Sprint and T-Mobile to sell Samsung Galaxy S III starting June 21st

South Korean electronics mogul Samsung Electronics Co. announced last Monday that their flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III, will be available in the United States through 5 wireless carriers.

AT%T Inc., T-Mobile USA, Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel Corp. and US Cellular, a regional carrier, will be giving their subscribers the ability to own the Galaxy S III, which is touted to be an “iPhone killer”.

Two companies will start selling the smartphone on the 21st of June. These two are T-Mobile and Sprint. The latter’s version comes with a 16GB memory and will cost the buyer $200 on a two year contract.

The other telco’s haven’t publicized their planned released dates, but Samsung said that these 3 will be announcing it anytime soon.

The carriers will be selling the Galaxy S III with different specs. It is reported that different telco’s will have a model adapted to their network.

The Galaxy S III runs on Android’s software and has the latest Ice Cream Sandwich or Android 4.0 preloaded on it. It is good to note that the S III is lighter and thinner than the iPhone.

The S III is already sold in many countries. It went on sale in Middle East and Europe last week.

Are you willing to sell your iPhone for a Galaxy S III? Hit the comments bar!

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Who really has the fastest speed?

The four major Telco’s in the US boasts of 4G technology. May it be WiMAX, HSPA+ and each claims that they are the most reliable, fastest, best and biggest network.

Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile better get their facts right as PCWorld created a study to find out who the fastest service is. According to “2012 Mobile Speed Test”, AT&T’s 4G LTE technology has the fastest download speed. While Verizon’s 4G LTE provided the fastest upload speed.

T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 21 on the other hand was the fastest 3G service and the latter’s HSPA+ 32 service is at par with AT&T and Verizon’s 4G technology. Sprint was way beyond the three’s service.

The test were done in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle and Washington DC.

PCWorld gave a summary of fastest service provider/s by the City:

Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York, San Francisco, Washington DC (3G: T-Mobile/4G: AT&T)

Chicago, Dallas (3G: AT&T/4G: AT&T)

Denver, New Orleans, San Jose (3G: T-Mobile/4G: Verizon)

According to VP Editorial Director Steve Fox, “Our annual speed study is an important part of what we do at PCWorld. Along with the annual speed study, we also publish a yearly e-booklet that contains wireless speed faqs. Many consumers look to us for an unbiased, independent, empirical assessment of the wireless technology and services being offered in the US today.”

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Domestic data roaming limits for T-Mobile customers soon

It seems like the days of surf all you want whenever you want are nearing its end.

TmoNews was able to get a copy of a document written by T-Mobile that indicates that the telecommunications network is set to make roaming changes to “continue providing competitive pricing options in the industry.”

They said that these changes will be made known to customer in February.

This said changes will be staggered: 50MB of data will be limited to the 2GB plan, while the 5GB plan will get 100MB and the 10GB plan will have a monthly limit of 200MB. T-Mobile is going to send text messages to customers when they have nearly consumed their monthly allotment, or when they go over their limit. The monthly allotment will be reset on a new billing cycle.

Business and government account, T-Mobile employee accounts, mobile broadband rate plans, voice domestic roaming, and text and picture messaging while roaming are exempted from the rationing.

According to the T-Mobile document, “Domestic data roaming allotments are currently used across the wireless industry and are quite common with other carriers.” Sprint is the only one who does this currently while Verizon and AT&T do not.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Sprint has Google Wallet

Sprint has finally unveiled their Samsung Galaxy Nexus which made its debut at the Consumer Electronics Week in Vegas yesterday.

The Galaxy Nexus is powered by Android’s latest 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with a Super AMOLED screen that is 4.65-inches, it definitely packs a mean punch.

Sprint Galaxy Nexus package is quite different to that being offered by Verizon. Sprint’s package includes the Google Wallet which enables those who have a Citi MasterCard or a Google prepaid card to sign up for an account with Google Wallet that in-turn gives them the ability to use their phone at participating stores to pay for their goods.

The Verizon version of the 4G LTE Galaxy Nexus won the CNET Editor’s Choice Award and Sprint’s variant may follow suit as long as their LTE network backs it up.

Though Sprint didn’t divulge when it will be available to their subscribers, but the fact is when they do release it, you might find a lot of individuals paying for their merchandise with their phones and not wallets.

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Amazon eliminates Kindle U.S. versions

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I’ve said this a couple of times, and I’m gonna say it again, Amazon is really serious in maintain their status as the reigning ebook reader provider.

After unveiling the international version of the Kindle just a couple of weeks ago which was sold for $279, Amazon decided to take away twenty bucks from its original price and lower it down to $259.

