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Sprint says KEYone’s bloatware bug will be fixed in an OTA update

Friday, August 18th, 2017

The KEYone is available as an unlocked phone, and that's probably how most BlackBerry fans will buy it. However, there's a Sprint version, too. Owners of the Sprint version recently reported an aggravating battle with bloatware, which was constantly reinstalling itself on the phone. Sprint has now confirmed this is a bug, and it'll be fixed soon.

According to multiple accounts from KEYone owners, the SprintID app is frequently waking up and checking for the presence of pre-installed apps like Amazon, Audible, Facebook Messenger, and Lookout.

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Sprint says KEYone's bloatware bug will be fixed in an OTA update was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

AT&T and Sprint waive fees to Barcelona following terrorist attack

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Earlier today in Barcelona, Spain, at about 5 PM local time, a white van deliberately drove though one of the city's most popular boulevards. This horrible tragedy killed somewhere around 13 people (there are conflicting reports), and has been labelled a terrorist attack by the local police. In response to this event, both AT&T and Sprint are waiving all fees to calling from the United States to Spain.

AT&T said in a statement, "Our thoughts are with the people of Barcelona and our customers who have friends and family there." The carrier will waive all charges (or apply credits) for calling to Barcelona (seemingly not to the rest of Spain) between today and August 19.

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AT&T and Sprint waive fees to Barcelona following terrorist attack was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Essential Phone is available now for pre-order from Essential, Sprint, and Best Buy

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

It's finally happening. Today marks the official, long-overdue launch of the Essential Phone PH-1 with Essential and Sprint making announcements that you can pre-order Andy Rubin's new device today.

Both Essential itself and Best Buy have the unlocked model for $699, and Sprint will be the exclusive carrier in the U.S. Both versions of the phone will work on all major U.S. carriers. Speaking of Sprint, however, the company is offering an interesting and sweet deal for the launch.

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Essential Phone is available now for pre-order from Essential, Sprint, and Best Buy was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Sprint installing bloatware on BlackBerry KEYone phones, re-installs apps if they are deleted

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

Carrier bloatware is always annoying, but Sprint just upped the ante. Sprint is currently the only US carrier selling the KEYone, the latest BlackBerry-branded device manufactured by TCL. Owners of the Sprint KEYone are reporting a huge amount of apps being automatically installed, and they can't be disabled or removed.

The SprintID installing apps on a KEYone (image source)

On the affected devices, the SprintID system app checks if a collection of bloatware apps are installed, and downloads them if they are not found.

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Sprint installing bloatware on BlackBerry KEYone phones, re-installs apps if they are deleted was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Sprint Galaxy S8 and S8+ get updates for CallingPLUS, a VoLTE-WiFi calling combination

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

VoLTE and WiFi calling are both features that have existed on multiple carriers for some years now, but until now, Sprint devices haven't been able to use them in conjunction with each other, save for two rather unimportant devices. The latest updates for the Sprint Galaxy S8 and S8+ enable CallingPLUS, Sprint's lingo for its VoLTE - WiFi calling combo.

Previously, only the Samsung Galaxy J7 Perx and LG Stylo 3 featured CallingPLUS, but the S8 and S8+ line has now joined the ranks.

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Sprint Galaxy S8 and S8+ get updates for CallingPLUS, a VoLTE-WiFi calling combination was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Sprint touts 28% average LTE speed increase in seven months

Friday, August 11th, 2017

It's common knowledge at this point that Sprint is having trouble keeping up with the other carriers. It held the number three spot for years, but that now belongs to T-Mobile. Now the smallest of the big four, Sprint is happy for any win it can get. Today that comes in the form of a report from Ookla that shows Sprint's LTE speeds have increased more than other carriers.

According to Sprint, its LTE speeds have increased by an average of 28% over the last seven months.

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Sprint touts 28% average LTE speed increase in seven months was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The Moto Z2 Force launches today on all major US carriers

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Motorola's latest Mod-ready phone is on sale today. Head over to the Motorola website or your favorite carrier store, and you'll be able to pick up the Moto Z2 Force. The price ranges from $720 to as much as $810, depending on the carrier. That new 360 Camera Moto Mod is on sale as well. It's $300, though.

You should give our review of the Moto Z2 Force a read before committing to this phone.

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The Moto Z2 Force launches today on all major US carriers was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Essential PH-1 shows up at Best Buy in unlocked and Sprint guises for $699.99 and $749.99, respectively

Friday, August 4th, 2017

Andy Rubin's Essential hasn't had the greatest start, what with executives jumping ship and shipments being delayed so early on, but things may finally be looking up. The startup's flagship product, the PH-1 smartphone, has just hit Best Buy's website with listings for both the Sprint and unlocked models.

As a recap, the cleverly-named PH-1 (which translates to PH-ONE, or "phone"), sports a titanium frame and ceramic back, a 5.7" 1440p IPS display, a Snapdragon 835, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage with no microSD expansion, dual 13MP rear-facing cameras, an 8MP selfie cam, and a rather small 3040mAh battery.

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Essential PH-1 shows up at Best Buy in unlocked and Sprint guises for $699.99 and $749.99, respectively was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

T-Mobile wins every single one of OpenSignal’s State of the Mobile Networks awards

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

Every six months, OpenSignal releases a report on the state of mobile networks in the US, with six total awards. In February 2017's report, T-Mobile and Verizon each won four awards (there were two ties). For August 2017, though, T-Mobile managed to take all six awards, which is something that has never been done before.

Those six awards can be seen in the chart above. T-Mobile was determined to be the winner through over 5 million measurements and about 173,000 test devices from March 31st to June 29th, 2017.

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T-Mobile wins every single one of OpenSignal's State of the Mobile Networks awards was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Sprint mocks Verizon’s prices with hillarious ‘Twice the Price’ ad campaign

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

With most commercials in the US, companies compare their products to "the leading brand" or "competing product." But not so in the telecom industry. Carriers often go after their competitors with satirical ads and CEO rants, calling out each other on their claims and figures. Sprint is no stranger to this behavior, and has started a series of ads directly targeting Verizon.

The first commercial, embedded above, is for a mock store called "Twice the Price." The premise is that because Verizon can get away with charging "twice the price" (more on that later), than the 'Twice the Price Store' should be able to as well.

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Sprint mocks Verizon's prices with hillarious 'Twice the Price' ad campaign was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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