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Thursday, July 2...

Sprint Lifts 600Kbps Streaming Video Limit on All-In Plan Following Public Outcry
Sprint was forced to quickly change course on its recently-announced "All-In" subscription plan when customers discovered a 600Kbps limit on video streams in the offering's fine print. Consumers and various members of the press were quick to call the carrier out on the unusually low bandwidth limit, which would have made it all but impossible to stream any but the lowest resolution videos. Thankfully, for potential All-In subscribers, Sprint has decided to remove the limit, allowing all video streams to run at the customer's full connection speed. The news was revealed in a Sprint press release, although not without a caveat. The response included the statement "During certain times, like other wireless carriers, we might have to manage the network in order to reduce congestion and provide a better customer experience for the majority of our customers." In any case, the company seems to have avoided any further outrage, but may have done some damage to its public relations by not clearly explaining the video streaming limit in the first place.

Latest Kantar Figures Shows Samsung's Galaxy S6 Launch Giving Android Sales a Boost in May
The latest smartphone sales figures from research firm Kantar Worldpanel show Android reclaiming some of its US market share from iOS. For the quarter ending in May 2015, the company recorded a sales share for Android smartphones of 64.9%, up from the 62.4% recorded just one month earlier, and up dramatically from the 55.6% seen at the end of the previous quarter in February. The reason behind this bump, according to Kantar, is the effect on sales caused by the release of Samsung's flagship Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge handsets. Predictably, almost the entire rise in sales was drawn off from Apple's iOS, which dropped to 30.9% in May, after having reached 33.2% in April, and 38.8% in February. Although seasonal shifts have become the norm between the two platforms, this latest development shows that Samsung's Galaxy S line continues to have the single largest influence on the Android operating system of any individual handset series.

CenturyLink Names New VP of Global Sales for US East Region
CenturyLink announced that it has appointed Jason Bobb as vice president, global sales, for the US East region. Bobb will be responsible for the health of CenturyLink's market share as well as selling its hybrid IT solutions to large business customers. The new exec has been with the company for more than 14 years, most recently having served on the East region's Mid-Atlantic sales team, which exceeded its sales targets and growing year-to-date revenue during his time there. Prior to joining CenturyLink, Jason Bobb held positions at Qwest Communications, Intermedia, and Lucent Technologies..

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