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Jul

Apple Maps Expands Transit Data to San Diego and British Columbia


Apple recently updated its Maps app to include transit information in San Diego, California and British Columbia, Canada allowing iOS users in those locations to incorporate public transportation options when seeking directions through the Apple Maps app.

In San Diego, Apple Maps will now offer up routes that include transportation by the city’s Trolley, which connects the east and south counties with the Downtown area. The Trolley is San Diego’s light rail system and sole public transportation option besides buses.

In Vancouver, Victoria, and other cities in British Columbia, Canada, Apple Maps directions now incorporate the SkyTrain and other rail lines. Transit directions should be a welcome addition in Vancouver, which is Canada’s third-largest metropolitan area.

Transit directions were first added to Apple Maps in 2015 as part of iOS 9. At launch, transit information was only available in a handful of cities, but Apple has been working hard to expand the feature to additional locations.

Transit data is now available in more than 20 cities around the world, along with dozens of cities in China.

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Jul

​The best hatching tips for Pokemon Go – CNET


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Many are reporting that some Pokemon in Pokemon Go are region specific. This means that if you want to catch them all, you need to start traveling to faraway places, right? Wrong, don’t book that plane ticket just yet.

Incubating and hatching eggs is your ticket to getting those region-specific Pokemon. Hatching is also important for evolution, as getting duplicates of rare Pokemon through hatching gives you a cache of candy you can use to evolve them.

Don’t just randomly stick eggs into incubators and hope for the best, though. Here are some tips to maximize your time and incubators.

How to get eggs and incubators

First, you need eggs and incubators. Everyone starts off with an infinity incubator, but the rest takes work.

Additional incubators can be bought from the PokeShop. You also get incubators when you level-up or by visiting PokeStops, though they’re somewhat rare.

The only way to get eggs is by visiting PokeStops. The type of egg you get seems to be random, but there are three types — 2 mile, 5 m and 10 m eggs (or 2 kilometer, 5 km and 10 km for those in countries other than the US). The mileage means that you have to walk that distance while the eggs are in incubators to get them to hatch.

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Use your incubators wisely

Now that you have what you need, use them with a little strategy. The orange infinity incubator can be used, well, infinite times, while the blue incubators can only be used a few times. However, the limited-use incubators hatch eggs quicker than the infinity incubator.

Typically, you get way more 2 m and 5 m eggs than 10 m eggs. The higher the mileage, the better chances you have of hatching a super rare Pokemon. You can’t just ignore your 2 and 5 mile eggs and hatch 10 mile eggs, though, because you have limited space and the smaller mileage eggs will fill your bag up quickly. You only get nine egg spaces, after all, and eggs can’t be deleted.

So, you need to get rid of those lower mileage eggs as quickly as possible to make sure you leave room for 10 m eggs. Since it takes more time to hatch a 10 m anyway, pop those in your infinity incubator. Put your smaller mileage eggs into the limited use incubators and get them hatched and out of the way.

Low mileage eggs have been known to grow rare Pokemon too, so you’re not hatching them for nothing. Plus, every egg hatched gives you experience and candy.

Hatch when you’re tired

Not everyone has time, or the energy, to walk 10 miles to hatch their eggs, but there are other solutions. They’re technically cheating, but they’re options.

One great way to hatch your eggs is to keep the game open while you ride the city bus. The bus typically goes slow enough that the game thinks you are walking, and you should be able to even turn some PokeStops along the way.

Pro tip: No need to scream that you need to get off the bus when passing a Snorlax or a Pikachu. Just quickly tap on the Pokemon to draw it into battle, slide the AR toggle switch in the upper right-hand corner and start battling. This will turn off the AR and allow you to catch the Pokemon without stopping.

You can even lay your phone on a record player or tape it to a ceiling fan to rack up distance, but be careful doing this. It may crack more than just some eggs.

