By Lisa Johnston
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New York – Sprint’s no-contract brands Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile will offer the Samsung Galaxy S5 sometime in the second quarter of the year, Sprint announced.
Pricing wasn’t announced.
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Barcelona, Spain — Sprint will be the exclusive U.S. outlet for the $399-suggested Harman Kardon Onyx Studio Bluetooth speaker, Harman announced at the Mobile World Congress.
Selling the disc-shaped portable speaker marks the first in a series of initiatives from Sprint this year to step up its audio assortment, Sprint said. The Onyx Studio will be available Feb. 25 for $399 exclusively in Sprint stores, the carrier’s online store, and through Sprint telesales for the speaker's launch, Sprint told TWICE.
Overland Park, Kan. – Sprint will begin offering free Wi-Fi calling, text messaging and MMS messaging to users of select smartphones over existing home, office and public Wi-Fi networks.
The service is available to subscribers who install an over-the-air update on their Samsung Galaxy Mega and Galaxy S4 Mini smartphones. The update will be pushed automatically to the phones during the next few weeks.
Sprint will expand Wi-Fi calling to additional devices in 2014.
Overland Park, Kan. — Sprint’s high wireless churn rates and shrinking share of gross subscriber additions won’t begin to improve until the second half of the year when the company’s disruptive network upgrades get closer to completion in more markets, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse.
Overland Park, Kan. – Sprint is making push-to-talk (PTT) service available on many more LTE-equipped phones with the launch of a free PTT app for six Android smartphones.
Four more Android LTE phones will soon be compatible with the app, the carrier said.
Overland Park, Kan. – Sprint launched a $29 cellular-equipped 7-inch tablet, marking the lowest price at which the carrier has ever launched a tablet.
ZTE’s Optik 2 is available through Sprint’s website and business channels at $29 with a two-year service agreement on a qualifying data plan. The tablet offers 3G, not 4G, access to the Internet.
The tablet features Android 4.1.2 OS, 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, rear-facing 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and flash, and front 2-megapixel camera.
Overland Park, Kan. — Sprint priced LG’s curved-screen G Flex at $299 with two-year contract and plans Jan. 31 availability through its website, telemarketing and business-sales channels.
The phone will be available in Sprint stores Feb. 7. Availability through indirect channels wasn’t available.
New York – Sprint could launch a bid to purchase rival T-Mobile in the first half of 2014 if it decides a merger wouldn’t run into regulatory resistance, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Overland Park, Kan. – Sprint is getting into the cordless-handset business as part of its effort to encourage consumers to swap out higher-priced landline service for lower-cost home cellular service.
Two DECT cordless phones that connect to Sprint’s wireless network are available today in Sprint’s direct and indirect sales channels for a combined $49 with two-year service agreement for a Sprint Phone Connect wireless plan. The plan delivers unlimited local and domestic long-distance calling while on the Sprint network for $19.99/month.