Quick, what does it mean for Sprint to be the nation’s third largest carrier?
Does it mean that phone manufacturers would choose the two bigger networks over it to showcase their flagship devices? Check.
Does it mean that new smartphones that are coming out are lagging behind several months from the competitors? Check.
Case in point, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which has been a staple device for Verizon since December 2011, is only expected to land on Sprint in April. If the information is accurate, this would make it a good five months after the debut of Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Verizon.
According to a leaked document that details the launch [...]
Once upon a time (well, a couple of years ago), an epic battle between the two competing 4G standards was brewing. On one camp, the biggest carriers in the US, AT&T and Verizon, backed LTE, while in the other camp, Sprint partnered with ClearWire to launch their own WiMax network.
In the beginning, thanks to a swift deployment, Sprint enjoyed a good head start over the competition. Back in 2010, Sprint launched its first WiMax phone, the HTC Evo 4G, which went on to gain huge popularity thanks to good network speeds and Sprint’s unlimited data plans. AT&T and Verizon were a little late to the game with rolling out their 4G LTE networks, but they quickly [...]
On March 21, Sprint and HTC sent out an invitation to a “mystery” common event to take place in New York on April 4. Noticed the quotes? We used them because pretty much the entire internet figured out by now that the event will mark the debut of Sprint’s version of the HTC One X.
Previous reports indicated that, initially, only AT&T would carry HTC’s new flagship (possible starting from May), branded as HTC One XL (where L stands for LTE) and powered by a Snapdragon S4, instead of the quad-core Tegra 3 found in the international version.
However, AT&T’s presumed exclusivity would be short-lived: new rumors suggests that the [...]
Mark down April 4 on your calendars as the day that the HTC One X officially touches down on Sprint’s network. That is the date when HTC and Sprint are expected to hold a joint event in New York. Trying to emulate the success of HTC Evo 4G, which was the carrier’s fastest-selling smartphone in 2010, the big guns from HTC and Sprint are expected to take the stage to introduce HTC One X.
The soon to be introduced phone has been speculated to carry the HTC Jet branding, but this could merely be a codename that is subject to change. It’s unknown yet which name Sprint will pick for the HTC One X, but it’s likely that the carrier will want to use the [...]
According to a survey conducted by market research company NPD Group, the US 4G smartphone market has grown almost sixfold during the Q4 2010 – Q4 2011 interval. Accounting for 35% of all smartphones sold in the US during the last quarter of 2011, the market was fairly quick to grow out of the 6% it hold in the same period of 2010. Confusingly enough, the most popular 4G network in the US was reported to be HSPA+, standing at 22%. As HSPA + is actually a 3G-based standard, and not actually 4G per-se, many will interpret the real 4G smartphone market share as standing at only 13%.
The fastest 4G network in the United States is LTE, as Verizon pointed [...]
Since the beginning of the smartphone revolution, just about every smart manufacturer has teamed up with carriers to release devices that would appeal to consumers not wanting to gouge their wallets. And, to this day, just about any carrier in the US, Canada or Europe offers inexpensive, or better – free phones, with a contract, of course.
And you know for that price you usually never get the “best of the best”, unless you come across pre-owned products. Today, Sprint has teamed up with ZTE to give us the Fury.
The ZTE Fury certainly seems like a bargain, as $20 for an Android phone isn’t too bad, even if it’s not top of the line. These type of [...]
Can the Padfone change the restrictive tethering policies of U.S. carriers?
Since we were first introduced to the ASUS Padfone, almost a year ago, we were intrigued by the possibilities created by this seemingly wacky device. Is it a phone, is it a pad? It’s a Padfone! This comic book-reminiscent tagline summarizes the whole idea behind ASUS’ shape-shifting product. Instead of confining their thinking to the proverbial box, the Taiwanese chose to go their own way. The result is a device that is truly ground-breaking, not only in terms of design, but also through the concept that it promotes.
Why run around with three devices, when you [...]
That carriers love Android is not really a surprise. Go to any carrier, anywhere in the world, and you’ll notice that most of their smartphones are now based on Android. They even have their best promotions and marketing campaigns around Android smartphones. Android phones are a great way for carriers to also hook customers that have never used a smartphone before and never needed data, on their data plans, and get them to sign more expensive contracts. The conclusion: carriers make more money with Android.
But is the same true about the iPhone? Do carriers love the iPhone, too, and are they making money from it? Apparently not, and this is why it’s a [...]
Sprint recently announced that it will be changed its terms. Because of this, several users were trying to find a way to get out of their contracts early. When Sprint heard of this, they decided to keep their ‘upgrade eligible’ customers from leaving their service. One way to do this is to offer discounts between $25, $50 and even $100 to their loyal subscribers.
With regards to the criteria of eligibility for the offer, no clear information has been released by Sprint. But we’re quite pleased that Sprint decided to offer this, especially with their loyal Android smartphone subscribers. Meanwhile, customers who do not have any plans on leaving can cash in on the new [...]
There was so much news last week at CES, there is still more news trickling down to us. Sprint said last week at CES that their focus is now on LTE and producing LTE devices, meaning they are done with WiMax. You might remember back in the spring of 2010, Sprint was the first to market a 4G device, the HTC EVO 4G, although it was WiMax 4G and not LTE 4G. Which as we now know WiMax didn’t pan out like the way Sprint wanted.
Sprint is now in the process of migrating their WiMax coverage over to LTE which is what Verizon and AT&T are already using for their 4G networks. LTE has now become the standard in wireless, with half of the major US carriers already having it [...]