Why your eggs just won’t hatch

Sometimes, no matter what you do, your distance doesn’t seem to be counted and your eggs just don’t hatch.

The number one reason your egg probably isn’t hatching is server issues. While you’re walking around, make sure the white PokeBall isn’t spinning in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. This means that the game is loading or has an error. If the spinning loading ball doesn’t disappear, stop walking and shut down the game. Restart it and see if the loading ball is gone. If so, continue your walk.

Another problem is that you may be going too fast. If the game feels like you’re going too fast, around 20 m (32 km) per hour, it won’t register your distance. So riding along in a car that’s going down the highway won’t hatch your eggs.

Finally, make sure your screen is on the entire time you walk. If you let your screen shut off, the game will stop registering mileage.

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25
Jul

Get a Flareon, Vaporeon or Jolteon easily in Pokemon GO – CNET


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Renaming your Eevee will make it evolve into the type you need.


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You want to catch ’em all in Pokemon Go , and you also need a variety of Pokemon types to own gyms. Evolving your Eevees can be an effective and simple way to get three different, strong Pokemon while adding three new numbers to your Pokedex.

You can evolve an Eevee into a Flareon (a fire type), a Vaporeon (a water type) or a Jolteon (an electric type) just by changing your Eevee’s name.

To evolve an Eevee into a Flareon:

Collect enough Eevee candies to evolve your Eevee
Tap on your Eevee
Tap on the pencil icon beside the name “Eevee”
Rename it Pyro
Tap on the Okay button
Tap on Evolve and your Eevee will evolve into a Flareon
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To evolve your Eevee to a Jolteon, name it Sparkly.


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To evolve your Eevee to a Vaporeon, use the same steps, but name it Rainer instead of Pyro. To evolve your Eevee to a Jolteon, name it Sparky. Sparkly is another name that also works to create a Jolteon. This is actually something of an easter egg, with these being the names of three Eevee trainers in the Pokemon anime.

Tried the steps and it didn’t work? Sometimes this trick fails because of glitches in the game. To get around the glitch you’ll need to rename your Eevee, shut down the game and open it back up before evolving your Eevee again. It’s a pain, but I’ve had success every time with the shutdown method.

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25
Jul

Like Pokemon Go? You’ll like these games, too – CNET


To call Pokemon Go a phenomenon is to call this year’s presidential election mildly controversial. The game is all anyone’s talking about (thank goodness, something other than the election!) and all anyone’s playing.

Of course, there are reasons for that. For most players, it’s their first taste of augmented reality (AR): Game content overlaid on real-world images as displayed on your phone. There’s also the fun of actually getting outside to do something, to say nothing of the fitness benefits that come from walking, running and/or biking to your next destination. (Please, please don’t drive a car while chasing monsters. The life you take could be my own.)

Thankfully, Pokemon Go isn’t the only AR game in town. Whether the “kiddie” nature of Go doesn’t appeal to you or you’re just ready for new challenges, there are lots of other AR experiences worth trying.

If fitness is your goal

BallStrike (iOS)

Think AR is new? BallStrike has been around since 2012. This exercise game (arguably better on an iPad than an iPhone, as a bigger screen is easier to see) puts you in front of the camera, where you jump, twist, kick and hit virtual balls as they appear. It’s a free game, though the full version costs 99 cents (about $1.30 AU and £0.80).

The Walk (Android|iOS)

From the creators of Zombies, Run!, The Walk aims to gamify walking, or give you non-monster incentive to get up off the couch. It’s really a phone-based fitness tracker, but with a plot that unfolds as you go. Every time you walk, you unlock more of the story. Want to find out what happens next? Go for another walk. The app is available for $3, AU$4.50 and £2.30.

If you think Pokemon are for kids

Ingress (Android|iOS)

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Ingress shares DNA with Pokemon Go, but it’s a decidedly tech-ier experience.


