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[update: Sprint has informed us that the issues have been resolved.] Some customers on the Sprint network have been notified by the carrier that it is working on LTE connectivity problems, likely induced by a Sprint carrier update made at the same time as Apple's iOS 9.3 update. Customers impacted by the problem, which span multiple versions of the iOS confirming that the problem is linked to a carrier update, report that certain bands are unavailable, limiting some to slower LTE speeds and others to only 3G connectivity.
Sprint is expanding its retail presence in the United States, by receiving some help from a European mobile phone retailer. Following on from a successful pilot scheme that ran last summer, Dixons Carphone's Connected World Services division will be working with the carrier to open up 500 more retail locations in a number of states across the country, with the two companies holding an equal ownership interest in the Sprint-branded stores.
Sprint has seemingly reversed course on a recent decision to quietly eliminate two-year contracts for new plans, by reinstating the option just one month later. Following a general trend by carriers to push customers into installment plans for smartphones and a separate cheaper plan for the line, Sprint removed the two-year commitment option for new customers last month, but the ability to pay for a 24-month contract has since returned in the Sprint online store.
Wireless carrier Sprint has laid off 2,500 employees of its pool of 33,000, spanning six customer care facilities and the company's headquarters. The employee count reduction, in conjunction with austerity measures undertaken company-wide, is intended to reduce operational costs for the company by $2.5 billion dollars per year.
Sprintis becoming the latest carrier in the United States to end two-year contracts for new accounts, according to a leaked internal document. The carrier will allegedly only offer subsidized agreements for smartphones to customers on a "reactive basis to select customers," forcing subscribers on new accounts to either pay for a device outright or to take up a leasing agreement for the hardware, instead of getting their mobile device paid for as part of a contract.
US Cellular has become the latest carrier in the United States to start selling the Apple Watch to its subscribers. Available through its online store since yesterday, the fifth-largest carrier is offering both the Sport and standard models of the Apple Watch, and is expected to start selling the smartwatch through its retail outlets later today, though it appears the selection of devices is a bit limited.
T-Mobile is offering Sprint customers an extra $200 on their account if they switch carriers. The second "gift" announcement in the Un-Carrier Unwrapped campaign, T-Mobile claims it will provide a credit of $200 per line switched over to a Simple Choice postpaid plan from any Sprint number, including prepaid and postpaid plans, as well as those on Boost and Virgin Mobile, with the limited-time promotion starting from tomorrow.
Earlier today, wireless carrier Sprint activated its implementation of the LTE Advanced network, which the company calls LTE Plus. The new network delivers speed in some markets around 100 megabits per second in 77 of Sprint's larger markets, such as the Baltimore, Boston, Pittsburgh, Washington DC, and New Orleans metropolitan areas.
Amazon has opened up its first physical book store today, in what can be best described as an unusual decision by the primarily-digital online retailer. It has built its brick-and-mortar store in University Village, Seattle, where it will provide real copies of books to customers, alongside gadgets including the Fire TV, Echo, Kindle eBook readers, and the Fire tablet range, with Amazon using its digital strength for stock selection.
The upgrade to iOS 9.1 brought more than bug fixes for iPhone owners subscribed to Sprint, with a major alteration to the carrier's existing Wi-Fi Calling service adding more functionality. The carrier has enabled an enhanced version that offers Continuity-style features for calls, namely the ability to make and receive phone calls on another Apple product using the same Apple ID, including the Apple Watch, iPads, and Macs.
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Comixology fires up $6 all-you-can-read service
Amazon-owned Comixology has launched an all-you-can-read comic subscription service. After a 30-day free trial, for $6 a month, subscribers can draw from a large selection of the Comixology library, minus Marvel and DC comics. For now, the service is US-only. http://bit.ly/1WMAOft
QuarkXPress 2016 now shipping
Quark is now shipping QuarkXPress 2016, the newest version of Quark's graphic design and desktop publishing software that now features near-WYSIWYG fixe HTML5 publishing as well as improved operability with InDesign and Illustrator and support for multi-Color Gradient Blends, OpenType Stylistic Sets, a Color Picker (Eyedropper tool), Touchpads for Pinch and Zoom (Mac only) and more. Users on any previous version of QuarkXPress (versions 3-10) can upgrade to version 2016 for $350, while QuarkXPress 2015 users can upgrade to 2016 for $180; new licenses are available for $850 (education licenses are available for $90). http://bit.ly/1OL23Pu
Kanex debuts GoPower USB-C for MacBooks
Kanex today introduced its GoPower USB-C, a portable power solution designed to charge a USB-C MacBook on the go along with an iPhone or iPad simultaneously. Featuring 15,000 mAh of power--capable of charging an iPhone 6s seven times or the USB-C MacBook one full time--the GoPower USB-C Portable Battery features one 3A USB-C port and one 2.4A port for other devices, priority charging detection technology and a pass-thru charging to your devices when the battery is plugged into a power source. http://bit.ly/1TKaf8z
i.am+ EPs earphones are Apple Store exclusive
Musician turned consumer electronics entrepreneur Will.i.am has launched a new pair of Bluetooth wireless earphones, dubbed the i.am+ EPs. The new earphones are an Apple Store exclusive, and feature large 14mm drivers and aptX support for high-quality wireless streaming. The i.am+ EPs support A2DP controls, have a 30-foot range and can last up to six hours on a charge. The design is said to be inspired by the "iconic shape of vinyl records," and are made from spun metal and paired with a woven fabric cord. When not in use, the EPs magnetically click into place around the neck. The iam+ EPs are available now at select Apple Store and Apple.com for $230, are available in gold-on-black or black-on-black. http://bit.ly/1OKVlt2
Ultimate Ears debuts UE Roll 2 speaker
On Tuesday, audio accessory maker Ultimate Ears unveiled a new version of the UE Roll Bluetooth speaker. The new UE Roll 2, which sells for $100, looks identical to the previous version, but gets about 15 percent louder. In addition, the unit now supports a Bluetooth source signal up to 100 feet away, an improvement on the original's 65-foot limit. While both the old and new versions of the UE Roll offer an IPX7 waterproof rating, the company now includes a blow-up "floaty" with the speaker to avoid the risk of prolonged exposure. The new unit will begin general shipping next month. http://bit.ly/1TJWE0Z
Philips launches Hue White Ambiance bulbs
Philips latest HomeKit-compatible Hue light bulbs have hit the market. The new Hue White Ambiance bulbs are designed to allow users to control their color temperature to enhance either focus, or create a more relaxing tone. Combined with the latest update to the Philips Hue app, the new bulbs can be set according to user "routines." The "wake-up" mode gently turns up the brightness of the bulb, while conversely, the "go to sleep" mode gradually reduces the color temperature and brightness. The Philips Hue White Ambiance starter kit retails for $130, while single bulbs sell for $30. http://bit.ly/1TJT3Qn
Pluggable Technologies three-display USB-C dock
Peripheral company Plugable Technologies today launched the industry's first wave of USB-C docking stations with both Power Delivery and DisplayPort Alternate Mode support. The Plugable UD-CA1 Docking Station integrates support for both of these new capabilities, along with the full set of standard USB docking features like wired network, audio, and extra USB ports. Model UD-ULTCDL builds on this, adding support for three total displays using DisplayLink USB virtual graphics technology. The UD-CA1 retails for $129, with the UD-ULTCDL selling for $179, and available soon. http://bit.ly/1TrVVTJ