Sprint will end its current port credit promotion more than a month and a half ahead of schedule. This past May, Sprint kicked off a promotion that offered up to $125 per line for new subscribers who ported their service in from another carrier. Customers purchasing a feature phone and porting in a number receive $50 per line as part of the promotion, and new customers purchasing a smartphone, netbook, notebook, tablet or mobile broadbrand device and porting in a number receive a $125 service credit per line. This enticing promotion was scheduled to run from May 4th through October 1st of this year, however BGR has learned from a reliable source that Sprint is ending the promotion early. Tomorrow, in fact. Interestingly, Sprint retail locations will no longer offer or advertise the promotion, but they will continue to honor it through the original end date. In the event that a new customer already knows about the promo — and only in that event, we’re told — Sprint will honor the deal and dole out the associated credits. With that in mind, those looking to move over to Sprint for one of its great new phones like the Motorola PHOTON 4G should be sure to mention the promotion when making a purchase at a Sprint retail location, as the promo will no longer be offered up willingly starting tomorrow.
If you’re looking to get a new Android device on the nation’s largest wireless carrier — and don’t mind buying online — listen up. Amazon Wireless and the Amazon Appstore are teaming up to offer Android handset purchasers a little added incentive. Now through Sunday, May 1st, customers that purchase any Verizon Wireless Android device will receive a $25 credit to the Amazon Appstore. You heard that right. Buy yourself a ThunderBolt, DROID 2, DROID X, DROID Pro, Fascinate, or any other Android set to cash in on this promotion. “The combination of Amazon Wireless and Amazon Appstore is unique in the industry because it provides customers with a one-stop Android shopping experience,” writes the company. “Amazon is excited to start offering customers promotions that give them a bonus once they get their phone.” No word on if the DROID Charge, which will be available on April 28th, will be eligible for this promotion. More →
On Wednesday, Square’s CEO Jack Dorsey announced that the firm’s iPhone credit card reader — also supported by the iPad and iPod touch — is now available in all 235 U.S. Apple Store locations, and online, for $9.95. The mobile payment solution allows business owners to quickly charge for products and services wherever they have an iOS device and a data connection. Square accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover cards, and the company takes a 2.75% cut of every swipe. If you sign up for Square service online, Square says it will send you the first reader for free. More →
Following a rating review initiated on January 28th, Moody’s on Thursday lowered Nokia’s senior debt rating from A2 to A3 and cut its short-term debt ratings from Prime-1 to Prime-2 with a negative outlook. Moody’s cites Nokia’s weakened position in the cell phone market and uncertainty surrounding the company’s upcoming transition to Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform as the reasoning behind the downgrades. “The rating downgrade primarily reflects Nokia’s weakened market position in its core business, mobile devices, which has reduced the company’s margins and funds from operations,” said Moody’s SVP and lead Nokia analyst Wolfgang Draack in a note. “In Moody’s view, the main reasons for this trend are: (i) an inflexible smartphone operating system; (ii) slow time-to-market for new models; (iii) more attractive innovation by smartphone competitors; and (iv) accelerating price competition for low-end phones.” The move follows Standard & Poor’s decision to downgrade Nokia’s credit rating last month, when it said it expects Nokia’s market share to continue to slide through this year and in 2012.
For the first time in thirteen years, Nokia’s credit rating has been downgraded by Standard & Poor’s Rating Service. The Finnish phone maker, which has held an A rating since 1998, has been under the financial microscope in recent years due to the rise of its competitors and, more recently, for its software deal with Redmond-based Microsoft. “The downgrade reflects the revision of our business risk profile assessment on Nokia to ‘satisfactory’ from ‘strong,'” writes S&P in its report. “We expect that Nokia’s smartphone portfolio will make further significant market share losses during 2011 and 2012 until it has completed its adoption of Microsoft’s Windows Phone software as its new primary software platform for smartphones.” The company’s new credit rating is A-. Nokia’s smartphone market share fell 9-points last year, from 40% in Q4 of 2009 to 31% in Q4 of 2011. The company’s stock was trading down slightly on the news. More →
In the wake of Tuesday’s Netflix Instant outage, the company has issued a mea culpa and service credit to affected users. “We are sorry for the inconvenience this may have caused,” reads an email from Netflix. “If you attempted and were unable to instantly watch TV episodes or movies yesterday, click on this account specific link in the next 7 days to apply your 3% credit to your next billing statement for your Watch Instantly Unlimited plan.” The note does not explain why the service when down, rather it references “technical issues.” The full text of the letter is after the break.