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No list of AR games would be complete without Ingress, which was arguably the single most popular AR title until Pokemon Go came along. No surprise there: The developer of the former also created the latter! Ingress is all about getting out and exploring the streets, this time with the fate of the world in your hands and two factions battling for supremacy. Think Risk, with the world as your game board. Ingress is free, with in-app purchases available.

SpecTrek (Android)

Tired of hunting monsters? Hunt ghosts for a change! That’s the goal of SpecTrek, which operates very similarly to Pokemon Go — move around the real world to catch ’em all — but with ghosts as your prey. When you hold your phone parallel to the ground, you see a map to guide you. Raise it up and the camera kicks in for ghost-busting AR goodness. The game sells for $2.49 U.S. (about $3.30 AU and £1.90).

Warp Runner (Android)

This clever puzzle game turns your desk (or any other flat surface) into a mini-arena, where you collect objects and work to guide your robot to the exit. Warp Runner has little in common with Pokemon Go, but it’s very cool — and free to boot.

Zombies Everywhere (iOS)

If there’s a better use for AR, I haven’t found it. Zombies Everywhere is exactly what it sounds like: Virtual zombies that appear in the “real world” when you point your phone’s camera all around. Luckily, your armed with virtual weapons as well. The game sells for 99 cents (about $1.30 AU and £0.80).

25
Jul

How to watch the Democratic National Convention 2016 from anywhere – CNET


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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will officially accept the party’s nomination for president this week in Philadelphia. The Democratic National Convention will include appearances from President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, former Clinton rival Bernie Sanders and a handful of others.

The event will begin on Monday, July 25, and run through Thursday, July 28. Clinton is expected to accept the nomination on the final night.

Here are the many ways to tune in:

  • The convention will be broadcast live on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and C-SPAN.
  • There will be nightly coverage on CBS, ABC, NBC and PBS.
  • You can also view the live coverage online at CBSN. Like with the RNC, CBSN is partnering with Twitter to stream the convention live on the social network. The Twitter feature page includes the live stream alongside curated tweets.
  • YouTube, Twitch and Bing will also have a live stream.
  • If you’re on the go, the DNC app for iOS and Android includes a live stream.

Want to follow along or contribute to the conversation on social media? Use the hashtag #DNCinPHL.

25
Jul

How to free up space on your Android phone or tablet – CNET


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You know the old saw: You can never be too rich, too thin or have too much storage on your phone.

The first two are folly. But the latter can prove all too accurate when you find yourself with no more room to install apps, take pictures and download music.

Some Android phones and tablets provide an easy fix: Pop in a microSD card. But what happens if there’s no expansion slot? Are you going to have to buy a whole new device?

Maybe someday, but not today. There are ways to free up space that you might not have considered. So before you start deleting precious family photos, try these strategies.

Audit your apps

Apps are cheap and plentiful, which is why people tend to stock up on them — even ones they seldom use. So ask yourself which apps you really need, and which ones you can live without. Remember: deleting an app doesn’t mean it’s gone forever, just for now. You can always install it again later if you really need it.

Games tend to be the biggest apps. So if you’re done with, say, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, clear it out and reclaim a whopping 2.4GB of storage.

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Want to know which apps consume the most space? The Android operating system will tell you, but it takes a little drilling to get there. Venture into Settings, then look for Storage (which may be listed as Storage & USB on some devices). Finally, tap Apps and wait for the OS to calculate the storage numbers. Now you can make some decisions as to which apps should get the heave-ho.

Offload photos and videos

The more snapshots and movies you capture with your phone’s camera, the bigger the dent in your available storage. After a year or two capturing life’s important moments (to say nothing of countless selfies), it’s not uncommon to face a storage crisis.

Solution: offload the older or less important stuff to another location. This could be the hard drive on your PC (a fairly straightforward drag-and-drop affair) or a cloud service such as Dropbox or Flickr. The latter is a solid choice, as it offers a whopping 1 terabyte of free storage for photos.

