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Sprint considering partnerships with fellow Rural Cellular Association members

by Scott Johnson Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Sunday, April 1, 2012 - 2:00 AM MDT   Sprint Nextel joined the Rural Cellular Association (RCA) in April 2011, the reasons for joining at that time could have been motivated by the proposed AT&T purchase of T-Mobile and increasing their lobbying power with the RCA. Recently though, Sprint has been working towards partnerships with other RCA members on network sharing and spectrum hosting arrangements to increase their LTE coverage footprint.  

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The dynamics of carrier loyalty are shifting

by Jeff Foster Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Friday, March 30, 2012 - 1:09 PM MDT   Prior to the rise of smartphones, carrier loyalty was tied more to network coverage – and for many it still is. Consumers don’t want to worry about signal strength or proximity to a cellular tower in order to place a call. At their most basic level, phones have to work for their primary purpose. In the early days of cellular, there wasn’t much difference between most voice-only handsets.   Of course there

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Sprint announces Kansas City and Baltimore to Network Vision & LTE launches for first half of 2012

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 6:08 AM MST   Today in a Sprint Q4 2011 Conference Call, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse announced Kansas City and Baltimore as receiving Network Vision overhauls (including LTE deployment) in Mid 2012. Most of the conference call was focused on financial reporting, and more specifically how the iPhone impacted financials. This is something Wall Street has been clamoring for since Sprint announced it was getting the iPhone back i

S4GRU

S4GRU

 

HTC EVO 3D free from Sprint and Wirefly for new lines/accounts

Danny Bullard Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 8:59 PM MDT   Looking to buy a smartphone but not looking to spend $200+? Look no further! WireFly and Sprint are selling HTC EVO 3D for a low price of $0, yes free. Requires you to be a new customer or adding a new line of service.   The EVO 3D can still hang with some of the higher end smart phones. The 3D has a dual core 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, 4.3" qHD display and dual 5MP cameras that can take 3D shots and vid

JustAGeekHere

JustAGeekHere

 

The Subsidy Quandary...Do you prefer cheaper phones or cheaper plans?

Scott Johnson Sprint 4G Rollout Update Saturday, March 24, 2012 - 4:14 PM MDT   What would you do to get a $20 per line discount on your monthly bill? Would you pay full price for your cellphone? That is what Cole Brodman, T-Mobile’s Chief Marketing Officer would like to see happen. In fact, T-Mobile already offers a discounted plan for customers who forego a subsidy on their device. This works out fairly well for T-Mobile’s GSM customers who want to use an unlocked international or AT&a

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pyroscott

 

Could we see a non-HTC “Evo” make its way to Sprint’s shelves?

Scott Johnson Sprint 4G Rollout Update Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 5:00 AM MDT   Every Evo ever released on Sprint’s network has been manufactured by HTC. Does this necessarily mean that it is exclusive to HTC? The “Droid” line of Verizon phones have been manufactured by Motorola, HTC and Samsung. Would Sprint consider extending the Evo name to another handset maker as Verizon has done?   Sprint and Evo   [float right][/float]The Evo “franchise” has defined Sprint’s Android line of phone

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pyroscott

 

Data usage continues to explode in unlimited channels. Is Clearwire positioned to be LTE relief for all Wireless Carriers?

Jeff Foster Sprint 4G Rollout Update Saturday, March 24, 2012 - 12:18 PM MDT     The forerunner of Clearwire was a Texas based company then known as Clearwire Technologies, Inc. Clearwire Technologies raised at least $100 million and used it to acquire spectrum allocated to various educational institutions known as EBS or Educational Broadband Service.   In 2007, Clearwire and Sprint Nextel announced a partnership to accelerate deployment of WiMAX technology across the US. In 2008, Spri

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legion125

 

iOS 5.1 confirms next generation iPhone supporting LTE

Danny Bullard Sprint 4G Rollout Update Saturday, March 24, 2012 - 10:44 AM MDT     According to iDownloadBlog, the iPhone 5, or whatever Apple decides to call it, will reportedly pack 4G LTE according to iOS 5.1 code strings. Until now, all the other LTE iPhone rumors have just been speculation and wishful thinking. The code strings says:     We can gather that this line in iOS5.1 must be created for use in the new iPhone, because the new iPad cannot make phone calls. Although it see

JustAGeekHere

JustAGeekHere

 

LTE iPhone spell disaster or success for the Now Network?

