By: Sarah March 7th, 2014
Thinking about starting a Framily? Or, already have one that you want to grow? Sprint can help you find family, friends and others who are interested in joining a Sprint Framily through its new Facebook app.
To get started, simply access the app through https://now.sprint.com/framilyapp. The Sprint Framily Facebook app will allow you to invite friends on Facebook to join a Sprint Framily. You can choose to share your Framily ID with friends and the app will make it easy for them to make an appointment at their local Sprint store to get started. Your friends also will have the ability to share the Framily information with their social network and grow the Framily group. After all, the more people in the Framily, the more everyone saves.
About the Sprint Framily Facebook App
The Sprint Framily Facebook app is the result of collaboration between Facebook and Sprint. Sprint worked with Facebook to conduct a five-day hack-a-thon to create the app. It is designed to allow new and current customers to connect through Facebook to start building a Framily.
About the Sprint Framily Plan
The Sprint Framily Plan is available to new and existing customers. The more people added to the group, up to 10 phone lines total, the greater the savings for everyone on the plan. Because each account can be billed separately, customers can choose who is in their group. When you build a group of at least seven people, everyone gets unlimited talk, text and 1GB of data while on the Sprint network for $25 per month per line (pricing excludes taxes and surcharges).
By: Sarah March 6th, 2014
Carrier adds its lost and stolen device data to Recipero’s CheckMEND international stolen-property tool to create a robust device-checking process
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), March 05, 2014 – Today, Sprint (NYSE: S)announced it is teaming up with Recipero to help prevent the trade and sale of stolen consumer electronics, including Sprint smartphones. All Sprint retail buyback portals now employ Recipero’s CheckMEND online analytics tool, in addition to checking other internal and external databases, to help identify mobile devices that have been reported lost and stolen. The agreement will also provide consumers and law enforcement greater access to Sprint data on lost and stolen phones.
The CheckMEND database is the most complete international listing of lost and stolen mobile devices available, comprised of data from major wireless carriers and law-enforcement entities globally. By evaluating all devices using the CheckMEND tool, Sprint can help further prevent smartphones that have been reported lost or stolen from being accepted into its buyback programs.
In addition, Sprint is helping to eliminate trafficking in stolen mobile devices in the U.S. and abroad by submitting the respective identification numbers of all devices that have been reported to Sprint as lost or stolen into Recipero’s CheckMEND database.
Because the CheckMEND database is available to consumers and law-enforcement agencies, consumers are now able to verify that a pre-owned Sprint smartphone has not been reported lost or stolen by running a CheckMEND report before purchasing the device. Similarly law enforcement is now able to verify the status of a Sprint mobile device using Recipero’s online tool for law enforcement.
By: Sarah March 4th, 2014
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse to accept honor in New York
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), February 27, 2014 – Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC), a New York-based charity supporting children and adults with autism, has selected Sprint (NYSE: S) as the 2014 recipient of the Change Maker Award for its commitment to accessibility for people with disabilities. Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO, will accept the honor on behalf of the company at QSAC’s annual gala taking place on Tuesday, June 17, at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers (West 26 Street and West Side Highway) in New York.
Each year, QSAC’s Change Maker Award recognizes a company that has made a meaningful commitment to supporting the needs of children and adults with developmental disabilities. Sprint is being honored for delivering innovative accessible solutions that empower individuals with disabilities.
Sprint offers a variety of products and services, including unique, accessibility-themed ID packs for select Android™ devices that are designed to accommodate various accessibility needs. Sprint’s Accessible Education ID pack, among other services, assists individuals with autism who are working to improve their socialization and communication skills.
“Sprint’s efforts to expand access to technology embodies our hope for more tools and resources to assist individuals with disabilities in achieving greater independence, empowering them to contribute more meaningfully to their communities,” said Gary Maffei, executive director of QSAC. “By recognizing Sprint, QSAC hopes to encourage others to actively support Sprint and similar efforts to expand access to technology for children and adults with autism.”
