Earlier this week we caught wind of Sprint's upcoming plans to jump on the accelerated upgrade bandwagon already occupied by T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon; and now it's been made official. The rules surrounding the Sprint One Up program aren't that different from what's being offered elsewhere, but it does come at the lowest cost. If you're fine with committing yourself to the Sprint network and want to make the leap to a new phone each year, you can soon do so for $65 a month.
Compared to Verizon and AT&T, Sprint's network leaves much to be desired in terms of both data speeds and coverage. This isn't the result of a lack of effort, though, as the Kansas-based company has steadily rolled out LTE to new markets throughout the summer. Today the company has announced the availability of 4G LTE in 34 new markets, bringing the total number from 151 up to 185. Sprint customers throughout the South, Midwest, North Carolina, Oregon, and Pennsylvania should now have a new reason to smile.
Sprint has shared a small update rolling out to the LG Optimus G, but right from the beginning, let's temper those expectations. Version LS970ZVC doesn't do much - actually, there's nothing here really worth mentioning. A few bugs related to creating an email account and managing calendar events have been fixed, and that's about it.
This is the first update Sprint's rolled out to the device since the big leap to Android 4.1.2 back in March.
Play it again, Sprint. Now that T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon have all started accelerated upgrade programs with monthly charges (Jump, NEXT, and EDGE, respectively), Sprint wants in on the action. According to some leaked screenshots posted by Cnet, the last of the "Big Four" American carriers is planning a similar program called One Up. The plan has not been confirmed by Sprint, but the screenshot below looks genuine.
Stop me if you've heard this before: under the One Up plan, customers would pay no money down and spread the cost of a new phone over 24 monthly payments added on to their regular phone bill.
If you're one of the many who thinks Motorola's X phone is the bee's knees, then Amazon potentially has a deal that may be of interest. Why "potentially," you ask? Because this one's only good for Sprintsters (or those considering the jump).
For the time being, Amazon is letting the X go for $99 on-contract for both new agreements and existing customers.
Unfortunately, the black version is currently out of stock, so it's white or bust at the moment.
Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile have all gotten their houses in order for the launch of LG's new flagship, but Sprint seems to be a bit behind the curve. The carrier has only just announced a pre-order for the G2, and it's October 11th - almost a month after AT&T and Verizon will have the phone on shelves, and a solid two weeks after T-Mobile. Sprint doesn't even have an official launch date for the phone, instead stating in the press release that the G2 will come "in time for the holidays," and that more availability information will be available at a later date.
After debuting on AT&T, then making its way to Verizon, the Moto X has reached the Now Network. Sprint's Moto X is on sale, and you can get a solid deal if you're coming over from a rival carrier. After the contract subsidy and a $100 port-in credit, you only have to pay $99 for the device. Not your situation? Sorry, that'll be $199.
The Moto X is the first device from Motorola that is fully backed by Google.
Sprintsters (and potential Sprintsters of the future), listen up: Motorola's new flagship is hitting The Now Network tomorrow. That doesn't give you a whole lot of time to get ready to pick up the new handset, so you better start digging through the couch cushions now.
The always-listening, Active Display-packing powerhouse will be available in both woven black and woven white for $199 with a two-year agreement. If you're the customizin' type, however, you'll be waiting a while – Sprint says Moto Maker support won't be support for at least a few months.
Lately Sprint has done its best to become an attractive option for people who love flamboyant high-end phones. Shortly after revealing the Galaxy S4 in Purple Mirage, the company announced that it would be the exclusive carrier of the red HTC One. Tempted? Now's a good time to jump on either handset, as Wirefly has discounts on both.
The Red HTC One costs just $49.99 for new customers, and as a bonus, the $36 activation fee is waived.
Talk about a blast from the past: the Sprint Galaxy S II, released way back in 2011, now has official CyanogenMod support. Most of the other international and regional versions of the GSII are already supported to some degree, but I'm sure there are more than a few Sprint customers who are happy to see the most popular custom ROM family come to their devices. There's one nightly of CM10.1 (Android 4.2) available at the time of writing.