NetZero reinvents itself as America’s first free 4G service provider

By on March 19, 2012 at 7:30 AM.

NetZero reinvents itself as America’s first free 4G service provider

NetZero burst onto the scene in 1998 as the first in a crop of Internet service providers that gave subscribers free access to the Web using an advertising-supported model. NetZero’s patented ad technology displayed highly targeted ads to users as they browsed the Internet at dial-up speeds, but it was forced into a freemium model when a number of other ISPs began offering free Web access as well. NetZero continues to offer basic paid dial-up and broadband services, but now the company is going back to its roots in an effort to disrupt the wireless industry as it did to the dial-up industry nearly 14 years ago. More →

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Sprint to hold 'Strategy Update' media event on October 7th

By on August 30, 2011 at 8:01 AM.

Sprint to hold 'Strategy Update' media event on October 7th

Sprint will hold a media event on October 7th to discuss the company’s strategy moving forward. While the specific topics to be covered by Sprint’s senior management are unknown, there are certainly a few areas that are likely candidates. First and foremost, Sprint’s plans with 4G moving forward are a bit up in the air right now. The carrier announced a deal with LightSquared that could bring 4G LTE service to Sprint subscribers in the near future, but LightSquared is having issues with its spectrum that need to be ironed out. Clearwire’s future is anything but certain as well. Sprint CEO Dan Hesse did tell BGR that Sprint has 4G-related announcements in store for the fall, so the LightSquared deal was likely just the tip of the iceberg. Sprint is also set to launch Apple’s next-generation iPhone 5 handset this fall, and while we couldn’t get a peep out of the carrier while we were visiting its corporate headquarters back in July, we wouldn’t be surprised if Sprint is a bit more talkative in October when it comes to Apple smartphones.

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HTC EVO 3D just $49.99 from Wirefly

By on August 29, 2011 at 11:51 AM.

HTC EVO 3D just $49.99 from Wirefly

If you weren’t lucky enough to win a free HTC EVO 3D courtesy of BGR and Qualcomm during the final week of our giveaway series, don’t despair. It might be a while before retailers start giving away Sprint’s flagship Android phone for free on contract, but Wirefly is currently offering the sleek smartphone for just $49.99. Featuring a 4.3-inch qHD 3D display, a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, HTC’s Sense UI and 4G WiMAX compatibility, Sprint’s EVO 3D is easily one of the most desirable Android smartphones on the market right now. At $50 on contract with no rebates to worry about, it’s almost a no-brainer for Android fans looking to re-up on Sprint. More →

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Sprint and Samsung unveil the Conquer 4G, launches August 21st for $99.99

By on August 5, 2011 at 10:04 AM.

Sprint and Samsung unveil the Conquer 4G, launches August 21st for $99.99

Sprint and Samsung on Friday unveiled the Samsung Conquer 4G, an affordable Android smartphone that will launch later this month. While many Android fans on Sprint are currently waiting for news of the Epic Touch 4G with bated breath, the Conquer 4G is still a terrific option for smartphone buyers on a budget. Spec highlights include a 1GHz processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 3.5-inch touchscreen and of course, compatibility with Sprint’s 3G and 4G networks. “The price of Samsung Conquer 4G makes Sprint’s 4G speeds accessible to more customers than ever,” Sprint’s VP of Product Development Fared Adib said in a statement. “We are proud to deliver this dynamic device at a great value without sacrificing must-have technology. Our customers can really do more for less when this ultra-affordable 4G device is paired with the great value of our unlimited data calling plans.” The full press release follows below. More →

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Sprint's Galaxy S II dubbed 'Samsung Epic Touch 4G,' launches in September

By on August 2, 2011 at 6:10 PM.

Sprint's Galaxy S II dubbed 'Samsung Epic Touch 4G,' launches in September

We know we don’t have long to wait before Samsung’s wildly popular Galaxy S II smartphone launches stateside. It’s also a pretty safe bet that the sleek smartphone will reach all four major U.S. carriers considering how popular the original Galaxy S was. Additional details have been slow to surface, but we’ve just been given some preliminary details about one of the four U.S. variants we’ve been waiting for. BGR has learned that Sprint’s version of the slim smartphone will launch as the Samsung Epic Touch 4G. Like its predecessor, the Epic Touch 4G will feature 4G WiMAX connectivity, though as its moniker might suggest, it will lack the QWERTY keyboard found on the original Epic 4G. Additional specs are hardly a mystery — we reviewed the international version of the Galaxy S II back in May. And while we have yet to track down a specific release date for this cutting edge Gingerbread phone, our source did say that it is launching in September. Also of note: Sprint will launch both the BlackBerry Curve 9350 (Sedona) and the Samsung Conquer 4G later this month, possibly as soon as August 21st.

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Motorola PHOTON 4G review

By on July 29, 2011 at 9:00 AM.