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Of course, Google Photos gives you unlimited storage for both photos and videos, the only limitation being that photos must be smaller than 16 megapixels and videos 1080p or less. Just as awesome, it can automatically delete from your phone those items it has already backed up to the cloud, potentially freeing up gigabytes of space.

To access that feature, just load the Photos app, tap Menu > Settings, and then hit Free up device storage.

Switch to streaming

As we’ve already discussed, media eats an inordinate amount of space on your phone or tablet. There’s the stuff you create yourself, of course, but the even bigger culprits are the music, podcasts and videos you download.

But unless you have a specific need to keep a library of that stuff on your device — you’re taking a long trip, for example, and won’t have easy or reliable access to Wi-Fi — don’t store it, stream it instead.

Take music. If you’re accustomed to the old-school approach to MP3s — copying all or part of your library to your device — consider switching to a music-streaming service instead. That way you’ll still have access to all your favorite tunes (and them some), but you won’t have to keep the files in memory.

Don’t want to pay? Turn your PC into the music-streaming “service.” All you need is media-server software — Plex is a popular option — that can sling all your music (videos, too) to your mobile devices. That’s really powerful, because it means you have access to your mammoth desktop hard drive and don’t need to store anything on your limited mobile drive.

Wherever and whenever you can, stream instead of store.

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It feels a little cruel that the Android software supports memory expansion cards, but not all devices have expansion slots. That means if you want to offload photos and videos or carry around a large library of music and movies, you’re sunk. Right?

Wrong. You can indeed add extra storage to just about any Android device — it just has to be external. This can take the form of a plug-in drive (not unlike a USB flash drive) or a wireless media hub. Each has its own pros and cons.

Take the SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive 3.0, which sports a standard USB connector at one end and a Micro-USB connector at the other. The latter plugs into your phone or tablet and gives you anywhere from 16-128GB of extra stroage. The only catch: Your device must support OTG (thankfully, most do).

That’s a great and really inexpensive solution, one that’s plug-and-play simple and doesn’t need to be charged. Drives like these, however, stick awkwardly out of the bottom (or possibly side) of your device. If you don’t want that added bulk, consider a wireless media hub. Same idea — onboard or memory-card storage — but with a Wi-Fi rather than Lightning connection.

The Western Digital MyPassport Wireless, for example, comes in 1TB and 2TB flavors. It can back up your photos and lets you access music, videos and other media. But prices start at around $150, AU$200 or £130, and it’s a bit too bulky to carry in a pocket.

If you want a more mobile-friendly solution, check out something like the Ravpower Filehub, a wireless SD-card and USB-drive reader that sells for $30-$40, AU$90 or £30. As an added bonus, it’s also a Wi-Fi hotspot and mobile charger.

Just take note of a key limitation with all these options: You can’t play DRM-protected music or videos, of the kind you might purchase from Google Play or download from Spotify. External storage works only with your own media.

25
Jul

SanDisk iXpand Memory Case review – CNET


The Good The iXpand Memory Case has built-in storage to expand the capacity of an iPhone 6 or 6S. The bundled application makes it easy to transfer photos and video from from your phone’s internal memory.

The Bad The port placement is awkward and the case itself is bulky, especially when the optional battery is attached.

The Bottom Line While the design could be better, the iXpand Memory Case is one of the only solutions for expanding iPhone storage.

There’s nothing worse than getting an “out of storage space” pop-up on your phone when trying to capture a once-in-a-lifetime moment. And once you’re locked into a small-capacity iPhone (I’m looking at you, 16GB owners) there’s no easy way to expand the storage space — unlike with, say, an Android phone with an SD card slot. Sure, you can back up to iCloud Drive or Dropbox, but the cost can add up.

SandDisk’s iXpand Memory Case, available only for the iPhone 6 and 6s, offers a novel cure for the storage space blues. It builds extra flash memory right into an iPhone case that connects via the lightning port on the phone. And it works very well, although it’s much more expensive than an SD card and isn’t as good as many cases I’ve used.

