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Sprint Launches BlackBerry KEYOne

Adnan Farooqui July 16, 2017


BlackBerry started selling the TCL-manufactured KEYOne in the United States several weeks ago. It has been selling the unlocked and off-contract variant of this handset so far. It was recently reported that Sprint might become the first carrier in the country to offer the handset to its customers. That has proven to be true as Sprint has now officially launched the BlackBerry KEYOne.

The BlackBerry KEYOne features a 4.5 inch 1650×1080 pixel resolution display with a Snapdragon 625 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. It also features a 12 megapixel rear and 5 megapixel front camera as well as a 3,505mAh battery.

The most unique feature of this handset is its full QWERTY keyboard that has been a standard affair on most BlackBerry handsets. It’s also powered by the latest iteration of Android.

Sprint customers can purchase this handset from the carrier starting today for 18 equal monthly payments of $22 which equals to $528.

New Sprint customers will be eligible for the Unlimited Freedom plan which provides them with four lines that offer unlimited data alongside unlimited calls and texts for $22.50 per line, per month.

Interested customers can order the BlackBerry KEYOne from Sprint online or through its call center starting today. BlackBerry KEYOne will also be available from the carrier’s retail stores across the country later this month.

Sprint Launches BlackBerry KEYOne , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Sprint May Launch BlackBerry KEYOne Soon

Adnan Farooqui July 13, 2017


BlackBerry’s latest handset might soon be available from Sprint. You may recall that the company has given the exclusive manufacturing rights to TCL. China-based TCL is now manufacturing smartphones and selling them under BlackBerry’s brand. The BlackBerry KEYOne is the first love child of this partnership and it appears to be heading to Sprint in the near future.

The unlocked and off-contract version of the BlackBerry KEYOne is already available for purchase in the United States. However, that particular version doesn’t have support for Sprint’s network.

A Sprint community forum user asked a question about the unlocked version’s compatibility on the carrier’s network. A representative for Sprint said that “While the BlackBerry KEYone is coming to Sprint we’re not supporting the factory unlocked version at launch.”

Another representative responded to a separate query about the availability of the KEYOne on Sprint. The representative confirmed that the BlackBerry KEYOne will be available for online direct ship ordering from July 14th and that it will be available from all other channels starting July 28th.

BlackBerry is yet to officially announce that Sprint will begin carrying the device. If it does do that, Sprint will be the first major carrier in the United States to carry the BlackBerry KEYOne because no other carrier is doing that right now.

Sprint May Launch BlackBerry KEYOne Soon , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Sprint Firmware Update Boost Download Speeds Of HTC U11, Galaxy S8

Tyler Lee July 13, 2017

If you own either the Samsung Galaxy S8 or the HTC U11 and you bought the phone from Sprint, you might be interested to learn that the latest firmware update issued by the carrier is something you’ll want to check out. This is because according to PCMag and Sprint, the firmware update appears to boost the download speeds of either handset.

In the case of the Galaxy S8, there was a bug with the Snapdragon 835’s radio code that caused the phone to drop off from Sprint’s Band 41 LTE sooner than they would have to, and falling back to slower bands. The firmware update appears to have fixed that which means that users should be experiencing faster and more consistent speeds than before.

According to Ryan Sullivan, VP of product engineering and development at Sprint, “There was a miscalculation in the software that was reading the device, so it tuned away from Band 41 before it should. Working back with Qualcomm and Samsung, we quickly found it, diagnosed it, and launched the update on June 5.”

Note that these changes also affect the HTC U11 where based on the data, users are now experiencing an average of 27.9Mbps in download speeds, up from 19.2Mbps from before, so if you haven’t updated your phone yet, you probably should.

Sprint Firmware Update Boost Download Speeds Of HTC U11, Galaxy S8 , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Sprint Firmware Update Boost Download Speeds Of HTC U11, Galaxy S8

Tyler Lee July 13, 2017

If you own either the Samsung Galaxy S8 or the HTC U11 and you bought the phone from Sprint, you might be interested to learn that the latest firmware update issued by the carrier is something you’ll want to check out. This is because according to PCMag and Sprint, the firmware update appears to boost the download speeds of either handset.

