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BlackBerry's CEO said that all four major US carriers would sell the Priv, and Sprint 'happily confirmed' its plans to do so until last Friday - but it now says it won't offer the device after all.
After recently upgrading its Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ to Marshmallow, Sprint has now begun upgrading the Galaxy S5 to Android 6.0.1 - but the rollout won't be complete until May 19.
Samsung's slow rollout of Android 6.0 Marshmallow continues, and its flagship Galaxy Note 5 on Sprint is one of the latest handsets to be upgraded to the newest version of the OS.
LG has announced that its new G5 flagship will go on sale in the US in early April, and for a limited time, those who buy the device will get a free extra battery and charging cradle with it.
Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow - the latest non-preview version of the OS - is now rolling out to Samsung's Galaxy S6 on Sprint, in a 1235.87MB update that bumps the build number up to G920PVPU3CPB6.
The 4th largest US carrier has brought back two-year contract agreements for customers. The option was previously discontinued in January following a trend started by T-Mobile US a few years ago.
T-Mobile US users see faster average data speeds, according to OpenSignal, with Verizon just behind them. The Uncarrier has made many moves in recent years to improve its network quality.
Verizon has announced that it will be paying up to $650 for users who wish to end their contracts with other cellular service providers, in addition to bonus data on select plans.
Users of Google's Project Fi cellular service can now add up to nine internet enabled devices to their existing voice plans, without paying for an extra connection.
A new survey conducted by Consumer Reports suggests that T-Mobile is the most popular carrier in the US. Since last year, it appears that Sprint made the most improvements despite being ranked 4th.
The US launch of HTC's new One A9 has been undermined by delayed shipments - of several weeks in some cases - and frustration over its failure to clarify different release dates for certain models.
The three percent of Sprint customers who use more than 23GB of data per billing cycle will be classified as lower-priority users at times and in places where network access is constrained.
Sprint has been fined $1.2 million after failing to properly handle 911 calls from people with hearing difficulties. The issue affected those trying to contact the emergency services for six months.
Sprint is offering the iPhone 6s for $1 a month or an iPhone 6s Plus for $5 a month with its limited time trade-in deal. The offer comes as part of Sprint's 'iPhone for Life' plan.
Sprint customers who are keen on owning the latest and greatest iPhone will now be able to do so with a newly announced trade-in program, with a special offer if you enroll by the end of the year.
A fortnight after Android 5.1 rolled out to the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge on Sprint, the carrier is rolling out a further update for these devices, while 5.1 is now available for its Galaxy Note Edge too.
Leading UK retail group Dixons Carphone has announced a partnership with US carrier Sprint, under which the two companies will launch up to 500 new retail stores across the United States.
Sprint has finally caught up with its leading US carrier rivals with the release of its Lollipop update for the LG G2, which also includes new FM radio software for the 2013 Android flagship.
The underdog wireless service provider is ready to begin rolling out its new hand-delivery service to new U.S. markets when purchasing new phones.
Samsung has announced that pre-orders for its flagship devices, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge will begin on March 27 in the US, with the device being available in all three storage variants.
As we get closer to MWC, unintentional leaks are getting harder to contain. As is the case for the newly leaked promotion ad for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.
Android 5.0 will be released later today for the One M8 on Sprint, and the update is already available for owners of the M8 on T-Mobile, who can get a lick of that Lollipop goodness right now.
HTC is beginning the Lollipop rollout for its One M7 today, starting with Sprint - but the update only bumps the OS up to Android 5.0.1, not the newer 5.0.2 release, or Android 5.1, spotted yesterday.
According to a new report, Google is allegedly working on "Project Nova" which is believed to be its own wireless service in order to bring about a change in traditional carrier plans.
Sprint has recently announced that it will be including two more high-end smartphones in its leasing program: the LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
US based carrier Sprint has announced the availability of the Nokia Lumia 635 which is the first Lumia smartphone to be available on the network and will cost nothing with a two year contract.
A Samsung employee has revealed details of its Android 5.0 rollout in the US, including which devices will get the update first, and hints that Samsung is pressuring carriers to speed up its release.
Sprint's HTC 8XT may no longer be on sale but the handset is still set to receive at least one major upgrade still. According to HTC the handset will see the Windows Phone 8.1 update this month.
Sprint has officially stopped selling Windows Phones but the carrier says they are committed to the platform and will have new devices in the near future, though no exact timeframe was given
Google has donated 1 million US dollars to New York for the purpose of free WiFi hotspot rentals at libraries around the city. Around 10,000 hotspots will be made available as a result.
AT&T is set to roll out a new limited time promotion that will offer current and existing customers the opportunity to double up on shared monthly data plans at no extra cost.
In a recent experiment, T-Mobile's devices lasted longer in battery tests when it was pitted against identical devices from AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon. Some devices lasted up to two hours longer.
Multiple sources have stated that Sprint will soon offer Sony's Xperia range as part of its handset line-up for the first time, with the new Xperia Z3 flagship expected to join the carrier at launch.
If you are on T-Mobile or Sprint and you have been jealous of your Verizon neighbors, there may be good news on the horizon for you as well when it comes to the availability of the HTC One M8.
It looks like we are finally seeing fruit from the Sprint-SoftBank merger in the form of the Sharp AQUOS 'Crystal' handset that will be released in the United States in the near future.
Sprint, one of the largest carriers in the United States has announced a new plan to make it more competitive with the other US carriers. Other carriers might have something to worry about.
After yesterday's report that showed Windows Phone shipments slowing down and the market share shrinking, we went and asked sales reps at Verizon, AT&T and Sprint about Windows Phones.
Weeks after the terms of the deal were said to have been agreed, Sprint has reportedly withdrawn its $32bn bid to purchase T-Mobile US, amid concerns that it would not get regulatory approval.
Although Sprint announced that it would soon open pre-orders on the LG G3, it did not clarify which version it would offer - but two separate sources have now identified which variant it will sell.
Sprint has announced its release date for the upcoming LG flagship, the G3. Sprint will also launch a pre-order page next week for anxious customers. The LG G3 will be available, July 18th, 2014.
The merger of Sprint and T-Mobile is said to have been agreed, and the new combined carrier will apparently be named SoftBank USA, with brands including Virgin Mobile and MetroPCS being scrapped.
T-Mobile has announced that beginning in May for bills that are issued in June, it will ditch all overage charges for all of its plans, and challenged AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Sprint to do the same.
With the release of the Galaxy S5, Sprint has taken a page out of T-Mobile's book by offering to reimburse switching customers early termination fees. This offer is valid until May 8th, 2014.
EvLeaks has revealed that a Harman/Kardon edition of the HTC One will be coming exclusively to Sprint. Although the deal isn't solidified once complete Sprint will begin marketing this edition.
The U.S. government filed a lawsuit against Sprint this week, claiming the wireless carrier overcharged them by $21 million in expenses. Sprint has denied the allegations.
Sprint has announced it is teaming up with Pogoplug to offer its iPhone and Android customers unlimited cloud storage for photos, videos and documents for $4.99 a month.
Rumor has it T-Mobile is gearing up to announce a huge proposal: switch from your current carrier and it'll pay your early termination fees. If this is true, T-Mobile is playing hardball.
A Mozilla executive has said that the company has "no plans to launch" Firefox OS phones in the United States, after it had previously outlined its intentions to launch devices on Sprint in 2014.