The iXpand comes in four colors (gray, blue, red and teal) three capacities: a 32GB model for $60 (roughly £45 or AU$80), a 64GB model for $100(£76, AU$133) and a 128GB version for $130 (£98, AU$174). I tested the largest size in teal. An optional 1,900mAH battery, which magnetically latches onto the back of the case, is also available for $40 (£30, AU$53).

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You’ll need to use SanDisk’s well-designed companion app to transfer photos from the phone’s internal memory to the case, but fortunately that’s an easy process. After the transfer is finished, the app automatically offers the option of deleting images from the iPhone, thus freeing up space. The dashboard for the application organizes all the content stored on the drive and makes it easy to move files back and forth and find the ones you need.

25
Jul

Oppo R9 Plus review – CNET


The Good For a moderate cost, the Oppo R9 Plus give a surprising high level of power and a battery level to match.

The Bad The design isn’t going to win any awards for originality and it’s not a pure Android experience.

The Bottom Line If you want a big screen phone that lasts and lasts, the Oppo R9 Plus has the right price.

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It seems that these days one of the worst insults you can deliver to a phone is that it looks like an iPhone. My colleague Aloysius Low called out the smaller size Oppo R9 for this, as did Daniel Van Boom on the Meizu Pro 6.

The Oppo R9 Plus keeps the Apple-esque trend going, but unlike my colleagues I actually think the phone looks great, even if the rose-gold shade isn’t my favourite.

The R9 Plus has a 6-inch screen, compared to the 5.5-inch of the R9. The bigger screen has the same 1,920×1,080-pixel resolution, which means a slight reduction in pixels-per-inch from the R9 (367 vs 401), but you’re not going to notice. The rear camera has been upped from 13-megapixels to 16-megapixels but, again, that’s not going to change your world. (The front camera is the same 16-megapixels as the R9 — it’s a selfie-lover’s dream.)

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What you will notice is the big in both battery and processing power that the R9 Plus offers over the R9. The Plus has the Snapdragon 652 CPU. It’s a 1.8GHz octa-core chip, but what matters is that it has a big uptick in both general performance and graphics processing power over the basic R9 model. In fact, in our benchmark testing, it was up there with the Sony Xperia X and the Huawei Mate 8.

Battery life is the other big bonus. With a 4,120mAh battery, I was expecting something good, but the R9 Plus exceeded my expectations with a test result of 17 hours and 30 minutes. That makes it one of the best batteries we’ve seen this year.

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More importantly, all this is coming at just AU$100 more than the R9 — AU$699. That’s around $530 or £395, although we’re still waiting for official pricing and availability outside of the Asia-Pacific region.

It may be an iPhone clone, but the Oppo R9 Plus packs enough power in to make it a worthwhile option for a mid-range Android phone. And unless you’re absolutely against using a 6-inch screen, it’s a better option than the R9 given its small additional cost.

25
Jul

Share your Prisma pics on the Android Central forums!


Join the discussion and share your best Prisma creations!

With artistic photo filtering app Prisma now available on Android, there’s a massive new user base for the app’s AI-enhanced artwork. Android owners have been sharing pics across all the usual social places, and over on the Android Central forums, readers have been sharing a few of their creations.

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So if you’ve been experimenting with Prisma today, be sure to drop by the forums and share your pics with everyone. Be sure to mention which filters you used, and any other tricks for getting the most out of this unique new app.

MORE: Prisma pics on the Android Central forums!

25
Jul

Sprint reports higher post-paid subscriber additions but still hit with net loss


Sprint has reported its latest financial numbers for the first quarter of fiscal year 2016. While the wireless carrier stated it had the highest post-paid subscriber additions for the quarter in nine years, it still had a net loss of $302 million, which was bigger than the $20 million it lost from the same period a year ago. The company recorded operating revenues of $8 billion during the quarter.