Scott Johnson Sprint 4G Rollout Update Friday, March 23, 2012 - 3:14 PM MDT   Many Sprint fans were put off by the downgrade of the “S” stock and remarks of Craig Moffett of Bernstein Research released Monday morning. Moffett claimed a looming bankruptcy risk on the horizon thanks to mounting debt, Network Vision costs, and smaller channels of spectrum for their LTE network.   On top of all that, Moffett claimed that the LTE iPhone, which Sprint executives claim will secure the future o

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pyroscott

 

Is 4G LTE Connectivity pointless when capped or throttled?

Danny Bullard Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Thursday, March 23, 2012 - 1:15 PM MDT   I'm sure you know Sprint offers unlimited data, but what about the other wireless carriers? Well that's a totally different story. Out of the Big 4 carriers in the United States, Sprint is the only carrier to offer "true unlimited data." Verizon killed off their unlimited data plan just last year, leaving their heavy data users in the dust. AT&T on the other hand killed off their unlimited data plan in J

JustAGeekHere

JustAGeekHere

 

Is this Samsung's Highly Anticipated Galaxy S-III (GT-i9300)?

Danny Bullard Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 2:45 PM MDT   I'm sure you've seen some of the latest leaks of the Galaxy S-III. Some are obviously fake and already proven so, but might this leak be the real deal? The good folks over at PhoneArena received were tipped with a picture of a button-less Samsung device running Google's Ice Cream Sandwich. By looking at the picture, the screen looks big, 4.6" big like some of the latest GS-III rumors have suggested.   Anoth

JustAGeekHere

JustAGeekHere

 

S4GRU Resident "Geek" on the new iPad

Danny Bullard Sprint 4G Rollout Update Friday, March 23, 2012 - 2:44 PM MDT Hello S4GRU readers, today I will be giving my verdict on the new iPad. I will tell you what I like about the new iPad and what I don't like about the new iPad. Let's get started... What I like about the new iPad 1.) After using the iPad for a few minutes at BestBuy, I fell in love with it's beautiful retina display. This display's PPI is 264, while packing an astonishing 2048x1536 resolution. The screen is

JustAGeekHere

JustAGeekHere

 

(UPDATED) PRL builders and network spelunkers pay heed; Sprint CDMA1X 800 channels and SIDs revealed

by Andrew J. Shepherd Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 10:50 AM MDT   Update 2: See below for potentially all SMR 800 MHz SIDs.   Two weeks ago, S4GRU reported that the FCC had just issued a proposed rulemaking that would officially allow Sprint to launch non iDEN, wideband operations (CDMA1X and/or LTE) in its rebanded SMR 800 MHz spectrum. In that article, we referenced Sprint Network Vision internal documents that S4GRU used to determine where in the SMR 800 MHz ba

WiWavelength

WiWavelength

 

Turn that 3G iPhone 4/4S into a 4G WiMax iPhone by just installing this case!

Danny Bullard Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 11:39 AM MDT   FreedomPop is a company that aims to provide free broadband, founded by Niklas Zennstrom (Skype Founder). FreedomPop plans on releasing a case for the iPhone 4/4S with an integrated 4G WiMax radio according to a "high level source inside FreedomPop." Not only will it allow your iPhone device to use a 4G signal, but this case will be able to share a WiMax connection with up to eight devices, for 30 hours. At

S4GRU

S4GRU

 

New Network Vision Photos and Performance Info from a new site in North Oxford, Massachusetts

Click on Images Above to View Photo Album     Robert HerronSprint 4G Rollout Updates Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 5:18 PM MDT   S4GRU Member Kevster1321 read our Boston Network Vision/LTE Deployment is charging full steam ahead with 20 sites now confirmed complete article last Friday, and sprang into action. With a map in hand provided to him by Sprint 4G Rollout Updates, he drove up the road a few miles from his home to the sleepy little burg of North Oxford, Massachusetts.   Kevin was

S4GRU

S4GRU

 

Norfolk & Long Island are scheduled to be in the Second Round of Sprint Network Vision/LTE Deployment in 2012

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 12:00 AM MDT   Two Non WiMax markets to tell you about! We are now prepared to tell you about two more Round Two markets in Sprint's Network Vision/LTE deployment plans for 2012...   Norfolk/Hampton Roads and Long Island!   Sprint's Network Vision vendor Samsung will likely begin Network Vision and LTE deployment in these two Sprint markets in 2012. This is not an imminent start in the next few weeks. These are S

S4GRU

S4GRU

 

Apple is unquestionably successful. It's the beauty of simplicity...