In the case of the Galaxy S8, there was a bug with the Snapdragon 835’s radio code that caused the phone to drop off from Sprint’s Band 41 LTE sooner than they would have to, and falling back to slower bands. The firmware update appears to have fixed that which means that users should be experiencing faster and more consistent speeds than before.

According to Ryan Sullivan, VP of product engineering and development at Sprint, “There was a miscalculation in the software that was reading the device, so it tuned away from Band 41 before it should. Working back with Qualcomm and Samsung, we quickly found it, diagnosed it, and launched the update on June 5.”

Note that these changes also affect the HTC U11 where based on the data, users are now experiencing an average of 27.9Mbps in download speeds, up from 19.2Mbps from before, so if you haven’t updated your phone yet, you probably should.

Sprint Firmware Update Boost Download Speeds Of HTC U11, Galaxy S8 , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Sprint’s Plans To Merge With T-Mobile Might Have Been Put On Hold

Tyler Lee June 27, 2017

A while back, Sprint and T-Mobile were in talks to merge but that did not happen despite both companies seemingly wanting it to happen, but now it looks like Sprint could have a new target in their sights. According to a report from Fox Business, it seems that Sprint has entered into talks with Charter Communications and Comcast.

Ultimately what this means is that the carrier’s plans to potentially merge with T-Mobile has been put on hold. The report claims that Sprint and the cable companies have entered into a two month exclusive agreement for discussions about a deal that will run through late July, although we’re not sure what this could mean for the merger with T-Mobile.

This deal could see Charter and Comcast invest in Sprint to help improve its network in exchange for offering more favorable terms for wireless service when using Sprint’s network. An alternative is that both cable companies could acquire Sprint together, but it seems that would be a less likely scenario.

It is interesting that Sprint could have put talks with T-Mobile on hold. Like we said, both companies have wanted the merger to happen since a few years ago, and in recent times even T-Mobile’s CFO said that such a merger could make sense with reports claiming that the plans to merge both companies were already underway, but either way since nothing official has been announced yet, take it with a grain of salt.

Sprint’s Plans To Merge With T-Mobile Might Have Been Put On Hold , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Plans For T-Mobile And Sprint Merger Reportedly Being Prepared

Adnan Farooqui June 21, 2017


T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger story has been a tale of “will they, won’t they” for many, many years. Sprint has long been interested in merging with its rival but efforts have gone in vain every time for one reason or another. It appears that the companies might be closer to a merger this time around. According to a new report, plans for the merger between T-Mobile and Sprint are now being prepared by Deutsche Tekelom, the parent company of T-Mobile in the United States.

It was first reported last month that informal talks concerning a merger had begun yet again between the two carriers. SoftBank, Sprint’s parent company, has been open to this idea which is why the talks have resumed once again.

German publication Handelsblatt reports that Deutsche Telekom has started to prepare plans to merger T-Mobile and Sprint. Deutsche Telekom reportedly wants an all-stock deal which will enable it to retain managerial control of the resulting entity. DT is said to be interested in keeping as much of T-Mobile’s existing market strategy as possible after the merger.

Despite this promising report, nothing has been officially confirmed as yet by either company, so a T-Mobile and Sprint merger is far from confirmed at this point in time.

Plans For T-Mobile And Sprint Merger Reportedly Being Prepared , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Get Free Unlimited Sprint Service If You Switch Carriers

Adnan Farooqui June 13, 2017


It’s not common for carriers to run promotions aimed at stealing subscribers from their rivals and if anything, Sprint’s latest promotion is doing that a bit too blatantly. Sprint has just announced that it’s going to give a free year of unlimited service on its network to customers who switch from one of its rivals.

Sprint is now offering unlimited data, talk, and text to customers who switch to its network with an eligible handset. All existing postpaid subscribers at Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile are eligible to take advantage of this latest promotion.

Family plans are also covered so those who are thinking about switching can bring their entire family along for the ride to Sprint. New subscribers will have to pay a $30 activation fee but even that will be refunded within two billing cycles.

All new Sprint customers can take advantage of this promotion if they sign up before June 30th and port a number from one of the carrier’s major rivals. The free year of service that they receive will be valid until July 30th, 2018.

