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Sprint is now selling monthly Amazon Prime subscriptions

Sprint announced on Thursday that it will begin selling Amazon Prime subscriptions to its customers for $11 a month. That’s slightly more than what you’d pay if you purchased Prime on your own but this is the only way to get the service for less than a year — and $100 — at a time. – Andrew Tarantola, Engadget

You can now sign up for Google’s Project Fi cell service without an invite

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With Project Fi, which runs on the networks of T-Mobile and Sprint — depending on which one offers better receptions in a given area — customers pay a base fee of $20 per month and then an addition $10 per GB of data. If you overpay for your data in a given month, the service simply refunds you the difference. Unlimited domestic calls and texts, WiFi tethering, (3G) data coverage in 120+ countries, as well as international texts are also included in the plan. […] The biggest drawback, though, is that Fi is only supported on Google’s own Nexus phones (the 6P, 5X and Nexus 6). There have been reports that it also works with a few other unlocked phones, but your mileage may vary (and you won’t be able to switch between networks). – Frederic Lardinois, TechCrunch

New Wireless Tech Will Free Us From the Tyranny of Carriers

Project Fi, which is still invite-only, is a wireless service that rides on both T-Mobile and Sprint’s networks, depending on which one has the strongest signal. If local WiFi is available, it will switch to that network, and even route calls over it. Instead of paying a monthly fee to both T-Mobile and Sprint, customers pay Google a lump fee, and Google handles paying out the carriers. – Klint Finley, WIRED

Sprint will slow down heaviest users of unlimited data

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Starting Friday, the nation’s fourth largest wireless operator will begin “throttling” or slowing down the connection speed for its heaviest unlimited-data customers. But you would really need to work to get in Sprint’s sights. Customers won’t see a slowdown until they hit 23 gigabytes in a month, or enough data to stream all five seasons of “Game of Thrones.” […] Sprint’s decision is the latest roadblock thrown at unlimited data customers at the company, which raised the price of its unlimited plan by $10 earlier this month, and is another sign of the increasing cost of delivering that data. – Marguerite Reardon, CNET

Sprint thinks its existing wireless spectrum is enough

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[Sprint] just announced that it’s passing on the Federal Communications Commission’s upcoming 600MHz auction after determining that its existing airwaves are “sufficient” for its future needs. […] However, passing on the auction is still a big gamble. Sprint is betting that there won’t be a big spike in demand that requires more spectrum than it has, or that the lack of 600MHz support won’t hobble compatibility or performance down the line. – Jon Fingas, Engadget

Sprint’s offering a year of free service for DirecTV customers

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Sprint is running a promo that gives DirecTV customers a year of free cell service by switching to the Now Network. Of course you need to either be a new customer or adding an additional line of service through the telco, and even then it has to be either a Sprint Lease, iPhone Forever, Easy Pay or you have to cough up full retail price for a phone to take advantage of this. – Timothy J. Seppala, Engadget

AT&T wants your smartphone to get FM radio

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The general thinking is that FM radios have been turned off to encourage data usage, which carriers can make money off of. So why the change? It’s possible that AT&T is getting a cut of ads or music sales from NextRadio, an FM radio app that it seems to be supporting. NextRadio worked with Sprint to get it to support FM activations back in 2013, so this isn’t unprecedented; radio activation is also something that NPR and the National Association of Broadcasters have been pushing for. Regardless of why AT&T is now starting to push for FM radio, it’s good news for smartphone owners. FM radio is free and doesn’t require an internet connection. It’s also a news source — and it could be a critical one during an emergency. – Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge

Sprint announces new ‘unlimited’ plan with ridiculous 600Kbps streaming video cap

The plan itself is $60 per month, then you add $20 for a leased phone. That means you give Sprint the phone back at the end of your two year lease. The total $80 per month cost (taxes not included) gets you unlimited talk, text, and high-speed data — sort of. There’s a footnote on Sprint’s announcement page, and when you pop down to the bottom to see what it says, there’s an admission that All In includes a permanent limit of 600Kbps on streaming video. So things like Netflix, Hulu, and HBO NOW will only run at this reduced speed. Sprint says this “may impact quality.” You think, Sprint? – Ryan Whitwam, Geek.com

Sprint talking with Jay Z’s Tidal streaming music service

Some reports Thursday suggested that Sprint and its parent company SoftBank. had already invested in TIDAL, which hopes to compete with Spotify, Pandora and a new expected streaming service from Apple. But the company issued a statement that it is in discussions with Tidal about “how to best to make the service available to its customers.” Sprint has not made an investment in Tidal, the statement continued, but “we are working together in partnership for the vision of the common cause of reestablishing the value of music, it is NOT a financial investment or exclusive partnership.” Similarly, Softbank Corp. has not purchased a stake in Tidal, the company said. – Mike Snider, USA TODAY
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