‘Inner Circle’ unlimited iPhone data plan is cancelled, says Sprint

A year ago, Sprint’s prepaid brand Virgin launched a plan which it referred to as ‘Inner Circle.’ If you were a part of this circle, you were offered an entire year of unlimited data, just for buying an iPhone and signing onto a Virgin plan. This was available to new and existing customers who upgraded to an iPhone. Now, according to Fierce Wireless, Sprint is finally nixing the deal. Initially, they had said the plan was only going to be available for a month, but ended up extending it for the better part of a year. Virgin told Fierce Wireless

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New Sprint unlimited plan axes high resolution video streaming

As reported by Engadget, Sprint is extending the amount of variety in its unlimited plans, to appeal to users who might be a bit more selective. Right now, Sprint’s most lucrative plan is Unlimited Plus, which “comes with unlimited data, talk and text, as well as a Hulu and Tidal Premium subscription.” This is great for someone who uses their smartphone for everything.  It streams videos up to 1080p and music up to 1.5Mbps. It only throttles hotspot connection speed back to 3G after 15GB of use. This costs about $42 USD per month per line. Not everyone needs all

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Sprint Unlimited 55+ is now available

You might have heard buzz lately about Sprint releasing an Unlimited 55+ plan, similar to T-Mobile. If you are a Sprint customer who is 55 years or older, you can sign up for one line of unlimited service for $50 a month, or two lines for $70 a month. In comparison two lines of the typical Sprint unlimited plan – which include unlimited talk, text, data, limited international texting and data, and a mobile hot spot – costs $100 a month. Maybe you’re thinking, “but didn’t T-Mobile just release the same thing?” Yes, they did. As explained by The Verge,

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Developments in T-Mobile and Sprint’s Will They-Won’t-They Merger

Like the Ross and Rachel of the telecom world – there has been talk for months about a potential merger between T-Mobile and Sprint, but it always seems to flounder just as the two companies are getting somewhere. Issues between them include, according to Reuters, egos clashing and “voting rights and control of the board room.” According to Telecoms.Com, people are claiming the deal could move through in the coming days. Telecoms.com explained that “The latest attempt to merge stalled in November, with neither party being able to agree who would have the dominant position in the board room of

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Sprint commits to 5G service by 2019

5G networks are a bright spot in the future of wireless communication; a lot of carriers are in on it, and a lot of customers are excited about it. T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T already have plans in place to implement a 5G network. So it makes sense that Sprint has caught up and designed one too. According to CNET, Sprint said it will be working with its parent company SoftBank and chip maker Qualcomm to develop 5G technologies for its 2.5 gigahertz band of spectrum. Sprint promises that its 5G services will deploy by late 2019. Whether or not 2019

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FCC, FTC to Investigate Mobile Security Updates

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are launching parallel probes into the mobile industry’s security update practices. The agencies want to determine how manufacturers issue security updates for mobile devices, and how carriers review and release the patches. “As consumers and businesses turn to mobile broadband to conduct ever more of their daily activities, the safety of their communications and other personal information is directly related to the security of the devices they use,” stated an FCC press release. “There have recently been a growing number of vulnerabilities associated with mobile operating systems that threaten the

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Mom Fights T-Mobile Rip-Off

A New Jersey mother is fighting to restore her credit after a deal with T-Mobile went wrong. Last year Andrea Sanchez switched her services from Sprint to T-Mobile, with a sales associate assuring her that T-Mobile would buy out her Sprint contract and pay off any balanced owed. She agreed to a new T-Mobile promotion, paying $100 for two lines: her iPhone and iPad Mini. She also opted to upgrade her devices. Sanchez was surprised when T-Mobile shipped back her old iPad just weeks later. When she inquired with the sales associate, she was told to pretend it was a

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T-Mobile is Tops According to OpenSignal

The results are in: T-Mobile is the top performing carrier in the United States, says OpenSignal’s recently released State of Mobile Networks report. According to the testing firm’s data, T-Mobile has increased its LTE coverage by 81 percent, bringing it in line with big players like Verizon. “Verizon is still the operator to beat when it comes to network reliability, but T-Mobile is squaring off against the super-carrier in download speed,” states OpenSignal’s report. “Nationally both operators are averaging 4G connections of 12 Mbps, and in a speed comparison in the 11 largest U.S. cities, T-Mobile just barely edged out

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T-Mobile Credit for Sprint Customers

T-Mobile is ramping up its efforts to snatch customers from Sprint, offering a $200 T-Mobile credit to anyone switching from Sprint or its subsidiaries Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile. Additionally, T-Mobile will cover up to $650 in early termination fees and additional payments for anyone making the transition from its competitors. No device turn-in is required. This is a time sensitive offer and part of the holiday deal season. The decision to target Sprint isn’t surprising, considering the company was previously America’s third largest carrier before T-Mobile supplanted it earlier this year. The feud is not one sided either. Sprint

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Apple iPhone Leasing Program Competes with Carriers

In a move to poach sales from the four major U.S. carriers, Apple recently changed the way it sells iPhones by introducing the iPhone Upgrade Program. The 24-month program was designed for users always wanting the latest iPhone. Customers will pay a monthly fee of $32.41 for the latest iPhone 6S, and will be allowed to trade in their device for the iPhone 7 after 12 months. The iPhone 6S can currently be purchased from Apple for $649. The iPhone Upgrade Program will lease the latest iPhone over a 24-month period for $777.84. This price includes the Apple Care+ insurance

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