The carrier does point out that customers will have to pay for the SIM card aside from having to pay taxes and fees monthly. They will also have to pay other monthly charges if they decide to turn off AutoPay or eBilling.

More details about this promotion are available on Sprint’s website. It’s always best to go through the fine print first before deciding to take advantage of an offer like this.

Get Free Unlimited Sprint Service If You Switch Carriers , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Sprint Claims Pricing Advantages Make It Perfect For The Essential Phone

Adnan Farooqui June 12, 2017


Android co-founder Andy Rubin recently unveiled his new company Essential’s first smartphone, aptly called Essential Phone. It was confirmed yesterday that this handset will be exclusive to Sprint in the United States and will be compatible with other carriers as well. While some might be confused by this decision that Essential has taken, Sprint says that pricing advantages make it the perfect pick as the exclusive U.S. carrier partner for the Essential Phone.

Rubin has previously confirmed that the Essential Phone will be released in June and the company is going to sell it on its website for $699. It will be compatible with all four major carriers in the country.

Sprint mentions that the Essential Phone will be available later this summer and that it will be sold at all of the carrier’s retail stores, telesales, and Sprint.com. The carrier variant will also be available from U.S. Best Buy stores and via the retailer’s website as well. Interested customers can now pre-register with Sprint to be notified when the carrier starts selling it.

Sprint may be touting the pricing advantages but the carrier hasn’t divulged any pricing details at this point in time. The carrier says that it will confirm the pricing details closer to launch. So we’ll have to wait and see to find out whether it will really be worth it to buy the Essential Phone from Sprint.

Sprint Claims Pricing Advantages Make It Perfect For The Essential Phone , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Essential Phone Will Be Exclusive To Sprint

Tyler Lee June 12, 2017

When Andy Rubin officially announced the Essential Phone, there was a question with regards to availability. Given that this is essentially a new player in the market of smartphones, it would be hard to predict where the phone might end up, although major carriers in the US did pretty much confirm that they would support the phone in some capacity.

However if you’re looking for full support, it looks like you’ll have no choice but to go with Sprint. In a report from USA Today, it has been confirmed the Sprint will be the exclusive carrier for the Essential Phone. Speaking to USA Today, Essential President Niccolo de Masi confirmed that Sprint would be their exclusive carrier partner to carry the handset.

As to why they chose Sprint, de Masi was quoted as saying, “We like to bet with where we think the market is going as opposed to where the market was. I feel like we are a new brand and a new consumer electronics company and we are partnering with the network of the future.” He also points towards the fact that Rubin has a close relationship with SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son (whose company owns 83% of Sprint), and how Rubin also serves as an advisor to the SoftBank Vision Fund.

In terms of pricing, it is unclear how much the handset would cost when released on Sprint, assuming there will be some kind installment plan offered. However the handset itself is priced at $699 where it will be unlocked and where like we said earlier, is also usable on the networks of other carriers.

Essential Phone Will Be Exclusive To Sprint , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Sprint To Offer Customers Free 6 Month Access To Tidal HiFi

Tyler Lee June 9, 2017

With there being so many various music streaming services to choose from, we guess it can be a bit intimidating, especially if you plan on committing to a monthly subscription plan. However we guess that’s what trials are for, but if you’re a Sprint customer, you would be getting something better in the form of 6-months free access to Tidal HiFi.

For those unfamiliar, Tidal has two subscription tiers, with the first being Tidal Premium and the second being Tidal HiFi. The former is pretty much what most streaming services offer today, while the latter will actually offer up lossless audio HiFi sound quality, which is actually one of the features that sets Tidal apart from the competition.

Now whether or not you can tell the difference between standard audio and lossless audio remains to be seen and also depends on your audio equipment, so Tidal HiFi is probably not for everyone and possibly geared more towards audiophiles. However it is free for 6 months for new and existing Sprint customers so we guess why not take advantage of it, right?

This promotion is expected to kick off today on the 9th of June, and all Sprint customers (new and existing) will have to head on over to Sprint’s website for the details on how to activate the service. Once the 6-month trial is up, Sprint customers then have the option of continuing their subscription with either Tidal Premium at $9.99 a month.

Sprint To Offer Customers Free 6 Month Access To Tidal HiFi , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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