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Sprint stated that its first quarter post-paid subscriber additions of 173,000 represented the fourth consecutive quarter it had seen positive net additions. It also saw a postpaid phone churn of 1.39%, which it said was the best in the company history. Sprint had a total of 377,000 net additions to its service during the quarter.

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Sprint Reports Highest First Quarter Postpaid Phone Net Additions in Nine Years, Lowest Ever Postpaid Phone Churn, and Postpaid Net Port Positive Against All Three National Carriers with First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2016 Results

Postpaid phone net additions of 173,000 are the fourth consecutive quarter of positive net additions

Postpaid phone churn of 1.39 percent is the best in company history and improved year-over-year for the sixth consecutive quarter

Postpaid net port positive against all three national carriers for the first time in over five years

Net loss of $302 million, Operating income of $361 million and Adjusted EBITDA* of $2.5 billion

Over $550 million of year-over-year reduction in cost of service and selling, general, and administrative expenses

Net cash provided by operating activities of $542 million improved by more than $400 million year-over-year; Adjusted free cash flow* of $466 million grew by $2.7 billion year-over-year

Delivering financial flexibility with nearly $11 billion of liquidity, including $5.1 billion of cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments

Successfully raised $5.8 billion of liquidity in the quarter, including $2.2 billion of network-related financing, $1.1 billion from the second transaction with Mobile Leasing Solutions, LLC (MLS), and $2.5 billion under a new unsecured financing facility

LTE Plus Network now available in 237 markets

2.5GHz spectrum now carries more of Sprint’s LTE traffic than any other spectrum band

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), July 25, 2016 – Sprint Corporation (NYSE:S) today reported operating results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2016, including the lowest postpaid phone churn in company history at 1.39 percent and a total liquidity position of nearly $11 billion. The company also reported total net operating revenues of $8 billion, net loss of $302 million, operating income of $361 million, and Adjusted EBITDA* of $2.5 billion.

“We had another quarter of solid progress in our turnaround with the highest first quarter postpaid phone net additions in nine years1, the lowest postpaid phone churn in company history, and finally being postpaid net port positive against all three national carriers after five years” said Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure. “We also grew wireless net operating revenue year-over-year while aggressively reducing the cash operating expenses of the business and our network is performing better than ever.”

Highest Fiscal First Quarter Postpaid Phone Net Additions in Nine Years1

Sprint’s focus on delivering the best value proposition in wireless resulted in the highest fiscal first quarter postpaid phone net additions in nine years and the fourth consecutive quarter of positive net additions with 173,000 in the quarter compared to net losses of 12,000 in the prior year quarter. The 185,000 year-over-year improvement was driven by both better acquisition and retention, as postpaid phone gross additions were up 10 percent year-over-year and postpaid phone churn of 1.39 percent improved 10 basis points to reach the lowest level in company history. Postpaid phone churn has improved year-over-year for six consecutive quarters.

The company recently launched an advertising campaign featuring Paul Marcarelli, the actor who used to ask if you “could hear me now” for Verizon, to highlight the fact that networks today aren’t that different so why should customers pay more. The campaign has been one of the most successful in company history. The ad has been viewed over 8 million times on YouTube and the company became postpaid net port positive against all three national carriers for the first time in over five years. Can you hear that?

The company also reported the following Sprint platform results:

Total net additions were 377,000 in the quarter, including postpaid net additions of 180,000, prepaid net losses of 331,000, and wholesale and affiliate net additions of 528,000.
Total postpaid churn of 1.56 percent in the quarter was flat year-over-year.
Top Line Stabilizes as Cost Reductions Continue

With trends improving in its postpaid phone business, Sprint reported total net operating revenues that were flat to the prior year quarter for the first time in over two years. In addition, wireless net operating revenues grew 1 percent year-over-year and postpaid wireless service revenues have remained at $4.8 billion for the last three quarters.

