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November 21, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Sprint has landed at the bottom of Consumer Reports' annual ranking of cellphone service providers, dropping from the No. 2 spot last year. Sprint this year received "dismal marks" for value, voice, text and 4G reliability, according to the report, which is based on a survey of 58,399 subscribers. Verizon was once again the top major carrier, receiving high scores for data service and "some aspects of customer support. " AT&T and T-Mobile got mostly middling marks, although AT&T received the top rating for the reliability of its 4G service.
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April 27, 2014 | By Marty O'Brien
RICHMOND - For sheer memorability, the Toyota Owners 400 earned its place on the list of unforgettable Sprint Cup Series races at Richmond International Raceway. Crazy start. Twenty lead changes. Multiple car fires. Great beat-and-bang finish. The 400-lap, 300-mile race never failed to offer the kind of Saturday night short-track atmosphere so many fans crave, and even threw in a good fistfight afterward. Joey Logano emerged victorious in a multi-car battle for the checkered flag over the final laps, with Jeff Gordon second, Kyle Busch third, Brad Keselowski fourth and Matt Kenseth fifth.
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July 16, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Sprint has announced its LTE network is finally live. The Kansas-based carrier said it turned on its long-term evolution 4G network Monday, joining the ranks of Verizon and AT&T, who have already been running LTE for some time. The improved network was turned on Sunday and is working in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and San Antonio as well as other, smaller surrounding cities. "This new network is performing extremely well and customers should find it consistent, reliable and really fast," Sprint's senior vice president, Bob Azzi, said in a statement, according to PCMag . The new network will work with four of Sprint's current phones, not including the iPhone, and one of its mobile hot spots.
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April 26, 2014 | By Marty O'Brien
RICHMOND -- Joey Logano emerged as the winner of a wild short-track shootout in the final laps of the Toyota Owners 400 on Saturday at Richmond International Raceway. The victory is Logano's second this season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the other coming on April 6 at Texas Motor Speedway. Logano made a quick pass for the lead with four laps to go just moments after he was in the fourth position. Logano benefited from the help of Penske teammate Brad Keselowski, who gave leader Matt Kenseth a bump that allowed Logano to make the winning pass on the inside.
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September 16, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Just in time for the latest iPhones, Sprint will reportedly be launching its own early upgrade program later this month. The program is called One Up and is scheduled to start Sept. 20, the day the new iPhones are to come out, according to CNET . The website said the program will make it possible for users to get new smartphones with no money down, and then to upgrade once a year by trading their devices in. Although Sprint has not confirmed the program, CNET reported that One Up customers will pay for their devices over 24 monthly installments.
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June 25, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Sprint shareholders approved a $21.6-billion acquisition by SoftBank on Tuesday, bringing an end to the takeover drama involving Dish Network Corp., which had also made a play for the No. 3 U.S. carrier. About 98% of shareholders voted to approve the deal, which will pay them either $7.65 per share for the stock they now hold, or give the same number of shares of new Sprint common stock. The deal will give SoftBank 78% ownership of Sprint. “The transaction with SoftBank should enhance Sprint's long-term value and competitive position by creating a company with greater financial flexibility," Sprint Chief Executive Dan Hesse said in a statement . PHOTOS: The 10 biggest tech gadget fails Sprint said it expects the Federal Communications Commission to approve the deal early next month.
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October 15, 2012 | By David Lazarus
We took a close look at Japan's Softbank spending $20 billion for a controlling stake in Sprint on today's KTLA-TV Consumer Confidential segment. Good for consumers? Maybe over the short term. Longer term, perhaps not so much. We also looked at a refund for e-book users and Microsoft's latest stab at winning music fans.  
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July 11, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Sprint gave customers its biggest assurance yet that it has no plans to take away unlimited data service as its rivals have done. Its new "Unlimited Guarantee" comes with the promise that as long as users stick with one of two new service plans, they will have unlimited data as long as they like -- or at least until Sprint goes out of business. In recent years, AT&T and Verizon have killed their unlimited data plans and put in place practices that encourage users who still have those plans to dump them.
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October 17, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Sprint will begin selling the enormous 5.5-inch Samsung Galaxy Note II smartphone/tablet hybrid device Oct. 25. The Kansas-based network, which recently agreed to sell a 70% stake to Japan's SoftBank Corp. , announced the upcoming Samsung phone will start selling for $299.99 on a two-year contract to new customers and those with upgrades. Sprint did not specify how much storage the phone will have, but said it will sell both color options offered by Samsung -- marble white and titanium gray.
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June 26, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Sprint announced two new Windows Phone 8 devices for its lineup that will be capable of connecting to its LTE network: the HTC 8XT and the Samsung Ativ S Neo. The HTC 8XT is the first Windows Phone 8 device the Taiwanese smartphone maker has outfited with dual front-facing speakers. Between the phone's two speakers, the 8XT features a 4.3-inch screen. Additionally, the HTC device has an 8-megapixel rear camera, 8 gigabytes of storage and it runs on a 1.4GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor.
