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Sprint is slowing down the top 5% data users in congested locations

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Slow down Sprint customers! If you are within the top 5% of data users in a congested location, your data connection will be throttled. It is being reported by FierceWireless that prepaid Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile customers are also going to be affected.

Right now, no one knows what qualifies a location as congested. What we do know is that Sprint will un-throttle your data connection upon leaving a congested location or when the area becomes un-congested. So if you do not want to leave the place bringing you down, you will have to hope others do.

Sprint said the data throttling process “will enable us to provide more customers with a high quality data experience during heavy usage times.”

Source: FierceWireless

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T-Mobile ‘Get out of Jail Free Card’ pays contract cutters up to $650 per line

T-Mobile will reimburse entire amount of customers’ early termination fees when they switch from AT&T, Sprint or Verizon

uncarrier-4T-Mobile just took the wrapper off its latest Uncarrier initiative, introducing us to its boldest moves yet. As previously rumored, the wireless provider will pay off early termination fees for anyone leaving their current provider. Should you leave either Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint then you could earn yourself up to $650 for jumping early. Called the ‘Get Out of Jail Free Card’ it’s a combination of eligible phone trade-ins and ETF credits.

Up to a $300 trade-in credit comes from each eligible device and up to $350 more comes once the customer sends their final bill (ETF fees). This is per line! We cannot help but imagine this could lead to even more growth for T-Mobile. What’s more, it could come at the expense of other carriers. As to when this all takes effect, customers can head to a T-Mobile store tomorrow.

Carriers like to make you think you’re just signing up for two years with their family plans, but with staggered expiration dates and early termination fees, they’re really locking you in forever,” said Mike Sievert, chief marketing officer for T-Mobile. “Now, families are free to switch without worrying about early termination fees. And by switching to T-Mobile, a family of four can save $1,880 over two years compared to an AT&T shared family plan.”

Note that customers must trade-in their old phone, purchase a new T-Mobile phone and port their phone number to T-Mobile to qualify.

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Sprint offers new “Framily” plan, allows friends and family to join in one on account

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Sprint has announced a new set of plans for customers, titled “Framily” plans. That horrible mash-up of a word combines friends and family on one account, which will allow up to 10 customers to share a bill on one account, with some discounts.

These new plans look slightly similar to Sprint’s All-In plans; the more lines on the account, the bigger the discount you get for your service. A single-line account with unlimited talk and text will run $55 a month, and you’ll have the option to get 3 GB of data for an extra $10 a month or unlimited data for $20. Sprint’s slowly edging towards data caps on their plans, but at least they’re offering unlimited data for those willing to pay for it. Now, if there are two lines on the account, each phone only costs $50 a month for unlimited talk, text and 1 GB of data, and that goes down $5 for each phone added up until the 7th line. Lines 7 through 10 will all cost $25 bucks for the talk, text, and 1 GB of data, which is a pretty substantial discount if you can manage to get more than 7 people on one plan. Plus, you still get the advantage of being able to individually purchase the bigger data packages per line.

Now, the  other cool thing about these “Framily” plans is the ability to split up the billing. If there are five people on the line, they can all get separate bills. They can all pay $35 separately for the unlimited talking and texting, plus their 1 GB of data. If one person wants unlimited data, they can pay $55 a month instead, and it won’t affect any of the other billing at all. That can pretty much be split up however you’d like, so three lines can come to one bill, while the last two can go to two other separate bills.

Here’s the catch with these plans; if you’re already a Sprint customer and want to move to the Framily plan, you’ll have to pay an extra $15 a month per line until you’re eligible for an upgrade, at which point the $15 fee would be waived. You can also pay the $20 a month early upgrade fees for 12 months, whichever comes out to be cheaper for you. On the bright side, Sprint  is offering a limited time deal to waive that $15 fee for current customers, but that deal may not last long.

This is a very bold move for Sprint to both increase its subscriber base and to slowly take customers off of unlimited data. If it pans out, it could pay off big for Sprint. It’ll definitely be interesting to see how this plays out in 2014.

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Sprint Spark expands to 11 markets

Sprint today announced that another six markets have started offering Spark LTE speeds. With up to 60Mbps download speed, the tri-band LTE is available in a number Sprint’s recent smartphones. The total footprint, which now stands at 11 markets, sees Texas taking in the lion’s share of new areas.

