According to a very recent report released by CNBC, the parent companies of major US wireless carriers T-Mobile and Sprint are in active talks regarding a potential merger. T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telecom is said to be engaging in discussions with Sprint parent SoftBank about the possibility of effecting a stock for stock agreement that would have the former become the majority owner of the resulting combined business entity.
The initial deal offered by Sprint last week for the iPhone 8 allowed interested buyers to purchase the handset at half the usual price of a device lease spanning a period of 18 months. The wireless carrier, however, has decided to update the offer -- customers can now get their hands on a 64 gigabyte edition of the iPhone 8, free of charge, by way of a trade in deal and an 18 month lease. You can call Sprint at (844) 257-3516.
The preorder period for Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus devices, as well as its Apple Watch Series 3, has officially started. Not surprisingly, it appears that the demand is comfortably outpacing the supply. The iPhone 8 models and the latest version of Apple’s smartwatch are supposed to be made available next week, specifically on September 22nd, but as recently reported by CNET, the shipping schedule of specific editions of the iPhone 8 devices are now listed as one to two weeks.
The Essential Phone can now be purchased from Sprint outlets across the United States. Soon after the device was first unveiled by Andy Rubin’s startup firm Essential Products back in May earlier this year, Sprint had acquired the exclusive carrier rights to sell the handset (at least in America; in Canada, that honor goes to Telus). Sprint is selling the Essential Phone for $14.58 per month, with zero down payment, over a period of 18 months.
Okay, here we go again. In its latest study, Ookla reports that among the top four major wireless carriers operating in the United States, T-Mobile has the fastest wireless network during the first six months of this year. The results of Ookla’s new study also show that network connection speeds have indeed been impacted by the introduction of unlimited data offerings in the last few months.
Last weekend, mobile virtual network operator Republic Wireless announced by way of a post in its forums that it has plans to open a pop up retail store right in the heart of downtown Raleigh, the capital city of the state of North Carolina by this fall. This would officially mark the first time that the carrier is erecting a physical outlet for its customers, and quite fittingly, it has chosen to do so in its home state.
Samsung’s latest phablet offering, the Galaxy Note 8, has support for Sprint’s High Performance User Equipment (HPUE), but unfortunately for another major US wireless carrier, T-Mobile, the device does not have support for the Uncarrier’s new 600 MegaHertz spectrum. Samsung had just formally announced the newest Galaxy Note lineup addition this week, with a price range of $950.
Now that Samsung has formally unveiled the newest addition to its Galaxy Note lineup of phablets, the next logical step (after poring through the device’s specifications and features) for any interested consumer is to find out what deals the country’s biggest wireless carriers are offering for the Galaxy Note 8. So here goes.
Virgin Mobile, the recently rebranded prepaid arm of Sprint, has recently decided to expand its $1 a year unlimited wireless service deal to customers who already are owners of iPhone devices. These customers need only activate their own iPhone on Virgin’s network and then transfer their current phone number to the mobile operator’s Inner Circle offering.
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