Not regulators, but jostling for control behind the failed Sprint merger with T-Mobile

Sprint’s merger with T-Mobile didn’t go through not because the carriers were afraid that the deal will face too much anti-monopoly backlash from the regulators, and they’ll have to make too many concessions, as was the official explanation, but rather because the carriers’ parents couldn’t agree about the custody rights. 

T-Mobile’s Deutsche Telekom owner, it turned out, planned to keep the controlling stake in the resulting mobile industry behemoth, which didn’t sit well with Softbank’s Masayoshi Son, who happens to be the current chairman of Sprint Corporation, too. …


Lease the Essential Phone for $6 a month at Sprint

It’s hard to believe that it was just this past January when Andy Rubin, known as “the father of Android,” said that he was building a phone to compete against top shelf models like the Apple iPhone and the Google Pixel. The Essential Phone launched during the summer with an edge-to-edge display, a smaller version of the notch, and a dual-camera setup that is improving with every update.

Originally priced at $699, a few months later the phone received a permanent (and rather hefty) $200 price cut to $499. Now, you can walk into Sprint and lease the Essential Phone for just $6 per month on …

Sprint: no 'kiss on the cheek' with T-Mobile again, but rather $6 billion into a better network

After the failed merger talks with T-Mobile, the two smaller US carriers are now on their own, and have to significantly up their game in terms of coverage, if they want to compete with the investments of Verizon and AT&T. That is why Sprint revealed a $6 billion network expenditure plan for 2018 that may double what it spent this year on improving coverage. Sprint is about to build thousands of new towers, said CFO Tarek Robbiati during an investor conference.

While the tower rollout will be focused on areas where rapid population growth has exceeded Sprint’s coverage, …

PSA: OnePlus 5T won't work on Verizon and Sprint


The OnePlus 5T is launching in the US and other
markets tomorrow, November 21, less than a week after being officially
announced. 
If you’re planning to buy the smartphone and use it in the US, you have to know that it won’t work on two
of the largest carriers: Verizon and Sprint. More exactly, the phone is compatible with some
of Verizon’s and Sprint’s LTE bands, but that’s not enough. As OnePlus puts it:
“Even if a device supports some or all of the required frequencies for a
carrier, it will not be able to connect unless the device is approved for the
network.”

 

Of course, …

Deal: You can now grab an LG G6 for just $120 at Best Buy (Sprint model)

Looking at the price, it’s hard to believe that the LG G6 is a flagship launched this year. The smartphone is frequently available for purchase for less than $500 and, in some cases, even lower than $400.

It appears that the LG really wants to get rid of the G6, which wasn’t too popular among Android fans. That’s quite unfortunate since LG G6 is a decent device, so the only explanation could the fact that the competition offered much better products in the same price range.

So, the only thing that could make the LG G6 sell, would be to drop its price. That’s …

You can get a Samsung Galaxy S8 Active at 50% off if you switch to Sprint


Last week, when Samsung announced the upcoming release of
the Galaxy S8 Active on T-Mobile and Sprint, only T-Mobile revealed the
handset’s launch date and price (November 17, $820 outright). As it turns out, Sprint
will start selling this rugged handset on exactly the same day – which, by the
way, is tomorrow.

 

Sprint has a pretty attractive offer for consumers willing
to switch from another carrier, offering the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active for half
the price on an 18-month Flex lease program. If you switch to Sprint, you can
pay just $17.71 per month for the S8 Active (that’s a total …

Sprint Galaxy Note 8 receives OTA patch with updates to Gallery, Calendar, Wi-Fi Calling, and more

A new OTA update has started rolling out for Samsung Galaxy Note 8 owners that purchased their device from Sprint. With a build number of N950USQU2BQJB and a size of 383MB, the new update brings quite a few changes. 

First of all, Wi-Fi Calling has been renamed to Calling Plus and packs some new and improved features. In a nutshell, Calling Plus includes all the capabilities of Wi-Fi Calling and adds the ability to make and receive calls over Sprint’s LTE network. 
There are also improvements to the Calendar, Gallery, …

It's official! Sprint Unlimited subscribers get unlimited Hulu

Yesterday, we told you that Wave7 Research had published a report, stating that Sprint would offer free Hulu to its unlimited customers. Whether the report forced Sprint to show its hand early, or the carrier had always planned on introducing this new feature today isn’t known, and it really doesn’t matter. Starting on November 17th, Sprint Unlimited subscribers get to enjoy as much Hulu as they care to view.

For those unaware, Hulu is a streaming video provider with a library of movies, original and hit television shows that you can watch over your mobile device. According to the carrier, …

Analysts expect 'aggressive' iPhone X deals for Black Friday from T-Mobile and Sprint

It ain’t over until it’s over, a wise man once said, and a seemingly wise decision by carriers not to enter any iPhone price wars this holiday season like last year, may soon change when Black Friday hits. After their failed merger talks, both T-Mobile and Sprint are primed for a subscribers fight, and are preparing iPhone X deals that might force Verizon and AT&T to take a hit on their margins, too.

“We suspect the need to maintain net (subscriber) add momentum will drive Sprint and T-Mobile to offer aggressive promotions starting around Black Friday (Nov. 24 following Thanksgiving),” …

Save $100 on the iPhone 7 Plus at Best Buy (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint)


If you’re not impressed by the iPhone 8 series and you think
the iPhone X is too expensive, but you need a new Apple handset in your life,
the iPhone 7 Plus should be a great choice. Especially now, as you can get an
iPhone 7 Plus for $100 off if you’re buying it with a monthly plan and activate
it on Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint.

 

This offer is available at Best Buy, with savings being “reflected
in reduced monthly payments over the life of the device.” Unfortunately,
the deal does not include the iPhone 7 Plus 128 GB, so you can only get the 32
GB model for $100 off – after all …