Sprint is triple-downing on prepaid.
On Friday, Sprint introduced Sprint Prepaid, a revamped take on an existing program that includes less expensive plans -- with caveats -- and new options for smartphones, including a "Spark" device able to access higher LTE speeds.
Sprint Prepaid represents yet another push by the carrier to reinforce its position in the prepaid market, complementing its two other brands, Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile, both of which attack slightly different demographics of consumers. The launch comes at a time when its business is under siege by T-Mobile, which offers its own expanding prepaid … Read more
First up is an ultrasonic cover that fits atop the smartphone and detects objects to help users navigate around an area or unfamiliar places. When heading towards an obstacle, the cover vibrates. The cover can target objects up to 2 meters away, said Samsung, and it could be especially useful for the visually impaired.
In addition to the ultrasound cover, Samsung announced an Optical Scan Stand. The accessory is essentially a stand that positions the Galaxy Core Advance to point directly at printed material. That then activates … Read more
Big day for Republic Wireless. First, the company announced plans to offer the Moto G smartphone on its low-cost, no-contract service.
Now, Republic is rolling out a highly anticipated update: Android 4.4 (KitKat) for the Moto X. That will bring the handset alongside Motorola's own, unlocked version of the Moto X, which has been receiving KitKat updates via the major carriers during the past month.
Republic's Moto X runs on the Sprint network. Although company reps couldn't say exactly when users would receive the update, which will be pushed out over the air, the timetable appears … Read more
T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless have an increasingly complicated relationship.
The two companies are in the middle of closing a deal in which T-Mobile would get valuable wireless spectrum for $3.3 billion, a move that would aid its ability to offer coverage in rural and less populated regions of the country. Yet that isn't stopping T-Mobile from directing its sights at Verizon.
The latest attack: questioning the validity of Verizon's long-running campaign featuring coverage maps of all four carriers (of which Verizon, unsurprisingly, comes out looking far better than its competitors).
"I want to decimate that ad … Read more
Republic Wireless made waves late last year with its $299 Moto X smartphone and dirt-cheap no-contract service plans. Now the company plans to lower the cost of entry with a less expensive handset.
Starting in April, Republic will offer the Motorola Moto G (8GB) for $149 and Moto G (16GB) for $179. These replace the company's previous entry-level phone, the decidedly outdated Defy XT.
Motorola first unveiled the Moto G in December, offering it as an affordable alternative to the popular Moto X. With a starting price of $179, the unlocked phone was initially available in US and global … Read more
T-Mobile isn't slowing down when it comes to its network upgrade.
The upstart wireless carrier said on Thursday that it plans to add 4G LTE to its slower 2G network, adding coverage and speed to additional customers. The company also reiterated its intent to use the wireless spectrum it is acquiring from Verizon to further expand its coverage later this year.
Oddly enough, T-Mobile also said it was taking legal action against Verizon in an effort to get it to stop using its network coverage map in its advertising, which T-Mobile argues is "cherry-picking" a single technology (… Read more