The HTC One (M8) is a great phone. In fact, we recently called it the best Android phone in the world. While the design is the most obvious plus for the M8, HTC’s new and improved front-facing BoomSound speakers mark another area where HTC’s flagship phone shames rival handsets. As good as BoomSound is on the M8, however, Sprint’s special Harman Kardon edition promises sound that is somehow even better. Does it deliver? Sprint sent us one a couple of weeks ago so we could find out for ourselves. More →
Remember when we told you to brace yourself because the death of unlimited wireless data in the United States is imminent? Well, the beginning of the end is finally upon us: Sprint, one of unlimited mobile data’s last and biggest and last defenders, will soon begin to throttle some wireless subscribers with unlimited data plans.
Sprint hasn’t had any luck moving forward with its proposed acquisition of T-Mobile so far, but CEO Dan Hesse is doing everything he can to spin the merger as a beneficial for the market as a whole. In an interview with Bloomberg TV, Hesse claimed that a bigger No. 3 provider would force the top 2 to remain competitive, rather than continuing to compete in an unsustainable price war. More →
With all the fantastic smartphones that have launched in recent months, finding a great phone is becoming easier than ever. Finding the right wireless provider and the right service plan, however, can be a much more daunting task. More →
While Verizon and AT&T have traditionally been the two biggest players in the U.S., Sprint and T-Mobile have almost always been stuck behind in third and fourth place, respectively. However, T-Mobile’s big “Uncarrier” surge over the last year is threatening to shake up the traditional order and make it, not Sprint, America’s No. 3 wireless carrier. More →
The “old” Galaxy S3 may not be the hottest Samsung Android handset in town anymore, but there still are millions of these devices in use around the world. One of the phone’s main “flaws” is the fact that it’s still stuck in a Jelly Bean universe, six months after Google released the Android 4.4 KitKat update. Luckily, Sprint’s Galaxy S3 version is finally going to receive its KitKat build, making the phone a lot more exciting for users and bringing hope that other versions will follow the same path soon. More →
Sprint has struggled to keep up recently as it’s faced major pressure from T-Mobile’s “Uncarrier” campaign and its own “Framily” campaign has been flat-out frightening at times. That said, Sprint may have finally come up with a way to lure some new subscribers on Tuesday as it announced that starting on May 9th, both new and existing customers who subscribe to its “Framily” plans will get a free six-month trial of music streaming service Spotify. More →
Sprint on Tuesday announced its earnings results for the first quarter of the year, revealing that it lost nearly half a million net customers during the period. The carrier said it lost 231,000 net postpaid subscribers and 364,000 net prepaid customers during Q1 2014, with the Sprint platform serving nearly 54 million subscribers in total at the end of the quarter. The company sold 5 million smartphones during the period and moved 3 million customers onto new Sprint Framily plans. More →
It pays to be an executive in one of the hottest industries on the planet. Very well, in fact. Fierce Wireless has compiled a list of the top 10 highest paid CEOs in the wireless industry in 2013, featuring many familiar faces, but leaving out some of the biggest names in the wireless world. As for notable omissions, Tim Cook didn’t rank among the top 10 for the first time in several years, and Stephen Elop disappeared as well. T-Mobile CEO John Legere is also absent from the list, but T-Mobile has yet to announce executive compensation for last year. More →
Sprint and T-Mobile may constantly trade barbs with one another but there is a case to be made that they’d be better off coming together as one happy Framily. FierceWireless flags a new research note written by analysts at New Street Research claiming that Sprint and T-Mobile simply stand no chance of competing with AT&T and Verizon over the long haul if they don’t merger into a larger carrier that has the spectrum and financial resources to build a first-rate nationwide LTE network.
It appears that not all HTC One (M8) handsets are created equal, at least in the U.S., where Sprint has apparently scored an exclusive version of the handset that packs Harman/Kardon speakers. The news was tweeted earlier this week by gadget leaker @evleaks and was then confirmed on the xda-developers forums. More →
Amazing but true: A talking hamster probably isn’t going to convince you to switch wireless carriers. AdAge has done a review of Sprint’s newest “Framily” plan ad campaign and has come away baffled as to why anyone not on copious amounts of hallucinogens thought they were a good idea. For the uninitiated, the ads feature a “Framily” called the “Frobinsons” who all save money every month by using Sprint’s “Framily” plans. The father figure (or is that frather frigure?) in the ads is, inexplicably, a talking hamster who has somehow sired several human children with a human wife. No, we don’t want to think about the logistics behind this apparent biological miracle/horror either. More →
It’s safe to say that Sprint and T-Mobile aren’t anywhere close to merging because T-Mobile CEO John Legere has been absolutely teeing off on Sprint’s new offer to pay off new subscribers’ early termination fees. On his Twitter account Friday, Legere regularly bashed Sprint’s newest “Framily plan” initiative and took particular exception to Sprint’s decision to have its new promotion to pay off customer ETFs last only through May 8th, whereas T-Mobile’s offer to pay off new customers’ ETFs is set to last indefinitely. More →