Breathe a Sigh of Relief, Sprint Abandoning Bid for T-Mobile

According to sources of The Wall Street Journal, Sprint is to abandon its bid to purchase T-Mobile, after an earlier report claimed that the two companies had agreed on a purchase price back in early June.

From what sources state, the “regulatory challenges” were too steep for Sprint to climb, so without getting in too far over its head, the company has decided against the deal altogether.  (more…)

Sprint Lights Up 17 New 4G LTE Markets

Sprint lit up 17 new 4G LTE markets across the US this morning, bringing their total market count to nearly 500. Considering its LTE network launched in 2012, it has been a long road for Sprint, but now that it is live in Eureka and even Fortuna, CA, I can say that the rollout has pretty much made it to the end of the road.

Of course, Sprint will continue to deploy and enhance its network across the country, hopefully enabling additional bandwidth for data-hungry users. There is always work to be done on that front, and that goes for all US carriers, not just Sprint.

Take a look below at the full list of new LTE markets.  (more…)

Sprint Samsung Galaxy S4 Gains HD Voice Icon, Security Enhancements

It was nearly a month ago that Sprint announced the nationwide availability of HD Voice, and since that time, a number of handsets have received the requisite software necessary to take advantage.

A notable omission from many upgrades, however, has been any kind of HD Voice indicator, which makes it rather difficult to tell in what areas the feature is available.

Fortunately, manufacturers have been adding iconography retroactively, most recently Samsung for the Galaxy S4(more…)

T-Mobile Launches Own “Best Ever” Family Plan, 10GB of Data Plus Unlimited Talk/Text for $100

T-Mobile’s John Legere is just as sick of seeing AT&T ads for their “Best ever prices” family plan as you are. To try and directly compete with that plan, T-Mobile will launch their own best ever-like pricing, with a new family plan that runs just $100 per month for four lines, yet includes the same 10GB of data as the competitors, along with unlimited talk and text.

For comparison, T-Mobile put together a chart to show you how this new plan beats out not only AT&T, but also similar plans from Verizon and Sprint. Since the chart was created by T-Mo, you have to take it for what it is. However, it does show the major points here, like price, which is $60 lower and the 2.5GB of data per line, with no overages. T-Mobile is still giving away unlimited data and text in over 120 countries with this plan, plus they are letting you stream music from many of the top music services without it counting against your data.  (more…)

Sprint Rolling Out Android 4.4.3 Update to HTC One (M8)

It may not technically be the latest version of Android, which is currently Android 4.4.4, but HTC One (M8) users on Sprint will be pleased to hear their devices are receiving a minor update to the next best thing, plus a few other goodies.

The new firmware released today, 2.16.651.4, is based on Android 4.4.3, which packs miscellaneous improvements and fixes. In addition, the update adds an HD Voice indicator and support for WiFi Calling.  (more…)

Sprint LG G3 Now Up for Pre-order, $199 on Two-year Agreement (Updated)

While pre-orders have been up through Verizon for the LG G3 since yesterday, and the device is now officially available at AT&T, Sprint’s own G3 is now up for pre-order. Priced at the same point as the AT&T model, customers can opt for either a $199, two-year agreement or the carriers’ Easy Pay plan of $0 down and 24 months of $25 equal payments.  (more…)