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Sprint Scraps Spark in all but 5 cities

Sprint is pulling back on plans to upgrade its network across the U.S. using its massive amount of 2.5 gigahertz spectrum, a move that will lower capital spending but raises strategic and marketing questions, analysts say. (WSJ)

Sprint unveiled new plans for new subscribers that upgrade to the Apple. iPhone for life and iPhone unlimited $50, which could be a reason it’s looking to both trim spending and to beef up its network in up to five markets.
Their strategy, is to scale back their 2.5 GHz deployment to just three to five cities, providing what they describe as a ‘Tokyo-like’ experience in those markets,” In the rest of the country, they plan to be positioned as ‘best value.’ You can see that with its $50 offering and its best deal in data plans. That marks a rather radical departure from Sprint’s and SoftBank’s previously stated strategy of building the ‘best network’ on a broad scale.
We’re guessing it was just to expensive for even Softbank to pull off.
And it presents a perhaps insurmountable, challenge for marketing. How can Sprint create a brand that stands for one thing in just a few markets (best network yada yada) and something else entirely (best value severely degraded) in the rest.”

On the stock front investors like the move.
Colby Synesael, a Cowen & Co., upgraded Sprint stock to outperform on Friday.

Sprint’s renewed focus is on removing costs, That means layoffs are coming and the company will be more surgical with its 2.5 GHz build-out than what had previously been expected by focusing on a handful of markets where it can demonstrate its differentiation, but also importantly will help limit spending.

Sprint’s decision to pursue a smaller 2.5 GHz deployment in just three to five key markets raises questions over its strategy and ability to offer unlimited data plans for smartphone users, as well as ever catching AT&T or Verizon.
Sprint’s new chief executive officer, Marcelo Claure, disclosed Sprint’s shift in plans when he met with Wall Street analysts on Thursday after presenting at a Goldman Sachs conference.

What are you thoughts on the move by Sprint?

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TK Tech News is launching a dedicated INDIA Device page

TK Tech News is growing, with the launch of our New York office we are looking to expand to our biggest market, India. Here in the US publications sometimes miss out on important news that should be covered in one of the largest mobile markets on the planet.

So we are looking to change that, We are adding a Bureau office in India before February 2015, We are also looking to bring on staff in India that are well versed in the smart phone and tablet world.

We want to cover everything mobile and India just happens to be one of the places sorely undercovered here from the United States. If you have what you think it takes to be part of the TK TECH NEWS team in India. We are looking for a writer, manager of leaks, video content manager, and video content creation.

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Remember how Apple said Android wasn’t secure…. Oops Nude photos leaked

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Remember all that bullshit and shade we heard Tim Cook throw androids way during their developer conference? Well Oops talk about secure, it looks as if Apple may have had one of the most memorable data breaches in history.
Unless you have been under a rock….
Hackers broke into Apple servers and hit icloud accounts on several celebrities.
The hackers say over 100 celebrities were affected, including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Kirsten Dunst, Selena Gomez and plenty of others.

While no information is yet confirmed, those responsible mention these photos and videos were taken straight form the users’ iCloud accounts. For those without knowledge of iCloud that’s OK you are not missing anything, it’s Apple’s cloud service like googles google drive or Microsoft’s One Drive, which syncs your images and videos as well as other data.
Metadata does show these images were taken with Apple devices, So this all could be true. If so apple could have a massive issue and maybe even a lawsuit on its hands.

Somewhere in Google right now execs are playing Tim Cooks comments and laughing their asses off.

As for the images and videos, we won’t be posting those here. I’m all for companies being exposed but those that have had their privacy violated…. I just can’t say that’s OK.
But hey the internet is a thing (just saying)

So my question to you all is this, What is the most secure mobile OS? And two, do you think celebs will abandon the iPhone in droves now because of this data breach?
Let me know in the comments.

Maybe this may be the thing that gets Black phone Off the ground with sales. Or the return of BlackBerry?
If some companies were smart they would exploit this weekness and use it to their advantage (cough cough BlackBerry) .

TK

Windows Phone to Support Amazon App Store?

So its morning here in Korea my last day before heading to China, And oh boy do I have some news TODAY!