Sprint also made considerable progress in its ongoing effort to transform the cost structure of the business, as the company realized over $550 million year-over-year reduction in cost of services and selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses. The company remains on track to achieve its goal of a sustainable reduction of $2 billion or more of run rate operating expenses exiting fiscal year 2016.

The company also reported the following financial results:

Net loss of $302 million, or $0.08 per share, in the quarter compared to a net loss of $20 million, or $0.01 per share in the year-ago period. The current quarter included $113 million of non-recurring contract termination charges primarily related to the termination of the pre-existing wholesale arrangement with Ntelos Holding Corp.
Operating income of $361 million in the quarter compared to operating income of $501 million in the year-ago quarter. Adjusting for the aforementioned contract termination charges related to the pre-existing wholesale arrangement with Ntelos Holding Corp. in the current quarter, operating income would have been relatively flat year-over-year.
Adjusted EBITDA* of $2.5 billion in the quarter grew 18 percent from the prior year period, primarily because of expense reductions, including over $550 million in cost of services and SG&A expenses.
Net cash provided by operating activities was $542 million in the quarter compared to $128 million in the prior year. The $414 million year-over-year improvement was driven by expense reductions and favorable changes to working capital.
Adjusted free cash flow* was positive $466 million in the quarter compared to negative $2.2 billion in the prior year. The $2.7 billion year-over-year improvement was due to expense reductions, lower capital spending, and net proceeds from our second transaction with MLS.
Liquidity Position Grows to Nearly $11 Billion

Sprint took several actions during the quarter to improve its financial flexibility, including successfully raising $2.2 billion of network-related financing, $1.1 billion from a second transaction with MLS, and $2.5 billion under a new unsecured financing facility, which was increased from its original $2 billion amount within the quarter. These transactions helped increase the company’s liquidity position to nearly $11 billion at the end of the quarter, including $5.1 billion of cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments. Additionally, the company has $1.1 billion of availability under vendor financing agreements that can be used toward the purchase of 2.5GHz network equipment.

The company continues to pursue additional financing initiatives, including additional handset and receivables financing transactions and a securitization involving a small portion of its spectrum assets.

LTE Plus Network Expansion Contributes to Speed and Reliability Performance

Sprint aims to unlock the value of the U.S.’s largest spectrum holding by densifying and optimizing its network to provide customers the best experience. The Sprint LTE Plus Network, which combines a rich tri-band spectrum portfolio with the LTE Advanced features of carrier aggregation and antenna beamforming, launched in 33 additional markets, increasing the total to 237 markets across the country.

Sprint’s LTE Plus Network expansion and its densification and optimization strategy have driven significant improvements in both data speeds and network reliability as noted by several third party sources.

Sprint’s LTE Plus Network continued to outperform Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile by delivering the fastest LTE download speeds based on recent crowd-sourced data from Nielsen.2 Additionally, Sprint’s reliability beat T-Mobile and performed within 1 percent of AT&T and Verizon.3
Independent mobile analytics firm RootMetrics® awarded Sprint 75 percent more first place Network Reliability RootScore® Awards (from 24 to 42) in the 125 markets measured in the first half of 2016 compared to the prior testing period, including wins in Chicago, Houston, and Atlanta.4
Sprint’s reliability beat Verizon and its average download speeds beat AT&T and T-Mobile, according to PC Magazine’s Fastest Mobile Networks 2016 report.
Sprint’s deployment of 2.5GHz spectrum has become an integral part of how the company meets the growing data usage and speed demands of its customers, as that spectrum band now carries the highest percentage of Sprint’s LTE data traffic.

Fiscal Year 2016 Outlook

The company continues to expect:

Operating income of $1 billion to $1.5 billion
Adjusted EBITDA* of $9.5 billion to $10 billion
Cash capital expenditures, excluding devices leased through indirect channels, of approximately $3 billion
Adjusted free cash flow* around break-even

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