Verizon “Can You Hear Me Now” Guy Comes to Sprint

Well, you can see the ad here, and you can see that Paul Marcarelli, the guy that used to do the “can you hear me now” repetitive ad for Verizon has gone to Sprint.

The reason why the switch has happened is drive test date from Nielsen covering the top 106 metropolitan markets in the United States shows that Sprint’s reliability now beats T-Mobile and performs within 1 percent AT&T and Verizon. It is apparently a dramatic improvement over the last two years and gives Sprint customers a better experience than before when connecting and using their favorite mobile devices.

“I’ve watched with interest as each of the wireless carriers claims to be the most reliable or the fastest,” said Marcarelli. “But what I’ve found is…the ‘better’ that some other national carriers claim about reliability is really less than a 1% difference. Does anyone even really notice a difference of less than 1%? But when it comes to saving money…. Sprint is by far the best choice for consumers. You get a highly reliable network and save 50% off most of the rates other national wireless carriers charge. Now that is noticeable.”

And in other news, Ronald McDonald is going to work for Burger King.

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Sharp Aquos new Sprint phone

Aquos SharpSharp Aquos has a new smartphone that they announced today that could start a new standard with smartphones. Why? It has almost no bezel.

Seriously, it is a 5-inch 720p edge-to-edge display. My Source seems to compare this science fiction devices, and maybe it is the lack of bezel that does it. This Aquos has Android 4.2.2 KitKat and has a gesture-based screenshot known as App Pass.

Other features are 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage. You should be able to get it for $239 without contract.

By the way, I have terrific news about Sprint. They have ended the Framily ad campaign. Thank you. I was sick of the dad hamster in a ball with the cowboy son and the French-speaking daughter. That was freaky weird, and I hate it. This phone I like.

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The Kyocera Kona, with some Sprint on the side

Kyocera Kona Flip pvla closed left angleWell, I guess we all know what new smartphone was announced yesterday. Heck, it was an announcement so big, there were two of them! I figured that there is nothing I can report on that isn’t related to that, so I am glad to have this Kona from Kyocera to help me out.

This Sprint gem is a “dumb phone”, but some people still use these clamshell wonders. I had one to review, and I felt a twinge of nostalgia just holding it in my hand.

Yeah, if you are looking for the most advanced phone, this isn’t it. Then again, is the iPhone 5C or 5S really the best? Oooo, take that Apple!

Anyway, if you need a phone, and you are visually impaired or hearing impaired, this Kona is probably your phone. The buttons are very big, and accessible browsing that describes it to a user. There is also variable-speed speech read-out for menus, text messaging, and the like. Also, it has TTY/TDD support for the hearing impaired. Seriously, these are the features, so I can tell its target audience.

So, the other features include a 2 Megapixel camera, and other things that most phones come with. If you are looking for a phone and don’t like the whole smartphone revolution thing, then you want to check out the Kona. You can find more information about it here.

Review of the Sprint Force

Sprint ForceMan, it was difficult to title this review “Use the Sprint Force”. I guess I don’t realize how many non-Star Wars related jokes there are associated with the word “force”.

I had a chance to try out the Sprint Force, and I will have to say that it is now currently an entry-level phone. I remember when entry-level phones were clamshells that just had cameras, if you were lucky. Now, most entry level phones are smartphones.

I suppose the next question is whether or not the Force is worth your money, but I will talk about the price later. It is powered by Android 4.0 and set up with 4G LTE and 3G. At this point, it is difficult to talk about features like Wi-Fi, GPS, and Messaging, when every smartphone has them. It has a built-in mobile hotspot to permit five Wi-Fi enabled devices to share one network connection.

Another interesting fact is that the Force is made of environmentally preferable materials with minimal environmental impact. Yes, the Force is with this one. Oh man, I just broke my promise.

Let’s get the rest of the stats out of the way, then, shall we? It has 4.0 inch WVGA screen, 9 hours of talk time, and 4GB ROM and 1GB of RAM.

Now we come to the price. The Regular price is $299.99, but you can get $200.00 off with two year instant savings and $50 with mail-in reward. So I suppose that is a phone for $49.99, which isn’t too bad. You can find out more about it here.