE data, talk and text, with the ability to add a second line for an extra $40 per month, or up to eight lines for an additional $30 per month each.

Additionally, Sprint’s prepaid subsidiary Boost Mobile revealed a similar plan of its own. Both plans are available for new and existing customers starting tomorrow.

Deal: Best Buy is offering iPhone 6s on a Sprint contract for $1, a savings of $199

Best Buy is running a new promotion that might interest those who’re in the market for an entry-level iPhone 6s. Just this week, the consumer electronics retailer is offering the entry-level iPhone 6s with sixteen gigabytes of storage for just $1.

The U.S.-only promotion requires would-be iPhone 6s shoppers to sign a two-year contract with wireless carrier Sprint or commit themselves to one of Sprint’s monthly installment plans that don’t require signing a long-term contract.

Sprint to fix an issue preventing iPhone users from connecting to LTE cellular data

Sprint customers took to Reddit to complain about the inability to connect to Sprint’s LTE cellular data network after upgrading to Apple’s iOS 9.3 software update last week. The most recent iOS 9.3.1 update does not appear to have fixed the issue.

Sprint has acknowledged the issue in a text message to affected users and promised a fix, which will likely be delivered in the form of an over-the-air carrier settings update. “Your iPhone may be having data connection issues with the recent software update,” reads Sprint’s message. “We’re working quickly to fix. We apologize for the inconvenience”.

Why I switched back to AT&T after just a week of using Sprint

Just before the new year, I decided to take on Sprint’s promotional event of cutting an AT&T, Verizon, or T-Mobile bill in half. Being with AT&T for more than 6 years, and having always wanted to try another carrier for the heck of it, I was lured in by being able to save a few bucks on my monthly bill.

Their offer to pay my contract breaching fees up to $650 from AT&T just about sealed the deal as well.

Knowing that Sprint didn’t have the best service in the world, I was wary, but since I really only use my iPhone for social networking, phone calls, and iMessaging, and wouldn’t be doing things like streaming HD videos on the go, I was going to take the plunge anyway and see whether or not Sprint would be a good fit for my needs.

If you too were thinking about Sprint for your next carrier, then read on, because what I’m about to share with you could make or break your decision and save you a ton of time of cancelling agreements and wasting time and money.

T-Mobile and Verizon are offering free data for existing customers

With Black Friday coming later this week, the various carriers are unveiling their plans for the big sale. While the big four (AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon) all have various deals, only T-Mobile and Verizon have really good offerings for existing customers, including free data.

Verizon is offering existing customers an additional 1 GB of data for two billing cycles, while T-Mobile is giving all customers unlimited data for three whole months. These deals start on different dates, so head into the story to see how to get them and where.

Sprint launches LTE Plus network in 77 markets with speeds up to 100Mbps

Sprint on Wednesday announced that it has flipped on the switch for its LTE Plus network in 77 major markets. The next-generation network is now available in several big cities across the United States, including Los Angeles, Dallas-Fort Worth, Orlando and Boston.

In a press release, Sprint CTO Dr. John Saw explains the benefits of LTE Plus over standard LTE, such as stronger and more reliable service, and of course faster speeds. Saw says the new technology is capable of peak speeds in excess of 100Mbps on compatible devices.

Breaking down the iPhone 6s model numbers and LTE band capabilities

Apple is shipping four different models of iPhone for its yearly refresh. The iPhone 6s sports two models—A1633 and A1688, while the iPhone 6s Plus feature models A1634 and A1687.

Although both iPhones in the 6s and 6s Plus lines are virtually the same, the model numbers differentiate the cellular LTE band capabilities of each phone. Thus, by familiarizing yourself with each model number, you can learn what networks each phone will support.

Why is this important? Say you wanted to order a new iPhone 6s in rose gold. As you might have heard, rose gold is proving to be very popular, and is selling out quicker than some of the other iPhone color options. Rose gold 64GB iPhones designated for T-Mobile and Verizon are now on backorder for 2-3 weeks.

But some rose gold models remain available—for example, some Sprint-designated rose gold models are still shipping on 9/25. By using our knowledge of iPhone model numbers, we might still be able to obtain a rose gold iPhone 6s to use with a provider like T-Mobile or Verizon by purchasing the Sprint model…

Sprint’s brand new ‘iPhone Forever’ plan lets you pick up a new iPhone anytime you want

U.S. carrier Sprint on Monday announced a new plan which allows those who don’t own one of the latest iPhones on their contract to upgrade at any time.

Aptly named ‘iPhone Forever,’ the new plan will set you back $22 per month and is available starting today to both new and existing Sprint users.

Here’s how iPhone Forever compares to similar early-upgrade offerings by rival carriers.

T-Mobile overtakes Sprint to become third largest US carrier

It’s official. T-Mobile has overtaken Sprint to become the third largest carrier in the United States. During its earnings call on Tuesday, Sprint told investors that it ended its most recent quarter, which ended in June, with 56.8 million customers.

That falls just shy of the 58.9 million subscribers T-Mobile finished with in its most recent quarter, which also ended in June, officially moving the Magenta-colored company into the third largest US carrier spot, behind AT&T and Verizon Wireless.