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T-Mobile And Sprint Merger Talks Have Reportedly Resumed

Tyler Lee September 19, 2017

The idea of T-Mobile and Sprint merging isn’t new and has been explored in the past, although it did not pan out. However in recent times there have been talks about the merger being explored again and a report from Reuters has revealed that talks have indeed resumed after SoftBank agreed to give up its majority ownership in Sprint.

For those unfamiliar, Japan’s SoftBank several years ago acquired a majority share in Sprint, and the report from Reuters has revealed the the company is willing to give up that majority share in the carrier if T-Mobile were to agree to the merger in an all-stock deal, although SoftBank is still expected to retain a minority stake in the company.

However it seems that this deal might not be closed anytime soon as the report suggests that neither Sprint nor T-Mobile have come to an agreement, settled on a share exchange ratio, or begun their due diligence on each other. It is also said that should this deal go through, T-Mobile’s current CEO John Legere is expected to run the combined companies.

It will be an interesting merger to say the least and could result in an entity that could be big enough to take on the likes of Verizon, however the deal was stopped in its tracks in the past due to overwhelming regulatory hurdles, and we’re not sure what could be so different this time that could change that, but until then take it with a grain of salt.

T-Mobile And Sprint Merger Talks Have Reportedly Resumed , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Sprint Starts Selling Essential Phone At Retail Stores

Adnan Farooqui September 14, 2017


Andy Rubin’s new smartphone company Essential unveiled its first handset a few months back. Aptly called the Essential Phone, the handset was released weeks after its original release date. Essential is selling it directly to customers and it has chosen Sprint as its exclusive carrier partner for the handset. Starting today, Sprint is selling the Essential Phone at its retail stores across the nation.

Sprint was previously taking pre-orders for the Essential Phone and later started selling it to customers via the web. Essential has already been selling it via its own website from the very first day.

Retail availability at Sprint stores across the globe gives customers the opportunity to get their hands on the device before they decide whether or not they want to purchase it.

It’s going to go a long way in educating customers that there’s a new smartphone company on the block called Essential and that it’s selling its very first handset now.

Sprint is selling the Essential Phone with an 18 month lease for $29.17 per month. It can also be purchased for the full price of $699.99.

Those who want to purchase an unlocked variant of the Essential Phone should purchase it directly from Essential’s own website.

Sprint Starts Selling Essential Phone At Retail Stores , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Sprint Reportedly Resumes Preliminary Talks On T-Mobile Merger

Tyler Lee August 7, 2017

For the past few years, we have been hearing about how Sprint and T-Mobile want to merge with each other. There were some relatively concrete plans a while ago, but they kind of fizzled out, and from what we are hearing it sounds like things are starting back up again, which has been “confirmed” in a report from Bloomberg.

According to the report from Bloomberg, preliminary talks between Sprint and T-Mobile regarding the merger have resumed. However the report claims that should they proceed with it, it probably won’t be happening anytime soon as both sides still needs to do their due diligence on the other, and also it will have to see Sprint agree to what T-Mobile’s parent company, Deutsche Telekom is asking for.

We have heard that both sides are amicable to the idea of merging, with T-Mobile’s CFO being quoted earlier this year as saying that such a merger would make sense. However there is also the regulatory hurdles to consider, where regulatory bodies like the FCC who has in the past been critical of the major carriers merging, which is one of the reasons the deal between AT&T and T-Mobile fell apart as well.

In any case only time will tell if this new merger will be successful, but for now we guess it’s just business as usual for either carrier’s customers.

Sprint Reportedly Resumes Preliminary Talks On T-Mobile Merger , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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BlackBerry KEYOne Now Available From Sprint Stores

Adnan Farooqui July 31, 2017


BlackBerry smartphones don’t really get carrier support these days. No wonder the BlackBerry KEYOne has been sold unlocked and off-contract in the United States ever since it was launched earlier this year. Sprint is the only carrier to officially sell the handset so far. It has been selling the KEYOne online for a couple of weeks now. Sprint customers will now be able to purchase the BlackBerry KEYOne from its physical stores across the country as well.

Sprint did confirm that it will eventually bring the KEYOne to its retail stores across the country when it started selling the handset online. There’s no reason to believe right now that other carriers will follow Sprint’s lead and start selling the TCL-made BlackBerry KEYOne directly.

That doesn’t really matter, though, since the device has support for all major GSM and CDMA networks in the country so it will work on any carrier. Having a presence in Sprint’s retail stores will give the company a chance to sell more handsets as it will be able to capture the attention of customers that walk into a Sprint store with the intention of purchasing a new handset.

The BlackBerry KEYOne is being sold at a full retail price of $528. For that money, customers get a 4.5 inch full HD display, a Snapdragon 625 processor with 3GB RAM and 32GB of storage. The handset also has a 3,505mAh battery and a physical full QWERTY keyboard.

BlackBerry KEYOne Now Available From Sprint Stores , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Moto Z2 Force Rumored To Arrive On All Carriers

Tyler Lee July 23, 2017

Motorola will be hosting an event on the 25th of July in New York City, and many are expecting that this event will see the company officially announce the Moto Z2 Force. However it seems that we could be in for another surprise, and that is the availability of the phone which apparently won’t be limited to Verizon.

Prior to this, the Moto Z Force was a Verizon exclusive, but if a recent tweet by Evan Blass is any indication, the Moto Z2 Force will apparently launch on all carriers, meaning that regardless if you’re an AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, or T-Mobile subscriber, you should be able to get your hands on the phone.

Of course we can’t confirm the accuracy of his claims, but Blass has had a pretty stellar track record when it comes to reporting such rumors, so there is a very, very good chance that he could be right. In the past we have seen how Motorola and Verizon have had a good working relationship, where Verizon would routinely get special Droid edition handsets exclusive to their network.

We’re not sure what’s changed, or maybe there could still be a special Droid version of the Moto Z2 Force that’s exclusive to Verizon, but either way check back with us on the 25th of July for the details.

Moto Z2 Force Rumored To Arrive On All Carriers , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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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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