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The world of mobile broadband routers just got a lot more interesting. With Sprint recently announcing ten new markets in which Clearwire's CLEAR WiMAX will be distributed, the introduction of this device couldn't possibly be more timely. Sprint's Personal Hotspot PHS300S and Cradlepoint's MBR-1000 Broadband Router for business are both being launched today, hot on the heels of the Novatel Wireless MiFi 2200 intelligent mobile hotspot. Unlike the latter, which supports data transfers as high as 3G, the new duo also supports 4G, or WiMAX. Both devices can tap into Sprint's EV-DO Rev A. network or the expanding Clearwire WiMAX network, whichever is available. From there, the PHS300S can beam out... Read more...
Clearwire's WiMAX service has been a lumbering giant for well over a year now, as what started out at a few WiMAX hotspots in a few random cities has now grown into a service that's available to a variety of locations across the country. We're still a long, long ways out from having a truly nationwide 4G mobile data network, but the engineers at Clear are doing their best to expand as quickly as possible.In a release issued today, Clearwire Communications has announced the official launch day of CLEAR 4G service in Boise, Idaho; Bellingham, Wash.; and eight markets throughout Texas, including: Abilene, Amarillo, Corpus Christi, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, Killeen/Temple, Waco and Wichita Falls.... Read more...
The Palm Pre is likely one of the most anticipated smartphones to arrive this year. First announced at CES 2009, the Palm Pre has been called an iPhone killer, Palm’s comeback device, and Sprint’s savior. Needless to say, there are a lot of expectations for the Pre.Two of the first things you’re likely to notice about the Pre are its sleek, clean design and its vibrant display. The Palm Pre also boasts of the ability to multitask, it has a new notification system, a physical keyboard, and a screen with multi-touch capabilities. All of these features combine to make a phone that appears to be one of the best iPhone rivals yet. Click the link below and check it out...Palm Pre Review, Competition... Read more...
The Palm Pre is likely one of the most anticipated smartphones to arrive this year. First announced at CES 2009, the Palm Pre has been called an iPhone killer, Palm’s comeback device, and Sprint’s savior. Needless to say, there are a lot of expectations for the Pre.Two of the first things you’re likely to notice about the Pre are its sleek, clean design and its vibrant display. The Palm Pre also boasts of the ability to multitask, it has a new notification system, a physical keyboard, and a screen with multi-touch capabilities. All of these features combine to make a phone that appears to be one of the best iPhone rivals yet. On the inside, the Pre runs Palm’s latest operating system, called... Read more...
Well, isn't this an interesting development? Just a few short months after Virgin Mobile--one of the few remaining MVNOs left in America--introduced a delightful new pay-as-you-go mobile broadband plan, the company is now be swallowed whole by Sprint Nextel. If you're shocked to hear that the USA's sole Palm Pre carrier is busying buying up companies, you aren't alone.The news of the takeover comes as quite the shock to the entire industry, but we suppose we can at least understand it. You see, both Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile--the latter of which is already under Sprint's umbrella--utilize Sprint's infrastructure and network in order to serve customers, so it's not like Sprint wasn't already... Read more...
Small chunks of change can add up to a lot. Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile know just how true this is. Recently, the carriers banned together and agreed to raise a monthly fee that’s tacked on to your monthly wireless bill. This higher fee is suppose to help carriers recoup business costs and will add up to millions of dollars. Since the beginning of this year, the four leading wireless carriers have quietly raised a monthly fee that each carrier charges in order to help recoup some of their business costs. Taken individually, the fee doesn’t sound like a lot—AT&T’s fee in California, for example, has increased by 40 cents per month. Sprint’s fee is only 24 cents higher. When multiplied... Read more...
Verizon Wireless and Sprint both launched the BlackBerry Tour today. This smartphone from RIM offers support for both CDMA and GSM networks, making the phone compatible with various networks around the world. The Tour operates on Verizon’s and Sprint’s EVDO Rev. A mobile broadband networks and can also roam on other high speed HDSPA networks. When roaming, the phone offers 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as support for 2100 MHz UMTS/HSPA networks. The Tour offers a variety of business and personal features that take advantage of these high-speed capabilities. Personal features include access to social networking sites such as Facebook, Flickr, and MySpace. Users can also share pictures... Read more...
