We are a little behind in this review, but that’s because I have been using the device for months and months instead of just a few days or a week as in typical reviews. I have been a BlackBerry loyalist since 2006, however in the past few years they had started to drop off my radar since they were not keeping up with the trends and technology that other smartphones were offering. I admit, I left BlackBerry and went to an iPhone for personal use. However, when BlackBerry 10 was announced, I again because intrigued by where BlackBerry was going and what they were going to have to offer.
I started off using the BlackBerry Z10 and found it to be a good device, but it just didn’t feel like the BlackBerry I had become so accustomed to. When the BlackBerry Q10 was launched, I saw exactly what I had been looking for. A sleek new device offering the BlackBerry 10 experience AND a keyboard! For those of you that have used a BlackBerry in the past, you have to admit, there is just something about that keyboard experience.
Between now and January 4th students can go to their local Best Buy or Best Buy Mobile store and get a year of free talk, text, and 1 GB of data. All that is required is that students purchase a new Smart phone or regular phone and activate a new line of service with a Sprint Unlimited My Way plan. Customers will have to pay for the phone and a one-time $36 activation fee. Monthly taxes and surcharges still apply as well. This promotion offers a savings of up to $70 a month, is available only at Best Buy, and only on the Sprint Network.
As mentioned before the plan includes unlimited talk and text and 1 GB of data for smart phones or unlimited talk and text for basic phones. Sprint also does not require a 2 year agreement on Students’ lines. If you think that 1 GB of data is not enough for you unlimited data can be added easily for only $10 a month. Students can also trade in their existing mobile phone for a phone on the new plan.
Sprint is adding some color to their Galaxy S IV line-up with “Purple Mirage”. Currently Sprint has the Galaxy S IV available in Black Mist and White Frost.
The Galaxy S IV in Purple Mirage will cost $199.99 with a new qualifying agreement. The Galaxy S IV is powered by Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) and has a 5-inch full HD Super AMOLED display.
Other features include:
- 1.9 GHz quad-core processor
- 13 megapixel rear-facing camera
- 2 megapixel front-facing camera
- 16 GB internal memory (9GB available)
- 2 GB of RAM
- 2,600 mAh Lithium Ion Battery
It’s nice to see Sprint adding a little color to their line-up, if you’re interested in getting your hands on the “Purple Mirage” Galaxy S IV head to Sprint store near you or check it out on line at www.Sprint.com.
Dish Network made an unsolicited bid today to acquire Sprint Nextel. The offer is for $25.5 billion which is a much better deal than the current $20 billion dollar bit from Softbank.
Softbank will more than likely up their bid for Sprint but the Dish bid would be an easier deal to close with regulatory authorities. There have been concerns about a Japanese company (Softbank) owning such a large portion of a U.S. based communications network.
Sprint released a brief statement to address the bid which eludes to them taking the offer seriously.
Sprint Board of Directors to Evaluate Unsolicited Proposal From DISH Network Corp.
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. April 15, 2013 – Sprint Nextel (NYSE: S) today confirmed it has received an unsolicited proposal from DISH Network to acquire the Company. The Company said that its Board of Directors will evaluate this proposal carefully and consistent with its fiduciary and legal duties. The company does not plan to comment further until the appropriate time.
AT&T and Sprint have both announced they will be offering the HTC One on April 19th. The HTC flagship handset will be available with 32 GB of internal storage on both carriers for $199.99 with a new two-year qualifying agreement.
AT&T will also be offering a 64 GB version of the HTC One for $299.99.
The HTC One has a 4.7 inch LCD display, 1.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, running Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), 2 GB of RAM, 4 megapixel (UltraPixel) rear camera, 2.1 megapixel front-facing camera and a 2,300 mAh battery.
The HTC One will be available for pre-orders through AT&T on Thursday, April 4th and on Sprint, Friday, April 5th.
You can follow the links below to sign-up to be notified when the pre-order pages launch.
Sprint is wasting no time, the company has already setup a page for customers to pre-register for the HTC One. Keep in mind you are only signing up to receive information on when the HTC One will be available for purchase.
HTC One specs:
- 4.7 inch LCD display at 1920 x 1080 pixels
- 1.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor
- Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
- 2 GB of RAM
- 4 megapixel (UltraPixel) rear camera
- 2.1 megapixel front-facing camera
- 2,300 mAh battery
- Sense 5
You can follow this link to sign-up.
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