The six new areas include Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio, Texas; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

These lightning fast Sprint Spark speeds will also be available to Virgin Mobile USA’s Broadband2Go customers once the NETGEAR Mingle Mobile Hotspot touches down. Expected later this quarter, it will provide the same data connections on Virgin Mobile’s Broadband2Go no-contract plans. , which include daily service on Sprint’s 3G/4G LTE networks (where available) for $5/day. Broadband2Go comes in $5/day plans as well as monthly data plans for $25 with 1.5GB or $55 with 6GB. The Mingle connects up to 10 wireless devices simultaneously and works as a dual-mode 3G/4G LTE device.

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Sprint intros Framily plans for January 10

New option promises group savings with separate bills

Sprint on Tuesday introduced its latest weapon in the battle against other wireless providers. Called “Framily” plans (no joke), they allow groups of up to ten lines to share in the billing of service. These new plans will be offered to new and existing Sprint customers when they take effect on January 10. Unlike plans from other carriers, Sprint lowers the cost per user based on the number of people in the plan

For one line of service, new Sprint customers pay $55 per month per line for unlimited talk, text and 1GB of data. For each additional new Sprint customer that joins the Framily group, the cost per person goes down $5 a month up to a maximum monthly discount of $30 per line. Build a group of at least seven people and everyone gets unlimited talk, text and 1GB of data for $25 per month per line (pricing excludes taxes and surcharges).

Each member in the collective can tailor their plan to match their needs.

For only $20 per month per line, Framily members can buy up to unlimited data plus get a new phone every year. Plan members can share the savings, without the hassle of sharing a bill. Each account can be billed separately. Unlimited features are while on the Sprint network. 

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The Sprint Framily Plan will be available in Sprint company-owned stores and Sprint third-party dealers beginning Friday, Jan. 10. Visit www.sprint.com/framily for more information.

While this sounds incredible on the surface, getting that many people together could prove to be a task. Not too many of us have that many family members. Then again, since it allows friends to get in on the action, it could be worth the effort!

How does a Framily Plan sound to you?

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Sprint announces 70 new LTE markets; ends year with 300 cities

Sprint on Monday announced that there are 70 new markets with the carrier’s 4G LTE network. Having crossed the 300 city mark, the coverage doesn’t so much as expand as it does fill in holes. Notably, San Diego, St. Louis, and Green Bay are among the bigger markets getting quicker data speeds.

For reasons unknown, Sprint seems to be avoiding Ohio like the plague; only Salem (population 12,000) has access to the 4G LTE network.

Looking ahead to the next few years, Sprint anticipates its new Spark 4G LTE will roll out to 100 markets within three years. As of today it is only offered in five markets; few devices are compatible with the network.

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LG G flex spied headed to Sprint, leak indicates

Sprint is expected to offer the recently introduced LG G Flex at some point in the near future, says reputable source @evleaks. Although the exact timing and price are not clear, the LS995 is likely closer to the United States than previously thought.

There’s no physical branding on the device yet the Sprint name in the calendar is a tip-off. Also, that symbol in the notification bar is for Sprint’s new Spark LTE service; the G Flex should debut with support for the carrier’s tri-band 4G LTE network.

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 Considering that we’re looking at a press-ready photo, and CES is a few weeks away, we may count on Sprint announcing the device for the future.

If LG follows its recent path we should look for the LG G Flex to hit multiple carriers in the United States over the next few months.

For those wondering what all of the hoopla is for the G Flex, check out this video of the device flexing under weight and healing itself.

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First three Sprint ‘Spark’ tri-band phones announced

 

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We just finished telling you that Sprint has announced their new ‘Spark’ technology with the hopes of boosting data speeds significantly, as they launched the service in 5 markets today.

The technology requires that the phones using it have tri-band hardware, which unfortunately is not available in any current devices. However, three upcoming devices will feature it, and Sprint just announced which ones they’ll be offering, and when.

On November 8th, Sprint will launch the LG G2, the Samsung Galaxy Mega, and the Samsung Galaxy S 4 mini. The first two will be available for $199.99 with a new contract, and the S 4 mini will be sold for $249.99 with a new agreement.