My, how the tables have turned. The bickering from mobile carriers over the inclusion of Wi-Fi on higher-end devices is still fresh in our minds, as just a few years back many companies viewed it as a rival to 3G, and thus, a rival to mobile data revenues. Today, however, things have shifted dramatically. It's not really the data network that's profitable any more, but the applications and such downloaded for one's phone. Of course, it matters not what kind of data network is used when an app is purchased, it only matters that the app is purchased and some of that revenue goes the carrier. In the case of Apple's App Store, none of the revenue from application sales goes to AT&T, which gives... Read more...
We’re accustomed to hearing reasons why one cellular carrier is better than another, but now, Sprint has even more of a reason to brag. According to a 3G comparison test conducted by PC World, Sprint has the most reliable network, beating out Verizon and AT&T in 13 cities examined by the magazine. This test is good news for Sprint and backs up the company’s claim of having the “most dependable 3G network.” PC World conducted the tests in March and April in 13 major markets around the country. Cities included in the test were Boston, Baltimore, New York, Orlando, Denver, Chicago, San Francisco, New Orleans, Phoenix, Seattle, Portland, San Diego, and San Jose. Testers measured download speeds,... Read more...
You knew it would happen at some point, didn't you? With mobile operators offering subsidized netbooks in order to advance adoption of mobile broadband services, Sprint has become the first of the US-based carriers to reach all the way down to free. Or almost free, if we're being precise. While AT&T and Verizon Wireless currently offer the HP-Compaq Mini 110c for $199 with a 2-year data plan, Sprint has teamed up with Best Buy in order to sell the machine for just $0.99 with a 2-year agreement on the company's "Now Network." If one were to buy this machine straight-out, you'd pay $389.99, but before you whip out the credit card for that sub-$1 charge, take a look at the full costs. The 2-year... Read more...
The Motorola Clutch i465 will be available sometime this summer from Sprint for $39.99 with a new two-year service agreement, $20 instant rebate, and $50 mail-in rebate (excluding taxes). This new phone is a rugged model with a candy bar form factor. It’s also the first device to combine Nextel Direct Connect with text messaging and a full QWERTY keyboard. “Motorola Clutch was designed to give serious texters and talkers multiple ways to get the word out,” said Rick Gadd, vice president, Motorola Mobile Devices. “With a full QWERTY keyboard featuring shortcut keys, IM-style texting and push-to-talk technology which works like a verbal IM, Sprint customers are able to keep in constant contact,... Read more...
On Sprint’s Facebook page, we find a new ad that is directed at 1st generation iPhone users. The ad brings to light the fact that the new Palm Pre can run multiple applications at the same time and can save users up to $1,200 over two years compared to the iPhone.The ad also suggests that since many 1st generation iPhone users are just getting out of their contracts, now is the perfect time to make the switch to Sprint and the Palm Pre. Sprint’s new and upcoming 4G network, the first of its kind from a national carrier, is also used as a compelling feature to try to convince users to make the switch.As Sprint explains below the ad, “You can have a mighty fancy phone, but it’s only as good as... Read more...
New iPhone 3GS or no, Palm's new device, the Palm Pre, set sales records for Sprint last weekend. By late Sunday, the Palm Pre had broken previous sales records (first day and first weekend) for a Sprint device. Here's what Dan Hesse, Sprint President and CEO trumpeted (I'm sure happily) in a press release: "Sprint is a very different company than it was 12 months ago. Palm Pre is the coming out party for the new Sprint. It is the perfect device that highlights all of the positive changes in our company, including our revolutionary Ready Now retail store experience, greatly improved customer care, unmatched value pricing plans and America's most dependable 3G network.”A personal interest story... Read more...
June 6th, 2009, the 65th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy in WWII, and quite possibly D-Day for Palm, as it introduced its new Palm Pre and Palm Web OS at Sprint stores, Best Buys, and Radio Shacks nationwide. Despite the assertions by Palm and Sprint that they didn't want long lines, they got 'em, and sold out at many stores as well. Lines were nowhere near as long as those for the iPhone and iPhone 3G launches, however, but purchasers were still happy with their new devices. Peter Lewis, who bought phones for himself and his wife at a Sprint store on Chicago's north side said: "I wanted their iPhone killer. I've been anticipating this for a while." Whether or not it's an iPhone... Read more...
