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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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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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January 8th

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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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December 24th

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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

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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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December 17th

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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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December 8th

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Verizon giving away 2GB to upgraders, T-Mobile discounts iPhones and Apple Watches to AT&T switchers

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The carrier wars in the US are heating up as we head further into the winter, and that’s generally good news for consumers. Verizon is currently adding 2GB of data for new and current subscribers that upgrade to certain plans over the next few weeks. T-Mobile is targeting switchers by offering AT&T subscribers that jump carriers the chance to buy the 128GB iPhone 6s at the price of the 16GB model and save as much as $125 on financed accessories including Beats headphones and the Apple Watch. Read on for details…

For current or future Verizon subscribers, here’s what you’ll want to know. Starting now through January 6th, the carrier will add 2GB of monthly data for each phone upgraded or added that uses an XL or XXL data plan.

Those are Verizon’s 12GB/$80 and 18GB/$100 plans effectively making these plans 14GB and 20GB for the same monthly price. The offer applies for up to 10 lines and sticks around as long as the upgraded or new phone is on the XL or XXL plan. Data can also be shared with others on the same family plan including tablets.

Meanwhile, T-Mobile is doing the usual thing and targeting switchers. AT&T customers that move lines to T-Mobile can pick up the 128GB iPhone 6s at the price of the $200 cheaper 16GB model. The entry level storage is generally a bad experience, and the offer makes the high-end model a better deal than the mid-tier 64GB model. The offer starts tomorrow and runs through December 13th.

T-Mobile notes that its current $200 credit promo for Sprint switchers runs through December 6th, and a deal for Verizon customers moving to T-Mobile will come next week.

Finally, T-Mobile is also offering AT&T switchers discounts up to $125 off of financed accessories including Beats headphones, Apple Watches, Guitar Hero Live for iOS, and much more. The offer also extends to AT&T’s GoPhone and Cricket Wireless subscribers as well. Read all the fine print here.


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Zac Hall

December 3rd

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The absolute worst ads of 2015

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It's actually been a reasonably decent year for ads, as there hasn't been anything as godawful as 2013's creepy Galaxy Gear ad or Sprint's tragicomic Framily ad campaign. That said, there were definitely some major advertising clunkers in 2015, highlighted by some subpar efforts from McDonald's, HTC and (of course) Sprint.

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Brad Reed

December 3rd

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T-Mobile launches ‘full month of holiday gift-giving’ with 3 months of unlimited LTE for all subscribers

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T-Mobile has announced its latest “un-carrier” initiative, dubbed “Un-carrier Unwrapped.” Rather than a permanent addition to the company’s offerings, Un-carrier Unwrapped is a month-long event during which the carrier will gift its subscribers and new customers with special deals and benefits.

The first of those was announced today: unlimited LTE data for all subscribers on Simple Choice post-paid plans for the next three months.

The deal won’t take effect today, though. Customers will need to wait until December 1st to start taking advantage of the unlimited data. From that date T-Mobile subscribers will be able to use as much data as they want all the way through February.

For the next three weeks, T-Mobile will also be launching special offers (likely incentives to switch) for customers on each of its competitors, one per week. A few other deals, such as discounts on tablets and other devices, are being offered as well.

T-Mobile also announced today that its popular iPhone upgrade deal will be back on Cyber Monday. The offer allows customers to get a new iPhone at the price of the cheaper capacity model—a 64 GB phone for the price of a 16 GB, for example.

Starting at 2:01 AM PST on Cyber Monday, T-Mobile is bringing back one of its most popular offers of the year. Buy a new iPhone online at T-Mobile.com and the Un-carrier will give you a free memory upgrade. The following memory upgrades are available for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus on Cyber Monday only:

  • Buy iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus 16GB and we’ll upgrade you to the same model with 64GB
  • Buy iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus 64GB and we’ll upgrade you to the same model with 128GB

To take advantage of these offers, simply put the 64GB or 128GB model in your cart online and you’ll see the pricing reflected at check-out.

You can read the full Un-carrier Unwrapped press release below.

