On today's episode of All My Mergers And Acquisitions, the long-running Sprint bidding war between Dish Network and Japanese carrier SoftBank appears to be over, at least for the moment. After SoftBank increased its Sprint bid to 21.6 billion dollars for 78% of the company last week, and Sprint subsequently sued both Dish and Clearwire for getting in the way of its corporate matchmaking, Dish has withdrawn its offer. According to Reuters, the company stated that submitting a new offer by today's deadline was not practical.
Dish is still hungry for wireless spectrum, and intends to buy shares of LTE provider Clearwire for well above market value - at least, it intends to buy the portion of Clearwire that isn't currently controlled by Sprint. Read More
Sprint may have gambled wrong with 4G WiMAX several years ago, but the company is coming around. It announced today the addition of 22 new cities to its 4G LTE network. Sprint customers in these areas have been waiting for a while, but they can now enjoy their new speeds just in time for summer.
New cities include:
- Baton Rouge, LA
- Centralia, WA
- Clarksville, TN
- Corsicana, TX
- Dalton, GA
- Dunn, NC
- Fond du Lac, WS
- Gainesville, FL
- Henderson, NC
- Kingsport, TN
- Lansing/East Lansing, MI
- Longview, WA
- Miami, FL
- Napa, CA
- New Orleans, LA
- Palatka, FL
- Raleigh, NC
- Sebring, FL
Amazon Wireless sales are so dramatic and frequent that I don't know why anyone buys a retail-priced phone anymore. Case in point: Today's one-day sale is a reduced-price HTC One, on-contract for both AT&T and Sprint users. New contract signees can pick up one of the best Android smartphones around for a jaw-dropping $79.99, while those renewing their contracts can get it for just a bit more at $99.99. Two-day shipping is free (no Amazon Prime account required), and the phone is offered in silver or black on both carriers.
For the sake of comparison, the base 32GB One is $199.99 on AT&T's web store. Read More
Oh, what a tangled web gigantic mega-corps weave. Japanese telecom SoftBank wants to get its hands on an American wireless carrier, come Hell or high water, and they've just outbid Dish Network to do so. According to Reuters, Softbank has upped its bid from October of last year to $21.6 billion USD for 78% control of Sprint, topping its previous commitment of $20 billion for 70%. Dish Network is currently offering $25.5 billion in a mix of cash and stock for an outright sale, about 10% less on a share-by-share basis.
Dish has been playing hardball since its initial cash and stock bid in April, claiming that it intends to leverage ownership of Sprint to further expand video and Internet capabilities for both companies. Read More
There's a place in every carrier's line up for a mid-range phone, and that's what the Sprint Vital is. We got the early details on this device back in March when it was known as the ZTE Quantum, and the official announcement jives with the leak pretty well. This phone has a few notable features, but the hardware is a bit lackluster.
So here's something we're not used to hearing: Dell's got some pretty good deals going for phones right now. Verizon's Galaxy S4 is only $129 for new customers ($160 for upgrades), Sprint's version is $119 for new customers, and both come with a $50 Dell eGift card.
The deals don't end there, either – all versions of the GS4 come with a $50 eGift card, even if they haven't knocked a bundle off the price. There are a few other decent offers floating around on Dell's site, as well – like Verizon's Note II for $129 with a $35 credit (which presumably covers the cost of activation), among others. Read More
If you've been searching for a low-cost Android device on the Now Network, LG has got you covered. The previously leaked LG Optimus F3 is now official on Sprint, and it clocks in at just $29.99 after a 2-year contract and $50 mail-in rebate. That makes it the least expensive LTE handset on Sprint.
There's a lot happening in the CyanogenMod world this morning. First and most importantly, the AT&T variant of the Samsung Galaxy S4 now has official CyanogenMod 10.1 (Android 4.2) support, following the T-Mobile and Canadian versions. According to this Google+ post, supporting the AT&T S4 was simply a matter of patching a previous build. One nightly ROM is available at the time of writing, with more stable releases sure to follow soon.
Now, onto the other 800 pound gorilla of the current Android market, the HTC One. The CyanogenMod team has adjusted the codenames of the international, Sprint, and T-Mobile versions of the One. Read More
The HTC One is undoubtedly HTC's best and most innovative phone to date. Up to this point, making one your own on The Now Network meant shelling out $200 for an upgrade or $100 if you came from another carrier (thanks to Sprint's number porting incentive); if those prices are still too steep for your taste and you've been waiting for a better deal to come along, now may be the time to buy.
Amazon Wireless just dropped its price on Sprint's One to $79 for new accounts (which is just $20 less than Sprint's offering if you take advantage of the aforementioned number port-in bonus) and – the real deal here – $99 for upgrades. Read More
We've long been fans of OneLouder apps here at Android Police, so it comes as a bit of a shock to see that the company was purchased – along with its parent company, Handmark Inc. – by Sprint. For those who may be unfamiliar with the name OneLouder, the dev team is responsible for apps like 1Weather, Friendcaster, and TweetCaster, just to name a few. Handmark, on the other hand, is more of an all-in-one app store for Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone/Mobile, Palm, and the like.
So, the question is: what does Sprint want with an app store and a mobile development team? Read More