Sprint: Everything you need to know!

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Sprint — NYSE: S — is headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas and is the third largest iPhone and iPad carrier, among other devices, in the United States, and is currently 80% owned by Japanese carrier Softbank. After a failed attempt to jumpstart their network with WiMax, Sprint eventually got the iPhone in late 2011 and began deploying an LTE network.

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Why all the fuss about the potential end of iPhone subsidies?

With AT&T reporting its financial results this week the media is buzzing about comments they (and others) have made to the effect that smartphone subsidies may eventually come to an end. The theory being floated is that future mobile phone buyers will be aware of exactly how much how much their smartphone costs. This new financial awareness will somehow prompt fewer people to pony up for an expensive iPhone.

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Sprint plans for their iPhones sold next year to be SIM unlockable

American carriers are making progress in being more open and customer-friendly — particularly T-Mobile — but Sprint is preparing to take a significant step forward by ensuring that the devices they sell to customers are able to be SIM unlocked. Eventually. In 2015. In an FAQ on Sprint's unlocking policy, the company states that they are "working to ensure that all devices developed and launched on or after February 11, 2015 are capable of being unlocked domestically."

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On the eve of iPhone 6 carriers once again using the media to push back on 'subsidies'

Imagine a boss at a company with a really great salesperson who lands all the best, highest valued customers for the company. Now imagine that boss hates having to pay that salesperson their really high commission, even though it's the salesperson who's closing all those deals and ensuring all that money comes to the company. The boss can't afford to lose that salesperson but they're desperate to find anyway they can to cut that salesperson's commissions. Likewise, the salesperson knows their value and insists on being richly compensated for the deals they close. That's the relationship between the carriers and the iPhone, and between the price carriers pay Apple for the revenue the iPhone generates. It's also why the carriers hate Apple and the iPhone, and why when a new iPhone — like the iPhone 6 — is on the horizon, we get articles like this: "As Phone Subsidies Fade, Apple Could Be Hurt".

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Spotify teaming up with Sprint to offer exclusive deals, reports say

Spotify and Sprint may be about to announce a partnership wherein customers of both will be entitled to receive exclusive deals. According to re/code, the proposed partnership will offer a similar product to the AT&T/Beats Music partnership, offering a package deal to customers on Sprint's Framily Plan.

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Sprint will pay rivals' termination fees when you sign up for a Framily plan

Sprint is getting a little “uncarrier” themselves with a new promotion that offers to pay your early termination fees if you’re willing to switch to them. You can get up to $350 for every line terminated when making the switch; just snap a picture of your last bill, send it to Sprint, and they’ll send you a Visa card with the cash on it. There are a few terms and conditions here and there, but you can read all of that at Sprint’s site starting tomorrow. The promotion will run from April 4 until May 8.

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Best iPhone carrier in 2014

There was a time when major U.S. carrier — Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile — plans and rates were constant. We'd constantly pay too much and they'd constantly give us okay to terrible service in return. But now the constant is changing. Whether it's a reflection of the maturing smartphone market or simply the results of one carrier going rogue is arguable. What's not arguably is that a lot has happened changed from when we last compared carriers back when the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c launched in September of 2013. That means we have to take another look at what the Big Four offer, and help you figure out how to get the best bang for your buck.

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Sprint iPhone 5 users can now take their device to Ting, will you be making the switch?

While it's later than originally reported, customers using a Sprint-compatible iPhone 5 can now take their phone over to Mobile Virtual Network Operator Ting. You can either bring your existing device, or buy an unlocked iPhone 5 that works with Sprint's network.

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Could a T-Mobile/Sprint merger threaten Verizon and AT&T?

T-Mobile US CEO John Legere has said that a possible merger with Sprint may offer substantial competition to the wireless "duopoly" of Verizon and AT&T. A merger between the two carriers may soon be a reality, if SoftBank, the Japanese carrier that now owns Sprint, successfully purchases T-Mobile US.

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Sprint announces new Framily Plan, switches on more Spark locations

Sprint has announced the Framily Plan, a aimed at non-family groups that want to share wireless service. As customers on this plan are not expected to be living under one roof, each member is billed separately for their own line.

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Sprint plans pre-paid service rebranding, more in 2014

America's third-largest wireless carrier, Sprint, plans an extensive rebranding in the new year. The company plans to revive a recently defunct service in a new way and also wants to consolidate existing pre-paid services into a new identity, according to TechCrunch.

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