Sprint Makes Push-to-Talk Possible on More of its Phones with Downloadable Application

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Sprint Push to Talk

Sprint, the industry’s push-to-talk pioneer, today announced it has added more Sprint Direct Connect-capable handsets to its push-to-talk portfolio. On the new phones, push-to-talk service can be installed quickly by accessing the Google Play store and downloading the free “Sprint Direct Connect Now” application. Sprint Direct Connect service is included for no additional charge on many service plans or available for an additional $5 per month for other plans. The new phones that can be made push-to-talk ready with the Sprint Direct Connect Now application today:

  • Samsung Galaxy S 4
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  • LG G2
  • LG G Flex
  • LG Optimus F3
  • Kyocera Hydro Edge

Coming soon:

  • Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mini
  • Samsung Galaxy Mega
  • Samsung Galaxy S 4 with Sprint Spark

Sprint Direct Connect Now features:

  • Sprint Direct Connect on 4G LTE capable devices
  • New enhanced user experience
  • Interoperable with Sprint Direct Connect devices
  • Convenient touchscreen controls
  • TeamDC and Opt-In TeamDC closed group calling
  • Call alerts to notify others you want to talk without interrupting
  • Displays contact image for speaker
  • Synchronizes contacts with device’s address book
  • Create favorites for most contacted Direct Connect contacts

Sprint Direct Connect Now marks another milestone for the Sprint push-to-talk franchise. Today, Sprint Direct Connect has matured into a service featuring:

  • Sprint Direct Connect platform upgrades to support push-to-talk on Sprint’s 4G LTE Network.
  • Triple the square miles of coverage compared to the former Nextel National Network.
  • Instant call setup time on domestic push-to-talk calls.
  • International coverage to Latin American countries that most frequently use push-to-talk service (SDC Now international capability coming in future update).

For more information on Sprint Direct Connect Now or to see Sprint Direct Connect handsets, go to www.sprint.com/sprintdirectconnect.

Boost Mobile Unveils Boost MAX, First No-Contract Phablet Priced Under $300

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Boost MAX

Boost MAX

Boost MAX! Priced at $299.99, the Android-powered smartphone comes loaded with a 5.7-inch HD IPS touchscreen with Corning Gorilla Glass and 8-megapixel camera. The large screen size brings the best of a smartphone and tablet together which takes the experience of playing videos and games to a whole new level. In addition, Boost MAX is the first prepaid U.S. smartphone with the latest Dolby Digital Plus audio technology, providing a surround sound mobile experience through the built-in speakers and headphones, enhancing audio clarity and dialogue, and amplifying volume for entertainment on the go.

The Boost Max is the only phablet, or smartphone, currently available to come with SmartView, a technology that allows the consumer to open and operate any two applications at the same time.  It also comes equipped with support of the blazing fast 4G LTE support along with a 1.2GHz dual core processor.  As a result, the Boost MAX makes browsing and performing multiple tasks easier and faster than ever before. Sprint 4G LTE is now available in 300 markets including such major cities as Atlanta, Boston, Houston, Los Angeles and San Juan Puerto Rico.

Boost Max can be paired with Boost Mobile’s no annual contract $55 Monthly Unlimited plan with Shrinking Payments. For every six on-time payments, the cost of Boost Mobile’s Monthly Unlimited plan shrinks by $5, eventually getting down to as low as $40 a month for unlimited nationwide talk, text and picture messaging, Web1, email and calls to 411. Payments do not need to be consecutive to qualify for the next savings milestone.

 Coverage and offers not available everywhere. Additional terms and other restrictions apply.

Other key features include:

 •       Android 4.1, Jelly Bean OS

 •       Dual mode 3G/4G LTE

 •       8-megapixel camera with 1-megapixel front-facing camera

 •       Stereo Bluetooth 4.0 LE (low-energy profile)

 •       Long-lasting battery, 3200 mAh

 •       Swype for fast and easy text entry

 •       Services: Boost Zone, Mobile ID, Google Mobile Apps

Boost Max is available now at Boost Mobile’s exclusive retail stores, select independent wireless dealer locations nationwide and at www.boostmobile.com/max with free shipping.

payLo from Virgin Mobile

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For those who do not need or want a smartphone but instead just want great value for talk and messaging with an affordable, stylish device, there is payLo. payLo was especially designed with value-conscious wireless consumers in mind, offering plans for as little as $20 per month for 400 minutes (excluding taxes and surcharges) along with devices ranging from the Samsung Entro for $11.99 to the Kyocera Brio for $23.99 to the Samsung Montage for $31.99 (excluding taxes). For more information about device options and pricing click here. payLo is available at independent dealers and nationwide retailers, including Best Buy, RadioShack and Target. It’s perfect for those people who “don’t need an app for that.”

Sprint and Pogoplug Offer Customers Unlimited Cloud Storage and Backup

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Sprint Pogoplug

Sprint, one of the only U.S. wireless carriers to offer unlimited talk, text and data, today announced that it is working with Pogoplug to add unlimited cloud storage to its suite of unlimited services. Sprint customers can now access 5GB of cloud storage for no additional charge through Pogoplug, with the option to upgrade to unlimited storage for only $4.99 per month.

Beginning Jan. 27, Sprint iPhone and Android smartphone users can download Pogoplug to their device, giving them one secure place to store and organize personal photos, videos, music and more. With Pogoplug, Sprint customers can automatically back up important content, access their files from any Web-enabled device, and seamlessly migrate or switch devices, without losing any content.

All Sprint smartphone customers will receive 5GB of cloud storage for no additional charge, or they may upgrade to unlimited storage for $4.99 per month, which will be added to their monthly bill from Sprint. Pogoplug can easily be downloaded from Sprint Zone, the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Sprint’s Pogoplug cloud offering is the only unlimited service in the market and provides customers a significant savings when compared to competitors’ capped storage and data plans. By comparison, AT&T only offers up to 5GB of free storage and Verizon customers only get 125GB of storage for around $120 per year – which could incur additional data fees if the customer is on a capped plan.