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Struggling Sprint takes Verizon’s ‘Can You Hear Me Now’ sloppy seconds

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On Sunday night, the unthinkable happened. No, it wasn't when the Golden State Warriors dismantled the Cleveland Cavaliers to the tune of 110-77. And it wasn't when that crazy thing happened on Game of Thrones (no spoilers). It was when a commercial aired featuring Paul Marcarelli, best known as the "Can you hear me now?" Test Man for Verizon. But the commercial was for Sprint.

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Jacob Siegal

June 6th

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Sprint users affected by LTE connectivity bug following iOS 9.3, fix coming soon [Update]

[Update: Sprint says the issue has been resolved as of today and apologizes for the convenience.]

While Apple has fixed a few issues relating to iOS 9.3 with a subsequent iOS 9.3.1 update, there’s still at least one bug plaguing Sprint users that appears to be out of Apple’s hands. According to a handful of Sprint users across Twitter and Reddit, they have been unable to connect to LTE data following the iOS 9.3 update and are forced to use only 3G data. Today, however, Sprint acknowledged the issue and confirmed that it is working on a fix.

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Chance Miller

March 31st

Apple

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Nextbit cancels CDMA version of Robin smartphone, issues refunds

robin-hand After already delaying the CDMA by a few months, Nextbit has decided to cancel the production of the CDMA Robin for Verizon and Sprint networks outright, Recode reports. The company is now refunding Kickstarter backers and offering them a 25% discount on the GSM version should they choose to get one. Read More

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Lucas Matney

March 17th

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Carriers and retailers show depleted iPhone 5s stock ahead of SE release later this month

Apple is expected to announce and release the oft-rumored 4-inch iPhone SE later this month, and ahead of that launch, supply of the company’s current 4-inch device is running low. Verizon, Best Buy, Walmart, AT&T, and Target all list limited or no availability or the iPhone 5s online, while we’ve also heard that supply at T-Mobile retail stores is running low.

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Chance Miller

March 3rd

Apple

Mac

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

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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.

Sprint’s move to end 2-year pricing follows a general trend in the industry of carriers switching focus towards monthly installment plans and device leases. T-Mobile was the first carrier to do this with the announcement of its UnCarrier offerings in 2013.

Instead of two-year plans, Sprint will pitch buyers on their Easy Pay and Leasing plans, which they claim offer the best value and most flexibility when compared to two-year contracts. Two-year agreements will, however, continue to be available for the purchase of tablets.

The shift in focus from two-year contracts has caused Apple to essentially stop marketing its iPhones with the $199/$299/$399 pricing scheme that it originally used. Instead, it has launched its own iPhone Upgrade Program which offers users an annual upgrade with a monthly device leasing fee.

Whether or not device installment plans save customers any money varies. Some users are better off with the installment plans, while some users have grandfathered deals that make the two-year agreements more plausible. The good thing is, Sprint is allowing existing customers to continuing purchasing phones on a two-year plan.


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Chance Miller

January 8th

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

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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.

Sprint’s move to end 2-year pricing follows a general trend in the industry of carriers switching focus towards monthly installment plans and device leases. T-Mobile was the first carrier to do this with the announcement of its UnCarrier offerings in 2013.

Instead of two-year plans, Sprint will pitch buyers on their Easy Pay and Leasing plans, which they claim offer the best value and most flexibility when compared to two-year contracts. Two-year agreements will, however, continue to be available for the purchase of tablets.

The shift in focus from two-year contracts has caused Apple to essentially stop marketing its iPhones with the $199/$299/$399 pricing scheme that it originally used. Instead, it has launched its own iPhone Upgrade Program which offers users an annual upgrade with a monthly device leasing fee.

Whether or not device installment plans save customers any money varies. Some users are better off with the installment plans, while some users have grandfathered deals that make the two-year agreements more plausible. The good thing is, Sprint is allowing existing customers to continuing purchasing phones on a two-year plan.


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Chance Miller

January 8th

Apple

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You only have one week left to claim ‘cramming’ refunds from Verizon and Sprint

Verizon Sprint Cramming Charges Refund Deadline

Did you get overcharged by Sprint or Verizon for subscription services that you never signed up for and never used? If so then you should know that you have only a week left to reclaim the money that's rightfully yours. If you've been hit with "cramming" fees by Verizon and Sprint, the deadline to get your money back is coming up on December 31st. After that, you'll lose the opportunity to make a claim for refunds.

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Brad Reed

December 24th

Mobile

You only have one week left to claim ‘cramming’ refunds from Verizon and Sprint

Verizon Sprint Cramming Charges Refund Deadline

Did you get overcharged by Sprint or Verizon for subscription services that you never signed up for and never used? If so then you should know that you have only a week left to reclaim the money that's rightfully yours. If you've been hit with "cramming" fees by Verizon and Sprint, the deadline to get your money back is coming up on December 31st. After that, you'll lose the opportunity to make a claim for refunds.

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Brad Reed

December 24th

Mobile

Best Buy offering iPhone 6s for $1 on contract w/ Sprint & Verizon starting tomorrow

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We’ve received word that starting tomorrow Best Buy is going be offering the 16GB iPhone 6s, normally $199 on-contract (and often on sale for $99), for just $1. Head below for details… 

The deal is good for the device on the usual two year agreement through either Sprint and Verizon. And to sweeten the deal for upgraders, Best Buy will throw in a gift card up to $200 if you trade in your iPhone 5 when making the purchase.

Best Buy currently has the iPhone 6s in all color options— Silver, Gold, Space Gray, and Rose Gold— for both Sprint and Verizon online. It’s on sale for $99 for Verizon and available for the regular price of $199 for Sprint right now, but the price drop to $1 will kick in officially sometime tomorrow.

Bookmark Best Buy’s iPhone 6s page or check in-store tomorrow for the deal.


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Jordan Kahn

December 17th

Apple

Mac

How to switch cell phone carriers the easy way

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With Christmas coming up, the chances are that good you’re considering buying a new smartphone. The special Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales are already gone, but you can still get the smartphone upgrade of your dreams for a great price. However, you might have to deal with carrier contracts to make your dream a reality, and you might even have to switch carriers to get a better offer on a particular phone model – or you might want to change mobile operators for entirely different reasons.

The bad news is that there might be some costs involved that you’d better be ready to pay up. The good news is that you can easily switch carriers if you want and some of them will be prepared to take care of those extra those costs for you.

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Chris Smith

December 8th

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