Wow -- Sprint cannot be fond of this. Yesterday, Verizon Wireless' CEO proudly stated that his company would be carrying the Palm Pre...just a week before it launches "exclusively" on Sprint. At CES, Palm announced that Sprint would be its one and only US launch partner for the Pre, and at the time, it seemed like a huge boon for Sprint. Apple has its iPhone, T-Mobile has its G1, Verizon has loads of options and Sprint was all set to finally pull itself up to par with the Pre. Now, things aren't so clear cut.Needless to say, the news sent Palm's stock skyward, but it's pretty awful for Sprint. The company was likely banking on this release to pull over lots of customers from other carriers, but... Read more...
Palm showed off the latest features of its webOS platform at The Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things Digital conference. The three new features the company showcased included Palm media sync, the integration of Twitter in universal search, and a beta version of its App Catalog. Palm media sync can seamlessly synchronize music with iTunes, providing a simple and easy way to transfer DRM-free music, photos, and videos to your Palm Pre. To use this feature, all you have to do is connect your Pre to your Mac or PC, select media sync on the phone, and choose which DRM-free media files to transfer. The Pre can also act as a mass storage drive, letting you side-load your media content. The Pre will... Read more...
What appears to be an official Sprint Palm Pre "Launch Guide" has now apparently been leaked in full. The first appearance of the document was at the Precentral forums, by a poster who said "The rep sent me a Pre Launch Guide intended for Sprint internal use only." The 23-page document has a lot of what can only be called "advertising," but in addition, it has a great deal of interesting information. Employees are our best advocates; however, due to anticipated high demand, employee availability will be delayed to first meet the needs of our customer base (we're guessing this would apply to Palm employees as well). Employee Wireless Discounts and Wireless Advantage Club accounts are not eligible... Read more...
At long last, we can wonder no longer. After waiting months and months, Palm and Sprint have finally come to an agreement on when the company's forthcoming flagship product will launch: June 6th. Originally announced this past January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the much-hyped Pre was slated to hit Sprint sometime during the first half of this year. Until today, however, we've had no idea what exact day that would be.The smartphone will be the first ever to utilize Palm's newly created webOS operating system, and obviously it will be offered exclusively from Sprint. The phone will be on sale starting June 6th across America in Sprint  stores, Best Buy, Radio Shack, select... Read more...
Clearwire and Cisco have formed an alliance to expand WiMAX services throughout the U.S. and offer additional devices that will work with the WiMAX standard. Under the terms of the partnership, Cisco will provide the network backbone for Clearwire’s national WiMAX network. In addition, Cisco will build new mobile devices that are compatible with Clearwire’s Clear 4G mobile WiMAX service. As you know, WiMAX provides wireless broadband Internet at speeds much faster than today’s 3G networks. Sprint and Clearwire combined their WiMAX assets in November; the new company is called Clearwire. Sprint is the majority owner of Clearwire with 51%. Clearwire currently offers WiMAX services in Baltimore... Read more...
Verizon Wireless already announced that Novatel Wireless' MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot would soon be sold and operable on its network, and now that company's main US competitor is doing the same. Today, Sprint came forward to announce that the very same device -- albeit with a new, shiny aluminum shell and a Sprint logo -- is coming to its network. Essentially, this pocket sized device enables any Wi-Fi device to connect to Sprint's cellular data network, and that includes portable media players (like Apple's iPod touch), notebooks and any other random device that happens to have a Wi-Fi radio within.In case that's not clear enough, here's the bottom line: up to five devices with a Wi-Fi... Read more...
We've said before that releasing the Pre after WWDC, which takes place starting June 9th, would be a big mistake. Reinforcing a prior rumor that the Palm Pre would launch on June 7th is a new one, which states that Best Buy will have stock on June 8th.However, accoding to BGR, what Best Buy, Palm, and Sprint may call "stock" may be as few as one Pre per store, also known as "whoopee!"According to the report, Best Buy will be a limited set of Pre handsets for a "trial launch."  There will be 4,500 units spread across the country in Best Buy Mobile locations.Pricing is reportedly still being discussed but the pricing given to BGR is pretty much what we've heard before: new customers with a... Read more...
It appears Boost Mobile’s new $50 unlimited everything plan has become a victim of its own success. Customers using the prepaid wireless service owned by Sprint Nextel have been experiencing delays in receiving text messages lately. According to reports, customers and dealers have complained that text messages often arrive hours late, sometimes in the middle of the night. One customer complained to an AP reporter saying, "I got five text messages at 4 o'clock in the morning that I sent myself nine hours before." A Boost representative has acknowledged the problem and said the text delays have lasted anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours. The problems have been an issue since March. Most... Read more...
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