Hopefully Sprint Spark is about to make huge advances in LTE speed. Only time will tell.

First Sprint Tri-band Capable Smartphones Arrive on Nov. 8

Just in time for the holidays, Sprint customers will be able to enjoy the debut of the first smartphones that will take advantage of Sprint SparkSM (enhanced LTE), a technology designed to achieve unprecedented speeds by combining three bands of 4G LTE wireless spectrum available to Sprint’s network – HTC One max, LG G2, Samsung Galaxy Mega™ and Samsung Galaxy S® 4 mini. The first smartphones to bring Sprint Spark to life, these devices are expected to give users the best experience by shifting from one band to another, depending on what speed is needed for the application in use at a given moment.

These tri-band devices support active hand-off mode between 800MHz, 1.9GHz and 2.5GHz providing data session continuity as the devices move between spectrum bands. Sprint Spark provides the capacity to greatly improve the performance of video and other bandwidth-intensive applications, while also opening the way for futuristic applications. Today, wireless networks and smartphones can book flights, locate children, store photos and music, video chat and much more. Sprint Spark is designed to support a new generation of online gaming, virtual reality, advanced cloud services and other applications requiring very high bandwidth.

Samsung Galaxy Mega and Samsung Galaxy S 4 mini launch on Friday, Nov. 8, and are expected to become tri-band enabled with a software update shortly after launch. LG G2 will also be available on Nov. 8 and is expected to become tri-band enabled with a software update in early 2014. HTC One max is coming soon.

Sprint plans to deploy Sprint Spark in approximately 100 of America’s largest cities over the next three years, with initial availability in five markets today. These markets include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Tampa and Miami.

New Supersized Smartphones
Do you love HTC One but wish the screen was just a little larger? Wish no more! The HTC One max has a 5.9” full HD1080p display, UltraPixel camera, large 3300mAh embedded battery and quad-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600 processor featuring a 1.7GHz CPU enabling jaw-dropping performance, ultra vivid videos and booming sound. HTC One max is also equipped with the unique features users have come to love such as HTC BlinkFeed™, HTC BoomSound™ and HTC Zoe™. Coming soon, HTC One max will be available for $249.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement or $25.00 per month with Sprint One UpSM(excluding taxes).

The first U.S. smartphone to launch with the new Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 processor, LG G2 is remarkably thin and light and features a 5.2-inch, Full HD 1080p IPS display with a near-zero bezel. LG G2 also features a new rear-key design that is natural and comfortable to hold. With a long-lasting battery and powerful quad-core processor that is more than up to the challenge for graphics-intensive gaming, LG G2 provides features that maximize on-screen multitasking like QSlide 2.0 and Slide Aside for the simultaneous use of multiple apps. A 13-megapixel camera with OIS also makes it easy to capture important holiday moments. LG G2 will be available beginning Friday, Nov. 8, for $199.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement or $22.92 per month with Sprint One Up (excluding taxes).

A multitaskers dream, Sprint brings customers yet another powerhouse device to join the Samsung Galaxy family. Samsung Galaxy Mega unites smartphone portability with the immersive experience of a tablet. Thanks to its crisp 6.3-inch HD touchscreen display and easy to navigate buttons, Galaxy Mega’s hybrid design lets users go from a conference call with a client to a video call with family without the hassle of having to carry two devices. Galaxy Mega will be available beginning Friday, Nov. 8, for $199.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement or $19.59 per month with Sprint One Up (excluding taxes).

Pocket-sized portability 
Is a small device more your style? Samsung Galaxy S 4 mini features many of the exciting features of Samsung Galaxy S 4 in a sleek, compact design. This Android™ 4.2.2, Jelly Bean, smartphone offers a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED™ HD display, 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 16GB memory and 1,900mAh lithium-ion battery. It’s also loaded with a 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera and innovative camera features for vividly capturing life’s most important moments. Samsung Galaxy S 4 mini will be available beginning Friday, Nov. 8, for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate via reward card1, with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement or $16.67 per month with Sprint One Up (excluding taxes).

