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

By Matthew Miller on Nov 23, 2015

With Black Friday coming later this week, the various carriers are unveiling their plans for the big sale. While the big four (AT&TT-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. Read More


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

By Cody Lee on Nov 18, 2015

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. Read More


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

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 13, 2015

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… Read More


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

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 17, 2015

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. Read More


T-Mobile overtakes Sprint to become third largest US carrier

By Cody Lee on Aug 4, 2015

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. Read More


Verizon and Sprint to pay $158 million in bill cramming settlement

By Cody Lee on May 12, 2015

The FCC announced on Tuesday that Verizon and Sprint have agreed to pay $158 million to settle their bill cramming investigations with the Commission. Verizon Wireless will pay $90 million and Sprint Corporation will pay $68 million, and much of that will go to consumer refunds.

“For too long, consumers have been charged on their phone bills for things they did not buy,” said the oft-outspoken FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. “We call these fraudulent charges ‘cramming,’ and with today’s agreements we are calling them history for Verizon and Sprint customers.” Read More


Sprint will send someone to your house to set up your iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 13, 2015

Monday, U.S. wireless carrier Sprint announced Direct 2 You, an industry-first new service that sends a retail-trained Sprint expert to your home or other location who will deliver and set up your iPhone or other device, promising to change how customers buy or upgrade their phones, tablets and other mobile devices.

In addition to bringing a mobile device to your own home, office or other location of your choice, Sprint’s experts will set it up on your behalf and transfer all the content, including contacts, pictures, videos and apps, from an old device to a new one, simplifying switching from one platform to another. Read More


Sprint launches free unlimited international roaming when traveling to select countries

By Sébastien Page on Apr 11, 2015

Taking a page from T-Mobile’s Uncarrier book, Sprint announced on Friday that the company will offer free unlimited international roaming to customers traveling to specific countries. Read More


Google wants you to have free international roaming with its new network

By Jake Smith on Apr 5, 2015

Google wants US subscribers of its upcoming mobile phone service to be able to roam the globe and see no extra charges. Specifically, The Telegraph reports Google is in talks with Hutchison Whampoa, the owner of the mobile operator Three and soon O2 in the UK. Read More


Sprint will pay what it costs for you to switch carriers

By Jake Smith on Mar 15, 2015

Sprint really wants your business. Not only will it cut your bill in half, but now the nation’s fourth-largest carrier will pay the early termination fee and any remaining payments at its competitors for you to come over to its network.

The early termination fee is why many customers don’t make the switch from one carrier to another. In many cases, the fee is required to be paid to end the two-year contract carriers like to lock you into. Read More


Sprint launches $65 per month unlimited plan for iPhone 6

By Jake Smith on Feb 27, 2015

Sprint announced on Friday it’s beginning a $65 per month unlimited plan for the iPhone 6, exclusively offered through Best Buy.

The plan is called the “Best Buy One Plan” and requires a customer to lease a 16GB iPhone 6 with a two-year contract (which is $20 per month).  Read More


Sprint unveils new $90 per month plan with 12GB of shared data for up to ten lines

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 20, 2015

Friday, United States wireless carrier Sprint kicked off a new promotion offering customers up to ten lines of shared unlimited talk and text and twelve gigabytes of LTE data in exchange for $90 per month.

Also, the data access charge for phones on the $90 Family Share Pack plan went from $25 to $15.

The aggressively priced plan, Sprint insists, is a better value than comparable offerings from rivals AT&T, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile. The carrier says the promotion is available until March 12, 2015. Read More


T-Mobile claims it’s third largest US carrier over Sprint

By Jake Smith on Feb 19, 2015

T-Mobile CEO John Legere claims that his Uncarrier is now the third largest carrier in the United States, overtaking Sprint for the spot behind AT&T and Verizon. Legere had been predicting the overtaking of Sprint for sometime, and he finally made the claim it’s happened during T-Mobile’s earnings call Thursday afternoon. Read More


Unlocking your iPhone gets a little bit easier today

By Cody Lee on Feb 11, 2015

The process of unlocking your iPhone became a little bit easier today in the United States. Today marks the deadline for wireless carriers to adopt the unlocking standards of the late-2013 agreement set forth by the CTIA.

The agreement is industry-wide, and mandates that carriers adhere to 6 rules including clearly posting their unlocking policies online, and offering to unlock postpaid handsets once the customer’s contract has expired. Read More


Google’s wireless service will reportedly switch between carriers for best connection

By Jake Smith on Jan 26, 2015

The Wall Street Journal reports Google’s upcoming and rumored wireless service won’t rely on one single carrier, and instead will switch between networks to give customers the best wireless signal.

The service will feature new technology that would hunt through cellular connections provided by Sprint and T-Mobile and Wi-Fi hotspots, picking whichever offers the best signal to route calls, texts and data, the newspaper’s sources said.  Read More


Sprint responds to T-Mobile’s Smartphone Equality with a $200 minimum trade-in credit

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 23, 2015

Yesterday, T-Mobile in a typical Un-carrier move dropped credit checks to permit its loyal users, especially prepaid customers, those with a weak credit and ones on a monthly voice plan, to enjoy the best deals and zero-down offers.

It didn’t take rival Sprint long to respond.

Targeting T-Mobile customers, Sprint said today that it’ll be guaranteeing switchers a minimum trade-in credit of $200 for their current T-Mobile smartphone in good condition, and up to $350 per line to cover switching costs. Read More


Sprint’s not finished yet, preliminary quarterly earnings show

By Jake Smith on Jan 8, 2015

Sprint took Thursday to report preliminary results for its third fiscal quarter, and showed T-Mobile still has its work cut out for it. During the quarter, Sprint’s net customer additions totaled 967,000, including postpaid net additions of 30,000, prepaid net additions of 410,000, and wholesale net additions of 527,000.

T-Mobile has practically been going for Sprint’s neck over the last year. T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere wants to be the third-largest carrier, bad. Read More


What T-Mobile is doing seems to be working, preliminary Q4 earnings show

By Jake Smith on Jan 7, 2015

The fourth-largest carrier T-Mobile is out with its preliminary fourth quarter earnings on Wednesday, and they show it might not be the fourth-largest carrier for long. The mobile carrier, lead by scrappy CEO John Legere, posted a total of 8.3 million total net customer additions in 2014, providing the biggest year of growth for the company yet – 89 percent from the prior year. Read More


Sprint just had a bad day: Record FCC fine, no more Nascar partnership

By Jake Smith on Dec 16, 2014

Sprint just had a pretty bad day, sending its stock down 5 percent after some troubling news. The Wall Street Journal reports an FCC official confirmed the regulatory body is preparing to fine Sprint, the nation’s third-largest mobile carrier, a record $105 million after allegations it charged consumers for unwanted text message alerts and other services. Read More


Sprint will cut your wireless bill in half if you switch from AT&T or Verizon

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 2, 2014

You know holidays are around the corner when greedy carriers start putting out promotions offering substantial savings and other perks if you jump ship. Announced on Tuesday, Sprint’s new promotion promises to cut your wireless bill in half if you switch to Sprint from AT&T or Verizon Wireless beginning Friday, December 5, for as long as you remain on the Sprint plan.

Plus, Sprint will buy out your contract up to $350 per line. “You’ll get unlimited talk and text to anywhere in the U.S. and we’ll match your data,” the carrier teased. As an example, a Verizon customer paying $140 per month for four lines and ten gigs of data can get four lines and the same ten gigs of data on Sprint for $70 per month, or half the Verizon’s price.

Jump past the fold for the full reveal and fine print. Read More

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