Sprint Stories April 22, 2020

Sprint Galaxy S20 buyers get access to T-Mobile’s nationwide 5G network soon

Samsung’s Galaxy S20 series is the first collection of widely available 5G devices on the market in the United States and carriers are excited to bring that to customers. While we still don’t advise buying a phone just for 5G, there are perks. This month, Sprint users who bought a Galaxy S20 are getting access to T-Mobile’s 5G network.

Sprint Stories January 23, 2020

Being made of glass, the screens on our smartphones break all too often, and getting that fixed can be an expensive affair. For a limited time, though, Sprint is offering screen repairs on select Samsung Galaxy devices for under $50, even if you’re on another carrier.

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Sprint Stories October 25, 2019

Here’s a shocker. All four major US carriers — Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile — have just announced that they’re joining forces to deliver RCS messaging in the US for Android smartphones in 2020.

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Sprint Stories August 27, 2019

The only carrier OnePlus has managed to partner with in the US has been T-Mobile, but that’s soon going to change. For its 5G network, Sprint is going to carry a device from OnePlus in the near future, although details are scarce.

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Sprint Stories July 30, 2019

Night mode, QR Code reader, June patch rolling out to Sprint Galaxy S10, S10+

In the world of night photography, Samsung has allowed quite a few brands to get the jump on them. The wealth of devices with Night modes now dwarfs the Galaxy S10 and S10+, but a recent update is adding in the feature slowly to certain handsets.

Sprint Stories May 7, 2019

Since its debut, the only carrier that’s had the privilege of selling the Google Pixel line has been Verizon Wireless. That officially ends today, though, as Google has partnered up with T-Mobile and Sprint to bring the Pixel 3 and the new Pixel 3a to more customers on more networks.

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Sprint Stories April 19, 2019

The OnePlus 6T was the first device from the company to launch on a major US carrier with T-Mobile. OnePlus saw huge success from that, and it appears the company is gearing up to extend carrier support in the future. Some recent job listings at OnePlus hint at a launch on Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint.

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Sprint Stories February 25, 2019

As an MVNO, improvements to Google Fi’s network are primarily dependent on partners upgrading their networks. In the case of 5G, Sprint detailed today how it will be making that faster service available through the Google cellular offering.

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Sprint Stories May 25, 2018

You can now pre-order the LG G7 ThinQ at Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint

After its unveiling earlier this month, pre-orders for LG’s latest flagship, the G7 ThinQ, have now officially opened up at multiple US carriers. Here’s what you need to know.

Sprint Stories May 18, 2018

Aged 55+? T-Mobile and Sprint trust you not to download the entire Internet …

There are a few benefits to getting older. After T-Mobile last year launched a new unlimited plan for customers aged 55+, Sprint has now done the same …

Sprint Stories April 29, 2018

T-Mobile and Sprint officially confirmed today that they will be joining forces to become a single carrier, according to a press release from the new combined company. If the deal passes regulatory approval, this means that there will be three major carriers in the United States, compared to the current four. expand full story

Sprint Stories April 16, 2018

When Google Voice relaunched in 2017, it retained several legacy features like continued access to the old interface and settings page, as well as Sprint integration. That latter functionality is finally being deprecated, with Google alerting existing customers of their options today.

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How to disable Google Voice’s Sprint integration

For years now, a Sprint and Google Voice collaboration has allowed customers to use their Sprint number for Google Voice or vice-versa. Unfortunately, due to an upgrade to Sprint’s network, this integration will no longer work after June 1. Here’s how to disconnect the two services before the planned shutoff date…

Sprint Stories March 19, 2018

Android Oreo now rolling out to the Galaxy S8/S8+ on T-Mobile and Sprint

Samsung has slowly been rolling out Android Oreo to its first flagship from 2017, the Galaxy S8. Last week, that rollout finally expanded to the United States with the Verizon variant, and over the weekend two more carriers started pushing out that same update…

Sprint Stories February 27, 2018

After AT&T, Sprint names the first six US cities to get 5G

AT&T last week named the first cities to get access to its 5G rollout, and now Sprint has done the same for its network.