Lets start with Windows Phone. So we were to get info about Windows 9 that we spoke about in a Previous Post.

We saw several mentions of Amazon and apps, And App store support. Could this mean Windows Phone will go the way of BlackBerry and support Android Apps via the Amazon App store?

This is not new, There were rumors months back about the Windows Phone considering Android App support.

What do you think about this latest bit of info? Will microsoft officially support the Amazon App store? Let me know in the comments.

TK

Sprint launches $60 unlimited everything plan but is it Unlimited?

Update at bottom.

We have told you for months about new plans and other moves sprint was making. One in particular was that Sprint was eliminating Unlimited Data. We heard the trolls and sprint fan boys cry that we were wrong its not happening.
Wait for it……. Told you so.
We don’t expect those same people to own it here but it is what it is right….

So wait Sprint just launched a new “Unlimited Plan” right? Well you are right. It depends on your term of unlimited. The new sprint unlimited plan will give you Unlimited Talk Text and Data. What they don’t tell you is after 2.5gb just like via Boost Mobile you get throttled.
Now the fine print hasn’t been dropped yet but this comes from internal docs from sprint.

What if I have unlimited data? If you have a old plan you better not change a thing on it. Even changing your insurance or features can cause you to lose your unlimited data.

As most know. I left Verizon for sprint for our business lines because of the “crap” Verizon was pulling. Now I have to admit we were lucky we got in on the unlimited before the cut off date.
But to be honest this is a real sucky move by sprint. And the new $60 unlimited plan is very misleading to customers.

Could sprint change direction? Yes they could…. But will they? I doubt it.

The public letter to all Carriers John Legere put out yesterday spelled out how to be an Uncarrier. These recent moves look like more flash in the pan stuff from Sprint.
I was seriously holding out hope for serious change. But sadly its more of the same.

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Above image (ONLY IF YOU WANT TO BE SCREWED ON DATA)

Update!!!
The Framily plan is still available and it’s the only way to get the unlimited data guarantee.
Find this loop hole
(“Is the Sprint Unlimited Guarantee included in this new plan?

Yes, the Unlimited Guarantee is also part of the Sprint Framily plan, therefore, you will maintain the Unlimited Guarantee on the unlimited talk, text and data features as long as you remain a customer in good standing. If you choose the 1GB or 3GB data option for a line, the Sprint Unlimited Guarantee applies only to unlimited talk and text.”)

So you can still get the no throttle data. Get it while it’s hot

TK

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Sprint Launches Best Deal in Data….. Yeah Right.

Sprint’s new CEO made waves when they were talking about new plans that would be very low and make everyone think before choosing another carrier….. Yeah about that.

So Sprint is releasing some new plans, And they have, But look making statements like “We’re going to make everyone think before choosing someone else” Is a big statement and I would not have led with this plan, Just my opinion. Sprint launches a new Family Share plan that allows you to have 10 lines for only $100.00 (Through 2015 then it will ADD 15.00 per line or 150.00 if you have 10) Sounds like a good deal on its face. 20GB of data with 2GB per line extra. So possibly 40GB of data on the whole account.

BUT HERE IS THE CATCH, You have to port your number in from someone else to be eligible for the discount…. Not a good move in my opinion.

And Sprint if you wanted to offer something compelling, You should have made the data Unlimited, I am sorry but people only go to sprint if at all now because of the Unlimited Data.
This is actually worse than the framily plan in my opinion for the loss of unlimited data.

I have included the plan image below so you can see the Koolaide Sprint is serving.

Now look I am a NEW sprint customer, I moved my business lines from Verizon to Sprint last week, So far things have been good, Either on par or better than Verizon in places.

I think If sprint wanted to make a splash here they should have led with the $50.00 Unlimited Everything plan, And or launch the 10 Lines 100.00 promotion but make the data unlimited. That would have surely made people think.

But sprint trying to do what AT&T and Verizon do at a lower cost is just not a good look, And in fact this should embarrass the new CEO and Corporate Staff that has come in.

Sprint fans and staff will say this is a big splash…. But if you want people to think you are serious about change….. Like T-Mobile was. Then this sadly is not it.
I still have hope that the new plans you announce this week for unlimited users are good, But leading with this plan set….. Is a fail.

TK
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