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April 25, 2014 | By Marty O'Brien
RICHMOND -- Kyle Larson's meteoric rise in the Sprint Cup Series continued Friday with an assist from Mother Nature. When qualifying for the Toyota Owners 400 was canceled because of rain, Larson earned the first pole of his Cup career because he had posted the fastest lap in the first practice on the three-quarters of a mile oval at Richmond International Raceway: 126.880 mph. He will start on the front row with Brad Keselowski, whose fastest lap...
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April 23, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
NASCAR was off last week for Easter break and that got former Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski thinking about the series' schedule. So in hopes of sparking a fresh conversation about the schedule, the Team Penske driver designed his own "dream" calendar that he outlined on his blog (bradracing.com). Keselowski said he was "not trying to disrespect any of the parties" currently involved in compiling the schedule. "This is just my attempt to tackle the schedule in a way that sounds fun to me, and gets everyone talking about how we might improve things," he wrote on the blog.
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April 5, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
A year ago, Tarrik Brock of Crespi was the fastest freshman sprinter in California, running a 10.57 100 meters. This coming week, he becomes eligible after transferring to Chaminade, and he's scheduled to show off his speed in a dual meet against Harvard-Westlake. His mother, Kanika, is the new track coach at Chaminade. Brock had been slowed by an injury, shutting him down during the summer. But let the suspense build about how fast Brock might be able to run this spring.
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March 21, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
NASCAR's Matt Kenseth knows Auto Club Speedway well, having won three Sprint Cup races at the Fontana track. But he earned the victories driving for Roush Fenway Racing and is still looking for his first win on the two-mile oval since moving to the Joe Gibbs Racing team last year. Kenseth took the step toward a fourth win Friday by winning the pole position for Sunday's Auto Club 400 as NASCAR's new knockout-style qualifying format was used at the Fontana speedway for the first time.
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March 16, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
Carl Edwards won a rain-plagued NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, fittingly with the final two laps under caution as showers began to fall again. The Food City 500 was delayed nearly two hours before the start and for another three hours after 124 laps. The race restarted on Lap 167 with Kurt Busch taking the lead from Matt Kenseth for the lead. The race had already run 43 laps under caution. Edwards lead a sweep of Fords, with Roush Fenway Racing teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. taking second and Aric Almirola of Richard Petty Motorsports finishing third.
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March 6, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
LAS VEGAS - The USA Today headline about a NASCAR exhibition race said it all. “Tony Stewart, Danica Patrick, boyfriend crash at Daytona,” the headline declared last month. Who's the “boyfriend”? Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Stenhouse is a second-year driver in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series after an accomplished stint in its lower-tier Nationwide Series, where he earned consecutive championships in 2011-12. But as Stenhouse readily admits, he's known mainly for dating Patrick, who's one of the nation's most recognized sports figures and is also in her sophomore year in the Cup series.
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October 18, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
When will Kobe Bryant get back on the court? While there's still no time frame, the Lakers All-Star continues to ramp up his activity as he works his way back from an Achilles' tendon injury. Before Friday's exhibition game in Shanghai against the Golden State Warriors, Kobe Bryant got in some on-court sprints. Big cheers from the crowd for the sprinting Mamba: https://t.co/RLzDAxJCHq - Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) October 18, 2013 Bryant was injured on April 12 in a win over the Warriors.  He had surgery the following morning.
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September 13, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
The AT&T version of the iPhone 5 has one feature Verizon and Sprint versions don't: It can make calls and connect to the Internet at the same time. The Verge reported Thursday that Verizon and Sprint versions of the new Apple smartphone are unable to perform both tasks at the same time. A Verizon spokesperson confirmed this to the tech site while Sprint spokeswoman Heather Wong has confirmed the same to the Los Angeles Times. PHOTOS: Apple iPhone 5 Wong said the Sprint version of the iPhone 5 can't make calls and connect to the Internet at the same time over LTE, but she did say people can talk and use the Internet if connected over Wi-Fi.
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March 3, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
Federal prosecutors are suing Sprint Corp., for allegedly overcharging the government for reimbursements of expenses related to investigative wiretaps and other electronic surveillance. The civil complaint filed Monday under the U.S. False Claims Act said that Sprint illegally boosted its charges by about 58%, costing federal law enforcement agencies over $21 million between Jan. 1, 2007, and July 31, 2010. Quiz: How big a problem is texting while driving? Sprint of Overland Park, Kan., said it did nothing wrong and would vigorously contest the accusations.
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March 2, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
AVONDALE, Ariz. - Kevin Harvick crashed Junior Nation's party on Sunday. Dale Earnhardt Jr. tried everything he could to give his fans another win after his Daytona 500 victory a week ago, but Harvick would have none of it. Harvick won the Sprint Cup Series' second race of the season, at Phoenix International Raceway, with a dominant performance that included keeping Earnhardt repeatedly at bay on several late restarts. "This is awesome," said Harvick, who led 224 of the race's 312 laps.
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