The company also announced that the U.S version of Kindle, which was powered by Sprint, is being discontinued. All the new Kindles now use AT&T as the device’s carrier.

If you’ve already bought the international version of the Kindle, don’t fret about getting it too early thus more expensive because Amazon is generous enough to give you a $20 refund.

Good news! Due to strong customer demand for our newest Kindle with U.S. and international wireless, we are consolidating our family of 6-inch Kindles. As part of this consolidation, we are lowering the price of the Kindle you just purchased from $279 down to $259. You don’t need to do anything to get the lower price–we are automatically issuing you a $20 refund. This refund should be processed in the next few days and will appear as a credit on your next billing statement.

Amazon won’t be completely severing its ties with Sprint though. Amazon.com director of communications Drew Herdner said that the Kindle DX will still continue to use Sprint’s data network. 🙂

Source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10381325-1.html

HTC-Hero now on Sprint

Sprint has finally joined the Android market and has officially added the HTC Hero to their list of phones.

The company’s first Android-based smartphone is now available for purchase on the Sprint website and the Sprint stores. It will also soon be available in Best Buy. Users will have to pay $180 with a two-year service agreement and after a $100 mail-in rebate.

The Sprint version has some differences on the European version though. Instead of having the “chin”, the Hero has a rounded tablet shape. It also lacks a hardware keyboard.

Specs of the mobile phone include a 3.2-inch capacitive AM-OLED multi-touchscreen, an 800 MHz processor, an optical joystick and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

Users get the standard Google apps and other popular applications such as Twitter, MySpace Mobile, ShopSavvy and the carrier’s Sprint TV. Not satisfied? You can also choose from over 10,000 applications accessible on the on-device store, the Android Market. 😉

Source: http://topnews.us/content/27670-sprint-launches-its-first-android-based-smartphone-htc-hero

Sprint is in the boat to launch HTC Touch Pro2

Ever since pictures of the successor of the Touch Pro with the Sprint logo appeared in the Web in the late spring, rumors that the carrier will have the HTC Touch Pro2 have circulated widely.

Now, a new leakage further adds weight to the rumor. A document, supposedly from the carrier, has gotten out. This document states that along with other several models, the Touch Pro2 will debut next month, specifically, on September 3.

Sprint has reportedly added support for their high-speed EV-DO Rev. A network on the device.

If this really is confirmed, Sprint will not be the first U.S. carrier to offer HTC’s latest model. Shortly after the phone maker revealed the Touch Pro2 a few months ago, T-Mobile has committed to offer it in their line-up.

Other carriers such as AT&T and Verizon are also working on adding the smartphone on their own respective line-ups.

For specs and info on the HTC Touch Pro, you can visit their site here.

Source: http://www.brighthand.com/default.asp?newsID=15511&news=Sprint+HTC+Touch+Pro2

More Wi-Fi smartphones from Sprint and Verizon

A good smartphone wouldn’t be that good without a Wi-Fi – well at least for those people who complained about the lack of Wi-fi for the RIM BlackBerry Tour 9630.

Sprint will amend this by requiring all of its future smartphones to have Wi-Fi capabilities, and that includes a release of a Wi-Fi-enabled BlackBerry Tour next year.

Jeff Clemow, Sprint’s director of business product marketing, said in an interview that they released the current version of the Tour to bring its lineup up to date.

Verizon Wireless also is working with RIM to bring more Wi-Fi-enabled smartphones to their lineup. They will also be releasing the BlackBerry Tour starting today for $199.99 but refused to comment as to whether a release of a Wi-Fi-capable one is on the works.



Have a buck? Buy a Netbook!

Have a buck? Buy a Netbook!

Yup, you read that right – a buck for a Netbook – no kidding.

With the advent of pint-sized computers, more and more computer companies are jumping in the bandwagon and producing their own Netbook models as demand for them increases.

Mega-retailer Best Buy and Sprint has joined forces and resulted to what could be the cheapest Netbook to date. Compaq Mini 110c-1040DX Netbook will be sold for 99 cents with a two-year service contract provided by the telecommunications company and will be available in participating Best Buy stores.

The Compaq Mini 110c-1040DX Netbook runs on a 1.6GHz processor and 160GB hard drive.

The 3G wireless service from Sprint will cost you $60 a month for the 5GB data monthly for two years. I’mma do a quick math here – so the netbook’s true cost would be $1,440.

Consumer response this plan however, is still shaky as they might be deterred of the overall pricing for the Netbooks with the two-year fixed data contract when they can surf the web for free if there are Wi-Fi spots available.

Best Buy also plans to sell the Netbook to Verizon Wireless and AT&T for $199.99, again, with a two-year lock-in period.



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