Danny Bullard Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 9:45 AM MDT   Hello S4GRU readers. In this article, I will give you my 3 reasons why Apple is successful. I will go into extensive detail on each reason why Apple is successful. These are my opinions, so feel free to comment telling me your reasons why Apple is successful and how you think Apple could improve in each category.   Note: These are in no specific order.   1. Marketing   Apple markets their products like no

S4GRU

S4GRU

 

Windows Phone fans on the Now Network may rejoice for this LTE Beast this Fall!

Danny Bullard Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Monday, March 19, 2012 - 10:49 PM MDT   Any Windows Phone 7 users in the house? Are you getting tired of waiting for a new Windows Phone to replace your HTC Arrive? Well you might not have to wait to much longer. According to SprintFeed's sources, Sprint will be getting a LTE Windows Phone Apollo device this Fall. At the moment, we aren't certain who is making this device. Nokia sure would sound good to most of you!   This mysterious device is r

S4GRU

S4GRU

 

Sprint's new Tri-Network Hotspot from Sierra Wireless targeted for May 18th Launch

Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 1:30 PM MDT   Our readers are so astute, that I bet they are wondering, where is that Tri-Network Hostpot unveiled at CES last January with the GNex and the Viper? When is it going to hit the street? Well wonder no more!   Sprint 4G Rollout Updates has learned that Sprint is intending to release the Sierra Wireless Tri-Network Hotspot on Friday, May 18th. This device is unique from other hotspots because it runs on three

S4GRU

S4GRU

 

CONFIRMED: Sprint targeting April 15th for Galaxy Nexus launch

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Saturday, March 17, 2012 - 4:09 AM MDT   There have been a lot of rumors and guessing about Sprint's launch of the Galaxy Nexus. Some folks guessed dates that already have passed by. Some others were guessing it would be July 1st or later. However, lately, most reasonably intelligent people who follow this stuff closely have settled on April 15th. And they would be right!   Sprint has set April 15th as the targeted launch date of the Galaxy Ne

S4GRU

S4GRU

 

LG Viper to see launch on April 15th alongside the Galaxy Nexus

by Scott Johnson Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Saturday, March 17, 2012 - 8:59 PM MDT     S4GRU.com already broke the launch date of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus this weekend, and now we know that it won’t be the lone device slated to hit store shelves on April 15th. The same sources of our GNex story have also revealed that the LG Viper, Sprint’s other LTE smartphone unveiled at CES, will be ushering in Sprint’s LTE era at a Sprint store near you on April 15th.   You may recall the revealed s

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Sprint Galaxy Nexus FCC Testing Docs appear...no 800 LTE support!

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 3:51 PM MDT   BREAKING NEWS! Sprint's Galaxy Nexus has now cleared the FCC with approval. It will support CDMA/EVDO on 800 SMR, 850 Cellular and 1900 PCS frequencies. It will support LTE on PCS 1900 only. That's right. It will not support LTE at 800MHz SMR frequencies.   The CDMA support on 800MHz includes 1xAdvanced and EVDO 3G. Although, Sprint does not have any current plans to deploy 3G EVDO in 800 SMR bands.

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S4GRU

 

Is the 7 inch tablet market heating up for a battle for supremacy between Apple and Android?

by Scott Johnson Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 12:51 PM MDT   The 7 inch form factor for the tablet PC was largely understated up until the Kindle Fire’s release last year. There were the expensive high end Android offerings from Samsung, Dell, Acer, Toshiba and HTC as well as the Blackberry Playbook. The inexpensive end was headlined by the Kindle Fire, Barnes and Noble Nook and Lenovo. Sales were underwhelming, until the Kindle Fire caught everyone’s attention and

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pyroscott

 

NFC finally gaining traction in the smartphone world

by Scott Johnson Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 2:00 AM MDT   Most of us have at least heard of NFC, the Google Wallet app, or the capability to use our NFC enabled phone as a wireless payment system, but do we know the power and uses of Near Field Communication? NFC has endured a slow start, with very few devices that contain the communication chip, but Sprint seems to be giving it a boost by including NFC on all its LTE handsets. Sprint’s director of consumer product

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Samsung Epic Touch LTE coming soon to Sprint???

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 2:22 PM MST   Has the new Samsung Epic Touch LTE just been discovered going through WiFi certification? It's possible that this is the new already announced Galaxy Nexus. However, the numbering seems to be more in-line with the Epic 4G Touch.   The model number is SPH-L710. SPH = Sprint Handset; L indicates LTE. 710 was the same number for SGS2 Epic 4G Touch. Could it possibly be??? The Sprint Galaxy Nexus has t

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