By: Sarah March 3rd, 2014
Boost Mobile also recognized as a J.D. Power 2014 Customer Champion
IRVINE, Calif. (BUSINESS WIRE), March 03, 2014 - Boost Mobile, a leader in the no-contract wireless industry with its exclusive Monthly Unlimited with Shrinking Payments no-contract service, has established its position as the leader in customer satisfaction by once again receiving the highest honor from J.D. Power, most recently in the 2014 U.S. Wireless Purchase Experience Non-Contract StudySM, Volume 1.
Boost received its third consecutive highest ranking for Non-Contract Providers and seventh J.D. Power award overall since 2011. The Wireless Purchase Experience Study evaluates the wireless purchase experience of customers using any of three contact channels: phone calls with sales representatives; visits to a retail wireless store; and transactions on the Web.
Overall customer satisfaction for non-contract branded carriers is based on six factors (in order of importance): store sales representative; website; phone sales representative; store facility; offerings and promotions; and cost of service. Boost Mobile is the highest ranked non-contract carrier with an overall Purchase Experience Satisfaction index score of 798, significantly higher than the non-contract average of 780.
By: Sarah February 25th, 2014
Wireless carrier’s supply chain efforts and focus on environmental impacts hailed as exemplary
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), February 25, 2014 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in collaboration with the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), and The Climate Registry (TCR), today gave Sprint (NYSE:S) two climate leadership awards at the national Climate Leadership Conference in San Diego. Sprint received the Supply Chain Leadership and Organizational Leadership awards for its supply chain engagement practices and the company’s continued focus to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).
Awardees were honored for exemplary corporate, organizational and individual leadership in reducing carbon pollution and addressing climate change. Award recipients represented a wide array of industries, including finance, manufacturing, retail, technology, higher education and local government.
Sprint’s ability to engage its suppliers on environmental practices drove the Supply Chain Leadership award honors. Sprint’s supply chain engagement practices are best illustrated by its long-term goal to have 90 percent of its suppliers meet certain environmental and social criteria by 2017, and the specific tactics Sprint has taken to help its suppliers build on their sustainability efforts. With a $13 billion dollar annual supply chain spend, Sprint has determined that just 190 suppliers account for as much as 54 percent of Sprint’s measured carbon footprint (scopes 1, 2 and 3 combined). To the extent that Sprint can influence its suppliers to more fully engage on sustainability and reduce their carbon footprints, Sprint believes it will have a stronger and more resilient supply chain, and increased opportunities for partnership.
“With more than 38,000 suppliers, we’re pleased we’ve been able to work across our supply chain to build our mutual commitment to sustainability and to expand our relationship in a new area,” said Gene Agee, Sprint vice president of procurement and real estate. “To be honored by the EPA for our efforts is a wonderful testament to the relationships we have with our outstanding suppliers and the progress we’ve made while keeping the environment top of mind.”
By: Matthew Pankey February 24th, 2014
Samsung today announced the Galaxy S5, the fifth-generation of its flagship smartphone. It borrows a bit from the design language of the Galaxy Note 3 in that it is less round around the edges and more square – what Samsung calls the “modern glam look.” The phone is more refined, but is also clearly a member of the Galaxy S family. Samsung worked to improve the camera, which rates 16 megapixels. The autofocus function has been sped up to help improve time-to-capture, as has the HDR function which can now work with video. Samsung has added a depth of field control to help blur the background, called Selective Focus. The video camera can capture 4K Ultra HD video. The GS5 puts more of an emphasis on health and fitness with revised S Health apps and services. S Health interacts with a built-in pedometer to help track activity, and a heart rate monitor tracks the owner’s heart health. Samsung also has worked to incorporate S Health with third-party apps. The phone features a 5.1-inch 1080p HD screen, dual-band Wi-Fi with 2×2 MIMO, and Category 4 LTE speeds. The GS5 has what Samsung calls a Download Booster, which uses Wi-Fi and LTE together to increase download speeds over the air. Like the GS4 Active, the GS5 is water and dust resistant thanks to an ingress protection rating of IP67. The device has a 2,800mAh battery and Ultra Power Saving Mode, which turns the display black and white and shuts down all but the most essential apps and services to save battery life. It is powered by a quad-core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM; NFC and Bluetooth 4.0; and it comes with either 16GB or 32GB of storage. It supports microSD cards up to 128GB. Last, the GS5 adds a fingerprint scanner for biometric security and a trick swipe-to-pay feature. The device will be available for Sprint beginning April 14th 2014. Sprint customers can pre-register today for a chance to win a $100.00 Visa gift card.