Motorola PHOTON 4G review

The Motorola PHOTON 4G is the company’s first 4G handset on Sprint, and even more, it is the first high-end Motorola device set to launch on Sprint’s network in a very long time. It’s packed to the brim on paper — specifically, with features such as a 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2  processor, 1GB of RAM, a 4.3-inch qHD display, an 8-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash and a VGA front-facing camera, 16GB of built-in storage, plus global-roaming and 4G WiMAX connectivity. In short, it’s probably the most feature-packed phone to ever launch from Sprint. I have been using the Motorola PHOTON 4G for a few days now and the question I really wanted to answer was: is this Sprint’s best smartphone? Hit the break to find out.

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Sprint, Clearwire, Time Warner Cable boost New York City’s 4G WiMAX footprint by 21%

By on July 13, 2011 at 5:01 AM.

Sprint, Clearwire, Time Warner Cable boost New York City’s 4G WiMAX footprint by 21%

Sprint, Clearwire and Time Warner Cable announced on Tuesday that the current 4G WiMAX footprint in New York City has been expanded by 21%. The network now covers an additional 91,363 people across the New York metropolitan area in Alpine, Bayonne, Elizabeth, Fair Lawn, Newark, Paramus, Secaucus and Union, New Jersey; and Hartsdale, New Rochelle, New York, Rockville Centre and Yonkers, New York. Clearwire’s 4G network currently covers more than 130 million U.S. residents, including a total of 11,927,000 people in the New York City area. Read on for the full press release. More →

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Live from Sprint and Motorola’s press event in New York City!

By on June 9, 2011 at 12:15 PM.

Live from Sprint and Motorola’s press event in New York City!

We’re here live and in living color at Sprint and Motorola’s press event in New York City where Sprint CEO Dan Hesse and Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha will take the stage and presumably reveal what’s next from the two companies. Could there be some Android handsets introduced? Well, if you know Motorola, that’s probably a lock. The event is about to get under way, and all of our live coverage is after the break! More →

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Sprint to pay Clearwire $1 billion in 4G fees through 2012

By on April 19, 2011 at 11:53 AM.

Sprint to pay Clearwire $1 billion in 4G fees through 2012

Sprint, which owns the majority stake of Clearwire, has agreed to pay the company at least $1 billion through 2012 for fees associated with the use of its 4G WiMAX network. Sprint and Clearwire entered arbitration late last year after Sprint argued that it shouldn’t have to pay a fee for 4G handsets that exist where Clearwire’s 4G WiMAX network isn’t available. Sprint charges its customers an extra $10 monthly for the option to run on 4G networks and Clearwire charges an estimated $4.46 per 4G-handset owner. According to the Associated Press, Sprint will pay Clearwire $300 million this year and $550 million in 2012. Sprint will also reportedly pay an additional $175 million in a prepaid agreement to use the 4G WiMAX network this year and in the future. Sprint’s CEO, Dan Hesse, told the AP that his company is pleased to have reached a settlement. More →

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Best Buy Connect 4G option now available

By on March 29, 2011 at 5:00 AM.

Best Buy Connect 4G option now available

Best Buy Connect — Best Buy’s mobile broadband arm — on Monday announced that customers can now sign up for 4G service.  The 4G data service, which was launched through a wholesale agreement with Clearwire, is an option for customers purchasing one of Best Buy’s 23 supported laptop models from Asus, Samsung, Dell, HP, Sony and Toshiba, and Best Buy Connect provides all the service and support. Unlimited access to the 4G WiMAX network will set you back $45 each month with a two-year contract or on a month-to-month basis. If you sign up for a two-year contract, however, Best Buy Connect will waive the $35 activation fee, and Best Buy will knock $150 off the price of “select hardware devices.” Best Buy says that users can sign up for the 4G service nationwide, however access to the 4G WiMAX network is only available in the 70 U.S. markets where Clearwire offers it. Just last week Best Buy announced a new agreement to sell LightSquared’s 4G LTE service under its Best Buy Connect brand, although it’s unclear when that network will be offered. Hit the jump for the full release. More →

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Sprint Nexus S 4G pre-orders start at Best Buy today

By on March 21, 2011 at 1:46 PM.

Sprint Nexus S 4G pre-orders start at Best Buy today

Best Buy announced on Monday that it will begin accepting pre-orders for Sprint’s Nexus S 4G immediately. Best Buy will sell the device in its Best Buy Mobile stores and online. While pricing hasn’t yet been announced, one store confirmed to BGR that customers can pre-order Nexus S 4G with a $50 deposit, which will be applied to the final purchase price. The Nexus S 4G is nearly identical to the original Nexus S on T-Mobile, but it’s a bit thicker and heavier due to the new radios for CDMA and 4G WiMAX. Hit the jump for the full release. More →

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