We talk a lot about carriers on this site. We cover all of their policy and plan changes, the new phones they release on a monthly basis, where their network has stretched to, and if their 4G LTE network is the biggest and baddest on the planet. But what is it that’s keeping you with your current carrier? Is it that ever-expanding phone lineup? Do their plans meet your needs? Is their 4G LTE network the best? Are you stuck with them because no other carrier offers decent coverage in your area? Are you counting the days until you can bolt for greener pastures. You tell us.
The latest Consumer Reports are out and as far as mobile networks go, Verizon is rated in front of the rest of the pack. Verizon scored near the top for voice and data quality which is to be expected with Verizon’s
mostly reliable network. The Reports also gave Verizon props “for support attributes like staff knowledge and resolution of issues.” Verizon didn’t win every category though.
This morning, and over the course of the next week, the following cities will start to experience Sprint’s 4G LTE. The network has been talking about their coming improvements, which means you can expect to see a lot more cities getting the green light in the coming months. For Sprint customers, this is great.
- Anderson, Ind.
- Clarke County, Va./Jefferson County, W.Va.
- Harrisburg/Carlisle/Hershey, Pa.
- Hagerstown, Md./Martinsburg, W.Va.
- Harrisonburg, Va.
- Muncie, Ind.
- Peabody, Mass.
- Salina, Kan.
- Shenandoah County, Va.
- South Bend/Mishawaka, Ind.
- Winchester, Va.
Sprint’s 4G LTE can officially be found in 43 markets. It definitely doesn’t touch Verizon or AT&T’s yet, but they will get there.
If you’re on Sprint, and happen to own a Galaxy Note 2, then you’re about to be living the good life. For us Americans who have been clamoring on about the multi-window feature that Samsung showed off on the Galaxy Note 2, but didn’t release stateside, we can finally shut up. Today, Sprint has announced an update that will bring this highly sought-after feature to the already Jelly Bean-packed monster device that is the Note 2.
Of course, the next question we will begin to ask ourselves, can we expect this feature to be present when it is launched on Verizon? Fingers crossed ever so tightly that the files found in this software image remain intact and our dreams will come true.
When news broke that Sprint was being purchased by the Japanese company Softbank, one of the benefits to the Now Network was a large amount of cash up front. Sprint is going to be spending a little bit of that money to bolster their network by purchasing customers and a bit of spectrum from regional carrier US Cellular.
In total, Sprint will be gathering 30MHz of spectrum that they are going to use to build up their fledgling LTE network and make it a little bit more usable. Sprint is also paying for actual customers from US Cellular, who will stay on their carrier for now but will be moved in the near future. US Cellular is selling because “we aren’t reaching the rate of profitable customer growth we need to justify continuing to make investments.”
Excited to see Sprint making moves to have a bigger footprint in the States?
Samsung mentioned a couple of weeks ago that all of the U.S. variants would be receiving Jelly Bean, but they kept a time line out of that announcement, instead leaving it up to the carriers. The only detail they would provide was “coming months” which doesn’t tell us much. With Sprint announcing their update today, owners of the device from other carriers can at least hold out hope that the update has a chance to arrive before the end of the year. Maybe? Yes, we’re looking at you now, Verizon.
Best Buy announced this morning that they will hold another 1-day deal for the Samsung Galaxy S3. Tomorrow only, October 26, you can stop by any Best Buy store across this great country, and grab the GS3 from Verizon, AT&T or Sprint for $100 less than normal. In the press note, it mentions the 16GB model as being a part of the deal.