T-Mobile Amps the Holidays, Starts with Gift of Unlimited LTE for Existing Customers

Un-carrier announces Black Friday offers and kicks off ‘Un-carrier Unwrapped’ − four weeks in a row of surprise holiday gifts − starting with three full months of unlimited LTE data for T-Mobile customers – at no extra charge!

Bellevue, Washington — November 23, 2015 — T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) is kicking off the holidays in style with Un-carrier Unwrapped, a full month of holiday gift-giving, with one special gift coming each week. First up, the Un-carrier is giving the gift of unlimited high-speed data for your smartphone – for the next three months – to every single one of its postpaid Simple Choice customers. But in true T-Mobile fashion, we won’t stop there. T-Mobile is also delivering special holiday gifts to Sprint, AT&T and Verizon customers starting next week – one carrier per week. Plus, T-Mobile is serving up a banquet of holiday offers, including a free tablet, $0 down $0 per month on the Samsung Galaxy S6 32GB with JUMP! On Demand, and more.

“We’ve had a fantastic year, and we’re going to spread that T-Mobile cheer by starting with the most important people first… our existing customers! Now you get Unlimited LTE data on our blazing fast network for three full months as a gift from the Un-carrier to you,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. “But that’s not all….we know that Verizon, AT&T and Sprint customers need some holiday cheer, too – so we’ve got presents coming for them. Just wait!”

The holidays are for connecting with family and friends. In fact, data usage on T-Mobile’s network jumps more than 10% in December. The last thing customers want to worry about is their data, so T-Mobile is taking that worry away. For the next three months, everybody – all active Simple Choice postpaid customers as of end of day November 23, including business customers – has Unlimited 4G LTE smartphone data once you use up all your data and your Data Stash.

And, as the Un-carrier so often does, they’ve done the hard work to keep things simple for customers. Simple Choice postpaid customers don’t have to do a thing to get their Unlimited LTE gift. On December 1, 2015, the special holiday gift will simply appear under the tree—that is, in their existing T-Mobile plan. Which is how gifts ought to be given, right? No stress. No hassles. And, they’ll keep that free Unlimited LTE smartphone data as long as they’re on the same T-Mobile plan with Binge On active until March 1, 2016.

More gifts – for the carriers’ mistreated customers – will start arriving next Monday, one carrier per week. Stay tuned.

Black Friday: Get a Tablet on Us – and a Whole Lot More
On top of this unprecedented customer gift, Black Friday is starting early at T-Mobile.  Beginning this Wednesday, November 25, you can get the popular Alcatel Onetouch Pixi™ 7” Android-powered™ 4G LTE tablet for $0 with any qualifying data plan at participating T-Mobile stores across the country and online. That’s right: $0 down, $0 payments; you pay only the sales tax.  With Binge On and a new tablet this holiday season, the entire family can watch all the holiday movies they want from top video services like Netflix, HBO, Hulu, and SlingTV and never worry about the Grinch gobbling up your high-speed data.

More Black Friday Deals:

  • T-Mobile customers can get the popular Samsung Galaxy S6 32GB for just $0 upfront and $0 per month with JUMP! On Demand with an eligible trade-in. $0 + $0 = $0.  You pay only the sales tax!
  • When you buy ANY Samsung smartphone, you get $100 off a Samsung tablet! Combined with the Black Friday Weekend offer on the Samsung Galaxy S6, it’s a helluva deal!
  • Get the popular UE Boom Bluetooth speaker for $100 off (retail price $199) and enjoy all the holiday tunes you can handle – without ever using your high-speed data bucket thanks to T-Mobile’s Music Freedom.

For more about this and other special T-Mobile holiday offers, please visit: www.t-mobile.com/holiday.


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November 23rd

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T-Mobile CEO rips Sprint’s new offer apart in epic Twitter tirade

Sprint Vs. T-Mobile CEO Twitter Fight

Sprint on Wednesday unveiled a new offer to cut the rates that customers are paying for their wireless services in half if they switch from Verizon, AT&T or T-Mobile. We already pointed out some potential shortcomings with Sprint's offer and we're not at all surprised to see that T-Mobile CEO John Legere has taken to Twitter to rip the new Sprint offer apart.

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Brad Reed

November 18th

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