Most of you noticed that as Android 5.0.1 updates began rolling out to Google’s line-up of Nexus devices that the Nexus 5, even though it is still considered one of the newer of the bunch, was left out of the fun. Why that is, well, we can only guess. What we do know is that the update should start rolling out today if Sprint knows what it’s talking about. (more…)
Over the last couple of years, we have really tried to open everyone’s mind to the idea that there are options outside of carrier contracts and the subsidy phone discount. From covering the best prepaid providers to talking about full retail phone prices and the initial launch of carrier device payment plans, you should all be well versed on the methods available for buying a new phone without a lengthy agreement. But even with all of that coverage, some of you are perfectly happy with the subsidy model and do not have a problem buying a phone on-contract or you are using the last few work-arounds remaining to keep things like unlimited data plans. And you know what? There is nothing wrong with that.
This morning, though, I was listening to Verizon CFO Fran “ShamWow” Shammo speak at a conference about the current trends in wireless, which just so happen to be device payment plans. Verizon has Edge, T-Mobile has Jump, and AT&T has Next, to name a few. Shammo insisted that while they will continue to offer Edge, 70% of their customers still to this day choose the subsidy model.
And that got me thinking – I wonder what the DL community is trending towards? Are you still locked into a wireless contract or are you now fully month-to-month?
Earlier this week, Sprint announced a very bold move, in which they would take any current contract agreement from Verizon or AT&T, and slash the price in half. For example, if you are currently on a 15GB Data Share plan from AT&T, totaling $160 a month, on Sprint, it would cost you just $80.
Theoretically, not only would your bill be 50% cheaper, but the Now Network states that they will waive activation fees ($36 per line), as well as buy out your current contract ($350 per line) from the competition. (more…)
How low can Sprint pricing go? Put it this way, that if carrier pricing was a game of Limbo, the Now Network is looking to take home the Gold medal. As part of its ongoing war with incumbent carriers, Sprint announced today that it will cut monthly rates by half for subscribers who migrate from AT&T or Verizon. (more…)
The Nexus 6 is largely still impossible to find. You have been able to pre-order from AT&T and Sprint for less than a week, but most have had no chance at buying the unlocked model from Google Play or Motorola’s shop. And even if you were lucky enough to order through those last two stores, the chances of your device having arrived already are pretty slim. Hopefully, as we approach what we are assuming is the device’s official launch of today or tomorrow, we should start to see it become more accessible.
Take for example a new Best Buy listing, which shows the Nexus 6 for Sprint available for $199 with a new 2-year contract. That’s $100 cheaper than if you were to buy it through Sprint directly. You can even buy it off-contract for $699, which isn’t exactly cheap, but is an option if you need the device now and don’t want Sprint service. (more…)
So you received your brand new Nexus 6 today, straight from a factory in China, and you walk into a Verizon or AT&T or Sprint store to have it activated for use. As you and a sales rep get the process going, you get to the point where they need to scan the nano SIM for the phone and then your phone’s IMEI. You can almost taste the Lollipop. You will soon know how many licks it takes. You are this close. The sweat needed to give you extra grip on the 6-inch whale in front of you is starting to build in the palm of your hand. Your fresh pair of JNCOs is crisp from the dryer. The fresh Free Willy tattoo under your tribal band still has a bandage protecting its scab. You are a Nexus 6 owner. No, even better – you are an unlocked Nexus 6 owner on the verge of becoming one with a marine mammal. “I tell you what to do, carrier,” you say under your breath as you reach for your newly activated phone.
And then the sales rep gives you that look. You have seen this look before, typically when the 7-11 clerk scans your lottery ticket. You sir, do not have a winner. “Sorry, the phone won’t activate because the IMEI is not in our system. There is nothing I can do,” the sales rep says. (more…)
The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge appears to have successfully made its way to US carriers for purchase. Shocker, I know. Unlike its taco-shaped cousin, who enjoyed a brief stint in overseas markets before settling into its rightful life as a proof-of-concept, the Galaxy Note Edge apparently showed enough promise or received enough of a positive response to convince AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile that people might actually buy one. Actually, let me re-phrase that. The Galaxy Note Edge and its insanely high price tag, for reasons that have escaped our minds since the device was surprisingly unveiled on stage alongside the Galaxy Note 4, can be purchased by human beings at a couple of carriers who have lost their minds. (more…)