It what seemed to be hasty decision without a trip to a keynote event, Apple introduced their latest iPad 4 with 128GBs of storage via a press release. While 128GB is overkill for most people it does have a place in the market. More and more industries are switching to paperless solutions and the iPad is a perfect fit. Both designers working with large image files and doctors with MRI and Cat scans will benefit from the increased storage.
While most users can get away with their data in the cloud some people just don’t want to go that route. While I do use iCloud I have no interested in storing 128GBs in it because honestly Apple has a hard enough time restoring 2GBs.
The new iPad will be available starting February 5 for $799 for WiFi only and $929 for WiFi + Cellar. Sprint has confirmed that they will be carrying the new iPad at launch.
Click here to read the press release from Apple.
Sprint has announced that the company will be expanding their 4G LTE network in 28 additional cities this month. The new cities are part of Sprint’s Network Vision strategy to combine multiple networks into one.
Customer will be able to experience faster data speeds that enable instant Web access, better signal strength when making a call or using the Web, fewer dropped calls and improved voice quality with less static or background noise.
“We’re committed to providing improved 3G and 4G LTE as quickly as possible, and keeping our customers informed as to when and where they can experience the new network’s superior performance and speed,” said Bob Azzi, senior vice president-Network, Sprint. “Our customers depend on their mobile devices as their primary source of communication, business connectivity and entertainment. We’re delivering all of that functionality at a very competitive price.”
The 28 cities are listed below:
Anderson, South Carolina
Bay City, Michigan
Bremerton/ Silverdale, Washington
Florence/ Muscle Shoals, Alabama
Gaffney, South Carolina
Homosassa Springs, Florida
Hot Springs, Arizona
Lake City, Florida
Lake Havasu City/ Kingman, Arizona
Spartanburg, South Carolina
The Villages, Florida
Once again Verizon was the highest ranked mobile carrier in the U.S. but overall their satisfaction rating has dropped. The Consumer Reports survey was based off of voice / data service quality, staff knowledge and issue resolution. These results are based on polls from 63,250 subscribers.
The carriers all maintained their positions from last year with Sprint pulling in second place followed by T-Mobile and then AT&T. AT&T has a reputation of coming in dead last in this annual survey and we don’t see them instituting any changes to improve the scores anytime soon.
While AT&T did leave this satisfaction survey with a black eye, the respondents did give AT&T the highest score for their LTE network surpassing all of Verizon’s claims of biggest and best.
The complete results are available in the January 2013 Consumer Reports magazine or online via this link. (Subscription Required)
Sprint has announced another expansion of their 4G/ LTE network to 11 new markets. This brings Sprint’s total 4G/ LTE markets to 43.
“We are pleased to deliver our new 4G LTE network to more Sprint customers,” said Bob Azzi, senior vice president-Network, Sprint. “Whether someone uses 4G LTE for personal or professional needs, they will find that Sprint’s new 4G LTE network is performing extremely well. Customers should find it consistent, reliable and fast.”
The new areas:
Clarke County, Virginia/ Jefferson Country, West Virginia
Harrisburg, Maryland/ Martinsburg, West Virginia
Shenandoah Country, Virginia
South Bend/ Mishawaka, Indiana
Sprint has announced that they have entered into an agreement with U.S. Cellular, where the company will acquire PCS spectrum and 585,000 customers. This deal was reached with a cash payment of $480 million. This will allow Sprint to speed up its rollout of LTE service nationwide.
“This transaction will enable us to strengthen our business and become a more robust competitor, “said Dan Hesse, Sprint’s CEO. “Acquiring this spectrum will significantly increase Sprint’s network capacity and improve the customer experience in several important Midwest markets including Chicago and St. Louis. We welcome the new customers in these markets and look forward to providing them with Sprint’s unique combination of unlimited plans, an iconic device portfolio and unmatched customer service.”
With the agreement, Sprint will acquire 20 MHz of PCS spectrums in the 1900 MHz range. This of course requires regulatory approval. The deal is expected to close in mid-2013.
You can read the official press release via this link.
Sprint is expanding their 4G/ LTE devices as the company has announced availability of the LG Mach and pre-orders for the LG Optimus G have started today, November 1st.
The LG Mach will be available starting November 11th for $99.99 with a qualifying two-year agreement. The Mach has a 4 inch WVGA display, runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 5 megapixel camera with flash, 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera and full QWERTY slide out keyboard.
The LG Optimus G will go for $199.99 with a qualifying two-year agreement with pre-orders going on now. The Optimus G has a 4.7 inch WXGA display, 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, a fantasy 13 megapixel rear camera with advanced features, 1.3 front-facing camera and also runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).
Sprint will be offering their very first 4G / LTE tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 starting November 11th. The Android powered tablet has a 10.1-inch display, a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 3 megapixel rear camera and a front-facing VGA camera.
The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 will go for $549.99 (excluding taxes and surcharges) and if you have a smartphone on Sprint’s network you can add the tablet to your account for a special discount rate plan that includes 1 GB of data for $15 monthly or $10 for 100 MB of data.
For limited time as well, Sprint will be waiving the activation fee on their 3G / 4G LTE tablets. Keep in mind LTE coverage from Sprint is still very limited, so keep that in mind if LTE is a deciding factor for you.
If you’re a Galaxy S III user on Sprint N, you’ll be happy to know that the company has started pushing out updates for Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). Sprint is the first U.S. carrier to offer the upgrade to Galaxy S III users. Notoriously GSM (AT&T / T-Mobile) customers get them first.
An OTA (Over The Air) updates have began rolling out to users today. When your Galaxy receives the update it will automatically download, once it’s finished you will be prompted to install the update. It will take a few minutes to install and you won’t be able to use your Galaxy S III until the installation is complete.
If you haven’t received your update yet, hold tight Sprint hasn’t forgotten about you. These updates go out in waves to not overload the servers.