Interestingly, of the three cities named by AT&T and the six by Sprint, two of them are set to see 5G service from both carriers …

Sprint Stories February 26, 2018

A new initiative between aircraft manufacturers, airlines and mobile networks could see air passengers enjoying on board Wi-Fi connections whose speeds ‘rival the fastest cable access’ …

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Sprint Stories November 15, 2017

Sprint and Hulu partner to give unlimited access to Hulu streaming service

Sprint announced today a partnership with Hulu to give customers unlimited access to Hulu’s Limited Commercial plan. This plan allows for both new and existing customers to stream all the movies and television shows straight to their mobile devices.

Sprint Stories November 7, 2017

Samsung’s Active series of smartphones have primarily been exclusive to AT&T since its debut. Now, after a few generations, that’s changing, as the company has announced that the ultra-rugged Galaxy S8 Active will be making its way to T-Mobile and Sprint later this month…

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Sprint Stories September 27, 2017

While the Essential Phone began shipping to those who pre-ordered directly last month, Andy Rubin’s new device only arrived at Sprint in mid-September. As the exclusive US partner, the Essential Phone has “very prominent” placement at the carrier locations. However, despite this advertising, one research firm estimates that only 5,000 Essential Phones have been sold by Sprint.

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Sprint Stories September 22, 2017

Initial agreement for T-Mobile and Sprint merger may happen soon

A report this morning from Reuters shares that T-Mobile is “close to agreeing tentative terms” for a merger deal with Sprint after months of talks. News of a T-Mobile and Sprint merger have been floating around since May.

Sprint Stories September 1, 2017

The 128GB LG V30+ will be coming to the United States via Sprint

The V30 was the star of the show for LG’s press conference at IFA yesterday, but alongside it the company also announced another phone in the form of the V30+. Thanks to an announcement from Sprint’s CEO, we now have confirmation that the V30+ will indeed be making its way to the United States.

Sprint Stories August 17, 2017

BlackBerry Keyone: Sprint is working on a fix for unremovable bloatware

At the beginning of the week, we reported that BlackBerry Keyone users on Sprint were experiencing an issue with not being able to completely delete pre-installed apps from the phone. Our assumption at the time was that this had to do with a bug with the SprintID system app, and thanks to a confirmation from the carrier, that does in fact appear to be the case…

Sprint Stories August 14, 2017

If you live in the United States and want to purchase a BlackBerry Keyone, your options are limited to either buying the phone outright from BlackBerry or through Sprint. The latter of those two options will allow you to get the phone on a monthly installment plan, but a potential side effect that comes along with this is pre-installed apps that can’t be removed.

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Sprint Stories July 14, 2017

Sprint has today announced two new programs to buy and upgrade to the latest smartphones through the carrier. As the name suggests, Sprint Flex brings several new options to device leasing for postpaid accounts, and Sprint Deals provides the option of purchasing with or without a credit check. Meanwhile the carrier’s year of free service promotion for new customers is still live…

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BlackBerry Keyone arrives on Sprint today for $528

The BlackBerry Keyone was a phone I didn’t expect to win me over, but after using it for several weeks, it quickly became one of my favorite recent releases. Unfortunately, it’s not a phone easily accessible to all as it has only been sold through unlocked channels. Today, the Keyone is making its debut on Sprint, its first carrier home.

Sprint Stories June 19, 2017

Jay-Z’s new album ‘4:44’ drops exclusively to Sprint and Tidal customers June 30

Following a deal with Sprint to acquire 33% of Jay-Z’s TIDAL streaming music service, today the companies announced that the first exclusive release as part of the partnership will be Jay-Z’s new album later this month. The release will be a big one, Jay-Z latest full-length album set for release at the end of this month. But it won’t exactly be a total Sprint exclusive like the company is making it seem…

Sprint Stories June 12, 2017

Following a report late yesterday over the weekend, Sprint today confirmed that it will indeed be the exclusive launch partner of the Essential Phone, a new smartphone from father-of-Android Andy Rubin who started on the venture after leaving Google.

While Sprint isn’t confirming much about the details in terms of pricing and specific availability, we do get info about the specs and the 4K 360° camera attachement :

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Sprint Stories June 11, 2017

In addition to unlocked availability online, the Essential Phone will be sold through Sprint. As the “exclusive U.S carrier,” Sprint will be providing a “premium space to showcase” the device.

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Sprint Stories May 3, 2017

Sprint offers free LTE signal booster to homes & businesses to double data speeds

Sprint has announced the Magic Box, a signal booster that it’s making available free of charge to ‘qualifying’ homes and businesses. The booster – which it bills as ‘the world’s first all-wireless small call’ – amplifies LTE data signals from nearby cell towers, increasing both upload and download speeds by an average of 200%.

