Sprint confident about the future of Windows Phone 8

By on May 8, 2012 at 6:50 PM.

Sprint confident about the future of Windows Phone 8

Sprint confident about the future of Windows Phone 8

Sprint’s director of consumer acquisition, David Owens, said at the CTIA Wireless trade show on Tuesday that he’s “still bullish on Apollo,” possibly indicating the nation’s third-largest carrier plans to soon offer a wider selection of Windows Phone devices, PCMag reported. Owens at CES in January said the network’s only Windows Phone handset, the HTC Arrive, hadn’t “done well enough for us to jump back into the fire.” He did say, however, that Sprint would look into Windows Phone 8, known as Apollo, in the “August-September time period.” When asked about Samsung’s Galaxy S III, Owens said the carrier was “very pleased with the success of the Galaxy S II,” but he would not give further details about Samsung’s next-generation flagship phone. Owens did say that Sprint plans to release “12-15 LTE devices” between now and the end of the year, including smartphones, tablets, USB modems and hotspots. So far, the company has announced the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, LG Viper and the HTC EVO 4G LTE. More →

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Sprint confirms 4G LTE network will have unlimited data

By on April 4, 2012 at 11:10 PM.

Sprint confirms 4G LTE network will have unlimited data

Sprint is known for its unlimited data plans and it is currently the only major carrier that doesn’t throttle excessive data use. Following the announcement that Sprint planned to discontinue its WiMAX buildout and switch to the more widely used LTE standard, however, the company never mentioned whether its upcoming LTE network would continue to offer unlimited data plans. To clarify the issue, Sprint on Tuesday confirmed to TechHog that its 4G LTE devices “will be available on Sprint’s network featuring unlimited data.” While the carrier’s initial 4G LTE rollout will be limited, data-hungry users who are not pleased with AT&T and Verizon’s 2GB and 5GB plans may be tempted to switch to Sprint when the carrier’s LTE services begin to go live in the coming weeks and months. More →

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Sprint Galaxy Nexus rumored to launch on April 22nd

By on April 2, 2012 at 11:00 PM.

Sprint Galaxy Nexus rumored to launch on April 22nd

Sprint’s version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus may launch on April 22nd according to a purported internal document obtained by The Verge. In terms of hardware, the handset is identical to the Verizon Wireless version, however Sprint customers will have access to Google Wallet. The internal document also points to Sprint’s first 4G LTE phone being the LG Viper, which will be available just ahead of the Galaxy Nexus on April 15th. The handset features a 4-inch WVGA display with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and a 5-megapixel rear camera. The Viper comes equipped with an NFC chip and will also have Google Wallet access as well. Sprint’s LTE network is expected to launch in mid-2012 in San Antonio, Houston, Dallas and Atlanta. More →

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Sprint to launch 10 handsets with Google Wallet support in 2012

By on March 2, 2012 at 9:30 PM.

Sprint to launch 10 handsets with Google Wallet support in 2012

Google announced at the Mobile Money: Delivering Innovative Mobile Payment Services panel during Mobile World Congress that Sprint will introduce “at least 10 additional phones” with Google Wallet support in 2012, Fierce Mobile Content reported on Thursday. The Samsung Nexus S 4G is the only smartphone currently offered by the carrier that supports Google’s NFC mobile payment system. Both the Galaxy Nexus and the LG Viper will launch with Wallet support later this year, however, and Osama Bedier, vice president of Google Wallet and Payments, said Google is continuing talks with other carriers, device manufacturers, banks, financial service providers and point-of-sale technology vendors to further extend the company’s Wallet network. More →

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Sprint to expand 4G LTE to Kansas City and Baltimore this year

By on February 8, 2012 at 8:10 PM.

Sprint to expand 4G LTE to Kansas City and Baltimore this year

Sprint announced on Wednesday that it expects to activate its upcoming 4G LTE network in Baltimore and in Kansas City. The carrier has already said that it will flip the switch on its first 4G LTE networks in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio by mid-2012. The carrier’s first LTE devices will include Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus, the LG Viper 4G LTE and the Sierra Wireless Tri-Network mobile hotspot. Sprint said it also expects to improve the 3G coverage in each of the aforementioned markets. Sprint’s CEO Dan Hesse also said Wednesday that 86% of the phones his company sold during the fourth quarter were smartphones and that 66% of Sprint’s subscriber base now use smartphones, and the carrier’s 4G LTE network will certainly benefit any smartphone user that may be looking for faster download and upload data speeds. Sprint’s full press release follows after the break. More →

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BlackBerry PlayBook and EVO View 4G to be phased out at Sprint

By on January 26, 2012 at 12:25 PM.

BlackBerry PlayBook and EVO View 4G to be phased out at Sprint

Sprint has updated the company’s end-of-life list to include two of its tablets. Shipments of the carrier’s BlackBerry Playbook and HTC EVO View 4G will come to a halt and supplies will run down within the coming weeks, according to the EOL list obtained by SprintFeed. Both tablets will be phased out by the end of of January, possibly leading to the announcement of an LTE tablet from the Overland Park-based company. At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, Sprint announced two new LTE-powered smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and LG Viper, which will launch some time this spring. The company is looking to roll out its 4G LTE network by mid-2012 in select locations.  More →

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Sprint officially announces LG Viper and Galaxy Nexus

By on January 9, 2012 at 1:31 PM.

Sprint officially announces LG Viper and Galaxy Nexus

Sprint has updated the company’s website to officially include the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and LG Viper, the Now Network’s first two 4G LTE smartphones. The details around the Galaxy Nexus are slim, with Sprint only indicating that the device features 16GB of internal storage and will include Google Wallet, a feature not found on Verizon’s variant, though we’re guessing there aren’t many other differences between Verizon’s handset and the HSPA+ version. The LG Viper is the second LTE device announced, and it features a 4-inch WVGA display with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and a 5-megapixel rear camera. The Viper comes with an NFC chip and will come with Google Wallet, while running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Sprint’s LTE network is expected to launch in mid-2012 in San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, and Atlanta. More →

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