LG X Power 2 with large 4,500 mAh battery coming soon to Sprint

The US rollout of the mid-range LG X Power 2 started back in May, but it has yet to hit some carriers in the country. Although a report claimed the LG X Power 2 could be offered by U.S. Cellular, even before the South Korean company announced the smartphone, it didn’t happen yet.

Today, we have new information about the LG X Power 2, which suggests the phone could be en-route to Sprint. It appears that the handset has just been certified by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) and thanks to the model number (LG SP320) we know it’s aimed at Sprint.

Since …

Unlocked Essential Phone launches today, Sprint version goes on pre-order

Announced at the end of May, the Essential Phone is now finally available to buy online – one day earlier than expected. For now, only the unlocked version of the handset can be bought right away, and you’ll have to get it from Essential’s own website – see the first source below.

Priced at $699, the new smartphone is compatible with all major US carriers. For a limited time, you can buy the Essential Phone with Essential’s 360-degree camera module for $749 (normally, the two products would cost $898). Folks who had previously registered for the Essential Phone …

Sprint says bloatware issue on the BlackBerry KEYone requires an update to fix

Just a few days ago, we told you how the Sprint branded version of the BlackBerry KEYone was suffering from an issue involving the bloatware that the carrier added to the Android OS flavored handset. Nothing sinister there; most carriers in the states will add some of their own branded applications to a new handset. The problem with the KEYone was that the SprintID system app would go through the bloatware listings like clockwork, and re-install some of the bloatware that was just removed by the phone’s owner. It also enabled bloatware that was disabled.

In our original article, we said …

Sprint app continuously re-installs and enables bloatware on the BlackBerry KEYone?

If you’ve been thinking about buying the BlackBerry KEYone in the U.S., you can pick it up unlocked from BlackBerry’s online store. Another option is to buy the carrier-branded variant from Sprint. The latter is the only one of the four major U.S. wireless operators to have a carrier branded model of the KEYone available. The keyboard, which doubles as a trackpad, allows each key to be used twice as a shortcut. Overall, we’d say that the KEYone physical QWERTY tops other outstanding physical keyboards from BlackBerry’s past, including the one on the BlackBerry Bold 9000.

One bad thing about …

Sprint rolls out CallingPLUS, new messaging features to Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are definitely great smartphones if you measure them against any other Android handset launched this year. But they’re even better since many retailers and carriers are already discounting them like crazy a few weeks ahead of the Galaxy Note 8’s big reveal.

All carriers in the United States offer Samsung’s flagship smartphones, but if you’ve bought the Sprint version, then you’re eligible for a new update that brings a handful of new features and improvements.

For starters, the update brings a new security patch, although Sprint doesn’t …

Deal: Get a Samsung Galaxy S7 edge for just $192 (on Verizon or Sprint)

Best Buy today has a pretty awesome deal for anyone looking to purchase a Samsung Galaxy S7 edge on Verizon or Sprint. The retailer lets you pay just $7.99 per month for an S7 edge, if you’re activating it with a monthly installment plan on any of the two carriers.

Over 24 months, you’ll be paying a total of $192 for the Galaxy S7 edge – that’s certainly a great price for an ex-flagship smartphone that still offers high-end features, and otherwise would cost around $500.

This deal is valid only today, August 11, at ends at 11:59 p.m. Central Time, so …

Essential Phone gets listed on Best Buy, Sprint version costs $50 more than unlocked (Updated)

UPDATE: Best Buy has removed the $749 pricing from the listing. It now only shows the Sprint Essential Phone as “Coming soon”, which leads us to believe that the figure was either inaccurate or merely a placeholder. 

When it comes to the whole “getting released in the promised timeframe” thing, Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone is a bit of a failure — it’s been just short of a month since we reported that the PH-1 is running late, and yet the device is still nowhere to be found.

However, we have seen a vague promise of the …

OpenSignal: Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint LTE speed and reliability Q2 report

Gather around, carrier fandom, we’ve got the latest Q2 metrics on speed, availability, latency and 3G fallback for the big four US networks, courtesy of the OpenSignal’s communal methodology. There are some notable changes since the info that came out before unlimited plans took over, namely that T-Mobile took all the glory for itself, while Verizon and AT&T are still making most of the money there is to make in the industry.
Our measured average speeds on Verizon and AT&T’s networks have clearly dropped, almost certainly a result of new unlimited …

BlackBerry KEYone now available in physical Sprint retail stores

Sprint is the carrier to go in the United States if you are looking for exotic phones. The nation’s fourth largest mobile operator also sells the newest BlackBerry KeyOne phone, one of very few in 2017 to have a full QWERTY keyboard.
But up until now, you could only buy the BlackBerry KeyOne online, and you could not find it in Sprint’s physical retail stores. This changes today, as the carrier is bringing the phone to its network of brick and mortar stores, and you can just walk in and get yours.
The BlackBerry KeyOne …

Sprint still in talks with Comcast and Charter; carrier plans to open 73 new stores

Yesterday, the exclusivity period that Comcast and Charter had with Sprint to work out a partnership or investment, expired. That means that the more logical talks with T-Mobile can continue. With Sprint’s high-frequency spectrum and T-Mobile’s low-frequency airwaves, the combination of the nation’s third and fourth largest wireless operators sounds like a match made in cellular heaven.

Despite the end of the two-month exclusivity period, sources who are familiar with the talks told Reuters that both Comcast and Charter are still in the middle of discussions with Sprint. The cable companies …