Sprint Stories April 11, 2017

Samsung and Sprint launch new mid-range Galaxy J7 Perx with 3300mAh battery, Android Nougat, more

Good news for Sprint customers: Samsung‘s midrange Galaxy J7, which was announced earlier this year, has officially made it through the carrier’s certifications and is due to join Sprint’s offerings as “Galaxy J7 Perx“…

Sprint Stories February 26, 2017

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Last year, LG’s attempt to make a modular smartphone with the G5 ended up being more or less a flop. This year, the company has shaken up their mobile platform by announcing the LG G6 with a complete redesign, a better software experience, and a fantastic dual camera setup. Thankfully, it has been confirmed that the LG G6 will be available on all four of the major US carriers…

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Sprint Stories February 20, 2017

PSA: Sprint’s HTC 10 is now receiving Android 7.0 Nougat over-the-air

The unlocked HTC 10 got Android Nougat last year, but it goes without saying the carrier variants tend to take a bit longer. In Sprint’s case, it was about 3 months longer. But for those with this specific device, the wait for the latest flavor of Google’s mobile OS is finally coming to an end…

Sprint Stories February 17, 2017

A woman talks on her phone as she walks past T-mobile and Sprint wireless stores in New York in this file photo from July 30, 2009. Sprint Corp is mulling a bid for T-Mobile US, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal citing people familiar with the matter. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS TELECOMS)

A new Reuters report today shares that SoftBank is willing to hand over control of Sprint to Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile to make a merger happen, according to unnamed sources close to the matter. Discussions haven’t begun yet, but are expected to start in April after the FCC auction of airwaves and anti-collusion ban is over.

With Verizon and AT&T both fighting to keep customers with new unlimited plans this week and 5G networks on the horizon, a merger could be mutually beneficial for Sprint and T-Mobile.

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Sprint Stories December 22, 2016

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According to a (seemingly targeted) email that Sprint sent out recently, you can bring over an unlocked Google Pixel to the carrier and get up to $325 in service credits when you activate your device. That would in effect bring down the price of a new Google Pixel XL down to $445 out of pocket if you’re willing to stick with Sprint for a whole 24 months…

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Sprint Stories December 7, 2016

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Pokémon Go is teaming up with Sprint to turn businesses into PokéStops and Gyms as part of Niantic’s latest move to keep players in the game. The news comes just one day before Starbucks is expected to do the same while introducing a Pokémon Go-themed drink for trainers. Niantic has also teased out when we might start seeing new monsters appear in the game.

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Sprint Stories November 28, 2016

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Over the past three years, HTC has only partially tweaked the design of its flagship smartphones. Concurrently, Sprint has seen its fortunes decline; falling to fourth place in subscribers. The HTC Bolt for Sprint is very much emblematic of these two trends; it’s a minor iteration for HTC, and tries to bring improved networking to serve as a competitive advantage.

Notable points to know about this phone: there’s IP57 water proofing, and no headphone jack. There’s also a stunning amount of pre-loaded software, which probably shouldn’t be surprising since the primary reason for its existence is as a technological showcase for Sprint’s LTE Plus network…

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Sprint Stories November 4, 2016

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After laying the groundwork and garnering support from carriers worldwide, Google is finally launching RCS messaging. Android devices on Sprint will be the first to send and receive enhanced SMS messages that feature read receipts, better group chat, high-res photo sharing, and more.

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Sprint Stories October 7, 2016

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Following a ‘safe’ Note 7 fire on board an airliner, Sprint has told Re/code that it will allow any owner to return replacement models outside of the standard return window. Owners will be able to swap them out for a different device.

If a Sprint customer with a replacement Note 7 has any concerns regarding their device, we will exchange it for any other device at any Sprint retail store during the investigation window

The terms are more generous than those currently offered by other carriers …

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Sprint Stories October 4, 2016

Galaxy Note 7 sales to resume at T-Mobile on October 5th

Shortly after Samsung and the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced an official recall on all Galaxy Note 7 handsets, the four major US carriers immediately stopped selling the phone.