This first crop of tri-band smartphones will be available in all Sprint sales channels, including Sprint Stores, Sprint Business Sales, Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) and Web Sales. Customers purchasing any of these smartphones can take advantage of the new Unlimited, My WaySM and My All-inSM rate plans featuring unlimited talk, text and data while on the Sprint network for as little as $80 per month (excluding taxes and surcharges).

Customers can take advantage of Sprint One Up2, a new program that offers customers an affordable option to upgrade their device more frequently. With Sprint One Up, participating smartphone customers get unlimited talk, text and data for an introductory rate of $65 per month3– a $15 per month savings off their Unlimited, My Way standard rate plan and Sprint’s guarantee of unlimited talk, text and data for the life of the line of service.4 Sprint One Up is also available for smartphones on the My All-in plan.

To participate, customers simply purchase an eligible smartphone and agree to 24 monthly installment payments for the device with no financing fees. For a limited time, customers can enjoy no down payment for the device. After 12 consecutive payments, customers can give back their current device5 and upgrade to a new smartphone.

*HTC, HTC One, HTC BlinkFeed, HTC BoomSound and HTC Zoe are trademarks of HTC Corporation.
1The American Express Prepaid Reward Card (“Card”) provided in connection with this Rebate offer is a prepaid Card that is usable at U.S. merchants that accept American Express Card. Some limitations apply. The Card is not redeemable for cash (except where required by law) and does not provide ATM access. Use of Card constitutes acknowledgement that it is given as a reward and no consideration, value, or money has been paid by the holder to American Express in exchange for this Card. USE OF CARD IS SUBJECT TO THE CARDHOLDER AGREEMENT. SUBJECT TO APPLICABLE LAW, A $3.00 MONTHLY FEE WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST CARD BALANCE, STARTING SIX MONTHS AFTER CARD ISSUANCE, UNLESS FUNDS ARE EARLIER DEPLETED. For BALANCE, customer service and Cardholder Agreement, visit americanexpress.com/sprint or call 1-866-608-3756. Card issued by American Express Prepaid Card Management Corporation.
2Sprint One Up is available in Sprint company-owned stores and Sprint dealer locations to new and eligible existing customers (program currently not available in Washington, D.C.). Visit www.sprint.com/oneup for more information.
3Requires installment agreement with no down payment, 24 monthly payments (final payment amount varies; balance not to exceed full purchase price), 0% APR on approved credit, & a qualifying wireless plan. If you cancel wireless service, remaining balance on device becomes due. Offer is for well-qualified buyers, subject to credit approval. Tax due at sale. Restrictions apply.
4 The guarantee applies to customers as long as they remain on the Unlimited, My Way or My All-in plans, meet the terms and conditions of the plan and pay their bill in full and on time. Price and phone selection are subject to change. Other plans may receive prioritized bandwidth availability. Streaming video speeds may be limited to 1 Mbps.
5 Device must be in good and functional condition.

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EVLeaks: Nexus 5 coming to Sprint

Nexus 5 is around the corner and probably the most anticipated Nexus smartphone to date, and we will see it in both black and white color. Last month, Nexus 5 was spotted at FCC with support for Sprint, and also it is rumored that Nexus 5 will be released by almost all major carriers in USA,and it seems Sprint might be the first one to get it as @evleaks is also reporting that Nexus 5 is “coming to Sprint”. And also, here’s a side view of the Nexus 5, courtesy of @evleaks:nexus-5-angle-640x188Just like every other Android fan, we are also waiting for the Nexus 5 – which will be a strong competitor yet a beautiful device, and we really hope to see it on Oct 31. Are you planning to buy one?

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New Sprint subscribers can scoop up LG G2 for only $100

As expected The LG G2 smartphone is up for pre-order for Sprint. The Android 4.2-powered device features a number of high-end specs, including a quad-core 2.3GHz processor, and 5.2-inch HD display. Already available at Verizon and AT&T, the phone is definitely worth the $200 price tag. Indeed, that was the price Sprint told us to expect for the LG G2.

New Sprint customers can pre-order the LG G2 for only $100 with a two-year service agreement, a steal if you ask us. Adding to the bundle, Sprint is also tossing in a free QuickWindow flip case if you place the order! Sorry, existing subscribers… you still have the $200 tag.

Order online today, we’ll charge your card for your phone and we’ll do our best to get it to you before others get a glimpse on Friday, November 8.

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