U.S. wireless carrier Sprint has launched a new promotion that aims to ease the financial pain of cellular defectors. Through April 16th, the company will offer a $125 service credit to users that port their number to Sprint from another carrier and sign a two-year smartphone contract. If a smartphone is not in your future, Sprint will offer a $50 service credit to those users porting to a non-smartphone plan. After moving your number over, apply for the credit, and 60 days later an service credit will appear on your wireless statement. The offer is available to those that migrate a line of service from another carrier via Sprint’s online store, phone sales team, or retail locations. More →
If you’re a frequent Skype user, you probably noticed, or heard about, a massive outage that the service was experiencing last week. In a blog post today, the VoIP company’s CIO, Lars Rabbe, explained exactly what happened to cause the interruption.
On Wednesday, December 22, a cluster of support servers responsible for offline instant messaging became overloaded. As a result of this overload, some Skype clients received delayed responses from the overloaded servers. In a version of the Skype for Windows client (version 5.0.0152), the delayed responses from the overloaded servers were not properly processed, causing Windows clients running the affected version to crash.
Users running either the latest Skype for Windows (version 22.214.171.124), older versions of Skype for Windows (4.0 versions), Skype for Mac, Skype for iPhone, Skype on your TV, and Skype Connect or Skype Manager for enterprises were not affected by this initial problem.
However, around 50% of all Skype users globally were running the 126.96.36.199 version of Skype for Windows, and the crashes caused approximately 40% of those clients to fail. These clients included 25–30% of the publicly available supernodes, also failed as a result.
Along with its official mea culpa, Skype has begun sending emails to some of the affected users offering a $1 service credit. Skype asserts that it has taken measures to prevents such an outage from happening again. More →
Today, regional carrier U.S. Cellular announced a promotion aimed at courting new smartphone customers from both within and outside its existing customer base. The offer will give users opening a new smartphone lines a $150 credit off of future bills and is valid from today through November 29th. “We want to remove barriers for consumers who’ve heard about everything we have to offer and are ready to experience something better,” said Edward Perez, the company’s vice president of marketing and sales operations. “We believe the $150 activation credit combined with the great deals on our Android-powered smartphones and the unmatched benefits of The Belief Project will make it hard to resist giving U.S. Cellular a try.”
If you’re looking to jump to U.S. Cellular, or add a friend/family member to your current plan, now looks to be a pretty good time to do it. The press release is waiting for you after the break. Any takers? More →
If you’re a current Sprint customer, with an Epic 4G, you might not have had much of a reason to utilize the Media Hub feature included with the Samsung handset. However, if you plan on purchasing an Epic 4G or Galaxy Tab between October 31st and January 8th, Sprint might give you an incentive to explore The Hub a little further. According to blog Androinica, Sprint will be offering a $50 credit to Samsung’s Media Hub to customers who purchase any of their Galaxy S offerings. Vouchers will be issued with a 10-digit promotional code that can be redeemed anytime before March 31, 2011 and must be used within 60-days of activation. Seems like a pretty good deal. Hit the jump for the full article. More →
With the direction the world economy is headed, we’ll all be lucky if the only thing we have to resort to selling to get by is our blood at the local clinic. Sprint subscribers, however, might be able to bypass all of this nasty business from now until the end of the month because Sprint is in the middle of a promo whereby any subscriber who gets a friend to sign on the dotted line can walk away with a shiny $100 VISA debit card. As for the friends you refer, they’ll each get a $25 card as Sprint’s way of saying “thanks for signing a two-year contract and accepting a subsidized handset before the launch of the Pre, sucka.” Customers can earn up to 12 cards for referrals — $1,200, not bad for laying a little carrier evangelism on 12 of your buddies.
Treat this one as a rumor and nothing more for the time being, but we just got some details on a “Phone Trade-In” program that AT&T is apparently looking to launch sometime around June. From the looks of things, AT&T is hoping to quell complaints from subscribers who did something stupid like buy a Curve 31 days before the Bold launched. Of course with any deal, there are a whole bunch of caveats — here’s what we’ve got so far:
- The phone being traded in in can’t be more than two years old and must be in fair shape (if you sent a pic of it in during the Bold giveaway, don’t bother)
- The new phone will not have any subsidies applied to it, so basically whatever your trade-in covers will be your “savings”
- Trade-ins will be valued from $50 to $200
As with any tips, we’ll dig as deep as we can and report back any findings. Actually, it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world to be able to bypass eBay/craigslist when shedding old handsets — anyone into the idea?