Smartphone leases seem to be the hot topic of the moment, thanks to a public battle between the CEOs of T-Mobile and Sprint. They also seem to be confusing to many, including those in this industry. What’s the difference between T-Mobile and Sprint leases? Do you own your phone or not on a lease? What happens at the end of your lease? Can you buy the phone or do you have to return it? How do upgrades work? Is a lease a good or bad thing? There is a lot to talk about here.
To try and make this all as simple as is possible, we are going to take some time to go through T-Mobile and Sprint’s lease plans, hopefully to give you some sort of comparison of the pros and cons of each. Since T-Mobile’s appears to be a decent deal for those who like to upgrade often, we’ll start there. (more…)
As you all know by now, Sprint introduced a new plan this week called “All-In” that’s basically them trying to usher back in the subsidy model of wireless carrier pricing. They bundle the price of a phone with service, just like wireless carriers have done for years but are now moving far away from. Of course, leave it to Sprint to try and re-invent subsidies when no one wants them. Not only that, but the plan included this insanely offensive and quite sneaky video streaming data “limitation” that they have already (sort of) backed away from. It’s mostly a mess of a smartphone plan that also includes a human being having to deal with Sprint’s network on a day-to-day basis.
To make matters more comical, T-Mobile CEO John Legere took to Twitter yesterday to share his thoughts on the plan. He, as you could have guessed, thinks it’s a “miss” and that you should all #sprintlikehell from it. Again, shocker, John Legere is talking sh*t about a competitor. That’s not the story here.
This became a hilarious piece of news when Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure actually responded to Legere’s Tweet in full meltdown mode. Here, take a look. (more…)
Earlier in the week, HTC told us to expect an Android 5.1 on the Sprint One M9 come July 1. This morning, they delivered on that promise. The update will arrive as software version 2.6.651.11.
Sprint didn’t bother to list out much in their changelog, only that this is 5.1. I would imagine HTC might sneak in some camera improvements and other little tweaks to Sense. If you get the update, be sure to let us know.
Meanwhile, the LG G4 is receiving a minor update that improves “Reactivation Lock” and lands as software version LS991ZV5. (more…)
This morning, we told you about Sprint’s new All-In plan that included the most ridiculous footnote in recent memory, a footnote that sneakily revealed to customers who bought into this plan that Sprint would throttle all of their video streaming to 600kbps. As you can imagine, the world clowned on Sprint for this move, because well, it was a dirty, dirty move in a day where video streaming is a major part of the mobile data experience.
Tonight, Sprint has already caved to customer complaints and removed the “limitation.” I’d give them credit for removing this insanely bullsh*t cap so quickly, but the fact that they tried to slip this by everyone removes them from any praise for the time being. (more…)
Sprint has a new campaign to get potential customers excited about wireless plans. Titled All-In Wireless, Sprint offers a single $80 a month agreement that features the plan and a smartphone, all for one price. (more…)
Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge variants on Sprint are receiving an update to Android 5.1 this morning, according to Sprint support. The updates are quite large in size, hovering around 563MB for what we thought would have been a minor upgrade.
After the update, users should expect to see minor UI enhancements throughout, factory reset protection, performance improvements, and “new and/or enhanced features.” (more…)
According to a tweet sent out from HTC’s Mo Versi, the One M9 on Sprint has received technical approval for an update to Android 5.1. The update is scheduled to begin rolling out to owners on July 1, and folks should be happy to know that it includes “camera improvements.” (more…)
It’s that time of year again, where we check-in to see which wireless carrier you are all currently signed up with.
When we asked this same question almost a year ago, 60% of you were still with Verizon, while T-Mobile had managed to attract almost 20% of the community. AT&T, Sprint, and various prepaid options made up the other 20% or so. With T-Mobile still making Uncarrier moves, AT&T attempting to
copy match them offer-by-offer, and a variety of prepaid options posting insanely good monthly deals, we want to know if Verizon is still holding onto your business.
After voting, be sure to tell us why you are where you are. Is it all about coverage? Pricing? What?