Now, with over a million customers having exchanged their faulty units, Verizon and Sprint have both once again begun selling the phone while T-Mobile has announced that it plans to as well…

Sprint Stories September 21, 2016

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HTC may have just unveiled its renewed Desire lineup, but it looks like that won’t be it for the company this year. Well, at least not for Sprint customers in the US, which may find a shiny new flagship device in the carrier’s stores in the not too distant future…

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Sprint Stories September 7, 2016

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Just last night LG finally revealed the all-new LG V20. After dropping the ball a bit on the modular LG G5, the V20 hopes to bounce back with an improved design, Android Nougat out of the box, and all of the best features from last year’s fantastic V10. As with most LG devices, the V20 will be available on most US carriers — and so far all four major carriers have confirmed availability.

Here’s everything you need to know…

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Sprint Stories September 2, 2016

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Just this morning Samsung officially issued a worldwide recall of every Galaxy Note 7 on the market. Why? Due to an issue with the battery, some users were having their devices explode (mainly while charging). Samsung noted 35 cases of this issue, and that was more than enough to issue a full recall. Owners of unlocked devices will be able to get a replacement device directly from Samsung, however with carriers, things get slightly more complicated.

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Sprint Stories August 18, 2016

A woman talks on her phone as she walks past T-mobile and Sprint wireless stores in New York in this file photo from July 30, 2009. Sprint Corp is mulling a bid for T-Mobile US, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal citing people familiar with the matter. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS TELECOMS)
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A woman talks on her phone as she walks past T-mobile and Sprint wireless stores in New York in this file photo from July 30, 2009. Sprint Corp is mulling a bid for T-Mobile US, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal citing people familiar with the matter. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS TELECOMS)

Following the modest upgrades AT&T announced to its mobile plans yesterday, both T-Mobile and Sprint have hit back with new ‘unlimited’ plans.

T-Mobile has replaced all its plans with a single one called T-Mobile One.

It’s 100% unlimited and comes with unlimited talk and text and unlimited 4G LTE smartphone data – including unlimited standard definition video – all on America’s fastest 4G LTE network.  And, it’s available at a great price: just $40 per line for a family of four.

As with all carrier plans, there are some caveats in the small-print …

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Sprint Stories March 10, 2016

Android Marshmallow to begin rolling out to Sprint’s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge today

Even though the  Android N Developer Preview was released yesterday, Marshmallow is only on 2% of devices. The number should only increase as more OEMs release updates to last year’s flagship devices and starting today, Sprint is updating its Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge variants to Android 6.0.

Sprint Stories February 21, 2016

Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will be hitting US carriers much sooner than the LG G5. While AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint have all announced they will carry the LG G5 and its accompanying accessories, there is not a set availability or pre-order date among the carriers. The best hint of when LG’s latest flagship device will be available comes from Best Buy.

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Update: Samsung’s Galaxy S7 is now up for pre-order at Best Buy and through the carriers below.

The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge were made official at long last today, with Samsung taking the wraps off of the two devices during its press event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Now, all of the major carriers in the United States are announcing their respective pre-order information and details.

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Sprint Stories January 16, 2016

Android Marshmallow coming soon to several carrier HTC One M9 and M8 variants, including Sprint, T-Mobile, Rogers, more

HTC’s product management chief, Mo Versi has confirmed on Twitter that several North American carrier-locked variants of the HTC One M9 and One M8 will be getting Android Marshmallow over the coming weeks.

Beginning this coming Monday, January 18th, the Marshmallow OS update will be pushed to Sasktel, Rogers, Wind and Videotron HTC One M9 owners in Canada.

As you’d expect, following that tweet, many HTC One owners with different carrier-locked versions were keen to known an ETA for their Marshmallow update. In response to those, Mo Versi stated that the HTC One M8 on Sprint will get the new software from the middle of next week, while the T-Mobile variant is on schedule for a January 25 release.

Sadly there’s no specific news for AT&T or Verizon users, except to say that HTC needs a “few more weeks” before the update is ready for the HTC One M9 on AT&T.

 

Sprint Stories January 7, 2016

Sprint continues the trend, will stop offering two-year contracts for smartphones

The trend of carriers ending contract pricing continues today. According to an internal leaked document obtained by Android Central, Sprint smartphone subsidy options are now limited to customers who wish to add a line to an existing account or upgrade their existing phone. This move follows AT&T’s announcement that it will stop offering two-year contracts this week, as well as Verizon, who simplified its offerings last August.

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