Sprint Samsung Galaxy S5 Gains Wi-Fi Calling

Folks who still use their smartphone to talk to people, take note: if you have the Sprint variant of the Samsung Galaxy S5, you can expect Wi-Fi calling in an update.

Wi-Fi calling grants you unlimited minutes and texts by switching to VoIP and internet-based messaging when you’re connected to a wireless access point. Sprint has remained committed to bringing the feature out to as many devices as possible, adding it to the Note 3 in April and the Galaxy Mega and S4 Mini in March.  (more…)

Sprint Reaches New Deal with Regional Carriers to Expand Roaming 4G LTE Coverage Across the Country

In an effort to provide more 4G LTE coverage to more people around the country, Sprint has inked a deal with several regional providers to help give them the spectrum they need. These new carriers will now be able to offer their customers new areas of 4G signal in places where it is hard to build out. This new deal will expand over a population of 34 million people, now able to pull down those great 4G speeds. (more…)

Report: Sprint, T-Mobile Agree on Price for Acquisition

On April 30, news broke that Sprint was readying a bid to purchase T-Mobile. Today, according to sources familiar with the deal, the two companies have agreed on a price, settling at about $40 per T-Mo share. At that price, and with T-Mobile’s reported debt of about $14.5 billion, the company’s “theoretical enterprise value” sits around $40.8 billion. 

Not only is it reported that the companies have agreed upon a price for purchase, but have also agreed on a value if the deal is broken up, much like we saw when AT&T put in a bid for T-Mobile in 2011.  (more…)

Sprint’s Open Enrollment for Device Insurance Taking Place

For bumbling folks like me, going without phone insurance is like playing a constant game of Russian roulette – every time I drop a smartphone or tablet could result in its permanent death and untimely death. Problem is, I couldn’t obtain insurance even if I wanted to, because I never think I’ll need it at the time of purchase (even though I typically regret not purchasing it).

Sprint understands I’m not the only one in a pickle. Throughout the month of June, the carrier is allowing subscribers to enroll retroactively in the a device protection plan. Even if you chose to opt out at the time of purchase, you’re eligible to take advantage as long as your device is “functioning” and “in [your] possession.”  (more…)

Sprint Galaxy Note 2 Gets Kit Kat Update Today

Sprint and Samsung are pushing out the Kit Kat (Android 4.4.2) update to the Galaxy Note 2 starting today. If my notes (no pun) and our Kit Kat update list are correct, this is the first Note 2 from a US carrier to receive the update to 4.4. Good job, Sprint.

In the update, users will get to experience all that is new in the latest version of Android. We are talking an updated lock screen (new camera shortcut and media controls), the option to choose a default SMS app, restyled notification bar, better location management, emoji, wireless printing, and more.

The update should be available today, so head into Settings>More>System update.  (more…)

LG and Carriers Announce G3 Availability

Perhaps the most exciting part of LG’s G3 press event wasn’t the confirmation of the Snapdragon 801 processor or the laser auto focus, but the announcement of a launch window. The G3 will retail on more than 170 carriers globally, beginning May 28 in Korea. Word on US availability was unfortunately vague – the best LG PR offered was “later this summer.”

When it launches, the G3 will be available in 16GB and 32GB capacities (both have microSD slots compatible with cards up to 128GB). The differences between the models expands beyond the amount of internal storage: the 16GB model has 2GB of RAM, while the 32GB bumps the memory up to 3GB. Beyond that, though, the variations are identical. (more…)