Source: Sprint and Samsung
Brief hands-on via Phonescoop.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Hands-On Video
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By: Matthew Pankey February 24th, 2014
Sprint today announced that customers in Salt Lake City and Jacksonville, Fla. now have access to Sprint Spark and High-Definition (HD) Voice. Sprint customers must have Spark-compatible smartphones. Only a handful of Sprint’s smartphones work with Spark, including the LG G2, the HTC One max, the Samsung Galaxy Mega, and a newer version of the Samsung Galaxy S4. Sprint Spark is available in 16 markets, and Sprint plans to cover 100 markets by the end of the year. Sprint claims Spark enables peak download speeds of 60Mbps. Sprint also said that its LTE network has expanded to a total of 382 markets, including Detroit; Rochester, N.Y.; Manchester, N.H.; and Winston-Salem, N.C.
By: Matthew Pankey February 21st, 2014
Today Sprint has announced the availability of Wi-Fi calling from select smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy Mega and the Galaxy S4 Mini will be the first two handsets able to use the service. Sprint says Wi-Fi calls can be made over any Wi-Fi network, such as those in the home, office, or in public. The Wi-Fi calling service includes unlimited, free voice calls and messaging in the U.S. Sprint says the ability to use Wi-Fi networks rather than its cellular network resolves issues such as in-building coverage. The application and service can be set up by device owners in a few simple steps. Galaxy Mega and S4 Mini owners will be notified through an over-the-air update when the service is available to them. Sprint said the update will be pushed out over the coming weeks. Sprint expects to add more phones to the service throughout the rest of the year.
By: Sarah February 20th, 2014
Sprint small business customers can take advantage of the savings and get unlimited talk, text and 1GB data for as little as $25 per month per line
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), February 20, 2014 – Sprint (NYSE: S) announced that its revolutionary new pricing program – Sprint FramilySM Plan – is available to small business customers beginning Feb. 21 in Sprint retail stores and Sprint third-party dealers. Now small businesses can take advantage of the savings when adding new lines to a Framily group and get unlimited talk, text and 1GB of data for as little as $25 per month per line.
How It Works
The Sprint Framily Plan is available to new and existing small business customers. The more employees, business associates, friends, family or others added to the group, up to 10 phone lines, the greater the savings for everyone on the plan. For one line of service, new Sprint customers pay $55 per month per line for unlimited talk, text and 1GB of data. For each additional new Sprint customer who joins the Framily group, the cost per person goes down $5 a month up to a maximum monthly discount of $30 per line. Build a group of at least seven people and everyone gets unlimited talk, text and 1GB of data for $25 per month per line (pricing excludes taxes and surcharges). All group members can invite others to join the Framily.
The Sprint Framily Plan gives small business owners the ability to achieve greater savings by inviting employees, business associates and others to join their Framily group. Because each account can be billed separately, small business owners can save without adding costs to their business.
All members of the group can customize their plan to meet their unique needs. For only $20 per month per line, Framily members can buy up to unlimited data plus get a new phone every year with Sprint Easy PaySM. Unlimited features are while on the Sprint network.
By: Matthew Pankey February 20th, 2014
Sprint has indicated via its support site that Android 4.4.2 KitKat is now available to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. The system upgrade will be made available over the air during the next few days. Some changes are:
*Music album art will be displayed on the lock screen while playing music
*New launcher settings menu added for easily switching home screens and SMS apps
*Camera shortcut added to the lock screen
*Improved user interface and stability
Find out more at Sprint